red carpet report 

From our head of fashion, brian solis

Now that the red carpet is back and in full swing with starlet Muses gracing us all
with more couture and vintage than I can remember. Let me share with you
my red carpet recap of styles and trends that inspired me this awards season.

the first red carpet award goes to vintage! 

The first red carpet award goes to vintage! The house of Versace graced the carpet to the 54th NAACP Image Awards with a vintage 1989 Gianni Versace Haute Couture beaded strapless circus novelty gown. Worn by actress Gabrielle Union and styled by Jason Bolden, the embroidery resembled something you would have seen from the works of Picasso. Beading and embroidery can be tricky, especially resurrecting a vintage piece. This one in particular has shown the true test of time and was the right moment to bring back. 

Stylist Law Roach and actress Zendaya brought us a vintage look. The look was a 2002 Atelier Versace Spring gown that resembles details and a silhouette to what you will see now from creative director Casey Cadwallader at Mugler.

The classic column gown with deep plunging neckline and neon green accents followed the shape of her silhouette.

Whenever you see these two work together, pure magic happens and Zendaya knows how to, as quoted from either a photographer in the pit or fan…”SERVING SERVING SERVING”. 

 Yellow was a trend seen at this year's 29th SAG Awards ceremony in every fabrication possible. 

Yellow was a trend seen at this year's 29th SAG Awards ceremoFrom tulle worn by actress Angela Bassett in a Giambattista Valli FW22 Couture mermaid silhouette, actress Clarie Foy in a custom Prada duchess satin column with plunging neckline (is plunging necklines down to your naval coming back…brings me flashbacks to J.Lo wearing the Gucci bamboo gown), actress Niecy Nash in a custom Vera Wang chiffon ‘old Hollywood glam’ silhouette, to actress and EGOT status Viola Davis in a crepe long sleeve Valentino gown…LOVE a gown with sleeves. 

I know what you might be thinking, ‘I can’t wear yellow!’. Yellow has many shades and depths to it, find the right one that works with your skin tone. See how these starlet Muses have it either close or away from their faces. Try it with a bold red lip or take a style tip from actress Michelle Yeoh in a Schiaparelli SS23 Couture by artistic director, Daniel Roseberry. The yellow on this gown was the embroidery and balanced with the black fabric. 

When looking to make an entrance, one way to amp up a silhouette is as simple as a cape. Take it from these winning looks that brought the inner superhero to the red carpet.

Winner of the 65th Grammy Awards, Lizzo wore a theatrical Dolce & Gabbana peachy ombré floral embroidered hooded cape over her corset top and skirt. It was very reminiscent of Monsieur Yves Saint Laurent 1965 hand-knit wool wedding dress.

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis donned a minimalist Valentino jumpsuit with a statement floral lace cape purchased from the Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills worn to the 80th Golden Globe Awards. Even though Curtis wore a minimal jumpsuit, the lace cape gave her red carpet look that understated wow factor. Just remember, capes are not just for superheroes. 

From the boudoir to the red carpet. 

Boudoir is a big trend we saw on the SS23 runway from Dolce & Gabbana’s and JW Anderson’s silk camisole dresses with hints of lace to Khaite’s literally ‘sheer’ perfection collection. From LV and Paco Rabanne’s over abundance use of lace…more is more was the case for these two fashion houses. So how does this all translate to the red carpet?

As seen at the 29th SAG Awards, actress Hong Chau wore a literal interpretation of ‘boudoir’ from Fendi’s SS23 Couture collection. The lingerie dress that I liked but maybe in a midi skirt length for this special occasion. 

The right mix of a sequin bodice gave way to a reworked lace detailed gown from Giorgio Armani Prive worn by the fashionable Muse Cate Blanchett…her on screen character Lydia Tár would never, but it was a winning look for me! This was Blanchett’s third time repurposing this gown from her own archives, worn originally to the 2014 Golden Globes and then to the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. 

Actress Rooney Mara wore delicate panels of black and white lace making an image of a feathered bird over the front of her Alexander McQueen SS16 gown.  

If these looks are a bit over the top for your taste, take it from actress Jenny Slate who turned to the sister duo, Rodarte, to the 80th Golden Globes. Slate displayed her bare shoulders in an exquisite emerald green gown with delicate halter straps and a floral embellishment.