Lupita Nyong’o, Robin Wright’s Stylists Predict Awards Season Fashion Trends

Celebrity stylists weigh in on which formalwear fashions will rule this year’s biggest red carpets.

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“Suiting is making a comeback,” says stylist Micaela Erlanger, who’s responsible for outfitting awards season veterans like Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto. “I expect to see menswear-inspired looks this season. When done correctly, it can make a sul- try, chic statement in a very effortless way. And beyond that, it’s just unexpected and cool!”

“My client (actress) Tatiana Maslany wore a Bouchra Jarrar couture cream tuxedo to the Emmys,” she says, also pointing out stellar suited looks chosen by non-cli- ents. “Carey Mulligan wore a powder-blue Marc Jacobs tuxedo to the Elle Women in Hollywood event. Emma Stone wore that amazing Lanvin look this year. Who says you can’t wear pants on the red carpet?”

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Gina Rodriguez’s stylist Lauren Rodriguez (no relation) is championing metallics and bold embellishments for awards carpets in 2016. “I absolutely loved Kerry Washington’s dress from this past Primetime Emmys, and it showcases this trend perfectly,” she says. “It was so excellently styled and made such a statement. The dress spoke for itself without overpowering her, and she kept everything else simple and elegant.”

The trick is in not going overboard. “There are definitely a lot of risks to be taken when talking metallics and bold embel- lishments,” she cautions, “but when done the right way, it adds a layer of glam- our, and can make quite an unforgettable impact on the red carpet.”

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“This red carpet awards season is going to be all about the earth- and jewel-tone-patterened gowns,” predicts L.A. native Natalie Saidi, stylist to red carpet regulars like Ashlee Simpson, Vanessa Hudgens and Evan Ross. “The ’70s are back with a vengeance, and I’m loving it.”

The trend can even be taken up a notch. “Add a gorgeous high neck, sheer lace or sexy mesh, and
you have the perfect sexy/ romantic/bohemian gown,” she adds, noting that she particularly loves this Balmain look.

Her advice for this year’s stars? “I think it’s fun to wear something different on the carpet, rather than a plain lace or chiffon gown. A lot of these patterns being used are also super flattering to all body types.”

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Kemal Harris, stylist to Robin Wright and Olivia Wilde, cites Gucci, Balmain and Rodarte looks as examples of the modern ruffle gowns that caught her eye on the spring 2016 runways.

“Sometimes you don’t know something’s missing in your life until it’s repack- aged and shown to you in a fresh new way,” she says. “I’ve never been drawn to overly feminine, flouncy fashions. They can be risky for the red carpet with all that added fabric, but the modern and toned-down ruffles shown at Proenza Schouler and Derek Lam feel new and much more tailored.”

Her awards season hope? “I would love to see this trend worn on the 2016 red carpets as a bold statement of feminine strength and confidence.”

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