Who cares about the Red Carpet, anyway?

Red Carpet
The start of a new year marks the beginning of the Hollywood Awards season: the Golden Globes, the SAGs, Grammys, the BAFTAs, Critics Choice Awards, and of course the Oscars.

The Awards Season Red Carpet can have a huge effect on an actresses career (not a man’s, of course, but that is a topic for another day), as well as what you and I will wear in six months to a year.

When people question that statement, I often quote The Devil Wears Prada:
Oh, OK. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select, I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs, and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.”

Fashion is art. Fashion is cultural commentary. Fashion is a creative outlet. Fashion is necessary, because clothing is necessary. The red carpet informs fashion; fashion informs the red carpet.

Personally, I watch awards show season as if it is the playoffs with the Oscars representing the championship game. I get excited when I see a gorgeous gown. I get frustrated when someone is not dressed to their full potential (because they all have stylists AND access to the best fashions in the world). I also love to observe the popular styles, and predict which of them will become trends, as well as those that I hope to never see again.

A few of my observations from the awards seasons thus far. No one can pull off the wet, slicked back hair look. So, please stop trying. Please.

Even if you’re pregnant you can still look elegant on the fancy red carpet. You do not have to wear what is seemingly a curtain.

If you just gave birth, you will need to get an updated set of undergarments so your new boobs don’t hang below your waist.

Trends on the red carpet that we bet you a dollar you will see in stores in the near future:

Low plunging necklines…don’t worry, you can always wear a camisole underneath your dress or top if the plunge is too low;

and for those of you not into the low neckline? There are also super high necklines;

skirts, pants and blazers made from brocade – a great way to up the ante on your office style;

lace & sheer overlays and panels that add so much interest and elegance to any piece (I am in love with this trend);

these colors were all over the red carpet: metallics, purple, yellow, red, white, white….and more white and I expect to see more of them this Sunday at the Oscars, and in my closet soon!