After picking my EOT topic, which is the French vs. Italian designer brands and their influence in the U.S., I decided that it was influenced mostly by the world of celebrities. From there, I researched the designer stores that are found on two famous streets that are often visited by celebrities: Rodeo Drive and Fifth Avenue. The results were clear; there were many more Italian brands found on both streets. Then, I decided to look up who celebrities were wearing on the red carpet. I took a tally of Italian designers, French designers, and “Other” designers from the most recent Oscars award ceremony. I never would have expected the results I found. The “Other” category won by a landslide. Someone commented on my last blog post that revealed these results and she made a few good points. This could be due to the desire to move production back on shore, or maybe America is the leading influence of fashion and now more American designers are considered high-end and accredited designers. However, the “Other” category was not all American designers. They were from all over the world. My next step is to research previous award shows and red carpet events if possible and see if I can find out when the transition from strong desire for French and Italian fashion brands to “Other” brands began.