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Goodbye Capes, Hello Catsuits! The Boldest Red Carpet Fashion Trends To Expect From Awards Season 2022

Gucci spring/summer 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Vogue Runway

The forecast for 2022 awards season fashion looks unclear, but Hollywood’s top stylists aren’t letting small details, like postponed and privatized ceremonies, get in the way of dreaming up fantastical red-carpet looks. To the prospect of more masked photos, in line with Covid-19 regulations, celebrity dressers say long live Hollywood style! Faced with the possibility of Zoom acceptance speeches, they’re throwing color – and more color! – into the mix.

Here, the creative individuals behind Tinseltown’s most-publicized wardrobes predict the biggest red carpet trends of 2022.

All-out opulence

“Drama in the form of bold silhouettes – from sultry column dresses to big ballgowns – exquisite jewelry and haute couture,” is what Tara Swennen expects to see as the awards shows unfold. The woman behind Kristen Stewart’s elegantly punk uniform notes the emphasis will be on “jaw-dropping trains and breathtaking beadwork”, as stars nod to the “show-stopping Hollywood glamour” the world never tires of seeing and which offers a welcome shot in the arm during the bleak mid winter.

The brand that’s geared up to oblige those seeking modern Marilyn Monroe moments? Gucci, of course. Alessandro Michele’s Love Parade show, staged on Hollywood’s legendary Walk of Fame, was chock full of frothy, pearlescent confections begging for a great paparazzi pic. Rising styling double act Zadrian Smith and Sarah Edmiston say the presentation was electric, and reflected everyone’s desire to “really embrace a sense of escapism through fashion”.

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