February 22, 2015

Hey guys—Regina here! I’m DSW’s Trend Expert, and I’ll be an occasional guest blogger on DSW Unlaced. As a trend watcher for DSW, my job is to report on all of the unique styles and remarkable looks I see on the runways, the streets, and certainly within fashion-drenched events like tonight’s Oscars red carpet.

Let’s break it down. Although this year’s movies were some of my favorites of all time (the colors alone in The Grand Budapest Hotel made me want to go out and shop for pink and red everything), I’ve got to say that it was the nominees and guests who stole the show. From Lupita Nyong’o in all of those pearls to David Oyelowo rocking it out in a red tux, I was on the edge of my seat, waiting for the next incredible fashion moment all night. So when the trend team asked me to pick one favorite to write about? Not possible. I knew I had to list all of the incredible looks, classic and unexpected, that won Best Dressed in my heart.


Red is the color of strength, leadership, and courage—so it’s no wonder it showed up on nominees, presenters, and guests. Rosamund Pike stunned in a detailed Givenchy number. E! Red Carpet co-host Giuliana Rancic took my breath away so much in her intricate lace and mesh dress that I almost didn’t notice her matching bold lip. A one-shoulder Saint Laurent gown looked just perfect on Dakota Johnson. And this fiery hue wasn’t just for the ladies—David Oyelowo looked so dapper in his red Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo. It was a bold but perfect choice in my opinion.


Not sure where to even begin with this one since most of these looks were practically works of art! Lupita Nyong’o’s 6,000 pearl-lined dress from Calvin Klein was breathtaking: classic and modern all at once. Lady Gaga’s custom Alaïa dress, gloves, and shoes took 25 designers about two weeks to craft. Julianne Moore was refreshingly beautiful in a one-of-a-kind white Chanel gown that took over 900 hours to make. But once again, it wasn’t just the ladies who caught my eye with this trend. Gentlemen like Kevin Hart, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Adrien Brody also opted away from the traditional dark tuxes for something a little lighter—and I couldn’t applaud them more.


It wouldn’t be an eventful Oscars red carpet without a few fashion risk takers. First rule broken? “Your shoes and outfit shouldn’t match.” Not according to Emma Stone and Jennifer Lopez! Bravo, ladies, for matching your shoes to your beautiful Elie Saab gowns. It’s not always an easy look to pull off, but I love when one bold color is carried through an outfit. Next up: “Dresses on women, suits on men.” False, said musicians Tegan and Sara, who both wore menswear-inspired outfits. Can’t say enough good things about their confident looks, except—everything was awesome! Finally: “Navy and black don’t mix.” Proven incorrect by Eddie Redmayne, Common, and Ansel Elgort. I know I’m inspired to pair my black heels with navy accessories for work this week!


Got a favorite red carpet trend? Did someone’s look stand out as #1 in your mind? Share below and #SaySomethingGreat about the phenomenal actors and movie professionals who continuously entertain and inspire us year after year.