FASHION is always at an all-time high at the beginning of the year, when awards season comes around.

While the major awards events have all ended, there are still plenty of movie premieres, posh fund-raisers and less-publicised awards shows where our favourite stars can strut their style on the red carpet.

Spring/Summer fashion is still hot but there are heaps of Pre-Fall looks already making their way onto runways and red carpets everywhere.

Many are toning down their bright and bold hues and shifting into a cooler colour scheme but there are plenty of stars who are still out there rocking summer shades.

Let’s take a look at some red carpet trends that we can’t wait to see in our stores:

Turn on the flash

It’s never too early in the year to come out in a shiny ensemble like the one Ashley Rickards (above) wore at the 2nd Critics Choice Television Awards, especially if it’s for an awards show or swanky event.

Ashley Rickards

When going full metallic, gold or silver, be mindful of your make-up, accessories and shoes. Minimal accessories like a chunky ring or a simple cuff will complete the look, and throw on a pair of nude heels. Make-up should be subtle and avoid shimmery eyeshadow and lipstick because the overall combination of flashy make-up and a shiny dress will end up a bit too over-the-top.

Drop it like it’s hot

The easiest way to spruce up a simple outfit is to throw on some eye-catching accessories, and what’s better than a pair of fabulous earrings?

We all love our hoops and studs, but when it comes to a red carpet event or an important dinner, bring on the drop earrings.

Natalie Zea

Whether they’re an arrangement of stones or an unusual pair like the ones Natalie Zea wore at the Critics Choice Television Awards, these earrings are the way to go as they give your neck an elongated look. You can wear your hair any way you like, but an up-do is best to complement the earrings. After all, you don’t want them to get tangled in your hair.


Angelina Jolie sort of set this trend in motion earlier this year by stepping out on the 84th Annual Academy Awards red carpet in a thigh-high slit that showed off her gorgeous right leg.

Skin is always in, but it depends a lot on how you choose to flaunt your legs, and right now the way to go is slits.

Carly Rae Jepsen

The slit (or slits) is the perfect way to show some skin without looking too trashy. Carly Rae Jepsen’s black gown at the recent MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, Canada, would have been pretty boring if not for the carefully crafted slits down the front. And thanks to the clever cut, it not only looks elegant but adds just the right amount of sex appeal to make the outfit work.

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