A successful red-carpet fashion moment at the Academy Awards can become as memorable — or arguably, more memorable — than a win that night. We picked a group of seasoned and up-and-coming actresses and determined what we suspect they’ll be wearing — based on red carpet history, fashion week appearances, and physique.
Dress She Should Wear: Marchesa’s intricately pleated, one-shouldered, dove-gray dress
Why: “She wore Marchesa to the Golden Globes and it worked beautifully. I’d like her to choose another gown from the designer. I like fashion monogamy!” says celebrity stylist Robert Verdi.
Dress She Should Wear: Antonio Berardi’s stunning white column dress with beaded embellishments and a sweeping cape
Why: “She’s going to go high-end, probably Armani. But I’d like to see her in a designer that we don’t normally see on the red carpet, someone like Antonio Berardi, a designer who does really dramatic, fabulous dresses.”
Dress She Should Wear: Lela Rose’s playful but posh dress with full skirt.
Why: “She obviously wears what she likes. She embraces color and pattern. I like that she’s a little wacky. Lela Rose, who does ladylike so nicely, is perfect for her.”
Dress She Should Wear: A flesh-toned Dior strapless gown with dropped waist and structured, full skirt.
Why: “She makes great choices with bold colors. But this time, I’d like to see her in something more washed-out, more ethereal-looking. A dramatic, pale Dior Haute Couture gown would be perfect.”
Dress She Should Wear: A theatrical, form-fitting, beaded Versace dress with metallic shoulders
Why: “She has this pouty face that, to me, is very Versace. Plus, I don’t like actresses playing characters they’re used to playing or wearing designs they’re used to wearing, so definitely something vampy and slinky from Versace.”
Dress She Should Wear: Alexander McQueen’s gorgeous sleeveless white gown with a high neck and wide, waist-cinching black belt.
Why: “She’s kind of hit-or-miss on the red carpet. It would be nice to see an exciting designer like Alexander McQueen take her away from her comfort zone.”
Dress She Should Wear: A bold, beaded, green long-sleeved dress by Monique Lhuillier
Why: “I can see her going with a classic shape, something form-fitting to show off her tight bod.”
Dress She Should Wear: A daring taupe and white Azzaro dress with beaded halter design
Why: “She doesn’t pick a dress just because it’s sexy or on trend. She actually enjoys fashion and probably won’t want the typical designer. She likes something more intellectual, like Azzaro.”
Dress She Should Wear: Andrew Gn’s elegant black dress with plunging neckline and gold embellishments.
Why: “Andrew Gn’s dresses are glamorous and stately and age-appropriate for her. She’s an icon and I think she should be in something grand.”