Take a look at last week’s red carpet, and you might wonder if a warm breeze were in the air. Celebrities wore hair and makeup that had the lightest touch and dresses in a bouquet of brighter hues for a mood that was more evocative of a springtime day than a holiday winter’s night. Naomi Watts perfectly encapsulated the trend in retro waves, subtle lashes, a lip gently kissed in pink shimmer and a lavender floral Zac Posen design. Elle Fanning, Freida Pinto, Cate Blanchett and Jessica Chastain equally blossomed at events in simply coiffed strands, subtly flushed cheeks, sweetly colored smiles and gowns in shades like petal and cornflower blue. The effect was still glamourous, albeit in a demure way that was as surprising during this season as seeing a first bloom peeking out of fallen autumn leaves.

WEEK OF DECEMBER 9, 2012

Who: Naomi Watts
Where: Los Angeles premiere of The Impossible, ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome, Hollywood, California
When: December 10, 2012

Who: Elle Fanning
Where: Moët British Independent Film Awards, Old Billingsgate Market, London, England
When: December 9, 2012

Who: Freida Pinto
Where: 2012 Dubai International Film Festival, Dubai Cares and Oxfam “One Night to Change Lives” Charity Gala, Armani Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
When: December 14, 2012

Who: Cate Blanchett
Where: Royal film performance of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Empire Leicester Square, London, England
When: December 12, 2012

Who: Jessica Chastain
Where: Los Angeles premier of Zero Dark Thirty, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, California
When: December 10, 2012

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