From a Sustainability Wave to Givenchy: 6 Hollywood Trends to Look For on 2019 Red Carpets

7:00 AM 12/24/2018

by Booth Moore

A sneak peek at the fashion fortunes that will rise and fall this awards season.

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  • OMG Givenchy!

    After designing Meghan Markle's wedding gown, Givenchy artistic director Clare Waight Keller is becoming a Hollywood force, dressing stars in gowns and suits that convey strength and femininity. Longtime Gucci girl Dakota Johnson donned a spectacular Givenchy Fall-Winter 2018 gown at the Marrakech Film Fest that epitomized the designer’s vision: a chocolate brown hued column dress with molded, metallic finish bustier and belt. A Private War nominee Rosamund Pike, who came as Keller’s date when she picked up the British Womenswear Designer of the Year award at the 2018 British Fashion Awards on Dec. 10 in London, could wear it to the Globes.

  • Hollywood Likes Hedi Slimane's Celine (Even if the Fashion World Doesn't)

    When Hedi Slimane debuted his first collection for Celine at Paris Fashion Week in October, fashion critics and devout customers of the old Celine, designed by Phoebe Philo, took issue with his decision to gut her legacy from the LVMH-owned house. Slimane excised the accent from the Celine name and showed a lineup true to his own rock 'n' roll aesthetic, rather than the modern minimalism the brand was known for. But Hollywood has embraced the collection, starting with Dakota Johnson, who became the first star to wear it on the red carpet (a devil-chic red dress with puffy sleeves), at the Los Angeles Suspiria premiere in October. "I knew the minute I saw the dress that it would be perfect for this premiere — it ticks all the boxes — everything I like in a red carpet dress," says Johnson's stylist, Kate Young. Hailee Baldwin and Amber Heard have been spotted carrying the designer's new C bag, Emma Stone wore daytime Celine to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation event in November and Amandla Stenberg wore it to the Governors Awards, suggesting the label will continue to gain momentum on the carpet.

  • Dolce & Gabbana in Fashion Jail

    In November, Chinese star Zhang Ziyi, who starred in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, posted on her social media that Dolce & Gabbana had "disgraced itself" after the label promoted a Shanghai show, later canceled, with Instagram stories depicting an Asian model eating Italian food with chopsticks. It prompted charges of racism, and the label was dropped by several Asian retailers. Dolce & Gabbana, worn at the Governors Awards by Carey Mulligan, among others, had been a go-to for sexy, sometimes corseted dresses. But it looks like it could be fashion jail for Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana this awards season. "It's tough because they make the best-structured garments," says stylist Jason Bolden, who works with Yara Shahidi, Ava DuVernay and Taraji P Henson. Another stylist reports that her Globe-nommed client was exchanging sketches with the designers, but now she's scrambling to work with another house: "It's just not worth it."

  • Sustainability Shift on the Carpet

    To address next-gen social and environmental values, top luxury brands including Versace, Michael Kors and Gucci abandoned the use of fur this year, and Chanel committed this month to stop using fur and exotic skins. "Feathers are next," says stylist Elizabeth Stewart, who works with Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett and Gal Gadot. "Until we can document feathers are ethically sourced and find a viable alternative, you'll see them disappearing from red carpets." Sadie Sink eschewed animal products altogether when she wore the new vegan label Hiraeth to the Emmys (it was started by Rooney Mara and friends Sara Schloat and Chrys Wong).

    Another sustainability trend: lab-grown diamonds. In recent months, Roberts and Rashida Jones have worn pieces by the San Francisco-based brand Diamond Foundry, which is backed by Leonardo DiCaprio.

  • Peacocking No More?

    If 2018 was the year of the male peacock on the red carpet (Timothee Chalamet, Chadwick Boseman, Darren Criss, we’re talking about you), this season could see a return to menswear that’s distinguished more by silhouette, such as designer Kim Jones’ soft double-breasted suits for Dior Homme, recently worn by Black Panther Critics' Choice Award nominee Michael B Jordan at the GQ Men of the Year Awards, and Burberry’s gray-on-gray, three-piece suit by new Burberry designer Riccardo Tisci, worn at the event by John David Washington.

    “The last few seasons we have seen guys play with color a lot, but I think the next wave is to kick it up a notch and play with new ideas of what black tie means now, as opposed to the classic Penguin suit,” says stylist Ilaria Urbinati, who works with Rami Malek, Bradley Cooper and Donald Glover.

  • Political Sentiments Will Diversify

    From the all-black Golden Globes red carpet looks, to the constellation of Time’s Up pins, one of the biggest fashion statements last awards season was wearing outrage on your sleeve. Insiders predict the pin game will continue this year, but with some differences. Says Urbinati, “So much has happened since, I think we will be seeing people supporting a wider array of causes,” says stylist Urbinati. Possibilities include Planned Parenthood and March for Our Lives, both of which have numerous Hollywood supporters.

    A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.