Words: Kellianne Wong
Last week marked the biggest night of the year for TV fans, the 2014 Emmy Awards, a night of glitz, glamour and sweeping wins. While there were certainly winners in the awards department, whatâs more important were the winners on the red carpet. We saw Hollywoodâs hottest celebs channeling the latest in Winter/Spring trends, from 90s-inspired high necklines to plunging V-neck dresses. Paired with statement jewellery and killer accessories, these trends will give you inspiration for a sleek and sophisticated bridal look.
Leaving their little black dresses in the wardrobe, the stars instead opted for stunning white gowns. Kate Mara wowed in an angelic J. Mendel with a pearl and crystal bodice and asymmetric pleated skirt, while Padma Lakshmi and Michelle Monaghan stayed classic in white column dresses.
Necklines are a key design feature in dresses, with the ability to flatter, elongate, minimise or emphasise. The daring, deep-V neckline requires killer confidence andÂ careful balance between classy and trashy, but when done correctly, it creates a bold and stunning look. Hayden Panettiere, Lucy Liu and Keke Palmer stepped out in dresses withÂ eye-catching plunging necklines.
On the other end of the scale, the modest yet sophisticated high neckline and flirty crossover neckline are establishing themselves as more than just short-lived trends. Michelle Dockery, Taylor Schilling and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are fans of the elegant high-neck, skinny straps design.
A newer twist on this trend is the crossover front dress, worn by Halle Berry in a soft dusty pink and Lizzy Caplan, who opted for a stunning two-tone Donna Karan Atelier gown with cut-out detailing.
A trend pioneered by Angelina Jolieâs notorious Oscars look, the thigh-high slit has been popping up everywhere, including the red carpet. A deep-V and sexy peek-a-boo slit spices up Kristen Wiigâs classic Vera Wang dress, while Anna Gunn shows off some leg in an elegant one-shoulder Jenny Packham. Dare to bare with a sexy slit that will make a strong statement.
Victoriaâs Secret model Behati Prinsloo and actresses Angela Bassett and Julia Roberts rocked long-sleeved dresses, a stylish trend that carried over from the chilly winter months. Balance the look with sheer arms like Behati or a plunging V-neckline like Ms Roberts.
Michelle Dockery and Joanne Froggatt turned heads in racy backless gowns. Worn with an elegant up-do to leave the focus on the backless detail, a backless dress will make a major statement.