Costume Institute Gala Trends – Dramatic Trains

The biggest show stopper of Monday nights Costume Institute Gala were the dramatic trains.

Watching them glide down the red carpet so elegantly, is like watching a swan glide over a lake.

The downside for the wearer is that they were no doubt stepped on, possibly torn, and carried, but that stress was masked by these elegant beauties.

Kate Beckinsale’s gown is even beautiful in the full-length shot.


Red Carpet Trend – Oversized Boyfriend Blazers

Yves Saint Laurent pioneered men’s suit in women’s cuts, and the look has been recreated many times over the past fifty years.

In the 80s the trend was oversized. Like all trends, they come back around, and this is the case for the oversized Boyfriend blazer.

Stella MCartney featured many on her Spring 2009 runway, as did many other designers.

This trend has caught on very quickly because it’s extremely flattering to the wearer, and goes with everything. It can dress up shorts and pants, or it can add an edge to a cute flirty dress.

Celebs are really embracing this trend on the red carpet. We’ve seen these ladies wear their Boyfriend blazers mostly over dresses.

You can work this trend with 3 different price points.

Topshop Boyfriend Blazer £55
William Rast at Nordstrom $177.90
Acne Jeans New Standard Blazer at eLuxury $599

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Red Carpet Trend – Nude Heels

As summer’s just around the corner, we are seeing more and more nude heels on the red carpet.

Pumps, pointy courts, peep-toes and strappy sandals have all been spotted.

The reason they are loved by so many, is because once you match a shade close to your skin tone, the shoe can make your legs look longer.

Nude heels go with absolutely everything. Many celebs are thinking out of the box and wearing nude heels with many colours, whilst some are sticking to safe black, using the heels to inject a dash of colour.

We have recently seen Taraji P. Henson, Rose Byrne, Scarlett Johansson and Nicole Richie sport this trend.

You can go nude with these 3 options below:

Topshop £60
Jimmy Choo £363
Lanvin at Matches Fashion £778.



Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards Red Carpet Trend: Minis & Booties

The main trend on the orange carpet for yesterday’s Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards, was the combination of minis and booties. Ankle booties to be precise.

The dresses were daringly short, with booties that were pointy, open toe and cut-out to add a different, yet edgy touch.

This make a refreshing change from the gladiator boots trend.



Lucy Liu & Michelle Obama Kick Off The Clear Belt Trend

Just last month we were marveling at the genius of Lucy Liu’s clear belt, which she wore with her pink Lanvin dress to the 2009 Film Independent Spirit Awards last month.

The belt gave Lucy a nipped in waist, whilst giving more shape to her dress, whilst not ruining the draping effect.

We should expect this to now become a trend, as Michelle Obama wore a Sonia Rykiel clear belt with her Michael Kors dress, and Dear Cashmere cardigan on the recent cover of Oprah’s O magazine.

Many of you asked me where you could get a clear belt from when Lucy wore it, and I still can’t find one anywhere. Give it a month or two, I am sure we will see plenty in stores, thanks to Mrs O.

Update: Sydne found a clear belt with black piping on French Connection’s US site & Anissa found one by Steve Madden.

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3 Is The Magic Number For Amy Adams

When the pictures came in from the BAFTA Awards, and I saw the Amy Adams wear wearing RM by Roland Mouret for the 3rd time in a row, and I noticed a trend.

The trend is that Amy wears a designers dresses 3 separate times, before she moves onto the next designer.

This started with Oscar de la Renta at the Critic’s Choice Awards.

She has since gone onto repeat this pattern with Giambattista Valli, and most recently RM by Roland Mouret.

I would like to think the quota for loaned dresses is 3 at a time, and she falls so in love with all of them, that she has to wear them.

Maybe at her next 3 red carpet appearances she will wear 3 different designers and blow my theory, but for now it seems like a trend.


SAG Awards Trends – Ravishing Reds

After the sea of white gowns, Red was another hot colour on the red carpet last night.

I am a big advocate of colour on the red carpet and red is the hardest to pull off. There is a fear that the wearer might blend into the background.

Christina Hendricks, Lisa Edelstein, Diane Lane, Jane Krawoski and Claire Danes, all stood out when they took a risk with this bold colour last night.

Cherry, strawberry and candy apple stole spotlight.


SAG Awards Trends – White Gowns

The vibrant background of the 2009 SAG Awards red carpet, allowed these ladies in winter whites to really stand out.

Teri Hatcher, Olivia Wilde, Anne Hathaway, Amy Poehler, Jennifer Morrison and Taraji P. Henson all wore white gowns. Some with twinkling embellishments, some with halters, some with voluminous shapes, and others with clean lines.

What I noticed is that none of these women over accessorized their white gowns. The gowns did all the talking.

My favourite here is Teri Hatcher.