The China Post / Asia News Network
Instead of glitz, onlookers were treated to sophisticated pared-back looks on the red carpet last night at the 52nd Golden Horse Awards, considered the Oscars of Taiwan's film industry.
Classic gowns and tuxedos - topped with clear umbrellas to fend off the drizzle - were popular styles of the night among actors like Hsu Feng and Michael Ning.
Show host Mickey Huang was clad in a shimmery cream suit and turned heads with a tall top hat that he said was to compensate for his 10 cm height difference with co-host Lin Chi-ling.
"Our Times" ingenue Vivian Sung, 23, was the picture of poise, stepping out in wetted parted hair and a simple off-shoulder gown in ivory.
All eyes were on Shu Qi, who opted for a sheer blue gown from Versace featuring intricate cutouts that revealed nude skin.
Bold colors were hard to spot last night, mainly appearing as accents like the dark red lip paint or diamond bangles.
Tiffany Hsu wore a charcoal creation from Jason Wu's fall/winter collection, accessorized with Cartier statement earrings.
Karena Lam of "Zinnia Flower" fame wore black as well, a design by Taiwanese fashion designer Apu Jan that surprised with its critically plunging neckline that fell out into a cascading full skirt.
Also closely watched on the red carpet were 10 models who were vacuuming before the show with cordless Dysons, striking poses in a statement that "housework, too, can be fashionable."