Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Plunging Dresses, Braids & Odd Pairings

We're obsessing over Jessica Alba's French braid this week!

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This week’s two up-and-coming fashion fads are ones that we can definitely get on board with: super-sexy necklines and funky braids. But we have to admit we’re a little sad that summer is most definitely over and it’s finally time to retire this week’s on-the-way-out look.

Up: Plunging lace dresses: A down-to-there neckline ups the hot factor of any look, but it’s especially sexy and unexpected when it’s seen on a lace dress. Must be something about the combination of an utterly ladylike fabric and the va-va-voom silhouette. Case in point: The flash of skin on Abbie Cornish’s metallic gray Reem Acra gown. It added a youthful vibe to what could have been a slightly stuffy look. And just when we thought this look was best suited for young stars, Cynthia Nixon hit the red carpet in a plunging lace Calvin Klein number and proved to us that there’s no age limit on this trend.

Up: Braids with a twist: After a summer full of boho braids and fishtails, plaits are getting yet another revamp for fall. And with two of our favorite fashionistas wearing it, we’re pretty positive this trend is just getting warmed up. If you’re thinking of jumping on the funky braid bandwagon, look no further than Jessica Alba’s side French braid (that weaved into her side ponytail) and Kiernan Shipka‘s braided crown.

Down: Dresses with biker boots: Don’t get us wrong, we love a good LWD teamed with killer boots. But here’s the thing: Adding black tights to Krysten Ritter‘s ensemble doesn’t work. So, unfortunately, the pairing will be shelved until temps start to rise again.
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–Jennifer Cress


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