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Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop On Mixing Prints, New Cutout Placements and the Skirt Silhouette That's Dragging (Literally)

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Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty; Jason LaVeris/Filmmag

In our weekly roundup of the looks that are gaining fashion ground (and the ones losing their style street cred), we saw plenty of patterns, a fresh twist on an old favorite and a skirt that’s taking up too much room on the red carpet.

Up: Print Mixing. The idea of patterns fraternizing with one another can be enough to make anyone turn and run for their favorite monochromatic look. But Anna Kendrick’s floral pattern camel sweater and teal shorts and the multi-design dresses on Jennifer Connelly and Kristen Bell have us antsy to mix and match our pants off. All of the looks work because they chose color palates that complemented and didn’t fight each other. Now that these ladies have shown the rest how it’s done right, we expect more will follow suit.

Up: Cutouts in Fresh Places. All summer and fall we saw cutouts in the same places: the obliques, the tummy and basically any midsection area that required hundreds of crunches. But it looks like we’re allowed to eat carbs again because the outlines are migrating north toward the décolletage via slashes and open panels. Kate Mara discovered a new, sexy mid-cleavage opening in her Prada dress while Reese Witherspoon sported a black Valentino long-sleeved mini that had a unique scalloped shape at the neckline. At first glance America Ferrera’s outfit looks like a regular cap-sleeve gown, but after closer examination, we noticed the two subtle slits at the shoulders.

Down: Full-bodied Skirts. Though this skirt did have a major moment, it feels a bit much when compared to the more fitted designs we’ve seen recently on the red carpet. We are sure we will see a few similar styles at the Oscars, but after that, expect to meet more streamlined silhouettes. The pencil skirt has been making a comeback and as the temperatures get higher, we only expect the hemlines to rise as well.

Even more red carpet trend reports:
Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Yellow Dresses, White Pumps (Still!) and the Hemline That’s on the Decline
Red Carpet Trend Report: Brought to You by the Cast of Girls
Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Sexy Midriffs, Unique Cutouts and Shoes That Should Be Left In the Closet

–John Soper

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