Award-Winn​ing Looks of 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

While the Golden Globes are over, there are still plenty of awards shows to get us fashionistas through the cold winter months. The Globes saw the emergence of several new trends, as well as some more of the same. But what will the Oscars and the Grammys bring? Using the Globes as a reference point, Fashion Designer and Expert Claudia Patel shares what she think swill be big for the coming (and historically more fashionably exciting) red carpet opportunities.

Sheer Cut-Outs

This past Sunday night, we saw a lot of risk taking in the cut-out and sheer department. Red carpet veteran Lea Michele and newcomer Rooney Mara alike embraced this trend full throttle, and judging by how their choices were received by critics, Claudia predicts there will be a lot more of these options to come. “The focus on sheer areas as well as strategically placed cut-outs was a very exciting deviation from the steady stream of nude and red gowns that we have already seen. Not for the faint of heart, these styles are gutsy and fashion forward. We’ll be seeing more of them in the near future.”

Statement Accessories

While jewelry is certainly a main component of every red carpet look, the Globes showcased a more obvious move toward show-stopping pieces. As Claudia puts it, “I really loved the emergence of headbands this year. It’s rare to see celebrities utilizing hair jewelry, and that little bit of sparkle among the same old hair trends was both invigorating and cutting edge. In the battle of the bling, stars like Heidi Klum led the pack.She embodied the perfect balance between a simple, body-conscious gown and an elaborate, intricate, scene-stealing necklace.”

Metallic Embellishment

From Nicole Richie’s all-over beaded frock to Salma Hayek’s geometric gold-paneled design, embellishment was a hit at this year’s Golden Globes. Claudia says, “I enjoyed seeing Salma Hayek work the metallic, futuristic look so confidently. Considering she mentioned to commentators that she had switched her dress at the last minute, this was definitely a good move! Nicole Richie’s all-over silver beading was a sparkling, bold approach to the trend, and Zooey Deschanel let the embellishment be the star by choosing a dress that faded from black to bright green beading.”

Color Blocking

We saw some stars experiment with this trend from the runway, and Claudia doesn’t see any reason that it should slow down for the rest of awards season. “Celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Claire Danes proved that color blocking patterns are not only flattering, unexpected,and fun, but they are also regal. Often, color blocking is seen as a more casual trend, but the details on these gowns were truly breathtaking, and as a result, both Claire and Angelina found their way onto many best dressed lists.In my opinion, other stars should take note of this and run with it for the upcoming shows,” says Claudia.


A rather different silhouette also stormed the red carpet,putting the ladies that rocked it way ahead of their competitors in the trend department. Claudia says, “Say it with me now: peplum! After seasons of seeing this look displayed on runways, it seems that the star community has finally taken note. With actresses like Julianne Moore and Madeline Stowe leading the way, I think that we’ll see a lot more of the peplum silhouette in the future. One of the biggest overall trends for spring,ladylike has emerged as a frontrunner in gown design as well, and I can’t wait to see more!”
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