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People’s Choice Awards 2016 — Lea Michele, Demi Lovato, Vanessa Hudgens Hit The Red Carpet

Awards season 2016 has officially kicked off. Fashion-watchers are eyeing the People’s Choice Awards as the first celebs hit the red carpet.

Will 2016 be a wilder year than 2015, which gave us a drip feed of nostalgic looks in Harry Styles’ seventies rocker-inspired suits, reported by Entertainment Wise, and nineties throwbacks that brought band tees, ripped jeans, personalised detailing (like band or novelty patches sewn on jackets) and flannel shirts back into many people’s aesthetic?

2015 fashion was also influenced by the K Pop explosion, with LVMH investing in the K Pop industry. The Givenchy gown-makers were looking to expand into the K Pop market, as reported by Daily Life.

The makeup look for 2015 was heavily-sculpted, and the beauty market was flooded with “contouring kits” (bronzer, highlighter and blush trios) as fans of Kim Kardashian and her family sought to emulate the super-sculpted face and defined cheekbones the sisters are known for. A bright triangle was drawn under the eye to bring that part of the face forward in a dramatic way.

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The look could be perilous — under harsh lights, the heavy concealer and bronzer sometimes popped out and ruined a polished red carpet look, as reported by Daily Mail.

In the latter part of the year “strobing” went mainstream — beauty experimenters ditched bronzer and focused on highlighting key areas of the fans using creams and frosty powders.

As for the nineties and K Pop trends, Ultra-popular Youtube vlogger Michelle Phan helped to bring them to her large audience in 2015 (see videos below).

What will we see in 2016? The People’s Choice Awards is hardly the high-watermark for fashion experimentation, but as the first major event after New Year’s it provides a taster of sorts for the flavor of the coming year.

A heavily-sculpted face is still appearing, particularly on Kat Graham who veers dangerously into bad-highlight territory, as reported by Wonderwall. Kate Hudson stunned in white, with a softer contour, and smouldering ex-Disney star Vanessa Hudgens avoided the contoured look completely, opting for her signature ultra-pale skin and smoky eye.

Metallics and leather looks appeared, with Carly Ray Jepsen opting for a short, leathery black cut-out number (and an edgy new haircut), as well as a sharp cat-eye with smoked-out eyeshadow that veered into goth territory, complementing the “Call Me Maybe” singer’s goth-pale Vanessa Hudgens-esque skin. Is the Scooter Braun-managed pop star (Jepsen has the same manager as Justin Bieber) branching into a rockier sound this year?

Vanessa Hudgens wore a metallic dress with a high slit and some light ruching that added texture to the gown. The ex-Disney star accessorised with a metallic-panel choker and slicked her bobbed hair back off her face, highlighting her dramatic smoky eyes.

Lea Michelle went for strong eyelashes and plum/ruby lips, wearing an Elie Saab fall minidress.

Meghan Trainor went for a short, stripy black-and-metallic number, pulling her hair into a messy side-ponytail. Portia De Rossi looked very pretty in a white pantsuit with a metallic-panel belt. Her makeup was dewy and fresh and her blonde hair was styled in soft face-framing waves.

Style Bistro also judged Priyanka Chopra, Renee Olstead, Julianne Hough, and Amber Valetta as some of their favorite choices.

Will 2016 be a good year in fashion? Will we see anything interesting?

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Vanessa Hudgens arrives at the People’s Choice Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Los Angeles.

[Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP]