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Guess which fast food chain bought Pharrell Williams' 'Arby's hat' on eBay?

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The day after the Oscars, you'd think people still would be pondering Pharrell Williams' decision to wear tuxedo shorts on the Oscars red carpet. (Even for California, that seemed too laid back for the Academy Awards.)

Nope. His tall brown Vivienne Westwood hat (dubbed by the masses the "Arby's hat -- pictured in above Associated Press photo) from the Grammy Awards is what people are buzzing about.

The hat that inspired meme after meme is now in the hands of its namesake -- Arby's. The fast food chain bought it on eBay for $44,100.

Call it a win-win situation: Arby's got its hat back, and the money will support From One Hand to Another, a charity that helps put children in touch with technology and the arts.

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And the Oscar for best dressed starlet goes to ...

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The Oscars are the last stop on the yearly awards show circuit -- and what a fashionable finale it was!

Many saved their best look for last, making the race for the title of Hollywood's best dressed a close one. But there were a few who stood out among the rest. 

Best Dressed: Lupita Nyong'o

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She was the belle of the ball in custom pale blue Prada (and arguably one of the most highly anticipated celebrities to see). She's impressed all awards season with her striking sense of style and didn't disappoint in this pastel parade of pleats.


Most Unexpected Style Statement: Kate Hudson

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She was the style surprise of the night in an elegant white beaded Versace gown with cape. Her name wasn't among those expected to make a particularly strong style statement on the red carpet, but this fashion pick put her near the top of the best dressed list.


Queen of Darkness: Charlize Theron

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Of all the darker gowns that juxtaposed the night's pastel and neutral palettes, this Dior gown took the crown. The plunging neckline and mermaid bottom helped her bring the drama.


Best Salute to Sparkle: Angelina Jolie

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By her standards, it was a quiet night. No sexy skirt slits or va-va-voom Hollywood glamour to steal the spotlight from partner Brad Pitt. But she showed off a softer side in a cascade of sparkles over sheers by Elie Saab. So chic!


Best Red Carpet Comeback: Sandra Bullock

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The Sandra Bullock who stunned Sunday in an Alexander McQueen gown was not the same Sandra Bullock we've seen at other awards shows this season. At this one, she excelled at dressing for her body type, hair color and complexion -- and, as a result, she emanated elegance. She managed to redeem herself from recent red carpet picks that felt like forced (and failed) efforts at being trendy, such as her colorblocked gown from the Golden Globes. Nice improvement! 

 

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Supermodel Beverly Johnson, journalist Constance White and more celebrate black style at Macy's

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In the spirit of Black History Month, Macy's held Wednesday evening a celebration of black style through the decades at its Downtown location.

A strong crowd turned out to hear panelists journalist Constance White (former Essence magazine editor), model Beverly Johnson (the first African-American model to be featured on the cover of Vogue) and Demeatria Boccella, founder of Pittsburgh-based FashionAFRICANA. The panel was emceed by Stephanie Taylor, who heads the fashion retail management and the fashion design programs at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. As the women talked, models showed off fashions from the flapper age through today.

The talk covered such topics as the role of black heritage in fashion, the impact the Internet has had on African-Americans' representation in the fashion industry and what consumers, celebrities and bloggers can do to help encourage designers and brands to include more diverse models in their ads and runway shows.

After the discussion, guests could get pictures with panelists and munch on hors d'oeuvres with live jazz music as the backdrop. For more from the event, check out the Post-Gazette's SEEN+Style section on Monday.

(Photos by Bill Wade/Post-Gazette. Pictured above from left: Stephanie Taylor, Beverly Johnson, Constance White and Demeatria Boccella)

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Guests Kilolo Luckett and LaMont Jones


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A model in menswear from Macy's


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Michelle Thompson and Makayla Wray, other guests in the audience


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A street style-inspired look from Macy's





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Oscars red carpet countdown: Which men will bring mega style?

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The ladies always are in the limelight on the red carpet, but let's not forget about the men, who know a few things about fashion, too.

This Sunday, here are a few of them worth keeping an eye out for on the Oscars red carpet.

Brad Pitt

As the first male face of Chanel, he's no stranger to style and can combine ruggedness with elegance like the best of them. At the Academy Awards, he's up for Best Picture for "12 Years a Slave" and also will be a presenter. (Pictured below at 2012 Academy Awards)

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Jared Leto

Our interest in his man style at the Oscars can be summed up in four words: man-bun or no man-bun?

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Matthew McConaughey

He knows how to embrace style! Emerald velvet blazers, sharp-yet-subtle prints, a maroon suit and tie, a casual beige suit from Hugo Boss and many looks from Dolce & Gabbana have helped him stand out on the red carpet (and his stunning and equally style savvy wife Camila Alves always helps). (Pictured below at the Golden Globes in January)

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Pharrell Williams

Weeks after the Grammy Awards, the music producer's Vivienne Westwood hat (pictured below) still is stirring talk. The latest: it's for sale on eBay. As of Tuesday morning, bids had reached $15,000. Will his Oscars style also be meme inspiring?

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Bradley Cooper

He's been spotted making the rounds at New York and London fashion weeks to support his girlfriend, model Suki Waterhouse. On the hunt for red carpet clothes, perhaps? (Pictured sitting next to Vogue editor Anna Wintour at the Burberry runway show at London Fashion Week earlier this month) 

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Photos courtesy of Associated Press and Getty Images

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Oscars red carpet countdown: The women to watch for fabulous fashion

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

Can you sense it? Oscars excitement is in the air!

With the awards show just a few days away on March 2, Stylebook is counting down all this week with daily blog posts about the stars and trends we hope to see on the red carpet (and the styles that should be left at home). Stay tuned!

Today, we salute the ladies we anticipate will be the night's style standouts based on their fashion picks at past awards shows. 

In no particular order, here are five women to watch on the red carpet:

Lupita Nyong'o

She's fashion's new *IT* girl. Vogue named the "12 Years a Slave" actress one of the rising style stars to watch. Plus, she was spotted making the rounds earlier this month at New York Fashion Week (even sitting next to Vogue editor Anna Wintour at Calvin Klein's runway show). So far, she's impressed in vibrantly colored gowns with minimal embellishments by such designers as Gucci (pictured below), Ralph Lauren and Dior.

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Cate Blanchett

She's showed off several iterations of elegance this awards season, from the black lace-and-sheer J. Mendel gown at the Golden Globes to the softer blush halter-style dress by Givenchy (pictured below).

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Angelina Jolie

We haven't seen much of this style star this awards season, but she will be a presenter at the Academy Awards. Will she pull out a Hollywood glam look like the white Versace gown with the swipe of scarlet across the collar from the 2012 Golden Globes (pictured below)? Or will she bring sexy back with her signature skirt slit and show some leg? 

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Jennifer Lawrence

Being the face of Dior, it's a done deal that J-Law will be wearing something couture from the French fashion house. She's tends to stick with full silhouettes, such as the pale strapless look from last year's Oscars (pictured below). In January her white Golden Globes gown inspired a meme where people started comparing the dress to Disney characters or snapping photos of themselves wearing white blankets held on with black bands or cords. It would be fun to see her try something a bit different, such as a column dress with a pop of color.

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Anne Hathaway

Like Ms. Jolie, Anne Hathaway's red carpet style made a splash last awards season but has been largely out of the spotlight this year. But she will be making an appearance as a presenter at the Academy Awards. At last year's Oscars, she opted for soft sophistication in a powder pink silk Prada gown (pictured below).

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Who are you excited to see? Tweet your thoughts and fashion predictions to @SaraB_PG(Photos courtesy of Associated Press)

 

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