The Golden Globes ushered in a new era in Red Carpet dressing. Gone were overly revealing, overly poufy gowns of 2013 and instead we saw classic, edgy, and covered-up red carpet fashions. Classic colors- black, white, and red- made up the bulk of the ladies’ gowns, and Old Hollywood-esque cuts were the most popular, on the likes of Lena Dunham and Sofia Vergara. The Critic’s Choice Awards and last night’s SAG Awards echoed much of the same: starlets are leaning toward sophisticated silhouettes that are balanced and feminine- but they aren’t afraid to play around a little bit, either. Here are some of 2014’s top red carpet trends so far:
Amy Adams, Emma Watson, Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss
Amy Adams, Emma Watson, newcomer Lupita Nyong’o, and Taylor Swift (among others) all chose to wear a bold shade of red at the Globes. Elisabeth Moss stole the SAG Awards red carpet in her perfectly classic red gown! The color of the year has orange undertones, coming off brighter and fresher than vampy red and burgundy gowns that were popular for last awards season.
Cate Blanchett, Amy Poehler, Emma Roberts
The past few seasons have been very experimental, with prints and crazy cutouts making headlines- but stars are going back to basics this year. Black was an overwhelmingly popular color choice for the Globes- Cate Blanchett, a constant Best Dressed frontrunner, wore a black Armani gown, host Amy Poehler wore a black Stella McCartney sheath, and Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, and Sofia Vegara all went for basic black as well.
Lupita Nyong’o, Margot Robbie, Kerry Washington, Gretchen Mohl
Less dramatic but more eye-catching, white was a popular dress color at the Golden Globes too. Hollywood’s favorite red carpet girl Jennifer Lawrence wore a strapless white Dior gown, new girl Margot Robbie wore white Gucci with a plunging neckline, and Kerry Washington clothed her baby bump in custom white Balenciaga. At the Critic’s Choice Awards, Lupita Nyong’o wore a stunning white column dress with cutouts. Gretchen Mohl was our favorite white dress of the season, though- she wore a fishnetted J.Mendel number to the SAG Awards last night!
Uma Thurman, Olivia Wilde, Elisabeth Moss
Princess gowns made a few appearances on the carpet, but the most popular silhouette was body-conscious and covered-up. Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman, Oliva Wilde, Elisabeth Moss, and Kristin Chenowith all went with gowns that feature a high neckline, floor-grazing skirt, and tight fit. Fuss-free and modern!
Kate Mara, Michelle Dockery
Plunging necklines will always have a place on the red carpet, though, and many actresses went for gowns in that classic shape. Amy Adams’ Valentino gown and Kate Mara’s J. Mendel dress at the Globes both featured necklines that plunged all the way down to the rib cage! Michelle Dockery wore her version of a plunging neckline at the SAG Awards. The women balanced out the revealing nature of their top half with flowing, drapey skirts.
Julie Deply, Amber Heard, Kristen Bell
A new type of neckline emerged too: the asymmetrical neckline. Many dresses featured an edgy one-shoulder fit and asymmetrically cut necklines at the Globes. Julie Deply, Ariel Winter, Amber Heard, and Amy Poehler all chose dresses with this unique look, and Kristin Bell gave the trend a shot at the Critic’s Choice Awards too.
Playing with classics:
Emma Watson, Julia Roberts, Margot Robbie, Jennifer Lawrence
It also seems that stars and their stylists are letting themselves be more experimental with their red carpet choices. Emma Watson wore a stunning backless Dior dress featuring a high slit that showed off a slim pair of pants underneath! Lupita Nyong’o’s Globes dress was a hybrid dress/cape, and Julia Roberts layered her strapless black gown over a crisp white button down. At the Critic’s Choice Awards, Margot Robbie even pushed the boundaries with a lacy black jumpsuit! Jennifer Lawrence updated her classicly-fit column gown (Dior, of course) at the SAG Awards with holographic sparkles- one of the biggest runway trends for Spring. Clearly, the rules are being thrown out the window.
Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Garner, Amy Adams
The Critic’s Choice Awards are decidedly more casual, and a big trend to emerge from the night was belted dresses. Sandra Bullock added a metal belt to her ruffled column gown, Cate Blanchett cinched her waist with a wide black belt over her simple navy dress, and Oprah Winfrey streamlined her shape with a sweet bow-shaped belt. Jennifer Garner threw a simple patent belt over her classic black strapless gown at the SAG Awards, and Amy Adams livened up her blue SAG dress with a sparkly waist-cincher, too!
Drew Barrymore, Lupita Nyong’o
Floral appliqués made a few appearances at the awards shows, most notably on Drew Barrymore’s Globes dress (Monique Lhuillier) and Lupita Nyong’o’s custom Gucci gown at the SAG Awards. This is such a fun look, but it DEFINITELY is not for everyone.
Kerry Washington, Zooey Deschanel
Kerry Washington’s crop top/wide skirt outfit at last night’s SAG Awards polarized fashionistas- some hated it, some loved it. We loved it! Kerry bravely showed off her baby bump, and we think she’ll look back on this outfit and be glad she flaunted her goods. Zooey Deschanel’s Oscar de la Renta dress for the Globes had the same effect on people. While she didn’t pull it off quite as well as Washington (honestly, only because she’s not preggers!) we like the look and hope crop tops become more of a red carpet thing.
We predict that the rest of this awards season will see more of the same: a return to classics, dresses that are subtley sexy, edgier choices that push the boundaries, and bold colors.