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 …

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.

Redcarpetcritique on

Salma looks like she has the bed covers bulled up under her arms. Not very flattering unless you are watching tv in bed and trying to be warm. thanks, anyway, Salma, but you have looked better.

YoungerButtStylin' on

Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Hilary Clinton, etc., – to name but a few well-known women – ALL wear pantsuits. Yes, they are in an older class of celebs, still, they have the bucks and the fashion sense to wear anything they choose. Clearly, we are in a time that anything appropriate to the one wearing the clothes, is a green light go.

john mammas on

Why do people feel compelled to wear what some other so called fashion guru tells them .The only advice we should be taking from fashion trend news is dont buy whats in cause in a couple of months they will make you feel uncomfortable to put it on cause its no longer in!!

Adele on

Oh! Jamie King is very skinny… I don’t know if this trend suits her that well… It shows how bony she is…

Guest on

Assymetrical hemlines either look sloppy or look like a mullet!

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