How does Kristen Bell prep for an awards show? For the 86th Academy Awards, the star’s stylist Nicole Chavez gave InStyle.com a behind-the-scenes look at how her stunning look came together. "Frozen has been such a success it felt natural to pay homage," Chavez says. The resulting ensemble was a mixture of delicate, cool tones that dazzled on the red carpet, but didn’t distract from Bell's stunning natural beauty. "I am so proud of the success of Frozen that I wanted a gown that reflected the winter feel of the movie," Bell states. From the wintery references to the movie that inspired Chavez in the fitting, to the finished Roberto Cavalli gown and Piaget jewels look, get a behind-the-scenes peek at how Bell got ready for Hollywood's biggest night in our gallery!
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1. Fit For A Winter Queen
“Frozen has been such a success it felt natural to pay homage," Bell's stylist, Nicole Chavez, tells InStyle of the inspiration behind Bell’s ensemble.
2. Fitting Details
Bell's Roberto Cavalli gown was selected for its winter-feel and exquisite detailing.
3. Clutches Everywhere
A multitude of clutches were on-hand at Bell’s fitting for her choosing.
4. Heels! Heels! Heels!
Shoes in a variety of pale hues were considered at Bell's fitting. "I was looking for delicate cool tones. Ice, winter, and snow were all a source of inspiration," Chavez says.
5. The Jewels
Dazzling jewels by Piaget were on-hand to complete Bell's look.
6. Diamonds and Gems Galore
These two Piaget sparklers were considered for Bell's neckwear, and ultimately the diamond wreath on the right was chosen.
7. The Final Choice
"The Piaget wreath necklace is an exquisite piece of jewelry that complemented the handed beaded bodice (of her dress) beautifully," Chavez states.
8. The Shoes
"The Brian Atwood heels were custom dyed to match," Chavez says.
9. What's In Her Clutch?
"I adore the bow detail on the Ferragamo clutch," Chavez says. We got a peek at what filled Bell's bag on Oscar night: the star's drivers license and phone, powder and puff, kleenex, lipstick, lip liner, and bobby pins for any necessary beauty touch-ups.
10. The Gown
"I envisioned a wow moment for her but it was important for the dress not to be too dramatic and overpower her petite frame," Chavez says of the Roberto Cavalli gown she selected for Bell.
11. Final Touches
Bell is almost ready to hit the red carpet.
12. Bell Is Adorned In Jewels
Chavez adds sparkle to Bell’s look with a Piaget necklace.
13. Stylist Nicole Chavez and Kristen Bell
Bell, with Chavez, in her completed look, ready for the 86th Academy Awards.
14. A View from the Back
Bell and her husband, Dax Shepard, make their way out the door.
15. Off to the Oscars!
Bell is ready to make her appearance at Hollywood's biggest night of the year.
16. At the Oscars
Bell posing on the red carpet at the 86th Academy Awards in her Roberto Cavalli gown and Piaget jewels. "I am so proud of the success of Frozen that I wanted a gown that reflected the winter feel of the movie," Bell tell InStyle.