updated 03/08/2010 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/08/2010 AT 2:00 PM ET
Molly Ringwald made a glamorous return to the Oscar stage Sunday night to pay heartfelt tribute to the late director John Hughes. But it wasn’t just a stylist’s advice she consulted. It was her 6-year-old daughter, Mathilda’s.
“I was choosing between two dress colors, and she decided on this,” Ringwald told PEOPLE before the ceremony. “She said this was the way to go. I always listen to her, she’s a 6-year-old fashionista.”
It wasn’t just a good (looking) choice, it felt right, too.
“It’s comfortable,” the actress said of her Todd Thomas dress and Alexander Calder-designer jewelry. “It’s a huge honor to wear his jewelry. I feel very honored.” Plus, Ringwald added, it was just fun to attend the show. “There’s so much adrenaline,” she said, “it’s fun to be here again.”
The Secret Life of the American Teenager star wasn’t the only actress who got some Oscar fashion advice from young family members, meanwhile. Best actress winner Sandra Bullock also got a hand from her stepdaughter.
“It was chosen at the last hour,” the Blind Side star said of her golden Marchesa gown before attending the Governors Ball. “It was my stepdaughter Chandler’s favorite. If it’s going to be the most special night of your life – aside from your wedding – you just want it to feel right.”
“I loved it,” Bullock said, “and she just said, ‘That’s my favorite.’ ”
Reporting by ALEXIS CHIU and LISA INGRASSIA