Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Big (and Baby) Bows, Underwear as Outerwear and the Pumps to Put Away

02/21/2014 at 06:00 PM ET

Trend report: bows, bras and pencil skirtsSplash News Online; Getty; WireImage

In our weekly roundup of the looks that are gaining fashion ground (and the ones losing their style street cred), we saw some major bow detailing, a top that can’t even be called cropped (it’s too tiny) and footwear that has passed it’s expiration date (for now).

Up: Bows. The last time we wore a bow was in our first grade yearbook photo, but after seeing some of the outfits this week, we’re considering bringing the look back to our wardrobes. Emma Watson (in Giambattista Valli) and Kylie Minogue (in William Wilde) selected the most dramatic forms of the trend, with theatrical ties adorning their dresses. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley went for a more subtle approach via a small embellishment at the waist on her sequin Saint Lauren mini. The look definitely seems to be picking up style speed, and we’re curious how much bow detailing will pop up at the Oscars –- Nicole Kidman’s red Balenciaga is still alive in our best gowns of all time bracket. Just sayin’.

Up: Bra Tops and Pencil Skirts. NSFW pencil skirts have been on the up, but recently stars are pairing them with not sweatshirts, not crop tops, but legit bras! Lily Aldridge was the leader of the midriff-baring brigade this week and loved the trend so much that she wore it twice (once in a brilliant white satin and again in hot-orange Calvin Klein Collection). Chrissy Teigen must have FaceTimed her fellow Sports Illustrated cover model to coordinate outfits, because she also showed up at the same party wearing the style with a white top and hot-pink side–slit bottom (both Milly). Yes, these two are paid to be in a bikini so they always look hot, but they also know how to expose the most flattering part of the waist (above the belly button and a few inches below the breast bone), which means less time at the gym and more leftover Valentine’s Day chocolates.

Down: Metallic Heels. We have loved this trend all season; however, it seems that shiny shoes are being eclipsed by more neutral colors on the carpet. While Chrissy Teigen and Lupita Nyong’o are still attached to their flashy footwear, they stood out this week amid the majority of stars who were sticking to softer hues. We’re not saying that you should pack your pair away in storage, but maybe move them to the back of the closet just for now.

Even more red carpet trend reports:
Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop On Mixing Prints, New Cutout Placements and the Skirt Silhouette That’s Dragging (Literally)
Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Metallic Heels, Sheer Inserts and Sleeves Only Stevie Nicks Could Pull Off
Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Sexy Midriffs, Unique Cutouts and Shoes That Should Be Left In the Closet

–John Soper

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Susan on

I really wish they wouldn’t post something like this…..while the bra top and pencil skirt looks good on a thin, young starlet, you just know, lurking somewhere, is a 40+ year old who thinks they’ll look just as good in it!

olaola0055 on

Terrible…bra and skirt, they dont know what else to come up with.

Dina on

They think they look too cool showing off all that skin. The real cool and rebel thing is not showing anything and still be someone in this hypocrite Hollywood world.

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