Pandemic Red Carpet Trends from 2021
Red carpet fashion has been in transition since the events of the pandemic changed the way people experience movies, television and other types of entertainment. In a world that is still struggling with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, red carpet fashion has taken more risks and is turning heads. Here are the red carpet trends from 2021 that are the most iconic.
Gold tones are hot right now, especially metal embellishments on dresses and other fashion pieces. At the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, model Bella Hadid showcased this exotic trend with a dress by Schiaparelli that included gold metal branches as a unique top piece.
The next trend that caught on at red carpet events this year is feather trim. Celebrities and fashion influencers embraced the in-person events with a daring feather look. Cynthia Ervo wore a bold, bright ensemble by Valentino complete with a fuchsia skirt lined with over-the-top ostrich feathers at the 2021 Venice Film Festival.
Old Hollywood glamour was another hot trend that has been popular on the red carpet throughout the pandemic. One of the most dramatic red carpet transformations was Billie Eilish’s style at the 2021 Met Gala. Eilish chose a custom Oscar de la Renta ball gown in peach. Her look was completed with sophisticated makeup and a blonde bombshell hairstyle.
Sheer, barely-there looks also filled red carpets in Hollywood this year. Fashion designers pushed the limits of style with sheer red carpet dresses that got everyone’s attention with the illusion of wearing nothing. One unforgettable red carpet moment from 2021 was from Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who wore a sheer Dolce and Gabbana dress to the Billboard Music Awards.
Another trend that got attention was red carpet outfits that used bright, vibrant colors. After months in lockdown, celebs were excited to return to the red carpet in the most colorful looks. Halle Berry made a dramatic entrance to the 2021 Oscars wearing a glowing lavender Dolce & Gabbana gown that stunned.
Sparkle and shine
The red carpet was also home to more sparkle and shine than in years past. Fashion designers incorporated more sequins, rhinestones and other types of bling on their styles for celebrities walking the red carpet. Kendall Jenner’s sheer and sparkly Givenchy number from the 2021 Met Gala featured a stunning number of rhinestone embellishments.
Vintage throwback fashion was also hot again on the red carpet and at A-lister events, such as the 2021 American Music Awards. Jennifer Lopez’s bridal gown for her performance at the event was an homage to Madonna’s iconic Like a Virgin performance in the 1980s. Lopez’s Dolce & Gabbana look updated the bridal performance dress.
Celebs were also eager to show off more skin with looks that revealed bare midriffs. Lots of designers transformed their ballgown looks into two-piece designs that allowed celebs to show off toned abs and flawless skin. Carey Mulligan wore a stunning two-piece gold gown from Valentino that tastefully bared her midriff for the 2021 Oscars race.
Pieces of art
Fashion also made bolder statements with red carpet looks that also double as pieces of art. At the yearly Met Gala, Iman made heads turn with her couture style from Dolce & Gabbana. Her look evoked the sun, with a gold bandeau top, slacks, a cage skirt and a stunning headdress.
Gender fluidity also made it to the red carpet this year. Men embraced high fashion by wearing gowns, such as Billy Porter, who wore a Richard Quinn gown at the 2021 Fashion Awards.
The fashion industry has adapted to the world after lockdowns and social distancing. Expect more iconic looks from the major fashion houses for red carpets in the future.
Article written by Daniel Bailey
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