A growing number of plus-size empowerment events
include the glam of Red Carpet entrances.
Feeling special with cameras flashing while
posing in front of sponsorship boards is part of
the fun before a night at a formal event.
Some events require long
while at others
are acceptable. In either case, many women love to
sparkle and bask in the love and attention.
High end, designer runway fashion is where many design
trends first appear. Looks can also be inspired from
the red carpets at national entertainment
industry shows such as the
Grammy's, the Emmy's, and other televised awards shows.
Gala events such as the annual Costume Institute
Ball at the Metropolitan Museum of Art also
influence formalwear styles.
women do attend these high profile red carpet
events also, sometimes as celebrities and other
times as more behind-the-scenes power players
within the industries and social circles for
which these events are geared. Some of
these gala events are daytime luncheons and
award dinners that require less formal styles
than the more famous televised events. A few
ultra-talented, famous faces in recent years
have included Queen Latifah, Gabourey Sidhibe,
Melissa McCarthy, Christina Hendricks, and
Looks tend to be older and more sophisticated
than for prom and homecoming, and flashier than
wedding party styles.
Fun and whimsical styles can also be favored,
especially by younger women. There is some overlap with styles frequently
chosen for both military balls
and some pageant circuits.
Special black tie and gala events for New Year's Eve
can also sometimes skew more glamorous.
This is the occasionwear shopping category where
labels are often the most upscale and luxurious.
Styles are often highly structured, body
conscious, and detailed with fine fabrics and
embellishments. Bare looks prevail, but
recent style seasons have seen more sleeves
coming into fashion.