Tulle is the latest red carpet trend just in time for party season

As many women will be reaching into the wardrobe for their trusty sequinned party dress, the red carpet has other ideas, as celebrities have been embracing all things froofy and princessy.

And they’re showing that there’s no need to be scared of looking “girly” – in fact, it’s something to be celebrated. Last night saw the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in London, and presenter Maya Jama went full princess in her pale pink tiered gown.

Maya Jama at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards (Ian West/PA)
Maya Jama at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards (Ian West/PA)

Jama wasn’t the only celeb championing tulle on Sunday evening. Lady Kitty Spencer showed us the flip-side of the trend with a black, Gothic number.

Lady Kitty Spencer went for a more Gothic look (Ian West/PA)
Lady Kitty Spencer went for a more Gothic look (Ian West/PA)

These two looks from the same event demonstrate how differently tulle can be styled. Meanwhile, model Maddi Waterhouse, wore a pale pink dress by Ryan Lo to the UK premiere of Fantastic Beasts last week.

Maddi Waterhouse matched her pale pink hair to her gown (Ian West/PA)
Maddi Waterhouse matched her pale pink hair to her gown (Ian West/PA)

While TV favourite Holly Willoughby sported a gorgeous princess Jenny Packham tulle gown to the Pride of Britain awards.

Holly Willoughby dazzles in tulle at the Pride of Britain awards (Steve Parsons/PA)
Holly Willoughby dazzles in tulle at the Pride of Britain awards (Steve Parsons/PA)

If pale pinks and romantic vibes aren’t exactly your thing, look no further than Busy Philipps for inspiration. She went to last week’s People’s Choice Awards in a Christian Siriano dress that really brought the witchy drama. Bonus points for her wearing floral Doc Martens with the gown, which must have been a welcome break from achingly high heels.

Or what about singer Janelle Monae at last week’s Glamour Awards. White tulle could veer dangerously into bridal territory, but Monae kept well away from this with an edgy black jacket and hat.

Janelle Monae is no stranger to subverting sartorial norms (Evan Agostini/AP)
Janelle Monae is no stranger to subverting sartorial norms (Evan Agostini/AP)

It’s perhaps unsurprising we’re seeing such an increase in tulle on the red carpet. Why? Because of Giambattista Valli, the Italian fashion designer who has been slowly and steadily winning celebs over with his froof-tastic designs.

More definitely is more when it comes to Valli – think ginormous clouds of tulle dresses in all colours of the rainbow, worn by everyone from Julia Roberts and Lady Gaga to influencer Chiara Ferragni (who has an impressive 15.5m followers on Instagram).

Where the red carpet goes, it’s safe to say we will follow. Now is the time of year when we start gearing up for party season, and we’re keeping a beady eye out for sartorial inspiration. Experimenting in a bit more tulle is the most on-trend fashion choice you could make this year.

- Press Association

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