What’s New on the Red Carpet? Formal Dresses to Stock This 2023

When it comes to fashion, the red carpet is the ultimate platform for showcasing new trends, styles, and designs in formal dresses.

Every year, fashion enthusiasts around the world eagerly anticipate the arrival of these new trends, inspired by the latest looks seen on their favorite celebrities. Those looking for something to wear to their next special event will want to see certain styles in stock, and it’s in your establishment’s best interests to have them. Here are the red carpet trends you need to know now:

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The Return of the Ball Gown

Ball gowns are back in style, and this time they are bigger and better than ever. Think voluminous skirts and dramatic silhouettes that are sure to turn heads.

Our Eva ball gown is a thoroughly modern take on the classic ball gown, making use of layers of delicate ruffles to make up the full, sweeping skirt. It’s made out of luxurious Chantilly lace and features a boned corset bodice that’s very on trend, which has been delicately embellished with hundreds of sparkling glass beads.

Alternatively, dip into the 3D floral trend with our Gardenia ball gown. Available in blush, powder blue, and white, this layered tulle ball gown makes use of a floral diamond glitter motif and 3D organza flowers that trickle from the bodice all the way down the full skirt for added depth and dimension.

The Rise of Bold Colors

2023 is the year to embrace bold, statement-making colors. From bright yellows to deep purples, the red carpet is awash with eye-catching hues in various jewel tones.

Customers who want to stand out from the crowd will surely find themselves the belle of the ball in our Chromatic 3D florals mermaid gown. Available in a wide variety of shades, including lighter hues of blue and lavender, as well as jewel tones of emerald green, sapphire blue, ruby red, and Barbiecore hot pink, it’s crafted out of luxurious tulle and fully adorned with 3D flowers and beads that shimmer with every movement.

Another dress that’s sure to fly off the shelves is our Regality feather mermaid gown. Available in black, dusty blue, silver, orange, mauve, hot pink, and sapphire blue, this fitted dress features a floral beaded lattice print, as well as a train crafted out of whimsical feather lace and 3D floral appliques. Feathers are having a huge fashion moment right now, and this is a great way to wear them.

The Sparkle of Sequins

One trend that's taken the red carpet by storm is the use of sparkling sequins on formal dresses. These eye-catching embellishments add an extra layer of glitz and glam to any gown, making them perfect for any black-tie event.

Our Gilded Flouret sequin lace mermaid gown is a certified head-turner, guaranteeing a grand entrance for anyone who wears it. Available in smoky blue, platinum, burgundy red, emerald green, and gold, this subtly sexy little number features a beautiful sequin print that glitters from every angle. 

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The Power of Pink

Pink has always been a favorite on the red carpet, and this year is no exception. From light blush tones to bright fuchsia, pink dresses are a great way to make a statement while still evoking a girlishly playful vibe.

Barbiecore is alive, well, and thriving, in our hot pink versions of the Chromatic 3D florals mermaid gown and the Regality feather mermaid gown. Those looking for a more subdued shade of pink, though, will love our Floweret backless A-line gown. Available in a gentle spring blush pink, as well as lavender, blue, and yellow, this dress is the epitome of ultra-feminine, made out of floral print organza. It also features 3-dimensional floral appliques that make the wearer look like she’s draped in the freshest of blooms.

Statement-Making Sleeves

Statement sleeves are another trend that's taking over the red carpet. Whether it's a bell sleeve, a bishop sleeve, or a dramatic puff sleeve, bold sleeves are a great way to add some drama to any dress.

Detachable sleeves are great for customers looking to wear the same dress more than once, but not look like it. We employ the concept in many of our dresses, such as the Opal Garden floral ball gown, which features detachable puff sleeves, as well as our Hydrangia mermaid corset gown, which features removable fingerless gloves that go up to the elbow. Both are strapless gowns that can be worn without the accompanying sleeves to create different looks.  

Customers who want to cover up their upper arms will also be on the lookout for options that offer it. Our Petal embellished ruffle sleeve gown is the perfect choice for those looking for a dramatic sleeved option. It features elegant beading all along the bodice and the upper half of the A-line skirt, while the sleeves have been enhanced with feather details that are very in right now.

High Slits

High slits are a timeless trend that always looks elegant and sophisticated. It also helps the wearer by giving them more freedom of movement. This year, expect to see slits taken to the extreme with dresses featuring daring thigh-high slits.

Here at Andrea & Leo, we employ the thigh-high slit in many of our offerings to add undeniable sexiness to many of our floor-length dresses. It’s one of the most prominent features of our Leila one-shoulder gown. Our Daphene tulle gown also has a thigh high slit that isn’t readily apparent until the wearer takes a step, adding a surprisingly sexy twist to an otherwise sweet-looking dress.

Sheer Fabrics

Sheer fabrics have been a popular trend on the red carpet for several years now, and they're not going anywhere in 2023. Whether it's a sheer overlay, a sheer bodice, or sheer sleeves, these fabrics add an ethereal quality to any dress.

We particularly love using tulle and other gossamer, lightweight fabrics in many of our dresses to make customers look and feel like they’ve stepped into a gorgeous dream. This off the shoulder A-line layered gown from our 2023 collection makes use of tulle extensively in the voluminous skirt, and is available in sapphire blue and lavender.