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Oscar trends?

February 29, 2012

Do the Oscars start trends?

I know that all it can take to launch a fashion designer is for an A-lister to wear their dress to the Academy Awards but can what people wear at the oscars predict what will be in stores over the next year… or since fashion has long moved east to west, are  they merely reflecting current trends?

Either way, there were several style patterns at the Oscars this year.

1. The first one is the sparkle. Pretty much every dress on the red carpet and on stage had some sort of glittery embellishment whether it was beads, sequins, or a shiny/lamé fabric choice. Personally I enjoyed the glitter and kind of hope that means working it into my wardrobe will be fashionable.

2. One shoulder dresses, particularly off the shoulder dresses where the “sleeve” is totally decorative meaning that structurally,  the dress is strapless.

Multiple examples below

3. The other thing I noticed was that several dresses were draped to meet at the front and centre of the torso. This style seems to have proved rather flattering for several women of vastly different physiques and it is always nice to see a dress style that works across silhouettes and body types.

Although I do suspect that the placement of the centre point for the draping and gathering has a great deal of impact on how flattering the dress is.

Jennifer Lopez’ gathers were actually false, but the stripes follow the pattern creating the illusion of the draping and flattering her every curve.

Busy Phillips’ dress is flattering and tasteful although not really a standout in grey. Again you can see the central point of the gathers

And Octavia Spencer (one my favourite dresses) also sported this style to great effect. I think I want this dress.

So maybe it is a trendsetting event.

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