2018 Academy Awards: Performers Red Carpet Wish List

Sunday night might be about the movies, but there are going to be a plethora of music performances as well. Each song nominated for Best Original Song will be performed by their artists and I am really excited to see how some of these stars will bring to the red carpet. Each one of the stars who will be performing have two wishes. One for the red carpet, and then one to wear for their performances. I envision grand staged performances for some number and some I just picture being done very simply. Andra Day is the main artist on the Best Original Song nominated track “Stand Up For Something” from Marshall. She has this distinctive 40’s meets 60’s meets 80’s style and I honestly am really interested in seeing what she is going to be wearing on the red carpet this Sunday. This is the first time that Andra will be performing on the Oscars telecast, but she has previously performed for the Academy Governor’s Ball after party in 2016. By her standard the look that she wore that year was very tame. This year I really want to see Andra give her all. For the red carpet I went for a very 60’s Palm Springs hostess vibe with this black Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Spring 2018 column gown which features a dramatic chiffon caftan like cape and beaded embellishments on the neckline. I definitely think that this is out of the standard very sexy gowns and dresses that Andra usually wears, but I think would be perfect for the Oscars red carpet especially when paired with a black and gold Judith Leiber Couture ‘Monarch’ crystal embellished butterfly clutch held by the chain, a pair of black Rene Caovilla gold crystal embellished suede platform sandals, a big 60’s inspired updo, dramatic smokey eyes with winged liner, dark red lips, and a pair of rose gold set Jacob & Co. diamond chandelier earrings. For the performance I upped the drama. I picture Andra standing on a dry ice smoke covered stage with bright light beams framing her and a vintage microphone belting her tune and I think that this black Ziad Nakad Fall 2017 Couture velvet gown which features a plunging neck, long sleeves, sheer details with floral embroidery, a full ball skirt, and a feathered hem would just add to the drama. I know that the way Andra’s hair is that it would take a lot to swap the hairstyles. So I would keep that 60’s inspired updo and the thick lined smokey eyes. I would swap the rest of the styling for bold bright red lips, a pair of black and blue Rene Caovilla two-tone crystal back ankle wrap pumps, and a crazy collection of Jacob & Co. jewels including a pair of art deco inspired diamond drop earrings, a statement art deco inspired diamond necklace, and four diamond and sapphire rings (one, two, three, and four) to really ensure that this is a really stand out stage look for Andra.Common is also one of the artists on “Stand Up For Something” and the former Best Original Song winner will join Andra on the Oscars stage Sunday night to perform the track. For the red carpet I went for classic with a twist with a black Givenchy Spring 2018 Menswear tuxedo which features beaded embellishments on the shawl lapel. Common is one of those guys who I know will bring a really chic look on the red carpet Sunday night. Bring the fashion factor to menswear on what will most likely be a sea of standard tuxedos. The beaded embellishments really elevate this look. I would keep the rest of the look pretty classic with a crisp white shirt, black bow tie, and a pair of subtle statement shoes via black Christian Louboutin ‘Casano Flat’ 3D rose embellished slippers to really turn this into a really statement making menswear moment on the Oscars red carpet. For his portion of the performance I would have Common swap jackets with the same style in a red micro floral print blazer with the same beaded shawl lapel detail but keep the black pants, white shirt, and black bow tie from the red carpet look. I would also swap the 3D rose loafers for a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Dandelion’ glitter flecked leather loafers to make sure that Common has a great red carpet and performance moment on Sunday night.Friends of mine will know that despite the fact I haven’t seen The Greatest Showman yet I am completely obsessed with the soundtrack and “This Is Me” is my favorite to take home the Best Original Song trophy on Sunday night. I am really interested in seeing what the songs performer Keala Settle will bring to the Oscars red carpet. She delivered dramatic glamour in teal and black Christian Siriano at the Golden Globe Awards, and it has be really excited for what she will wear this weekend. For the red carpet I went for simple peasant style and bold color with this neon pink Sachin + Babi Pre-Fall 2018 long balloon sleeve gown which features a chest cutout, ruby red beaded embroidery on the neck and cuff, a center split, and a dramatic train. I definitely think that this gown would be a really bold statement for Keala to make on her first Oscars red carpet and I would keep the styling rather simple with a chic updo, kohl rimmed eyes, nude lips, and a pair of hot pink Miu Miu multicolored jeweled satin pumps. For her performance of “This Is Me” I would stage Keala center stage with black, white, and burgundy fabric draped to evoke a circus tent, a selection of crystal chandeliers at multiple varried levels with a full choir behind her. But most importantly I would style her in this ocean blue Christian Siriano Fall 2018 RTW draped a-ling gown which features a chiffon cape. I feel like this gown is is the perfect stage look for Keala to perform this bold ballad in. I would mic Keala with a hidden microphone adding Christian Louboutin ‘Degrastrass’ pumps in clear vinyl and silver leather with degrade Swarovski crystals, vintage inspired waves, the same makeup as the red carpet, and a pair of L’Dezen by Payal Shah white and blue diamond butterfly earrings to really make this the totally major performance moment for a totally major song. Mary J. Blige only has one wish on today’s set because I featured her red carpet gown with the Best Supporting Actress nominees since she is nominated in both categories. She is performing her nominated song “Mighty River” on Sunday night and I have to say it might be my second choice to win behind “This Is Me.” I thought long and hard about how I would stage this song for the Oscars stage and ultimately I thought that a set of wooden plank houses (evocative of the homes in Mudbound) with a world of twinkling stars around her would be perfect and this black liquid sequin Michael Kors Fall 2018 RTW column gown which features a turtleneck, balloon sleeves, and a maxi length would compliment that set perfectly. A sleek hairstyle, smokey eyes, red lips, black Christian Louboutin ‘Follies Strass’ embellished pumps, and a pair of black diamond and white pearl deGrisogono chandelier earrings all would add the perfect finishing touches to this Oscars stage ready ensemble. R&B star Miguel will attend his first Academy Awards on Sunday night to perform “Remember Me” from Coco. I have to say while the song is cute I feel like its the least likely to take home the trophy but I do know that the performance will probably be fun. For the red carpet I went for a modern take on tuxedo dress with a black velvet Balmain Fall 2018 Menswear tuxedo which features a wide satin lapel blazer with no button covered in crystals and a matching crystal embellished t-shirt paired with a plain black velvet skinny pants. This is definitely not your average Oscars suit, and on most I would totally say “cool look, wrong carpet,” but I think that Miguel would be the only one who could make this look come to life for me. For the performance, which I picture being staged like an old Mexican city decorated for El Día de los Muertos, I went on a hunt from Balmain for a jacket that reminded me of a high fashion interpretation of a Mariachi style. I found this black and gold beaded jacket and I was immediately sold. I feel like with a crisp white shirt, maybe a bolo tie, black skinny pants, and a pair of black boots that this would be a great moment for Miguel’s Oscars performance. Natalia Lafourcade is a Mexican pop-rock singer and songwriter who since her debut in 2003 has been one of the most successful singers in the pop rock scene in Latin America and will join Miguel to perform “Remember Me” on Sunday night. For the biggest night in Hollywood I went to Marchesa to pick the perfect looks for Natalia to wear on the Oscars red carpet and stage. For the red carpet I picked this black Marchesa velvet gown which features an off the shoulder neckline, multi-tone pink 3D floral applique, and a slit at the skirt. This is a really chic moment and I definitely think that Natalia would be able to sell this gown on the Oscars red carpet. Style it with a romantic updo, defined eyes, antique rose lips, a black and gold Judith Leiber Couture ‘Skull Bela Lugosi’ crystal evening clutch, black and gold Rene Caovilla crystal studded satin strappy sandals, and a pair of rust colored tourmaline Irene Neuwirth drop earrings to really ensure perfection. For the performance I also looked to traditional Mexican dress as the inspiration, but with a high fashion touch. It was this black Marchesa Fall 2018 RTW floral embroidered gown which features an off the shoulder neckline, bow details on the sleeves, a high low hem, 3D floral applique, and a slit at the skirt that made me even think of Marchesa for Natalia at all. I saw this gown and thought it would be the perfect gown for her to wear for her Oscars performance. Keeping the red carpet beauty adding a pair of gold Sophia Webster ‘Lilico’ crystal floral ankle wrap sandals and a pair of faceted ruby and diamond Irene Neuwirth teardrop pendant earrings would ensure two head to toe perfect looks.

The 2018 Academy Awards are Sunday March 4, 2018!

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