Monday, February 28, 2011

Red Carpet Raves (On a Linoleum Budget)

You know what, I'm done with best and worst dressed lists (at least, for today). No one agrees, everyone's catty, and I'm tired of going, "You liked that? Are you high?!" By now, you've hopefully read my play-by-play, including which gowns I particularly did or did not like. So, to heck with them all! Instead of rehashing, let's look at some of the trends:

First of all, color was key. Reds, Oranges, and Purples dominated the carpet, in surprisingly simple, classic designs. Obviously, it's too early for knock-off dresses to be in stores, but I found some affordable, on-trend beauties at David's Bridal, should you find yourself in need of a fancy frock.
Photo Credit (for all gowns): David's Bridal
This dress is a stunner. It's an aubergine (think Natalie Portman) glitter chiffon gown from the Jessica Simpson collection. Apparently, she designs everything these days. I adore the one-shouldered styling, and the tiered layers lend movement to the gown and provide camouflage for problem areas. $229.00.
This short and sassy silhouette is a bit more wearable, but still a knockout. Also, if you're not into the red trend, there are nineteen other colors to choose from. $129.00.

Another hot gown trend this year was the embellished gown. I loved Anne Hathaway's bedazzled ivory gown, and found a not-too-shabby take on the trend in this next gown:
The blush and champagne tones, along with the cinched waist and billowy skirt, make for a flattering and feminine look. The intricate beading and Black Swan-ready, ballet-esque tulle put it directly on trend. $259.00

Understated elegance showed in more places than stars' gowns. There was a distinct lack of jewelry on Sunday's red carpet. Of course, the jewels that made it were amazing. If you're going with one piece, it's going to have to be extraordinary.

Photo Credit: Frederick's of Hollywood
This statement ring has enough bling to alleviate the need for any other jewelry, except maybe a pair of rhinestone or diamond stud earrings. Best of all, it's on sale for $9.99! This would be a great piece to pair with the red dress from earlier.

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Now, for something a little more high-end, here's a beautiful vintage piece from Atlanta Antique Gallery. It's the only one of its kind, and priced to move at $95.00. Of course, I found this through a Google search, and there are loads more beautiful, unique pieces out there to fit your own personal taste. Diamond chokers were everywhere on the carpet, and add the perfect touch of refined sparkle.

Alrighty, that's it for this year's Red Carpet report. I hope I was able to help you guys achieve movie star glamour on a movie patron's budget. If not, well, can't say I didn't try. Happy shopping!

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