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It's time to take off those sweatpants because the awards season is finally here! Thanks to COVID-19, it has been over a year since the magic and frenzy of awards season took over Hollywood, leaving a huge fashion void in the lives of stars, fans and stylists alike.
Tonight, co-presenters Tina Fey and Amy Poehler usher in a new era of socially distant celebrations with the 78th Golden Globes, which will air at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. This dynamic duo hosted the Globes in 2013. So there is no doubt that the audience will have a fun evening with "loud laughter". Of course, there is no normal business in 2021. In addition to all COVID-19 safety precautions within the venue, this red carpet awards season will be extremely unusual. Whether attendees log in remotely via Zoom or wear masks that match their dresses, the way celebrities dress up for these events has certainly evolved.
With this in mind, we caught up with Fey's longtime stylist Cristina Ehrlich to discuss the styling challenges during the pandemic, future red carpet trends, and easy ways to upgrade any outfit with the right accessories.
How long have you been a professional stylist? Do you remember your first red carpet event?
Years are just a number … My red carpet debut was with Halle Berry when she won the Quincy Jones Award. She wore an Emporio Armani purple velvet suit.
How long have you been working with Tina Fey? How would you describe their style? Are there any brands or silhouettes that you and them prefer for the awards season?
I've worked with Tina Fey for almost 11 years. I would describe their style as quirky, smart, eclectic, and cool. This season I prefer accessories that offer glamor and comfort. I love the SPX Illusion collection from Silhouette because it's so light and easy to wear with anything.
What are some unique challenges of this awards season, where everything is remote? What are some unexpected bonuses?
In a virtual world, we need to look at each person's outfit from a completely new perspective, which is especially interesting when you are dressing a host as you are approaching the styling from a representational point of view. You have to consider how many looks it will take, what the co-host will be wearing, the background, the color scheme, etc. Then we always have to think about the shoe! Which we probably won't see in this case.
How does styling for an awards ceremony moderator differ from styling for a guest?
Since red carpets look different these days, we are going to see a lot of personal style and individuality. People can express themselves exactly how they want. We will see dresses, pajama sets, kilts, etc. It's all on the table!
What are some key trends you look forward to on the red carpet this season?
Last year was a reminder that staying true to yourself is more important than ever, and I look forward to continuing to tell that story through fashion. I'm excited about new forms of individuality, be it from an aspiring designer like Sergio Hudson, who is changing the game in terms of color, or from a brand like Silhouette, which pushes the boundaries of classic glasses.
How would you choose a neutral frame that would go with multiple outfits?
Glasses that go with anything can be hard to find, but I love how we're starting to see eyewear brands that really allow you to adopt your own personal style. I love that Silhouette frames are really customizable and a majority of their frames come in neutral colors. If you enjoy wearing black, you can choose a gold or silver frame to complement the look. If you like a little bit of color, they have their Blend collection to wear as a statement piece or pair them with matching earrings to give the monochrome feel.
Can you share your styling tips on pairing jewelry with glasses and outfitting in general?
If you're going for a more classic pair of sunglasses, I recommend bringing a bold earring or necklace. If you want to keep the full look simple, donning a lovely pair of diamond studs or huggies can be just as chic.
Accessories really give people a chance to go against the norms and wear things that might not be as conventional. That's why I encourage people to use accessories as an opportunity to leave their comfort zones and test their own fashion limits.
Next up: 7 eyewear trends that I predict will be huge in 2021