What the Logies red carpet taught us about fashion trends

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Do red carpets dictate fashion trends, or are they style anomalies where anything goes?

The answer to this question, based on what we saw on Logies night, is a little bit of both.


Logies 2017: Red carpet looks

Reds shine on the red carpet as stars of television put their best feet forward at the 59th Logie awards.

It’s now a full week since Logies night and if you watched the red carpet, you would have got a taste of what’s about to hit stores, and even a hint of what’s ahead for summer (a galaxy away, I know).

Best in blood ... Carrie Bickmore.

Best in blood … Carrie Bickmore. Photo: Getty Images

Red or dead

If you haven’t already thought about a red investment piece for winter, get cracking. 

The colour was dominant on the red carpet and is already big in coats and jackets for autumn. There’s a red for every complexion and hair colour, from more orangey shades of tomato (see Delta Goodrem, Sophie Monk) to rich oxblood (Carrie Bickmore).

Take it one step further by considering a red jumpsuit. If you bought one for the races and it’s been in your cupboard since Christmas, pull it out and play with layering it over a T-shirt or sheer knit for an instant autumn reboot.

Red carpet winner ... Delta Goodrem.

Red carpet winner … Delta Goodrem. Photo: Ryan Pierse

Think pink

The other power hue this winter is pink, the softer the better. Think OPI’s Bubble Bath through to bubble gum, a la the shade in Rebecca Judd’s show-stopping J’Aton lace gown, which also gives a good lesson in blending red and pink.

To push the pink trend to its full potential, wear it back with military pieces or leather to balance the prettiness of the base colour.

As we move towards summer, pinks will deepen and the colour wheel will turn more towards purple, so hold on to anything you already have in violet. Want to get ahead of the curve? Start accessorising, or invest in a good quality plum lipstick. 

Pretty in pink ... Jodi Gordon.

Pretty in pink … Jodi Gordon. Photo: Scott Barbour

Formal is going big

If you’re getting married in the next 12 months, ballgowns and long trains are definitely the red carpet trends that are on point for bridal.

Designers tell me celebrities often turn up to their first meeting with photos of other red carpets, so it pays to create a mood board of red carpet and wedding looks to hone your dream look.

On the high street, the big trend may take a while to filter through but expect to see voluminous skirts in tulle for summer, worn back with tough leather accessories. Think Carrie Bradshaw meets Black Swan.

Brides will love this Toni Maticevski dress on Jessica Mauboy.

Brides will love this Toni Maticevski dress on Jessica Mauboy. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty

Take a trip … to Spain

Not everyone thought Olympia Valance’s Logies look was best in show but the flowers and splashes of red of that headscarf screamed Spanish goddess, one of the geo-trends for winter.

If you don’t want to go the full Madrid, try a ruffled skirt or winter floral dress, or in accessories, an embroidered boot or bag, all of which can have a Spanish twist if you choose reds, greens and roses.

Australian cult label Aje journeyed to the border of Spain and France for its latest collection, which is inspired by the gypsy cultures that live in the region, so take a cue from its look book if you’re seeking daywear inspiration.

Ola, Oly ... Olympia Valance shows her love of Spain in this CON ILIO gown.

Hola, Oly … Olympia Valance shows her love of Spain in this CON ILIO gown. Photo: Scott Barbour

Get into velvet

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Do something velvet this winter and your wallet will forgive you.

If you want to dip your toe in, start with a velvet scarf or singlet. For the die-hards, you can’t go past a thigh-high velvet boot for a statement, with Wittner doing some great styles in raspberry and ink.

In fact, velvet is so big that Valance told me on the red carpet that her designer, Con Iliopoulos, had trouble sourcing the fabric for her dress.

A nationwide velvet shortage? Who knew there could be such a thing.

Fail safe ... Shelley Craft in midnight blue velvet.

Fail safe … Shelley Craft in midnight blue velvet. Photo: Ryan Pierse

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