Enjoy my picks (and the reasons behind all of them) for some of this years Academy Award nominees and presenters below. Come back to The Fashion Court on Sunday, February 24th for a recap of all the red carpet style.
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I was a bit apprehensive to include this Jenny Packham dress at first because the silhouette was so similar to what Amy wore last year. But, then, I figured–if it’s flattering, it works. Besides, how many girls stick to strapless numbers like they’re physically glued to the cut? I adore the shimmering gold and the necklace which dubs as a gorgeous necklace. Amy could wear her hair up or down and accessorize with gold, white gold, and even colorful jewelry as you can see she enjoys. I’m all for it, and that’s why it’s my first choice.
I’ve been in love with this Elie Saab gown for a long time now, as you can see that it comes from the Fall 2010 Haute Couture collection. What must I say to convince you when it kind of speaks for itself? The exquisite silhouette, glittering ruby color, fanned chiffon sleeves and flawless embroidery is breathtaking. I’m baffled that I’ve yet to see it on anyone. I think Amy could score a few “Best Dressed” points if she showed up in this beautiful dress.
Hey, she did well with her last Saab.
Amy often sticks by a few designers on the credit carpet, and Giambattista Valli is one of them. There are a lot of stunning and creative designs in the new Spring 2013 Haute Couture collection, but there’s also a simplistic classic beauty about this strapless black gown with draping under the bust that caught my eye from Pre-Fall 2013. I’d love to see Amy accessorize with colorful jewels, maybe garnet, sapphire or a canary yellow diamond.
There’s no doubt that Helen has been hitting some serious red carpet high notes this awards season. I want to see the “Sessions” nominated actress keep it up for the biggest ceremony of all, and this Spring 2013 design by Talbot Runhof might be the key. She loves glitter and has some very toned arms, and sleeveless square cuts seem to flatter her well. I love the iridescent shimmer of this blue gown, and that black tulle asymmetric layer is very eye-catching. This would be memorable.
Sticking with somewhat of the same silhouette as the previous dress, I selected this absolutely gorgeous emerald gown from latest Badgley Mischka Fall/Winter 2013 runway collection. I instantly envisioned Helen wearing it—and rocking it. I love the deep shade of green, and feel like the cut would truly flatter her toned figure. I’d also love for Helen to wear her hair out.
From the cut to the color, this dress is perfect! Gilles created a very versatile gown for his Fall 2013 collection; I could see this on the younger generation of starlets like Kristen Stewart while also being a brilliant fit for a woman in her thirties or forties, like Helen. It’s walks on the sexy edge, but it’s also very refined. This gown is so high on my Wish List that even if Helen doesn’t wear it, I still hope to see it on the Oscar carpet. It would be just the icing on the cake if it were Helen!
When I first saw this dress presented with the Fall 2013 collection, my jaw dropped. I’ve been up and down with the past few Marchesa collections, but this reminds me of designs from several seasons ago that made me fall for the brand. The rich shade of red, breathtaking structure and regal gold embroidery along the bodice all make up such an ideal Oscar gown, and I may have psyched myself up for disappointment if Naomi doesn’t wear it. It helps that she’s a fan of the label.
I’m expecting for Naomi to wear Zac Posen on Oscar night as she often chooses the designer for her red carpet looks. If she should turn to him this time around, I hope someone woos her in the right direction of this epic rusted orange structured gown from his Fall 2013 line. I may like them from time to time, but I’m not one to go completely “ga-ga” over peplums. That being said, I may have let out a tiny squeal when I saw this dress. Stunning, absolutely stunning! If Naomi bums me out and doesn’t wear it, someone should.
You probably thought you’d see a lot of pastel lace embroidered gowns from the new Spring 2013 Haute Couture collection by Mr. Saab show up on this list, but it’s actually the unique black lace and colorful sequin floral pattern designs that caught my eye most of all this time around. I really loved how this strapless dress turned out, and while I wish it had some thin black straps attached to it, I dig it all the same. It would be an interesting choice for Naomi, but not one I doubt she could pull off. A super sleek mane would be a good pairing–maybe even a trim to her blonde locks for a shoulder-grazing style.
While I know there are a few designers Jessica obviously sticks by—and I fully expect her to walk the red carpet in a Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Armani, or Prada custom dress, I couldn’t let this list go without including an ultimate favorite of mine for the Best Actress nominee. I watched an interview where Jessica talked about her favorite dresses, and she said something along the lines of being a fan of one that really show off a woman’s body. Naturally, the work of Zac Posen popped in my mind. I adore the delicious maroon shade of this off-the-shoulder gown, and I thnk it would be drop-dead-gorgeous on the ginger-haired lady. I also believe it hit the mark on appreciating the female form.
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
There’s a vintage old Hollywood beauty about the rise-and-fall silhouette of this Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 black gown with silver floral embroidery. In addition to being nominated for “Zero Dark Thirty”, I imagine Jessica might also be a presenter. Can’t you visualize her stepping out from being the curtains on the Oscar stage as she walks to the mic in this? I can. She can also wear her hair up, down, or partially up. The possibilities are endless.
Due to Jessica’s love for a true womanly dress, and the fact that I think she might surprise us on Oscar night, I figured this dove grey off-the-shoulder gown by Marchesa would be a beautiful option for her. It might be hard to picture the star wearing it as I don’t believe she’s ever attempted this shape before, but that doesn’t mean it can’t work–and work well. Because of the modest qualities though, I wouldn’t want Jessica to wear her hair in a serious up ‘do as it could add some years.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Jennifer arrived wearing Christian Dior, whether it be custom, vintage or straight from the runway. She’s been donning the label at every major show as she’s the new face of the “Miss Dior” brand. In fact, I’d be much more shocked if the Best Actress nominee didn’t wear Dior. That being said, there weren’t too many dresses on the Spring 2013 Haute Couture runway that I saw as ideal look for JLaw—with the exception of this short jewel embroidered gown strapless number. I would love it if they customized it to be full length for her.
Being one of the hip young stars at the award ceremony this year, JLaw can get away with bit more of a funky look. I know ladies tend to feel like they have to go above and beyond because it’s the Oscars, but there’s a reason for the “less is more” phrase. If she blows my mind and passes on Dior, I think it would be cool to see the “Silver Linings Playbook” rock this netted Giambattista Valli black asymmetric gown. Basically because those matching leggings are fierce.
Keeping in theme with that subtle approach to glamour, I’m a bit in love with this pale gathered silk v-neck Jason Wu gown. Actually, I’m kind of obsessed with the entire Pre-Fall 2013 collection from him. Jennifer looks beautiful in ivory dresses, and I think the slinky silhouette of this would really highlight her curves. Gold jewelry, complimenting heels and a fabulous hairstyle could make her a definite Oscar winner on the red carpet. JLaw opted for “minimalist” in 2011 with that sexy red gown, and that’s still one of her best ever fashion moments in my eyes.
Anne has taken every opportunity presented to her this awards season to wear an archived design from one of her favorite designers. While most of Hollywood has been grabbing at the latest designs, the “Les Misèrables” star has been dipping into some old favorites that never got the red carpet treatment. If she does this at the Oscars this weekend, and she probably will, then how pretty would this choice of the deep blue heavy peplum gown from Chanel‘s Fall 2009 Haute Couture collection be? Anne would totally rock it with that short ‘do she’s got going on!
After having a bit of fun with Chanel, I took a trip down memory lane to the Fall 2005 Haute Couture collection by Valentino—and this blue-violet dress is what I found! If the Best Supporting actress nominee wants to wear something a little more fluid than a tight column or a structured peplum, then this single shoulder silk gown would be a dream of a choice. I especially love the shimmering embellishments.
Not all is old here! With the recent arrival of Spring 2013 Haute Coutue Fashion Week came several lipstick red gowns at Armani Privé. There are few women that I feel could handle this straight-forward slim design with an interesting bar detailed neck accessory—but believe Anne could. I may also just be trying to get her in red.
I didn’t even bother with another designer because I’m pretty set on Marion wearing Christian Dior Couture if she attends this year. That could be taken as a “prediction” or simply a “wish” for the big night, but regardless…Marion is devoted. She wears the label to practically every event given her love of the brand and working campaign relationship with it for a long time now. I’m betting on a custom look for the Oscars, but I could also see her dipping into the new Spring 2013 Haute Couture collection. There are several looks that I feel the “Rust & Bone” actress could pull off, but my two absolute favorites is the gorgeous floral strapless tea-length gown and the super sexy navy strapless silk dress with a wave of pink flower appliqués. She would look simply stunning in either.
Marion may have already worn a dress from the collection at the BAFTAs recently, but at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards a few weeks ago she donned two custom couture dresses created from designs presented with Pre-Fall 2013. Should that happen again, then I hope Marion considers this angled white dress with black ribbon detail. It doesn’t have to be in the same colors nor do I want/expect her to also wear the trousers, but this dress would look fantastic on her. I know Marion can pull it off.
After a solid track record of wearing long sleeve black gowns on the red carpet, I think we got a bit of a treat when Adele wore that colorful lace Valentino dress at the Grammys this year. Although it got mixed reviews, it was still a fresh step ‘outside of the box’ and I appreciated that. It also gave me high hopes that I could see the “Skyfall” singer wearing this lacy tea-length gown from the new Spring 2013 Haute Couture collection by Giambattista Valli. Pretty please?
Okay, maybe that dress actually just spoiled me because I couldn’t help myself from picking this regal Fall 2013 purple velvet gown for her! It might be warm on the red carpet, but this is a wish list, and in my fashion dreamland it will be cool enough for the songbird to arrive on Oscar night wearing this dreamy floor-length design by Alberta Ferretti. At least we know she’s already a fan of the silhouette, right?
Don’t take this dress right at face-value, there’s a method to my madness. In fashion “wishing” comes the ability to select a dress and include make-believe modifications. I would love to see Adele wear this Pre-Fall 2013 beaded Valentino black gown, cut the sleeves to the elbows and readjust that neckline into more of a “scoop”. Can you see it on her? I can, and it looks beautiful.
Amanda has a very wide-range of tastes when it comes to clothes. One minute she’ll get really feminine in ruffles and lace, and then she’ll opt for a more sophisticated cut before bouncing into sexy glamour. Considering she doesn’t have the pressure that some of the nominees do, I could see Amanda wearing something beautiful and very comfortable. I really love this cap sleeve embroidered black Elie Saab gown from Spring 2013 Haute Couture. The design is stunning, but it’s also very youthful and flattering for the body. A high ponytail or long glamorous waves would be a great match.
Maybe I’m still obsessed over her blue magic a few weeks ago, but a mermaid train is my new favorite silhouette for the “Les Misèrables” star. I may already be attached to the idea of her arriving in this light green Georges Hobeika gown from his Spring 2013 Haute Couture line, but I can’t help it. I really want Amanda to wear it.
She may play with a lot of different designers, but on certain nights I’ve noticed that Amanda likes to turn to some of the oldest, most beloved fashion houses. This strapless red ball gown from Valentino Spring 2013 Haute Couture just screams something she would be into. Knowing that, and picturing how pretty she could look in it, were the two obvious reasons of why I included it on my list. Besides, Amanda can have some accessory fun with this one.
It would take me by surprise if Charlize didn’t wear a Christian Dior gown–as she so often does after signing on as the face of the J’Adore by DIOR fragrance. I included this gorgeous purple sheer ruched-and-embellished gown from the Spring 2012 Haute Couture collection on one of my other wish lists before, but when I found out that Charlize would be a presenter at the Oscars this year—you can best believe that was getting included. This is, by far, has to be one of my most favorite recent Dior gowns and Charlize is ideally my woman top wear it. Being completely stunning aside, she has the statuesque figure and glamorous grace to bring new life to it. Also, please take into account that she has a short and dark pixie hair cut right now. Now picture it with a little body and height while she’s in this dress? Are you sold on the idea now? Thought so.
If Charlize doesn’t wear Dior to the Academy Awards this year, then I’d love to see her in some Elie Saab. It’s not something I’m use to seeing on her, therefore it would be something fun and refreshing. If she does—I’m seeing red. I’d love for her to wear this striking embroidered silk gown, but without the cape. As much as I think she could pull it off, the comparisons to Gwyneth’s Tom Ford look last year would overshadow it all.
Remember when I told you to ‘picture’ a bit of spike in her new pixie ‘do? Good. Keep that image in mind when you envision the “Mad Max 4” star in this sexy silver lamé crossover dress by Donna Karan. Charlize would be a goddess in this beauty! I would just hope she’d select a sleek sandal or stiletto pump because those chunky sandals aren’t quite doing it for me.
Never have I wanted one of my fashion “wishes” to come true like right now. I have my heart completely set on seeing Kristen wear this glorious emerald green gown by Monique Lhuillier on Oscar night. The “On The Road” actress was recently announced as a presenter, so I was pretty excited to include her in the feature, and this was my instant first choice for her. Seriously, this dress—it has “Kristen” written all over it! From the long sleeves, slinky fluid fabric, and absolutely stunning embroidery—this Fall 2013 design would be a solid option, in my opinion. I’ve always thought that a jewel green would be perfect on the actress, but I’ve yet to find the “perfect” look. My search is complete.
Someone get this to Miss Stewart STAT!
I’m a longtime fan of the pairing between Kristen and Elie Saab, and despite a jumpsuit as well as a few elements here and there, she hasn’t been wearing a lot of black for awhile. In fact, Kristen hasn’t worn a full black gown in over a year, and therefore I don’t feel bad about wanting to see her in one now. She’s been doing really well in color, but a sexy LBD—or LBG can’t hurt. I think this v-neck beaded floor-length dress is spectacular; it’s sophisticated yet youthful, movable, and I imagine it would create a very elegant look for her. In addition to all of that, it’s also somewhat simple in comparison to the other dresses on this list. As far as detail and color go, it might not be new for her, but I still like it. Kristen isn’t a nominee, she may not want to over-do it.
I know what you’re thinking “SHEER!? again?!” Like most of you, despite how pretty some of it was, I agree that the lace and see-through looks during Kristen’s last two promo tours became a bit too repetitive. In her defense, she tends to go through wardrobe phases now and again; i.e.: mini dresses, single-sleeve cuts, blazers, rhinestone embellishments, and illusion lace. I believe this semi-sheer panel gown from Jason Wu would be a good choice without going overboard. Wu’s entire Pre-Fall 2013 line is right up Kristen’s alley, but it’s this dark red that I feel would be sinfully flattering on her. Besides, the sheer is hardly as intense as she’s worn it before.
In the end, Kristen might go custom or Balenciaga—or, more than likely, something from the Zuhair Murad Spring 2013 Haute Couture Collection as the label is a favorite of hers. I’m expecting the latter, to be honest. I guess we’ll find out on Oscar Sunday!
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