It would be an understatement to say that I'm extremely excited about the upcoming Oscars. Ever since I can remember, my mom and I have watched the red carpet styles intently, comparing our favorite looks. If you love fashion and entertainment, this is a day to look forward to all year: a time when the most gorgeous custom couture gowns and sparkling jewels adorn the brightest stars of the silver screen. It may sound like all fantasy, but the truth is that these actors work hard on their craft, and I also make it a point to see most of the nominated films in the weeks leading up to the event so that I can make informed decisions on that oh-so-important play at home Oscar ballot! Also, to know the drama and politics that go on with stylist angling for the best designers and some dress choices being made at the very last minute, it's as fun to predict the acting winners as it is the style winners!
Traditionally, you can predict which designer certain actresses will wear on the red carpet based on past choices or associations with specific houses. For example, Natalie Portman in Rodarte or more currently, nominee Jennifer Lawrence in Dior. Also, it's likely that many of the gowns we'll see will be from the Spring/Summer collections. However since the Fall/Winter shows are happening now, I chose some Oscar-worthy designs from New York Fashion Week that I think would look great on the red carpet!
First up, my favorite designer, Christian Siriano: his tulle and sequin frock is youthful and on trend with the shorter hemline and mesh paneling, yet dramatic enough for the Oscars. Zac Posen's off-the shoulder satin gown boasts a dramatic neckline and a scarlet hue that is always an awards-season hit. Badgley Mischka's all over sequin dress is a universally flattering shape in the color of the year: emerald. Jenny Packham's navy gown has a high slit, and if this year's previous awards shows are any indication, showing a lot of leg is the way to go! Naeem Khan's intricate beading paired with the long flowing cream skirt is a romantic look looks very Oscar-worthy. Finally, Oscar de la Renta, a red carpet go-to designer, has created a stately and modern silhouette with his purple peplum gown. As soon as I saw this, I immediately imagined it on nominee Jessica Chastain - it isn't a color we've seen her in before and this would really pop with her gorgeous red locks! With the right hair, makeup and jewelry, I could see many of the dresses in recent collections glittering on Oscar night!
What do you think your favorite stars will wear to the Academy Awards? Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at AngelHowlett where I will be live documenting my favorite looks and moments as they happen on Sunday!