Secrets of the Red Carpet: Trendspotting & Predictions from Stylist Michael O'Connor!!

It’s getting very close to EMMY time and the suites are already started. Friday and Saturday are huge days and Friday I will be in LA covering the suites.
However that doesn’t mean we don’t have some inside information — courtesy of the wonderful Stylist & trend expert, Michael O’Connor to give us his predictions on what the fashion trends will be for Emmys 2009.

Although the Emmy’s fall into the third quarter of 2009, in fact, they are the beginning of the Fall/Winter Awards show season.. Coincidentally, the timing is situated extremely close to Fall Fashion Week in New York. Thus the Emmy’s red carpet helps some designers give the viewing public a sneak peak at new styles showcased on their favorite celebrities. Additionally, the red carpetextravaganza of the Emmys will help set some of the most followed style trends for the season ( fall and holiday!) .
Here are my predictions of what to expect.
For Women:
The fashion runways have shown us that in these serious times, people are looking for optimism. Colors moved away from the natural color palette into more vibrant and cheerful tones. There will still be plenty of “seriousness of the times” shown, but we will start to see more cheerful-but-sober shades of dark midnight-blues and deep gray with black. On the brighter side, we will see optimism and fabulousness expressed in colors that are brighter non-pastel shades of rich rose, cobalt blue and mid-tone green
Ombre tones will still be hot.
Plenty of shoulder emphasis was seen on runways this year with padded shoulders or exposed shoulders. For eveningwear, one-shoulder dresses will still be very hot this season. Sheer and drapey fabrics will be used, sometimes in combinations over each other to create interesting effects. Silhouettes will still be flowing and graceful but definitely slimmer and less voluminous overall. W e may see some pleating in gowns. There may even be a print or two on the carpet thanks to Maggie Gyllenhaal from last award season.
For men,
Tthe look will be classic. Although the extreme skinny looks are seeing their demise, the classic slim-tailored cuts, with an almost military feel will be popular, showing off broad shoulders and narrow waists and hips. Shawl or notched lapels will be big with satin or velvet lapels or edged lapels.
Rather than looking like a Christmas tree, celebrities are choosing one area to focus on and creating glamour in that spot. We will see plenty of larger chandelier style earrings with great movement. If they opt for bracelets, they’ll max it out by stacking numerous pieces together for a bold look with a leisurely feel. Necklaces have made their comeback in Hollywood, so hopefully we may be seeing a few major necklaces being worn. Some celebrities will– like the bracelets– create a bold but leisurely feel by layering a few necklaces together. Bold cocktail rings will draw attention to the hand while shimmering hair accessories will set off casual up-do’s.
We’ll be seeing a lot of color in jewelry as well with beautiful rich colored gemstones used to accent gown and eye color along with the magic of colored diamonds. For those making a more classic statement, white diamonds in platinum will be the choice.
Men’s jewelry will primarily stay classic with staples such as cufflinks, shirt studs and an amazing watch. However, the men’s “brooch” is definitely coming into it’s own and we’ve seen plenty lately, both on the red carpet and on the catwalks. I think we will be seeing more of this on the lapels at the Emmy’s.
Hair trends today have a less serious look and more of a casual note to them. Rven “done” hair will keep a leisurely feel by either being left long, but with a bouncy feel, or pulled back into simple ponytails. More casual updos will be seen, but the trick will be to have it look dressy with a slightly messy appearance. Short hair and blunt cuts are back in fashion so some actresses may be sporting new Rihanna type of bobs.
Like jewelry, the trend in makeup is to simplify overall and create an almost “makeup free” look. Drama will be created by highlighting one area, either the mouth or the eyes, and working it to the max.
Eyes with get heavier emphasis with smoky eyes still being popular. Shades of gray with touches of pink will be used more heavily with fewer brown tones that we’ve previously seen. Heavier liner and plenty of mascara will make the eye’s pop and give them a dramatic feel. The cat-eye is still in so we’ll continue to see that. The “Brooke Shields” brow is back so we.ll see heavier emphasis on brows.
Shimmering color is being used on many runways today, especially in more vibrant rich jewel tones of blue and pink, thus brighter, rich lips are back, replacing the more nude colors that we’ve seen recently. Shades will range from rich deep rose colors, through bright reds and into the burgundy group.

Knowing the trends as well as I do — what’s already been shown for fall 2009 and what’s coming down runways for Spring 2010, it’s going to be an interesting Emmy season particularly Los Angeles is so warm that even spring styles might show up. I agree that jewelry and color will be very important and that the shape of dresses and suits/tuxedos will be changing because of the runway trends.
I would expect some surprised coming down the red carpet –who will be surprising us is hard to say but those who take chances will be always be interesting to talk about.
There will be a Red Carpet critique post-Emmys and don’t forget that we will have the wonderful Michael O’Connor live on video from the Platinum Guild suite to show us all the great baubles that the celebrities can choose from to wear.
Thank you to Michael O’Connor for his trend-spotting predictions!!
Stevie Wilson

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