This season’s red carpet trend isn’t just for the Tinsletown trendsetters who get to enjoy sunny California weather year-round. Unlike the cut-outs and crop-tops or pastel and sunny hues that have been all over the red carpet recently, this look feels right at home in the middle of winter, whether it’s 60 or 20 degrees outside.
Regal and rich, gold and black is the perfect after-nine palette for the cold-weather months, so it’s no surprise that it’s popping up everywhere — both on and off the red carpet.
Gold and black gowns were one of the Golden Globes’ hottest trends, with Nicole Kidman and Kate Hudson, working the palette in two different Alexander McQueen styles. Proving the power of this luxe combo, Amanda Seyfried held her own against fashion force Anne Hathaway at the New York premiere of Les Miserables in a gold and black McQueen gown earlier this fall.
But the real appeal of the glam color pairing is how easily it can translate from the red carpet to real life.
No longer just for purses or evening gowns, the timeless color combo is being reworked on just about every element of your wardrobe, from embroidered dresses to metallic cap-toe pumps to brocade pants, to increase its real-world versatility. A blazer or pair of pants in gold and black brocade can easily take you from the office to out, with a few styling tricks. Instantly dress up jeans or black skinnies with pair of black-and-gold colorblocked pumps.
And when it comes to party-wear, a cocktail dress in the rich color combo is a worthy investment: Dress it up with strappy heels and red lips and it can hold its own at a black-tie function; dress it down with flats and a cardi or leather jacket, and you’ve got yourself a chic night-out look.
Ready to jump on the black and gold bandwagon? There’s just a few rules to know to keep the look feeling modern — not gaudy (think: the gowns worn by the cast of Dynasty).