Red carpet style choices are back with the return of award shows
The big awards shows are back this year, and we’ve all been watching and commenting. But the big question is: have you paid attention to the impact they will have on your spring and summer wardrobe?
Now, I don’t mean you’ll be wearing formal red carpet dresses or super high powered diamonds and 5 inch heels every day from now on. I mean, now that we’re just wearing slouch pants and t-shirts 24/7, there’s an opportunity here to pick up some of the colors and shapes and details that were rolled out for us by some of the best celebrities. stylists around, and let them inspire what we put on for the seasons to come. Some key examples:
Kirsten Dunst made a stunning Oscar statement in her vintage Christian Lacroix from the Fall 2002 season, courtesy of Hollywood boutique LILY and Co’s. Not only was it a smart sustainable fashion choice, but it was a feast for the eyes – a bright, bold pink in swirling chiffon ruffles. You can easily pay homage to the look when you don the Satin Ruffle Wrap Mini Dress ($190 at bananarepublic.com) in Peony Pink. Its soft, cheerfully bright fabric and puffy puff sleeves are structured by a wrap front, as well as an alluring ruffled hem. The style doesn’t get much more feminine than this.
If you remember Zoë Kravitz’s ASMR ad from a few years ago, you might like to think of her Yves Saint Laurent Oscars dress as its sartorial equivalent. It came in the softest, lightest petal pink imaginable, almost as soft as Hailey Bieber’s strapless Saint Laurent column dress in creamy white at the Grammys. You can follow their lead in the Mckenna Twist-Front Blouse from Cinq à Sept ($117.99 at saksfifthavenue.com). In the most subtle hue (rose quartz), it features details like a twist front detail and spread collar, and long sleeves with bell cuffs.
Dressy short shorts:
If you watched the Oscars, you no doubt caught Kristen Stewart in Chanel’s cropped shorts. That’s what I call dressing with originality and attitude. Your best look? Go for Zara’s satin shorts ($39.90 at zara.com). They come in kelly green, but look even better in sleek black – to better emphasize the design’s high waistline and pristine pleats.
At the Grammys, Dua Lipa pulled out all the stops in a strappy Versace dress, topped with a slew of gold chains. Similarly, at the Oscars, Lupita Nyong’o went for the gold in style, in golden Prada from neck to toe. One of my favorite real-life responses to this deluge of gold — I love this dress enough to sell it at Gretta Luxe, my boutique in Wellesley — is the Florencia Halter Maxi ($698 at gretta.co) that Veronica Beard designed beautiful golden silk. Its tiered skirt and sleeveless halter design increase the drama even more.
The belly reveals:
Zendaya’s belly-baring silk top at the Oscars – a Valentino Haute Couture look – turned heads, while still keeping it classy. The same goes for Liya Kebede, whose burgundy velvet dress by Pieter Mulier for Maison Alaïa exposed her midriff without overdoing it in a Britney Spears moment circa 2009. A great way to capture the look yourself from casual, everyday way: the Cover Long Sleeve Top ($68 at aloyoga.com). Its cropped, fitted silhouette and wrap front detail reveals the navel, but with a vibe that’s more peekaboo than exaggerated.
Lady Gaga showed up to the Grammys in a classic black and white dress by Armani Privé, and reminded everyone how dramatically beautiful opposites can be. Line up your own version of that with the Black and White Colorblock Dress ($109.95 at lordandtaylor.com) from New York & Company’s Gabrielle Union Collection. The offset and curve-hugging crew neck look simple enough, but the impact is huge – like Gaga’s.
Hi ho, money:
The Grammys sparkled with looks like Bonnie Raitt’s, chic and pulled together in a silver blazer over a sequined top and simple black pants. And of Cynthia Erivo shining in a light silver dress with lots of tiers, gathers and ties, not to mention layers of black and silver lace. Your answer to all of this? A Mercury Eon Metallic Blazer Jacket ($1,490 at neimanmarcus.com) by UNTTLD. Wear it over literally anything and everything – denim; an LBD; or tights and a white silk blouse. Its sleek fit and peak lapels make it a go-to piece at any time of day and in almost any situation, on or off the red carpet.