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Fashion Trickle Down from the Red Carpet

Awards Seasons’ Fashion exhibits the Trickle Down Effect

Olya Bell : ‘Gentlemen, did Ricky Gervais’ burgundy TED Baker diner suit inspire you to take a fashion risk?’

Hannah Brooks: ‘Who cares about the suit! You have to love an awards host who takes a beer to the lectern’.

Hannah: ‘When did it stop being all about the films and shows and start being all about the fashion? What will the Oscar’s bring?’

Olya: ‘Han it’s always about the fashion! It is a little bit of PR brilliance on behalf of fashion industry’.

Hannah: ‘These days it seems we care less about who actually won the award, and more about which star was lent millions of dollars worth of Harry Winston jewels and who wore what. We sit glued to the television, we tweet our opinions to the world, we text our friends when we see a disaster on the red carpet and we talk about the dresses for days after the event. Are we just living our lives vicariously through those who are lucky enough to be sample size, styled by Rachel Zoe or lent a dress from Lanvin? Do we really take fashion inspiration from the red carpet… what does awards season mean for the people who are their own stylists?’

Olya: ‘They say that imitation is a form of flattery, yet I am not too sure. Allen B. Schwartz has become synonymous with post-award show knock off gowns. He usually replicates the top four gowns that retail between $250 -$400 US. They have been a huge hit with the prom market in the USA. ABS even produced replica’s dresses straight after the Royal wedding. ABS is not only the company that do “inspired” dresses. Msnbc’s  Today show “get red Carpet looks for less” video features four Faviana gowns to get that star look for less, straight from the runways of the golden globes. As students we were cautioned against the evils of plagiarism, what I want to know is – how is this different? We have included some images from their “look like a star” collection compared with the actual dresses the stars wore at the bottom of this post so you can decided for yourselves. ‘

Angelina Jolie wearing a Atelier Versace gown followed by an “inspired gown” by Faviana.

Charlize Theron wearing a Dior gown and Givency shoes followed by an “inspired gown” by Faviana.

Stacey Keibler wearing a Valentino gown followed by by an “inspired gown” by Faviana.

Jessica Alba wearing a Gucci gown followed by an “inspired gown” by Faviana.

“Or do you think this has nothing to do with you?” – The following clip from The Devil Wears Prada perfectly conveys the trickle down effect of high-fashion into the high-street.

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9 Comments Post a comment
  1. I didn’t even watch the show, yet wrote about the fashions on my blog.

    You can’t help it….it’s just begging for scrutiny. LOL.

    January 27, 2012
    • Hi Tovah11,

      Both Olya and I have tried to link through to your blog on the WordPress link above and don’t seem to be able to click through to the posts. As much as we can tell from all your great feedback we seem pretty like-minded and we really would love to be reading your posts. We were wondering if you could please confirm your blog address. Many thanks Hannah

      February 2, 2012
  2. Great article girls!

    I personally loved Ricky’s burgundy suit & thought he really stood out from the crowd in their (boring?) black dinner suits.

    Being a stylist I love the awards seasons to see which Runway trends make it onto the red carpet. Its great to see the stylists work putting together the ‘whole look’ – dress, shoes, accesories, hair/make up, and of course great to comment on the total disasters!

    On the copycats – there was an ABS store in Qatar – OMG if you saw these dresses in ‘real life’ you would be shocked at the quality. I can understand the ‘prom market’ looking for a cheap knock off but that’s about it, the dresses scream “cheap”.

    January 27, 2012
    • I thought Ricky pulled of the burgundy suit as well.

      We all have a few fav celebs that we look to for style inspiration – but it’s such an interesting trend to note that the stylists are becoming as famous as the stars and the designers themselves.

      February 2, 2012
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