New York Fashion Week has come and gone, and now, so has awards season. With two fashion mega-events under our belts, it’s time to take a look back on what we’ve seen. We’ve checked our data to see how the runway trends are holding up post-Fashion Week off the red carpets based on what you’re wearing. It’s time to announce the winners. And the Oscar goes to…
Selma Hayek wasn’t the only celeb spotted in this lush look last night — we actually saw this trend cross gender lines. Whether it was used on a tailored tux jacket or fitted bodice, velvet seemed to be everyone’s favorite surprise fabric.
Over the past 5 months, we’ve seen a whopping 146% increase in the wearing of this trend – and the red carpets were no exception. Velvet receives a well-deserved A+ and is officially the big winner of the Oscars (sorry, Argo). Not only has it seen a meteoric rise, but it also happens to be just as well suited for men as it is for women. A non-exclusive, flattering, and comfortable trend? Bravo!
Blush Tones: B+
In perhaps the most anticipated arrival of the night, Jennifer Lawrence debuted her choice of a pale pink, Dior Haute Couture gown. Though she undoubtedly had countless dresses to choose from, Lawrence opted for one of this season’s most ladylike trends: blush tones.
Her career is on fire, but this trend is actually only lukewarm. It fell just over 25% in the past 5 months, with periodic fluctuations showing no clear signs of a significant change in popularity. In other words, it’s a safe choice. Given its prevalence lately, though, we’re prepping to see a sudden spike in spring. Until then, this trend’s report card will read B+ for a solid effort with a lack of creativity.
Ms. Bullock, no stranger to red carpet dressing, must have been paying close attention to NYFW, because she chose one of this season’s most unexpected trends. Made modern in a dark shade with metallic details, she would have fit right in on the Tadashi Shoji runways.
Neither red carpet nor runway has done much for this trend, though. Since October, lace has seen a more than 45% decrease. To its credit, lace is typically not a winter trend, so that’s why we’re giving it a B-. We’re still hoping this one picks up in spring, in which case we’d be willing to offer some extra credit.
We saw ornate paisley prints on celebs ranging from it-girl Amanda Seyfried to editor Louise Roe last night. This romantic print proved reminiscent of several NYFW collections, Erin Fetherston and Red Valentino included.
But, like lace, this one didn’t necessarily translate off the red carpet. With a 73% decrease in wears in the past 5 months, paisley’s popularity has declined. However, we can’t ignore its recent omnipresence. To be honest, the revival of this old print has us excited, so we’re going to go ahead and give it an A- for originality and perseverance, and hope that the public wises up and follows suit.
Naomi Watts was just one of the many metallic mavens on last night’s red carpet. With a body-conscious silhouette and sharp cutouts, her gunmetal look was hard to ignore. Metallics have always been a red carpet staple, but will they make it to the sidewalks?
It’s unclear. With an almost 60% decrease in wearings since October, we’d be inclined to say “no.” This red carpet favorite is just not translating into everyday wear. On the red carpet, though, metallics (and beads, and sequins, and glitter) are almost a requisite. So, while we give Naomi an A for her figure-flattering cut, this trend receives a C for being totally and unabashedly expected.
Written by Annie Wazer, Marketing Coordinator for real-time trend insights company Stylitics. Annie can often be found wearing leather leggings and has never met a cup of coffee she didn’t like.