On the eve of the Academy Awards a host of the biggest names in Hollywood will gather opposite the Santa Monica Beach to celebrate the best of independent films from the last year at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Spirit Awards may not be identifiers of who will win an Oscar the next night but I always support the honoring of the work of independent films. Annette Bening did not receive an Oscar nomination for her role in 20th Century Women but she did receive a Spirit Award nom for Best Female Lead. Annette wore pretty but standard gowns from Michael Kors and Pamella Roland for the Palm Springs Awards and the Golden Globe Awards, I don’t know how bold she would be willing to go when it comes to the Spirit Awards red carpet as they are usually seen as more of a casual red carpet. I think that this black Christian Siriano Pre-Fall 2017 knee length silk dress which features a ruffled scoop neckline, full length sleeves, and a fitted silhouette is right up Annette’s ally and would be a perfect dress for this red carpet. The fitted classic nature of this dress enhanced with the neck ruffle really make this the perfect elevated version of the little black dress. While I would love it if Annette wore the black and white pumps that the dress was paired with on the runway I would bet that she would pair this dress with a pair of plain black pumps. I would add a red lip and a spiky hairstyle to really make this an elegant moment for Annette. Janelle Monae is part of the cast of Moonlight which is being honored with the Robert Altman Award which honors the outstanding performance by a cast in a film along with the films director and casting director. Janelle has been killing it all awards season long and I am really excited to see what she has in store for the final weeks. For the Spirit Awards I would love to see Janelle bring the edge with this mix matched pattern Sass & Bide Pre-Fall 2017 black and white ensemble which features a strapless origami bustier and a pair of patterned button up pants. This look is glam and edgy and something that I really think that only Janelle could sell to me on the red carpet and the Spirit Awards red carpet it would be perfect. A pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Very Lace’ peep toe pumps, high bun, black and silver Edie Parker ‘Jean’ zebra clutch, red lip adding a bold Chopard red carpet collection diamond and sapphire wave ring to really make this an amazing red carpet moment for Janelle. Naomie Harris is also part of the cast of Moonlight so she will also be receiving the Robert Altman Award with Janelle. Aside from one misstep so far Naomie has killed her red carpet looks this awards season and I am really excited to see what the final push has in store for her. For the Spirit Awards we don’t usually see much couture on the red carpet, but I think that this draped Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2017 Couture one shouldered jumpsuit with a slashes split on one leg and a knotted detail on one hip would be amazing on Naomie. Since her last jumpsuit was a bit of a flop, I think that this would be the perfect way to redeem herself. This look is modern and elegant, relaxed glamour which makes for a perfect Spirit Awards look. Finishing with soft waves pinned back behind her ears, white Lee Savage ‘Cross Stack’ clutch, red lip, smokey eye, 5 carat diamond studs, and a pair of red Sophia Webster ‘Rosalind’ crystal heel satin sandals would really make this a major modern glam moment for Naomie. Riley Keough is one of my favorite red carpet ladies, her Chanel Couture from the Golden Globes was one of my favorite looks of the night, and I am excited to see what she will bring to the Spirit Awards red carpet. Riley has been nominated for Best Supporting Female for her performance in American Honey which was a huge hit at Cannes. I wonder if Riley will take the whole experience with American Honey full circle wearing Gucci for the Spirit Awards like she did for the films premiere at Cannes. I think she may, but I went in a different direction. I think that Riley should show up for the Spirit Awards wearing something fun and flirty like this red Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2017 Couture bustier mini dress which features an embroidered a-line petal skirt. I don’t know if this dress is 100% Riley, but I think that she would definitely kill it on the red carpet. I have gone back and forth with how I would style this dress for Riley but I think that old Hollywood waves over one shoulder, smokey eye, nude lip, and a pair of red suede Jimmy Choo ‘Kelly’ perforated detail sandals to really make it a really eye catching moment. Sasha Lane was one of the breakout style stars of 2016 and I am interested to seeing what she has in store for the Spirit Awards where she is nominated for Best Female Lead. I bet you that Sasha shows up on the Spirit Awards red carpet with her American Honey co-star Riley Keough and I bet that she is the one that wears Gucci. I would love to see Sasha wearing this gorgeous multicolored Gucci Pre-Fall 2017 floral embroidered dress which features a plunging neckline, flowing sleeves, and an ankle length skirt. I think that this dress perfectly embodies the more casual glamour of the Spirit Awards and Sasha would kill it. Her now signature dreads styled into a top bun, smokey eye, nude lip, and a pair of black Gucci leather t-strap pearl embellished sandals would add the perfect finishing touches to this look ensuring that Sasha kills the Spirit Awards red carpet.
The 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards will be held on Saturday February 25, 2017.