Rethinking red carpet couture

With this month and the next chock-a-bloc with awards shows, WWD’s Bridget Foley makes a compelling case for sleeves and their poorer cousin straps, “as well as non-bustier bodices, necklines that approach the neck and non sparkly siren, non-mermaid silhouettes” on the red carpet, please.

What happened to the ‘no guts, no glory’ adage? Have celebrities overdone ‘playing it safe’ at awards shows? Other than individualists Elle Fanning and Tilda Swinton, according to Foley most celebrities follow a set red carpet dressing formula: “hourglass bustier, bustier ballgown, blush mermaid, sweetheart sexpot”.

“I think two factors lead the majority of actresses to choose safety first,” opines Foley. “Most are afraid to look something other than ultraskinny, so dresses that don’t hug the body at least through the torso are eliminated immediately. Secondly, not everyone is blessed with Swinton-esque fortitude; most women fear being ripped apart in the inevitable postmortem — who can blame them? — Whether or not the shredders know a thing about fashion.”Read more
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