Simcha style: The best trends to borrow from the red carpet

Lady Gaga sparkling at the Grammy's

Awards season is in full swing — and while it’s great to see so many Jewish nominees and winners (mazel tov, Michael Douglas, Justin Hurwitz and Patricia Arquette!), it’s really all about the frocks. Never mind Bohemian Rhapsody versus A Star Is Born… for many of us the question is this: What on earth am I going to wear to Cousin Melvyn’s fancy wedding in April? Can I tap the red carpet for inspiration?

Yes, you most certainly can — and here are the top eveningwear trends from the season so far.

1Gentlemen, it’s your time to shine

My mom has a theory (and I don’t disagree) that every man looks better in classic black tie: black tux, white shirt, bow tie and — please — no winged collar. A new crop of peacocks, however, just proved us wrong.

From Darren Criss’s floral blazer to Billy Porter’s cape, men are increasingly breaking away from the formula and exploring more interesting looks. With Troye Sivan (who opted for petrol blue Calvin Klein by Appointment at the Globes) and Timothée Chalamet (in a Louis Vuitton sequin harness), there are plenty of Jewish poster boys too.

2Diamonds are a frock’s best friend

For fans of sparkly things, the rocks at the Globes were a treat. Bejeweled in Tiffany, Lady Gaga wore over 100 carats of diamonds set in platinum. Isla Fisher stepped out in Harry Winston jewelry worth a cool $5.5+ million. Alison Brie dazzled in chandelier earrings and rings, also by Harry Winston. And in the real world? Drop earrings, layered necklaces and chokers are costume jewelry trends we can all get behind.

3It’s all about the Disney Princess

Full skirts, pastel colors and layers of tulle… basically, if it looks like a five-year-old’s dream dress then it’s totally on trend. Kristen Bell, Lady Gaga, and Constance Wu were among those channeling their inner Disney heroine at the Golden Globes; expect to encounter a few frothy meringues at your next fancy event.

4The key detail: Bows

The international runways and the red carpet agree on this one: spring/summer 2019 is the season of the bow. As seen on runways including Celine, Miu Miu, and Valentino, bows got the Hollywood seal of approval when Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz, and Heidi Klum (among many others) worked the look at the Globes. The joy of this trend is that you don’t even need to invest in a new dress; make like Nicole Kidman and tie a bow in your hair for an instant update.

5Sunny side up

After last year’s all-black ensembles, color is back on the red carpet, and the inspiration appears to be the humble egg. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star (and best actress winner) Rachel Brosnahan went all out in egg-yolk yellow at the Globes; while white was the other winner, as seen on Julianne Moore, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Bradley Cooper. Both hues were big trends on the spring/summer 2019 runways, but if you’re planning a wedding guest outfit then best stick to yellow.

Susannah Cohen
Susannah Cohen is a fashion journalist, e-commerce editor (specialist subjects: lingerie and diamonds) and Jewish mom. Recently relocated from London to the West Coast, she’s feeling a lot more spiritual these days.