The spectacle of red carpet fashion is second to none, which makes award season — the time of year when winter chilliness is thawed by the glamour and glow of BAFTAs, Golden Globes, Grammys, Critic’s Choice, and Academy Awards — just as delightful to the fashion obsessed as it is to movie buffs. This year, awards season has even served up more sartorial magic due to the Emmys, usually a September event, being pushed from fall to January, resulting in an embarrassment of high fashion riches and red carpet trends.
While we eagerly await awards season every year (the Grammys are our Super Bowl), there’s no reason to miss out on all the fun once the last trophy’s been handed out. Instead, we’re keeping the glitz and glamour going all year long by capturing the essence of 2024’s best and boldest celebrity red-carpet fashion trends and bringing them off the red carpet and into our everyday wardrobes.
We’re not suggesting anyone try to wear Taylor Swift’s sequined Gucci Golden Globes look to the office or Rosamund Pike’s fabulously funerary veil to brunch with the girlies. Rather, we’ve got the accessories, separates, and dresses that capture the trend-setting and evocative energy of Swift, Pike, and the rest of the best-dressed leading ladies that have graced 2024’s red carpets.
The world is still swooning, with good reason, over the beaded masterpiece designed by Christian Dior Couture that Natalie Portman wore to the 2024 Golden Globes. Florals, from the abstract to the hyperrealistic, flourish when treated with dimensionality, be it beading, as was the case with Portman’s gown, or embroidered overlays like those seen on Jenna Ortega and Simona Tabasco’s Emmys gowns, designed by Dior and Marni, respectively.
A little idyllic opulence goes a long way so we recommend cultivating this botanical trend at home via statement separates paired with neutral pieces, the better to show off the texture and nuance of your three-dimensional garden.
Is there any fabric as sumptuous as velvet? We think not. A midnight color palette heightens the duality of velvet’s balance between softness and shine and stars have taken full advantage of the way velvet can pleat, drape, or cling this award season. While swishing around in a full-length gown isn’t an option for most of us, we do think this tempting textile looks best by the yard — the more square footage per piece, the better.
Channel your inner Elizabeth Debicki in a sleek velvet maxi or play with proportion to evoke Neicy Nash’s curve-hugging Greta Constantine gown by pairing an oversized velvet blazer with a close-fitting corset stop.
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Rosettes have reigned supreme on this year’s red carpet with a particular focus on a décolleté-adjacent smattering of roses rather than full head-to-toe bouquets. While red rosettes have been favored and flaunted by Margot Robbie and Emily Blunt romantic pinks like those worn by Jennifer Lopez at the Golden Globes, have also been spotted.
This trend blooms best from the neck up with an emphasis on individually articulated petals. Show off your shoulders with Bardot and asymmetrical necklines. A strapless or crop top featuring rosettes is no less bold. And, of course, we love a mini.
Sequins can be a spectacle, but this season’s spangles have been defined by a whispering texture rather than a blinding roar. Taylor Swift, America Ferrera, and Meryl Streep have all worn micro-sequined gowns that shimmer with a liquid singularity, rather than a smattering of shine. Since micro-sequin textures pack such a punch, you can fully embody this trend with a single piece like a skirt or top.
Color-wise, we recommend reaching for a vibrant shade that’s as scintillating as this textural trend itself like the vivid chartreuse and bubblegum pink worn by Swift and Robbie to the Golden Globes.
Bows of all sizes have captured the fashion world’s imagination, and the red carpet is no exception. Whether styled at the sleeves like Amanda Seyfried’s Golden Globes gown, the Lana Del Ray Grammys way, as a bodice’s centerpiece, or highlighting a baby bump a la Suki Waterhouse at the Emmys, a bold bow is an elegant accent that exudes feminine power.
For everyday wear, we recommend opting for separates or a casual dress featuring featuring a single oversized bow or many minis, then adding a dreamy hair accessory to drive the point home. Like your bows more subtle? You can still create a red-carpet-worthy moment with a pair of bow-studded shoes.
Illusion mesh — a sheer, skin-tone fabric meant to melt against the body to the point of invisibility — has come a long way from the cut-outs and bodycon dresses it frequently adorned in the early aughts. 2024’s illusion mesh performs feats of elevated magic, tricking the eye into believing that the gowns worn by Selena Gomez at the Emmys and Kat Graham at the Grammys are parts of the celebs themselves instead of separate garments.
To replicate this illusory aesthetic at home, we recommend pieces with illusion mesh panels. Separate sections of sheerness achieve the same optical illusion as this season’s most stunning gowns on a slightly smaller scale.
Call it the Renaissance effect, but rarely has a red carpet gone by without featuring at least one celeb wearing chic elbow-length — or higher! — gloves. Whereas other red carpet trends require a few alterations to bring them into the every day, you can wear this one as is. Create a modern Old Hollywood vibe with sheer gloves like Hailee Steinfeld did at the Golden Globes or feature a fully coordinated pair like Fantasia Barrino did at the Grammys.
While accessories don’t often take center stage on the red carpet, they can certainly serve as a focal point in your everyday wardrobe. A pair of sheer gloves take a blazer outfit from day one to night while a leather pair adds edge to any and all evening wear.