Need inspiration for your upcoming party outfits? Look to red carpet fashion

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  • Wednesday, 30 Nov 2022

From left to right: Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh, Rose of Blackpink, and Alexandra Daddario. Photo composite: Various brands

Party season and year-end festivities are right around the corner, and before you know it it’ll be time to start getting dressed up for a fun night out.

If you don’t know where to begin when it comes to finding inspiration for an ensemble, take a page out of A-listers and red carpet veterans.

Awards season has been back and in full swing recently, as are gala’s, soirees and tons of fancy events featuring the stars all decked out in their finest.

Here are 10 trends that are making waves in the fashion world, which you can adopt and adapt to your own personal style.

High-low styles

The high-low style worn by Christine Chiu is versatile with a festive feel. Photo: GucciThe high-low style worn by Christine Chiu is versatile with a festive feel. Photo: Gucci

The Emmy Awards saw Kerry Washington and Ayo Edebiri don gowns that were short in the front, with long floor-length trains in the back.

The high-low style is back, most recently worn by Bling Empire’s Christine Chiu to the Lacma Art & Film Gala in Los Angeles, California.

Versatile with a festive feel, this whimsical style can be adopted by the most glamorous of gown styles as well as simple, everyday chic.

Jumpsuits and party suits

Pants are fast becoming a popular choice for many ladies when it comes to dressing up for a night out, and why not?

After all, some degree of comfort is essential when you’re standing around socialising for hours on end.

Jumpsuits like the subtle yet chic tailored black jumpsuit worn by Jamie Lee Curtis at the Governors Awards can always be accessorised with chunky jewellery and a dazzling clutch. Curtis paired her outfit with a tassel necklace and rhinestone clutch.

Alternatively, go all out with a glittery party pantsuit, complete with sequins and rhinestones, ala Sandra Oh at the 2022 Emmy Awards.

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Blackpink’s Rose turned heads at the Lacma Art & Film gala, wearing a cut-out Saint Laurent gown which featured a crossed bodice, ruched skirt and a draped hood.

Think you don’t have the “idea figure” for tops or dresses with cut-outs? Well, take it from Vogue, which said in a recent article, “Lest you think you need a six-pack to sport these cut-outs, think again. These tops are for any and everyone – including those women who are expecting.”

Don’t shy away from cut-outs, as they can add another dimension to a dress, and are a great way to show some skin in an otherwise fully-covered gown.

For example, try a midi dress with cut-outs at the waist, or give a long-sleeved dress some edge with cut-outs along the arm.

Exaggerated sleeves

Full-on drama isn’t for everyone, and only the boldest will go big with every inch of fabric.

For the rest of us, spice up an outfit with exaggerated details, and one of the safest ways to do this is with larger-than-life or souped-up sleeves.

South Korean actress Si-yeon Park showed us how it’s done in a gorgeous red high-neck gown with loose, billowy sleeves cuffed neatly at the wrist.

This elegant look goes to show that less isn’t always more, as she exudes pure sophistication with this red-hot number.

Hooded beauty

Alessandra Ambrosio in a hooded black jumpsuit with pointed shoulder pads. Photo GucciAlessandra Ambrosio in a hooded black jumpsuit with pointed shoulder pads. Photo Gucci

Refinery29 is calling hoods “Autumn’s biggest dress trend”, and you can plainly see why.

From supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio’s chic hooded black jumpsuit with pointed shoulder pads to Laura Harrier’s sleek Saint Laurent hooded gown, hoods are popping up on every runway and red carpet.

Other stars that have donned hoods this month are Kate Moss, Natalia Bryant, Addison Rae and Amber Valetta, at various galas and parties.

Made popular in the 1980s by fashion icon, model, actress and singer Grace Jones, whose signature hooded dresses from A View To Kill were designed by Azzedine Alaia, the style is being revived in a big way in 2022.

So hurry up and live out your Jedi (or Little Red Riding Hood) fantasies before this trend fizzles out.

Bring on the theatrics

Cate Blanchett brings the drama with tulle, a structured black blazer and a layered skirt. Photo: AFPCate Blanchett brings the drama with tulle, a structured black blazer and a layered skirt. Photo: AFP

A little drama goes a long way, as demonstrated by Cate Blanchett at the Governors Awards.

The legendary actress paired a dramatic gown with a structured black blazer, with a double-layered skirt featuring silver embellishments below, the top shaped into a peplum.

But the real standout detail was one shoulder of her blazer, which sprouted tulle that matched the rest of her outfit.

It’s one of those looks that you either love or hate, but we’ll go with the former – you can’t help but be in awe of the bold details that seems to complement one another so harmoniously.

Masculine style

Take “wearing the pants” to the next level by donning menswear-inspired outfits, like Alexandra Daddario did at the Tiffany & Co Lock Collection launch dinner.

The Percy Jackson star wore a Michael Kors collection set, which featured a tailored jumpsuit layered under a matching blazer with crossed lapels.

Now, women in menswear isn’t a new trend, but more women are beginning to embrace and experiment with masculine styles (and vice versa) thanks to the growing popularity of genderless and androgynous fashion.

Fringe details

Carey Mulligan rocking a fringe dress with an oversized blazer. Photo: GucciCarey Mulligan rocking a fringe dress with an oversized blazer. Photo: Gucci

Admit it, every time you get invited to a Great Gatsby or 1920s themed party, your heart flutters in excitement at the thought of shimmying the night away in a flapper dress.

Neither too tight nor too shapeless, these fitted dresses with fringe hemlines are a lot of fun to wear, and they always make you feel extra glamorous.

Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh wore a comfortable-looking, breezy riviera linen twill dress with fringed skirt from Bottega Veneta’s Summer 2023 collection to the Governors Awards.

Fringe can also be incorporated into your look in other ways, for example Carey Mulligan’s Gucci ensemble at the Lacma Art & Film Gala.

She wore a silver embellished fringe dress and oversized blazer to the event.

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Matching sets like this one worn by Adria Arjona, are all the rage right now. Photo: Tiffany & CoMatching sets like this one worn by Adria Arjona, are all the rage right now. Photo: Tiffany & Co

For those who don’t like to spend too much time and effort on thinking about what to wear, your safest bet is to just go with a matching ensemble, cut from the same cloth if possible.

Andor star Adria Arjona wore a matching one-shoulder top and pants to the Tiffany & Co Lock Collection launch.

Not to be confused with monochrome sets, Cosmopolitan explains, “Unlike a monochrome look, you can mix in as much pattern, colour, and texture as you want with a matching set, so long as you stay consistent from top to bottom.”

Classic black

Apart from death and taxes, the only other thing that’s certain is that black is always a win-win in fashion.

Sure, if you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead and experiment with the Pantone colour of the year or whatever hues are in season, but be rest assured that classic black will always be there for you.

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