January means awards season is upon us, and a host of glitzy red carpet events kick off with the Golden Globes on January 10.
This will be followed by the Grammy Awards (February 5), the Baftas (February 19) and the biggest event of the season, the Oscars, on March 12.
With stylish stars like Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Anya Taylor-Joy and Brad Pitt already scooping awards, we’re gearing up for a star-studded set of red carpets – and these are the trends stylists predict will be big this season …
“Looking back at fashion month, we can see some obvious trends from the runway that will come into play on the red carpets and big occasions in 2023,” says Francesca Salih, stylist and founder of personal styling and shopping platform Style Grid (stylegrid.com ).
One of those trends was fringe, and Salih said: “On the runways of Proenza Schouler, Jil Sander, Alexander McQueen and Bottega Veneta, fringe is having a moment.”
Fringe can be tailored to a celebrity’s personal style – opting for an overall look (perhaps inspired by the roaring 1920s) or opting for subtle accents on gowns or suits. Either way, fringing brings a little fun and movement to the red carpet.
“On the catwalks for Saint Laurent and Loewe, we saw hanging dresses inspired by the ancient Greeks,” explains Salih.
So on the red carpet this season, she says, “We can expect celebrities to channel their inner Aphrodite in glamorous gowns with modern, sexy details like belly button cutouts and thigh slits.”
We’ve been whispering about this trend since the end of 2022 – most notably in the Rodarte outfit Florence Pugh wore to the British Independent Film Awards in early December. With a pale pink slip dress, lace trim and tulle stole, Pugh brought the boudoir look to the red carpet.
Expect to see more of this as we move into awards season, with Salih saying: “Soft silks, delicate lace hems, romantic ruffles and barely-there glimpses of leather – bedroom dressing is taking over.”
Inspiration from the eighties
For celebrity stylist Ryan Kay (instagram.com/ryankaystyles): “You can’t go wrong with a suit on the red carpet.” But what can sharp tailoring look like in 2023?
Seventies styles have been dominating fashion for a few years now – thanks to the likes of Gucci and Harry Styles – so Kay says: “Maybe the Eighties are coming because it’s the Seventies at the moment – so disco, wide lapels, flares, very Seventies fashion – [so] maybe we’ll move to the 1980s.”
He suggests that subtle cues such as “wide flares on women’s trousers or lapels, a higher shoulder or [being] more adventurous with colors”.
It could also mean chic hooded dresses in bold colors will be big on the red carpet – taking inspiration from Azzedine Alaïa’s designs in the 1980s (famously worn by Grace Jones).
Over the past few years, there’s been a growing trend of celebrities wearing vintage on the red carpet—notable examples from 2022 include Ariana DeBose wearing John Galliano for the Westworld season four premiere and Olivia Rodrigo wearing Jean Paul Gaultier. MTV Movie Awards.
While the trend may be catching on—with celebrities turning their eco-savvy and fashion history knowledge—it’s hard for stylist Danielle Whiteman to take on.
“Vintage gowns are quite hard to come by,” she says. “Especially [as] they [tend to be] tiny little sizes because the sizes back then were so different from today’s.’
Instead, he predicts we’ll see a lot more celebrities re-wear their clothes on the red carpet, sending a positive message about sustainability. In November 2022, Cate Blanchett wore a dramatic white Alexander McQueen dress with a black blazer to the Governors Awards – a look she previously designed for the 2020 Venice Film Festival.
“It was a pretty striking dress and to wear something like that again – that’s quite impressive – that’s a big statement,” says Whiteman, a member of the SmileDirectClub Trust Board, which aims to raise the nation’s confidence levels.
“That might be something we should focus on. [in 2023].”