Already this year, millions of viewers have tuned in to popular award shows to see who would win which prestigious awards, and more importantly what they would be wearing when doing so.
The ladies have undoubtedly stepped up to the challenge of representing the new 2013 trends and some men have stood out as well, freshinging up the classic tuxedo look with strategic use of accessories and/or color.
Robert Downey Jr. and Justin Timberlake represent perfect examples of using accessories to turn traditional wear into statement outfits. Downey Jr. presented at the Oscars in an Armani black-on-black jersey tuxedo with a polka-dot pocket square and Oliver Peoples XXV-RX glasses. For this reason, his clever wit was not the only thing that made him stand out in the crowd.
Similarly, at the Grammys Timberlake chose a Tom Ford black-on-black pinstripe suit accessorized with a black and white pocket square, a funky bow tie and saddle shoe inspired kicks. Thus, both were able to successfully achieve fresh, red carpet looks that maintained the desired classic aura.
In contrast to many of the male attendees at the Grammys who chose to stick with basic black and white looks, both Daniel Day-Lewis and Samuel L. Jackson stood out thanks to their use of color. Lewis selected a beautifully cut Domenico Vacca midnight blue tuxedo that both accentuated his slim figure and made a major red carpet statement. Therefore, when he was honored with the prestigious title of first male to be awarded Best Actor three times, he came across gracious, witty and extremely well put together.
Jackson chose an Armani velvet red blazer with matching gray suit pants. While the bow tie he accessorized the look with was not necessarily a stand out piece, his decision to wear a bold color should be applauded.
While there were fewer stand-out males, the majority of the female attendees of both the Grammys and Oscars wore statement pieces, hopefully setting a trend for the year. Not only have a myriad of different cuts and colors been represented but lengths and overall styling techniques have also shown diversity.
Perhaps one of the most memorable Grammy moments includes Rihanna and her custom Azzedine Alaia gown. The dramatic red and carefully designed sheer overlay easily won her the Best Dressed title. Furthermore, Jane Fonda made clear that age does not diminish one's ability to look effortlessly chic in her yellow Versace gown at the Oscars.
Thanks to all of those celebrities, male and female, who are making great statements at award shows so far this year. It will be exciting to see what the rest of the year holds for red carpet fashion.