The AFI Awards red carpet is one of the harder events of award season to predict who will attend because overall the ceremony celebrates the 20 best titles of the year, 10 from film and 10 from Television. With it’s position in LA the Friday before the Golden Globe Awards we expect most of the main casts of the honored films and shows to show up, but that is really all we are banking on for these wishes. So while everyone in these wishes are part of the best projects from 2017 I’m only guessing at who will be on this red carpet. Lady Bird has already set record having the longest run at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and had already earned several honors and nominations. The AFI Awards is just going to be one of the first stops on what is most likely a road to Oscar gold for the films director Greta Gerwig. Female directors are far and few between and Greta is more known for being an actress than a director, but with the success of this film I am sure that we will see a lot more of her behind the camera. For the AFI Awards I went pretty simple and classic with this black cotton Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2018 shirt dress which features a sleeveless, a-line silhouette, a ruffle detail on the neckline, and a tied detail at the waist for Greta. When it comes to her style Greta can be very up and down for me, bur I want to see her be on top form from the beginning of award season through the Oscars and the after parties. I think that while this look is very simple, that on Greta that it would be a very chic moment and I would totally elevate it with a pair of navy velvet Aquazzura ‘Cosmic Pearl’ pumps to add some spice to this look. Finishing it with loose curls, a defined eye, and light pink lip would all ensure that this look screams lady like sophistication for the AFI Awards luncheon.Saoirse Ronan is also looking at a road to Oscar gold thanks to Lady Bird. They say the third times the charm, and if she ends up with an Oscar nomination for this film it would be her third. So maybe the luck of the Irish will be on her side. With all of the buzz surrounding her I would imagine that Saoirse will be on every red carpet possible promoting her performance, including the AFI Awards. The casual nature of the AFI Awards luncheon usually means we see a lot of shift and pencil dresses. I want the stars to really search the runways and find some of the great casual looks that lie on the Resort, Spring, and new Pre-Fall runways and lookbooks. For Saoirse I went to a brand that I can’t ever remember seeing on a red carpet before, Lemaire. When I was looking through my archive of images for the perfect look for Saoirse to wear on this red carpet I stopped to really look at this brown and teal stained/tie-dye Lemaire Spring 2018 RTW dress and decided that my search need go no further. This dress is incredibly chic and I think that if anyone could pull it off it would be Saoirse. Since the dress is such a statement all on it’s own I think that styling should be rather simple. A chic low bun, defined eye, matte nude lip, and a pair of terracotta velvet Lola Cruz platform strap sandals would ensure that Saoirse kicks off her award season in high style. Out of everyone who is expected this award season I think I am most excited about is the gorgeous Nicole Kidman. I know I have gotten my hopes up in the past and been crushed at what she has worn during award season, but after the amazing year she had last year I am really excited to see what she will bring as she promotes her almost expected Golden Globe and SAG Awards wins for her role in Big Little Lies. As I was ready to edit these wishes I was flipping through the Victoria Beckham Pre-Fall 2018 collection lookbook and I saw this emerald silk draped midi dress and Nicole immediately came to mind. It might be a little more formal that I expect to see someone wearing on the AFI Awards red carpet, but I think that if anyone can make it work that it would be Nicole (she has worn couture in the middle of the day after all.) I think that the bold color paired with a pair of black, bronze, and silver striped Pierre Hardy tassel embellished sandals, hair styled tucked behind the ears like the lookbook, a matte rose pink lip, and a defined eye would all ensure that Nicole has a beautiful moment on her hands at the AFI Awards.Reese Witherspoon, and Nicole Kidman, served as producers for Big Little Lies in addition to staring in the series. We shall see them make appearances at all of the major award shows where television is honored. I am less excited about what Reese will wear on the red carpet since she has always been one that I set high expectations for and am usually let down. I am hopeful, but not entirely optimistic that we will see Reese step out of her standard box during this award season. For the AFI Awards I was I decided that I wanted to see Reese forgo a shift or pencil dress in favor of this mixed floral print Giambattista Valli Resort 2018 ensemble which consists of a chiffon top and an a-line above the knee skirt. This look is still very Reese, but in a way that is a little unexpected. I think it is safe to bet that something so visually bold isn’t what we can expect to see Reese wearing on this red carpet, but I definitely think she should. Pair it with straight locks, a light pink lip, defined eye, and a pair of rose pink Paul Andrew ‘Classic’ sandals to really make this look an absolutely beautiful moment for Reese. There are many other members of the cast of Big Little Lies that I wanted to feature in my AFI Awards wishes, but since I was strapped for time and space I was only able to choose one. After giving her my Most Underrated award I wanted to feature a wish for the gorgeous Zoe Kravitz. She has an amazing sense of style and while I don’t think she will have any nominations for it, I do want to see her out and about celebrating the success of the show. If she were to step out on the red carpet at the AFI Awards with the likes of Nicole and Reese I would love to see Zoe wearing this orange Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2018 RTW ensemble which features a v-neck tie blouse, wide leg striped pants, and a belted waist. The look is casual, sporty elegance elevated to the most major manner. I wouldn’t have normally thought of this for any award event, even this one, but the cool girl vibe that Zoe exudes I think would elevate this look to major standards. I would do an orange low heel Rene Caovilla satin thong sandals with wooden accents to keep the cool girl vibe going. Add simple makeup and hair to really make sure this look pops at the AFI Awards.Finishing this list out is Kristen Bell whose show The Good Place has been selected as one of the AFI Awards best television productions of the year. Kristen is about to have a busy award season between her nominations and the fact that she will be the first ever host of the SAG Awards. Kicking off award season with a cute casual look will give Kristen the perfect spring board for a great award season. I think that this cornflower blue Prabal Gurung Resort 2018 shoulder ruffle dress which features a cape neckline and a peasant sleeve would be the perfect look for Kristen to do just that. This look if flirty and feminine and I think that is exactly what Kristen’s style is all about. The look could be very luncheon appropriate or very cocktail depending on the styling. I think that loose waves, a light pink lip, and a pair of dusk blue suede Jimmy Choo ‘Lancer’ strappy pumps all would combine to make this an absolutely perfect look to kick of awards season for Kristen.
The 2018 AFI Awards will take place on Friday January 5, 2018.