And the Gown Goes To…

As far as celebrity culture goes, I have to admit my interest level is pretty mild. While I’m in no way above devouring a vapid tabloid article or scanning Twitter headlines when I’m bored, in general I’m pretty unaware of the latest goings-on in Tinseltown.

That all changes, however, in the weeks between New Year’s and mid-Feburuary, aka the height of red carpet season. On the night of every major awards show you’re guaranteed to find my hunched over my laptop, obsessively refreshing my page to get a look at what some of today’s most celebrated actors chose to wear for their big night out. The process kind of takes over my life, actually: Like a journalist for the likes of Us Weekly or People, I spend weeks brainstorming what so-and-so will have on at the SAG Awards, or whether what’s-her-name will wear [designer name] again to the Oscars. It was for this exact reason that, when viewing the Spring/Summer 2016 couture collections that debuted in Paris this week, I couldn’t help but envision certain numbers on a few of this year’s Academy Award nominees. For my take on what five such actresses should wear on the big night, look no further than the images below…

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Alicia Vikander (Best Supporting Actress, The Danish Girl) // Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Look 37

The Swedish ingenue who stunned audiences in The Danish Girl has already acquired some serious red carpet style cred. As one of the many faces of Louis Vuitton, Vikander is more often than not sporting something of the Ghesquière sort. That said, I’d love to see her pull up to the Oscars in Look 37 from Giambattista Valli’s latest haute couture line up. The gown’s dusty, lilac-y hue would look stunning with her skin tone, and the high neckline would be an appropriate follow up to her Golden Globes look, seen above.

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Cate Blanchett (Best Actress, Carol) // Aouadi Haute Couture Look 26

If the past is any indication of the future, it’s likely that Ms. Blanchett will be sporting the likes of Armani or Givenchy on Oscar night. But that doesn’t stop me from holding out hope that Blanchett might choose this flamingo-emblazoned look from the latest Aouadi collection. The designer, whose tattoo dress the actress wore late last year, is an up-and-comer on the move; to sport one of his creations would only further solidify Blanchett’s position as reigning queen of red carpet fashion.

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Brie Larson (Best Actress, Room) // Atelier Versace Look 42

Some might argue that it’ll be hard for Best Actress nominee Brie Larson to top her custom Calvin Klein Collection number from this year’s Golden Globes (above left). I think she could manage it, however, in this fiery Atelier Versace look. With it’s sequins and figure-hugging silhouette, I think it’s safe to say this gown is right up Larson’s subtle-but-sexy alley.

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Charlotte Rampling (Best Actress, 45 Years) // Alexis Mabille Haute Couture Look 19

It’s no secret that veteran screen siren Charlotte Rampling loves to rock a pantsuit on the carpet. For the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony, it’d be amazing to see her jazz things up in this look from Alexis Mabille. With it’s flowing sheer blouse, perfectly tailored trousers, and jacket that doubles as a cape, this number can easily hold its own against even the sparkliest ballgowns.

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Rooney Mara (Best Supporting Actress, Carol) // Atelier Versace Look 17

Versace again…what can I say? Donatella delivered a seriously stunning couture collection for SS16. No need to fear accusations of copy-catting, however: This look has a uniquely mysterious, even spooky quality that will place the über-talented Mara (who typically favors looks by Givenchy or Alexander McQueen) in a fashion sphere that’s all her own.

What do you think the nominees might wear this year? Better yet, what were your thoughts on the latest couture collections? Leave any and all thoughts below!


image credits

alicia // cate // brie // charlotte // rooney

all runway shots sourced via


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