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Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Illusion Necklines, Coated Skinnies & the Decline of the Gladiator Sandal

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In our weekly roundup of the looks that are gaining fashion ground (and the ones losing their style street cred), we noticed one dress neckline that’s gaining momentum, a denim style stars are loving for fall and a pair of shoes that needed to end, like last month. (We’re looking at you Kourtney Kardashian!)

Up: Illusion necklines. It’s the original sheer panel with a twist! Designer (and big-time stylesetter) Lauren Conrad tried out the trend wearing an LBD with a chic dotted neckline at a Downy event in N.Y.C.. Drew Barrymore’s Chanel design (worn to the New York City Ballet Opening Gala) also featured a sheer lace neckline. And we’re predicting more stars are going to choose dresses with peekaboo yokes at the Emmys this weekend.

Up: Coated skinnies. First things first: Make sure you pick up our October issue this weekend to check out our 3rd Annual Denim Awards! (Our editors tried on more than 500 pairs of jeans to find the most flattering shapes for all figures.) Next up: You might want to invest in a pair of coated skinnies. They’re huge again for fall (AG Adriano Goldschmied won our award!) and are a dressy alternative to your basic denim bottoms. Plus, Hollywood has already jumped on the trend. Nikki Reed stopped by our Denim Awards party in L.A. wearing a great black pair (going for denim-on-denim action with a jean jacket!), and Hilary Duff sported a pair of red textured J. Brand bottoms with a loose white button-down at a Vallure Vodka event.

Down: Gladiator sandals. Dear Kourtney Kardashian: We hate to be the ones to break this to you, but it’s time to pack up your Stuart Weitzman gladiator sandals until next summer (or maybe forever?). Dust off your riding boots and favorite pumps. Fall is here. With Love, Editors.

For more on which trends to follow, check out our thoughts on gold heels and structured blazers.

–Brittany Talarico