Red Carpet Fashion Awards

Red gowns ruled the red carpet at the 2011 Emmy Awards last night.

Stars usually avoid this bold hue in fear of fading into the background, but each star stood out.

My favourites were most definitely Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan and Kerry Washington in Zuhair Murad Couture.

Kate Winslet looked super chic in Elie Saab and Lea Michele opted for a scarlet Marchesa gown.

Adrianne Palicki in Dolce & Gabbana, Kathy Griffin in Oscar de la Renta, Angela Kinsey in Romona Keveza, Giuliana Rancic in Roberto Cavalli and Nancy O’Dell in Lorena Sarbu were all beautiful in the colour of the night.

Who was your favourite?

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Even though we’re well into the summer season, celebrities have been favouring one trend that’s just as sizzling as the weather, leather dresses.

Typically leather dresses have been worn by celebrities in basic black (see Angelina Jolie) but this time around fiery shades of red, orange and burgundy have joined the roster.

Despite this being such a provocative trend, these stars show us there are different styles to choose from to suit your personal tastes.

Kristen Stewart kicked off the trend back in June at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards dazzling in a edgy Balmain mini dress with safety pins as embellishments.

Brooklyn Decker also went strapless in a Jay Ahr dress in a deep rouge colour to the 2011 ESPY Awards.

Despite the fact that she naturally oozes sex appeal, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was very sophisticated in her Marios Schwab lace trimmed leather halter dress.

Jennifer Aniston took a typically safe approach in Celine. Whilst Blake Lively and Elizabeth Banks opted for bold hues for their skin-tight leather minis.

The key to pulling off this look is definitely confidence. Choose a knee-length version for a more covered up look like Blake or Rosie and opt for simple accessories in neutral colours á la Jennifer and Elizabeth, if your style is more conservative.

However, if your personal style is more on the wild side go all out by adding a slick of red lipstick and sexy spiked pumps for a seriously sultry look.

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Earlier this year, celebrities set the trend for wearing green on the red carpet during Awards Season, opting for elegant, dramatic gowns in different shades of the rich hue.

This summer the trend is back but instead of long gowns the stars are favouring flirty minis with fun details like peplums, short sleeves, python panels plus asymmetrical hemlines and necklines in shades of vibrant Kelly green to deep emerald.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was the first to reignite this trend when she wore a Kelly green Diane von Furstenberg dress on her recent visit to LA last month.

Following her gorgeous outing, several celebrities were seen on the red carpet in the same vibrant colour.

Both Frieda Pinto and Rachel Nichols opted dress which sat just below the knee.

New girl on the block Roxane Mesquida donned a style similar Diane von Furstenberg dress to the Duchess.

Amanda Seyfried’s flirty Prabal Gurung dress with black detailing looked super chic with cross-over strappy heels, whilst Jayma Mays added some fun to her Reem Acra dress by adding silk pumps in a rich eggplant shade.

Just last night Kat Dennings wore a vintage 80’s Diane Von Furstenberg emerald green wrap top silk dress from New/Found Vintage to CBS,The CW And Showtime TCA Party.

Choose how to work this trend by opting for sophistication like Catherine or add some spice by wearing fun shoes in an equally bright colour or print like Roxane, Jayma and Emma Stone.

Be careful not to go too overboard with colour though, as you don’t want to end up looking like a Crayola box.

Green was also a huge hit on the Fall 2011 runways as Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc by Marc Jacobs and 3.1 Phillip Lim all sent models down the runway wearing green.

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Cut-out dresses have been a consistent trend on the red carpet for a few months, with some of our favorite celebs showcasing their Pilates toned abs in this very creative and uber sexy way.

Halle Berry, Karolina Kurkova and Selena Gomez have been embracing this trend recently, which appears to be a big hit as temperatures begin to warm up.

Halle was the most recent star to bring this trend to the red carpet.

The eternally sexy actress rocked her Halston dress with an asymmetrical cut-out last night, but many of you commented that the look wasn’t quite age appropriate and her modification of the dress was slightly tacky.

Love it or hate it, this trend was made for a body like Halle’s.

Subtle cut-outs have also been featured on dresses worn by Ginnifer Goodwin, Kerry Washington and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

All of these ladies showcased this trend in different ways in long gowns and short dresses; cut-outs are a great way to show a peak of skin and, when done properly gives off maximum sex appeal without being trashy.

This is a great trend to look hot whilst keeping cool. I’m sure we will continue to see more off this trend over the summer.

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One of the biggest trends to light up the red carpets these past few months has been the white suit trend.

Stars are channeling their inner Bianca Jagger by donning super sexy white suits.

Mila Kunis was an early adopter of this trend wearing a white Boca Negro suit back in March.

Vanessa Hudgens and Robin Wright wore a Mimi Plange and Julien Macdonald white suits – respectively – on the same day proving that this trend was gathering pace.

Elle MacPherson wore a stunning snowy white MaxMara pant suit which featured sexy side thigh-high split, which revealed a pair of 70s inspired gold platform slingback heels.

The trend was picked up by three stars this weekend.

Camilla Belle, Halle Berry and Rihanna all opted for white pant suits for their red carpet appearances.

Camilla opted for a more masculine-inspired look with her take on the trend wearing Tom Ford with Sergio Rossi patent pumps.

Halle’s vintage Roberto Cavalli tailored white suit was paired with a thin white tank with yellow embroidery.

Rihanna surprised us all by wearing this incredibly sexy white Max Azria suit to the 2011 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night. Her look was simple but still made a big impact.

The white trend is definitely here to stay and these celebrities show us that there are many different ways of rocking a white suit.

You can choose to go 70s inspired, minimalist, sexy or sleek but either way it definitely makes a statement.

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