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Red Carpet Trend Report: Sassy Shoes, Funky Pants and Returning Coats to the Closet

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In our weekly round-up of what we’re seeing sizzle (and fizzle) on the red carpet, we noticed that stars were really into bold prints and patterns — but leaving their heavy winter wear behind.

Up: Funky shoes. No silly-putty pumps or boring black heels for many stars this week. In fact, both AnnaSophia Robb and Katy Perry wore head-turning flats from Aldo, while we saw sexy studded heels on Olivia Wilde and colorful striped sandals on Olivia Palermo. We’re now fighting the urge to do a total shoe closet overhaul.

Up: Bold Pants Outfits. Selena Gomez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hailee Steinfeld and even Jennifer Aniston all ditched pretty dresses for something much more striking and statement-making: the dramatic pantsuit. Strong shoulders, graphic prints and structured tailoring made these looks totally traffic-stopping.

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Down: Heavy, Dark Looks. Don’t get us wrong: We like all the components of Sarah Jessica Parker’s look individually. But at a time when hemlines are getting higher, tights are getting stashed and coats are headed to the dry-cleaners before going into storage, this whole outfit together feels a little drab. Nothing wrong with a coat worn as a dress (as Princess Kate knows well): It just needs a slimmer silhouette and a more spring-friendly fabric.

For more on which trends to follow check out our thoughts on clear clutches and mixing brights.

–Alex Apatoff

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