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Red carpet and runway trends are translating into real style

With award season behind us and Fashion Week having come and gone, we’re looking at some of the most popular looks this past season and how they’re translating into everyday street style.

Salma Hayek wearing velvet dress
Louise Roe wearing paisley gown
Sandra Bullock wearing lace gown
We always look to the red carpet and the runway to get our fashion inspiration, and while some trends go global, others seem to fade into oblivion. Stylitics, an analytics site dedicated to all things fashion, has broken down the top trends seen at this season’s award shows as well as New York Fashion Week. Based on trend reports and customer spending, these are the top red carpet and runway styles and predictions on if they’ll be working their way into your wardrobe.


velvet booties (Steve Madden, $160)

Velvet was a hit during Fashion Week with designer heavyweights like Ralph Lauren, Zac Posen, J. Mendel and Tadashi Shoji incorporating the luxurious fabric in various dark hues into their collections. Actress Salma Hayek also stunned in her midnight blue velvet and gold detailed Alexander McQueen gown at the Oscars. It’s safe to say this high end fabric is here to stay.

Stylitics says, “Over the past five months, we’ve seen a whopping 146 percent increase in the wearing of this trend.” 

If you’re looking to incorporate just a touch of velvet into your wardrobe, start with the accessories. This chic velvet clutch purse (Nordstrom, $39) or edgy heels like velvet booties (Steve Madden, $160) will help you stand out without overdoing it.


spring-inspired scarf (Anthropologie, $48)

This Persian-originated print is making a serious comeback this year. Seen on editor Louise Roe’s Monique Lhuillier designed gown on the Oscars red carpet, the psychedelic print is holding serious power this season. Even top designers like Givenchy and Jenni Kayne were showing some love for the wild print. While Stylitics notes that Paisley purchases have been down, there has been a recent increase in sales since Fashion Week.

The key to rocking this ’70s trend is, for the most part, less is more. Try adding a paisley scarf or headband to your ensemble for a fun edge. We love this spring-inspired scarf (Anthropologie, $48).

If you’re a bit more obsessed with this standout fabric and want to take a fun fashion risk, try pieces that are bolder like these silk paisley pants by Ralph Lauren (Macy’s, $100).


lace shorts (Madewell, $88)

For the most part, the policy on lace seems to be whenever, wherever since the classic and sexy style is almost always a red carpet go-to. Most recently seen on Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock and in the collections of Louis Vuitton and Valentino, this sweet style is popping up everywhere, but is this trend getting a little overexposed?

Stylitics found that sales of lace products peaked in March 2012 and have been declining since. They’re predicting it will still be a trend to watch this summer but its future popularity for fall is still unclear.

If you still need your lace fix, try light and fun summer fabrics in sun dresses or lace shorts (Madewell, $88).

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Photo credits: Adriana M. Barraza/, WireImage, Apega/

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