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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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Toni on

Hillary Clinton should be thrilled that they’re coming back. That’s all she has worn for years.

Snow on

A pantsuit is a one piece. What Kate Hudson is wearing is a SUIT! Obviously the author of this article either wasn’t alive in the 80s, or wasn’t paying attention.

Samantha on

Sorry Snow, check your definition again. A pantsuit is a woman’s suit having pants and a matching jacket.

blair on

Pantsuits weren’t pretty in the 70′s and they are not pretty now……

Suzanne on

I love pantsuits…just make them feminine…add a pretty silk blouse, a statement necklace or pin and some bling-y heals…

Carissa on

I always wear pantsuits. Why do women have to wear dresses and skirts at formal occasions? That’s ridiculous.

@Snow on

Snow, I believe you’re thinking of a jumpsuit. :)

Kate on

To each her own, but I think I will pass on the pantsuit trend. ;)

Noo on

Side cleavage is NEVER classy! True sexiness maintains an underlying classiness.

Guest on

The look on Kate Hudson’s face says it all. She looks sloppy (slacks too big, no waist, poor contrast) and the lack of confidence on her face shows she knows she is a fashion miss.

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