Let’s face it — color is a subject largely designer driven. Many award gowns are practically whisked off the runway for their red carpet debut. From this vantage point they are literally broadcast around the world. Then clothing manufacturers set about the task of producing similar, cheaper garments for the masses.
Respecting this hierarchy, let’s look at some of this year’s red carpet color trends that will likely be affecting our future fashion:
Nude / Blush Tones
Nudes abounded at the Golden Globes this year being worn by Angelina Jolie in Versace, Kate Beckinsdale in Roberto Cavalli, Diane Lane in Reem Acra, Jessica Biel in Elie Saab, and perhaps most successfully by Charlize Theron in Christian Dior. They make a great canvas for stunning jewelry and glowing skin.
Leading ladies are having a lot of fun with this trend with some popular choices being jade green, royal blue, fuchsia, and coral. Two great examples from the SAG Awards this season are from Sofia Vergara in a wow raspberry pink Marchesa and Emily Blunt in an emerald green Oscar de la Renta stunner.
Color blocking combines two or more blocks of color in one look bringing a modern twist to familiar gown silhouettes. Angelina Jolie did this well at the Golden Globes in her Versace blush gown featuring a block of red carpet red at the top. Another is Claire Danes in the black and white paneled J. Mendel gown she wore to the Golden Globes.