Red Carpet Trend Report: What's Sizzling and What's Fizzling

09/13/2012 at 05:00 PM ET

Salma Hayek, Kate Hudson, Jaime King WireImage; FilmMagic; WireImage

While designers were showcasing their spring 2013 collections at New York Fashion Week, the stars were stepping out on the red carpet in fall’s hottest looks. Here are two trends we want to see more of, plus one style we’re ready to retire this week:

Down: Asymmetrical hemlines: Short in the front, long in the back dresses were everywhere this summer, but the breezy style just doesn’t feel right on a formal satin dress like Salma Hayek‘s. You can still wear high-low hemlines, just save them for a more casual setting.

Up: Sexy evening pantsuits: Menswear-inspired looks such as boyfriend blazers and jeans have been big for a while, but now the trend is ready to party. Kate Hudson wore a sleek white Alexander McQueen pantsuit with black detailing on the lapel and leg paired with a lace Cosabella camisole to Wednesday night’s Glee premiere. And other fashionistas — including Elle FanningHalle Berry and Naomi Watts — seem to be following suit (literally).

Up: Racy side cleavage: Jaime King‘s citrus sheath would be pretty demure if it weren’t for that eye-catching flash of skin. It’s an unexpected way to do sexy, but if you try the trend, you should pick up some double-sided tape to prevent a wardrobe malfunction.

Tell us: Would you ever wear a pantsuit to a formal event? Vote below!

Want more Trend Report? Click to hear our thoughts on leather skirtssheer sleeves and neon.

–Jennifer Cress

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Esta Fiesta on

Jamie King looks AMAZING!

Danielle on

The under arms and the neck are the first part of the body that shows your age….therefore it should be covered…..!

Kitchy on

I pray pants suits and side cleavage are a short-lived trend, neither are flattering on anybody. Also, the hemline isn’t the sole problem with Salma’s dress, it’s just all wrong all over.

missy on

I’m sorry, but pantsuits worn at formal events is not a new trend. My mom has been doing it for decades, and she is now 58 years old.

suzy diamond on

Formal MEANS FORMAL by definition. NO pants suit can EVER be formal. That’s an oxymoron!

Mopps on

@Missy., if your Mom has been wearing pantsuits for decades she has been in a time warp. They went out of style in the 90’s and are just making a comeback lately. Does she still wear her hair in a bouffant and put it up at night in bobby pins?

hi on

Jamie has A-cup boobies obviously, ha.

Emily on

Seriously, Suzy & Mopps? Once we got past the 80’s and early 90’s, fashion from any era was considered not only acceptable, but fun to wear. And while I agree that if you’re attending a cotillion, a pantsuit wouldn’t be acceptable, the term “formal” can be pretty loosely interpreted when you’re talking about a red carpet affair…it’s not exactly like an audience with the Queen. (Oh, and Mopps – how’d you like it if somebody said something so rude about your own mother? While you might be commenting on fashion, it’s clear you’re no lady.)

missy on

@Mopps, obviously my mother is not in a time warp if pantsuits are making a “comeback.” Also, if you are such a fashionista then you would know that fashion just recycles itself. Oh, but let me guess, you think you are original?

Samantha on

Hillary Clinton wore nothing but pantsuits when she was running for president. Of course she didn’t win …

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