Under the Red Carpet

In the midst of the Fall 2012 Fashion Shows, the biggest show of all happens Sunday:  The Oscars.

Luckily, my career has allowed me to walk a few red carpets. I’ve gawked and stalked and hovered around celebrities like a gnat, hoping for god-knows-what, only to be swatted away by the hoards of handlers who shoo us into our seats in the nose-bleed section, out of sight and out of the way.  It’s crazy that on such occasions where I splurged on the Lanvin dress and had my hair and makeup done, (hitting fashion and beauty personal bests) I’ve never felt more invisible.

This year, while you’re watching the red carpet arrivals on E!, take the time to check out the Plus-Ones, the invisible girls.  They are probably sporting some great looks that could serve as inspiration in real life.  I mean, really, are you going to go out and buy a strapless yellow organza gown with a tulle train as seen on Angelina?

Here are some of the looks from the plus-ones I spotted at the Golden Globes.  Look for these looks and more from the Plus-Ones:

1:  Cap sleeves.  The cap sleeve dress/top is the new tank.  The were everywhere.  More demure than going sleeveless, offering coverage to the 99% not blessed with toned arms, they held their own against the strapless and plunging necks of most stars.  Behold a gaggle of girls in their black cap-sleeved dresses, complete with black pumps. Simple and chic.

2:  The scarf + broach combo.  An easy way to jazz up the most mundane jacket, dress or top:

3:  Sequins.  If you aren’t a star, you may as well shine like one:

So when watch you the Oscars, do yourself a favor and watch for the plus-ones, the civilians, the 99% and you just might be inspired.


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