Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Red, Mini Dresses and Sexy Backs

12/14/2012 at 06:00 PM ET

Blake Lively, Miranda Lambert, Pippa MiddletonStartaks (2); Ramey

If 2013 is anything like the end of 2012, it’s certainly going to be a stylish year: This week, ladies in red dominated the carpet, while stars in super-sexy minis also had a major moment. But since gowns with interesting backs are gaining popularity, one certain staid style of dress is on its way out.

Up: Red, red and more red: Red is always a popular color choice during the holidays, but this week the shade was taken to a whole new level as countless stars wore it head-to-toe — literally — on lips, dresses and shoes. Anne Hathaway, Kirsten Dunst, Taylor Swift and Jaime King donned red pouts; Amanda Seyfried chose the hue for her lips and shoes; and Blake Lively, Lena Dunham, Freida Pinto and Megan Fox slipped into red-hot frocks.

Up: Long-sleeve mini dresses: The chilly weather isn’t stopping anyone from flashing some serious leg: Miranda Lambert, Fergie, Kristen Stewart and Emmy Rossum left their gowns at home and instead wore long-sleeve dresses with thigh-grazing hemlines. (Hey, at least the top half of the look is keeping them warm.)

Down: Boring from the back: This week, Hathaway wore two dresses with statement backs and Cate Blanchett also exposed her backside in an all-white gown. And since both stars made such a huge splash on the carpet, we bet more stars will skip the basic backs (like the one on Pippa Middleton’s purple dress) and try something more dramatic in the months to come — something that could land them in our Style 360 gallery and Better From the Back Tumblr, of course.

Tell us: Which trend are you most excited to try? Vote below!

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–Jennifer Cress


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WorkingMotherof2Under5 on

OK. Not going to lie; I am really confused as to how Pippa’s purple dress is a “statement” back. It seems like a plain dress back to me. Can someone enlighten me on the terminology? Am I missing something? The link to things like Anne Hathaway’s dress, now THAT’S a statement back. But I just don’t see how Pippa’s falls into this category.

Journey on

“What’s the One Color You Have to Have in Your Closet This Season”? is the title on the home page and then you get to vote on wearing red, or a long sleeved mini???

Deanna on

Reread the article it says stars will pass on her look because the back is too boring.

tillie on

do not like any of them.

Guest on

Miranda Lambert is one fat cow – and those chunky short legs!

Fashionista on

Miranda is a beautiful, talented woman. Her stylist should be shot for dressing her in that horrible dress. The pattern makes her look wider and very unflattering.

Amaryllis on

Only dress that’s attractive is Blake Lively’s. The worst is Miranda Lambert’s. If you’re short, squat and on the chunky side don’t wear a mini with horizontal stripes!

Nannyto1 on

Pippa’s dress reminds me of a bridesmaid dress that I had in 1990… only difference is the colour. While I usually like her fashion choices, this one doesn’t do it for me.

Gina on

It’s refreshing to see a “normal” woman like Miranda Lambert flaunt her figure. Although the dress she is wearing above was not flattering.

Norah on

WorkingMotherof2Under5: The article says Pippa’s purple dress has a boring basic back, not a statement back…

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