January 12, 2013 02:00 PM

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This week’s People’s Choice Awards and Critics’ Choice Awards offered stars lots of choices (ha!) in the fashion department — chances to experiment with prints, designers, trends and more. Overall, we liked what we saw … and think we’ll be seeing lots more of two specific trends as red carpet season rolls on. Let’s get to the lowdown:

Up: Eye-catching embellished necklines. We’re not talking Jessica McClintock prom-style here, thankfully, but several stars — including Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt and Naomi Watts — showed up to this week’s awards shows in otherwise classic gowns that boasted beautiful, sparkly beading up top. And since red carpets always seem to attract major bling, we expect to see more gowns of this style in the high-fashion weeks ahead.

Up: Pretty spring-like florals. Elle Fanning, Marion Cotillard, Chloë Moretz and Katy Perry all had us feeling rosy thanks to their patterned dresses, which offered varying degrees (and varieties!) of blooms. Since such prints were big on the spring 2013 runways, and those fashion shows are what many stylists are pulling from for A-list clients in the coming weeks, we know we’ll be seeing all sorts of blossoms soon.

Down: Slashes as the new cutouts. We know cutouts are here to stay, at least for a little while, but Blunt’s take on the trend isn’t typical. They need to be big, like Jennifer Lawrence’s, Emma Watson’s or Gwyneth Paltrow’s — otherwise, you might just look like you popped a seam.

For more on up-and-coming trends, check out our thoughts on red accessories, sexy minis and side-swept hair.

Tell us: What types of trends are you hoping to see on the red carpet this awards season? Vote in our poll below! 


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