By Brooke Shamon
This season is all about the Cinderella gowns, pops of color and simple sparkles.
The Cinderella gown is a little girl’s dream (or at least mine!): fitted at the top, typically strapless, flared out at the bottom.
On the red carpet for both the SAG awards (Screen Actors Guild) and Golden Globes Lady Gaga stole the show. Wearing Valentino for the Golden Globes, Gaga captivated her audience in a gorgeous shade of periwinkle, a color we are not used to seeing on the carpet. The dress itself was a strapless A-line ball gown, complete with a flowing cape. Gaga accessorized perfectly with a stunning statement diamond necklace. Her make-up, done to perfection, featured a smoky eye and matching blue hair that tied up into a uniquely styled bun to finish off the look. The A Star is Born actress kept it simply elegant at the SAG awards in a white asymmetrical, V-neck gown with a classy slit and detailed fringe along the edges. A studded choker and plum lip topped it off with the addition of a take on an old Hollywood glam updo. As for the Oscar’s, I expect nothing less than a similar expression of an elegant, modern style for the Shallow singer.
Lupita Nyong’o, another highly anticipated actress on any red carpet, was stunning in an iris strapless Calvin Klein gown with beaded fringe detail at the SAG awards. She added a pop of color with a pink lip and matching iris eyeshadow. Her hair was styled neatly back, framing her face perfectly. A statement earring was the perfect finish. The Black Panther star never fails with her choice of gown. Her SAG awards style was unexpected, considering she tends to love to play with the color wheel (and succeeds beautifully), but her twist on the classic suit turned heads at the Golden Globes. When it comes to the Oscar’s on February 24th, I am anticipating her fashion statement to be one of vibrance and power.
Honorable mentions from the SAG and Golden Globe red carpet, in my view, would include Fiona Xie, Renee Bargh, and Emmy Rossum.
Xie wore Schiaparelli Couture, a beautifully colorful strapless gown with flower decals layered on the neckline. Renee Bargh chose a head-to-toe dazzling shift dress by Rachel Gilbert while Emmy Rossum walked the carpet in a muted rose fit and flair by Monique Lhuillier.
A color palette of pastels, particularly shades of a sunset, has been a common theme for 2019 red carpet appearances. We can expect to see that as well at the Oscars. Also, as the saying goes opposites attract…the carpet also favored the metallic and bedazzled styles. Prom dresses have also made it to the red carpet, that seems to be another new trend. Prom dresses include anything top-to-bottom sparkly and are usually fitted and strapless. All of these are common themes on the red carpet this year. The simplicity of the Cinderella gowns and delicate colors, along with the metallic pop of color, balanced out the crimson walkway. Another anticipated style is the pants suit. Blake Lively wows the crowd with multiple pants suits in a variety of colors throughout the year. Stars love and want to mirror the look. It takes someone with confidence and a sense of power to pull off such a bold style. However, in my opinion, the pants suit is overdone and has had its moment in the fashion spotlight.
As for the men, Chris Pine switched it up with a Zegna cream-colored suit and white dress shirt underneath. He finished the look with a black bow tie and slickly parted hair. I wasn’t a big fan of the color combination but how can such a crowd pleaser go wrong? Another fan favorite, Rami Malek, kept it classic with a Givenchy black tuxedo, white dress shirt and matching bow tie. John Krasinski, actor, and director of A Quiet Place looked dashing in a navy blue tuxedo, white dress shirt, and black bow tie. His look was understated and classic just like his personality. The black shoes and shiny edges of his jacket tied the look together perfectly. In my opinion, it is more appealing when the men are understated in the spirit of sometimes less is more.
As I reflected on the fashions of the carpet the first thought that came to mind was Karlie Kloss’s comment that “in fashion, nothing is more important than what’s next.” To see “what’s next” grab some popcorn, put on your best fit and flair and tune in to the Oscars on Sunday, February 24th!