If this keeps up, the fashion world is going to start confusing the City of Brotherly Love with Tinseltown.
The Academy of Music’s annual concert and ball Saturday evening was, as usual, red carpet worthy. And just like this year’s Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards, many of the gowns veered from traditional ballgown and mermaid styles to include frocks that boasted interesting shapes (shirtwaist dresses) and textures (embroidered flowers), and teemed with personality (fabulousness).
“It seems like the dresses have become fun again,” said Alisa Frederico, personal stylist and creative director for local image making company Dressing Jane. Frederico partnered with public relations firm Cashman & Associates to host the Academy Ball’s red carpet event this year.
“There was lots of really good drama. But the overall biggest trend was texture. There was so much velvet, lace sequins, nice pleats, winter florals and other embellishments.”
And when it came to hues, “People were on their Pantone Color of the Year game,” said Frederico, referring to the number of green gowns waltzing through the Academy. We are talking emerald, kelly, mint, hunter, and yes, the Pantone shade Greenery.
Other fashion trends represented on Philadelphia’s most glitzy night of the year: Drop earrings -- especially heirloom, although they are at their coolest if they are your own grandmothers -- are particularly of the moment.
When it came to hair, updos were among the chicest of options (after all, these styles show off the drop earrings), and soft, shoulder-length waves were also special-occasion elegant.
Interestingly, a big style story from this year’s ball were the many gowns that were holdovers from 2016. Last year, thanks to a whopping 22.4-inch blizzard, organizers canceled the ball -- and in to the back of the closet went all the dresses.
“When my gentleman friend asked me to the ball last year, I picked out this dress. It was beautiful, it was green. It fit me,” said Anne Scheuren in her Irish brogue of the woodland-princesslike Teri Jon dress she was wearing. “This year when he asked me again, I tried it on. And I was so excited that it fit.”
Now that’s real fashion talk.
See how Saturday night's Academy Ball-goers were right with the trends next to celebrities from Sunday's SAG Awards:
Yes, nude champagnes and bold reds were popular this weekend, but, many women chose to be seen in green.
Graphic images and embroidered flowers with navy, black or emerald backgrounds dominated fall’s ready-to-wear prints, and now they’re bringing life to eveningwear. So fresh. What better way to inject a bit of spring into a cold winter night.
Saturday night’s one-shouldered gowns weren’t of the thin-halter strap variety. These belles chose wide-width bands, perfect for a statuesque look.