How do you translate the trends, the colors, the silhouettes from the red carpet, and truly make them your own? Post-event for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards FPD was able to have an exclusive q&a with celebrity stylist and costume designer Jen Rade, who works with like Angelina Jolie and musicians (Ms. Tina Turner!) and now is a spokesperson for two of my favorite stores – T.J.Maxx and Marshalls. Find out what Ms. Rade had to say
FPD: Red carpet jewels: most people can’t afford the amazing baubles seen on the red carpet; where is a good place to get evening wear-worthy jewels, at a fraction of the price?
JR: Where to get good jewelry at great prices… T.J.Maxx! It’s amazing what designer jewelry you can find there.
FPD: Red carpet dresses: what are some little-known tips/tricks/advice when searching for something floor length for evening?
JR: My advice on finding something formal or floor length is to focus on the most flattering neckline for your shape. If it’s going to be floor length, neckline is the main aspect that affects the overall look and shape. Shoulders and décolleté are always good to show. Not everyone can wear a V-neck or plunging neckline so I think it’s best to experiment with different necklines. Too high can cut you off, too low can be too much! Also, finding the best color for your skin is critical. Although yellow was clearly a big trend on the carpet, you have to be careful as the wrong yellow can make a person look sallow. Deeper mustard yellows tend to be easier to wear for most people.
Also, the right undergarments are CRITICAL!!! And killer shoes, which the Marshalls Mega Shoe shop has in spades for a fraction of the price you’d pay at department stores!
FPD: What are some general tips on what shapes/silhouettes and/or colors that will translate best from the Emmys to the everyday?
JR: I think all the color trends we saw, especially deep reds and embellishment, can be worn in daily life. Red is somewhat like yellow in that it’s important to pick the right shade for your skin tone/hair color/eye color… pale creamy skin can generally handle most reds, but more pink toned complexions (like me!), need to look for deeper jewel toned reds.
And embellishment can be worn by everyone as long as it’s not over the top in daywear.
I think strong earrings or great statement necklaces, which there are tons of at T.J.Maxx, are an easy way to wear that trend. Or a few great rings!
Shape-wise, I think slightly fuller skirts that have a 50’s feel can work on most women. Like what Leslie Mann or Ginnifer Goodwin wore last night at the Emmy’s. I also think one-shoulder will always work in gowns – you can still wear a supportive bra, never have to worry about pulling it up like a strapless, and it shows the right amount of skin.