The flurry of red carpet events in recent days — the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the CFDA Fashion Awards, and the MTV Movie Awards — have put some of the hottest trends-of-the-moment in the spotlight, and not all of them come up winners. We look at the hits, the misses, and the ones you should avoid at all costs.
Hit: A strong suit
Tuxedos barely register on the red carpet when they’re worn by men. On women, however, tuxedos — or in this case near-tuxes — demand attention. Celebs everywhere have been loving the look recently, and why not? Sleek and sophisticated, the all-black uniform, many with daring necklines and cutouts, are slimming and easy to wear (even for the less-than-famous among us). “Descendants” actress Shailene Woodley (above left) rocked one at the MTV Movie Awards, pairing a plunging double-breasted jacket with cropped trousers, while TV personality Terri Seymour (at right) wore a tux-inspired jumpsuit to the Spike TV Guys Choice Awards. Though jumpsuits can be ridiculous, Seymour’s narrow satin lapels and single button closure looked tailored and smart. The one-piece black pantsuit worn by Elizabeth Banks (above right) for the MTV Awards was another sleek hit with its sexy cutouts down the arms and legs. While not a true tux, it had an edgy menswear feel, and paired with sky-high pumps, it’s a look we bet many fashionistas will be favoring this fall.
Hit: Creme de la creme
Head-to-toe white or even cream, for that matter, just isn’t practical for most of us. But boy, does it look great on some celebs. Kate Middleton (above left) wore a creamy confection with a nude lace overlay to the final day of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, a dress that will surely go down as one of the most photographed of the days-long celebration. But celebs were embracing cream on the other side of the pond as well. Another Kate (Beckinsale, above middle) went with a short vanilla dress for the MTV Movie Awards, the perfect frock to show off her tan gams. Jessica Biel also looked white-hot in short knit Chanel, while several other stars — including Emma Stone (above right) and Jenna Dewan-Tatum — included a dash of white on the red carpet.
Miss: Neon trees
They’re tall, they’re willowy, but even Hollywood’s hottest up-and-comers can’t make neon work. The simply gorgeous Julia Jones (near right), at the MTV Movie Awards for “Twilight Breaking Dawn — Part 1,” couldn’t compete with the glare from her electric lime frock, while Ellie Kemper (far right) of “The Office” stepped in it in shocking pink pumps. (Don’t even get us started on her unfortunate floral dress.) Ladies, despite what the fashion mags lead you to believe, neon looks good on no one. That is all.
Miss: Unbrushed hair
Kristen Stewart (at right), just because your boyfriend Robert Pattinson is out of town and you’re exhausted from doing non-stop movie press, does not mean that you can show up on the MTV red carpet looking as if you haven’t dragged a brush through your hair in days. Come on. We all know you clean up better than this.
Hayley Kaufman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.