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Award-Winning Looks Of 2012

Originally Posted: January 18, 2012

Claudia Patel

Rooney Mara embraced the cut-out look. (Courtesy Photo: www.patrick mcmullan.com)

Southampton - While the Golden Globes are over, there are still plenty of awards shows to get us fashionistas through the cold winter months. The Globes saw the emergence of several new trends, as well as some more of the same. But what will the Oscars and the Grammys bring? Below may be big for the coming (and historically more fashionably exciting) red carpet opportunities.

Sheer Cut-Outs
This past Sunday night, we saw a lot of risk taking in the cut-out and sheer department. Red carpet veteran Lea Michele and newcomer Rooney Mara alike embraced this trend full throttle, and judging by how their choices were received by critics, perhaps there will be a lot more of these options to come. The focus on sheer areas as well as strategically placed cut-outs was a very exciting deviation from the steady stream of nude and red gowns that we have already seen. Not for the faint of heart, these styles are gutsy and fashion forward. We'll be seeing more of them in the near future.

Statement Accessories
While jewelry is certainly a main component of every red carpet look, the Globes showcased a more obvious move toward show-stopping pieces.The emergence of headbands this year was lovely. It's rare to see celebrities utilizing hair jewelry, and that little bit of sparkle among the same old hair trends was both invigorating and cutting edge. In the battle of the bling, stars like Heidi Klum led the pack. She embodied the perfect balance between a simple, body-conscious gown and an elaborate, intricate, scene-stealing necklace.

Heidi Klum wins the battle of the bling. (Courtesy Photo: www.patrick mcmullan.com)

Metallic Embellishment
From Nicole Richie's all-over beaded frock to Salma Hayek's geometric gold-paneled design, embellishment was a hit at this year's Golden Globes - seeing Hayek work the metallic, futuristic look so confidently. Considering she mentioned to commentators that she had switched her dress at the last minute, this was definitely a good move! Richie's all-over silver beading was a sparkling, bold approach to the trend, and Zooey Deschanel let the embellishment be the star by choosing a dress that faded from black to bright green beading.

Color Blocking
We saw some stars experiment with this trend from the runway, and there doesn't seem to be any reason that it should slow down for the rest of awards season. Celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Claire Danes proved that color blocking patterns are not only flattering, unexpected, and fun, but they are also regal. Often, color blocking is seen as a more casual trend, but the details on these gowns were truly breathtaking, and as a result, both Claire and Angelina found their way onto many best dressed lists. Other stars should take note of this and run with it for the upcoming shows.

A rather different silhouette also stormed the red carpet, putting the ladies that rocked it way ahead of their competitors in the trend department. After seasons of seeing this look displayed on runways, it seems that the star community has finally taken note. With actresses like Julianne Moore and Madeline Stowe leading the way, there will be a lot more of the peplum silhouette in the future. One of the biggest overall trends for spring, ladylike has emerged as a frontrunner in gown design as well.

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