Of the 170 looks in my Best Dressed of the Year folder right now 66 of them come from couture. There are 248 couture creations saved for consideration for my awards this year. When I make wishes I feel like I am always making wishes for stars to wear couture. For everything from the Oscars to a regular movie premiere to a film festival to comic-con. For me there is no occasion that doesn’t warrant a couture moment on the red carpet. There were so many great potential red carpet moments within this seasons collections. I saved 881 looks from the Fall 2018 Couture collection and I have to tell you that picking just 21 of my favorites was really difficult. I’m still waiting for many of the big events to be announced for the fall film festivals, but I already have some ideas about who I want to bring some of my favorite looks to life. Bellow are my 21 favorite potential red carpet moments from this season. They are in alphabetical order because I could not rank them better than the last. Alexis Mabille: I did not review as many couture collections this season as I usually do, but one that I did do was the Alexis Mabille Fall 2018 Couture collection. It was inspired by the feminine heart of Parisian elegance and it was truly glamorous. I mentioned in my photo wishes that I want to see Lady Gaga take this long v-neck gown in black crepe polka dotted voilette and a large dramatic flounce caped collar in matching tulle and voilette and bring it to life on the red carpet. The moment I saw this gown come down the runway I immediately saw Lady Gaga wearing this gown on the red carpet at a major film festival while promoting A Star Is Born this fall, and you may or may not see this gown in a wish list really going into the details of how I would style this look for Gaga to bring to the red carpet. Armani Prive: As I said in my review of the Armani Prive Fall 2018 Couture collection I felt like overall the cohesion of the collection was very disjointed. With that being said there are still so many moments from the collection I would love to see brought to the red carpet. There were 96 looks that came down the Armani Prive runway and I have saved 60 of the looks from the collection for use in my wishes. In my review I said I wanted to see Tracee Ellis Ross bring this black velvet strapless gown which features a plunging neckline and a bold pink ostrich feather cape. It gives me the vibes of her mother Diana Ross, whom Tracee has emulated over the years, and I think that it is such a dramatic moment that it needs someone with major presence to make it work and that Tracee has.
Ashi Studio: When it comes to presentations during Paris Couture Fashion Week we see mostly runway shows, but there are a few brands who opt for presentations. Ashi Studio is one of those brands and I think that is because of how big and dramatic the pieces they show are. Because of how dramatic the looks from Ashi Studio are we don’t often see the brand on the red carpet. So far this year I can recall Cardi B, Araya A. Hargate, Deepika Padukone, and Cindy Bruna wearing the brands couture creations on the red carpet. Someone who is not afraid of drama, despite being very petite, is Ariana Grande and I feel like she would take this royal blue strapless empire waist high low ballgown to life on the red carpet.
Azzi & Osta: Like Ashi Studio the Beyrouth based brand Azzi & Osta opted to show their latest collection, entitled ‘Nikolai,’ in form of a presentation instead of a runway show. The brand has been a slow burn to get love on the red carpet over the years. They mix traditional glamour with drama perfectly and I feel like we should see more stars bring this brand to life on the red carpet. Thanks to the fact that Beyonce wore a custom Azzi & Osta gown to the Grammy’s earlier this year I feel like we just might see more of the designers ensembles on the red carpet. I would love to see Bollywood beauty Deepika Padukone bring my favorite look from the Fall 2018 Couture collection to life. I feel like this gold, black, and white suit ensemble which features a long opera coat, high waisted culotte pants, and a black bralet is the perfect meshing of the Russian inspiration of the collection and a bit of Indian inspiration would make this a chic moment. The intricate pearl embellishments just make my heart flutter.
Chanel: I know that over the course of the next several months we are going to be seeing a lot of the Chanel Fall 2018 Couture collection on the red carpet. While I ultimately decided not to review this collection on this website I still really loved this collection. Inspired by Paris in the 40’s and 50’s (with a splash of the 80’s) and the public market stands that line the banks of the Seine Karl Lagerfeld gave so many dramatic and effortlessly chic moments to the runway. The front row was star studded with everyone from the brands newest face Penelope Cruz to Tracee Ells Ross (who wore Chanel Couture for the Emmy’s last year,) to mother daughter duo Vanessa Paradis and Lily Rose Depp, but ultimately it is Meryl Streep that I want to see wear my favorite look from the collection on the red carpet. Karl ripped Meryl last year when she, and her team, changed directions on her 2017 Oscars gown from a custom Chanel Couture gown in favor of an Elie Saab Couture pants gown. So I wonder if Meryl will ever wear a Chanel Couture creation on the red carpet, but she was the first person to come to mind when I saw this white and grey gown which features an off the shoulder sweetheart neckline, 3/4 length sleeves, a cape train, a tea length skirt, and a peach pink rose detail on the neckline. I really do believe that Meryl would make this a very effortlessly chic moment on the red carpet for maybe the Golden Globes or the Oscars next year. Christian Dior: Last fall I called Maria Grazia Chiuri’s 50 Shades of Blah, then she redeemed herself with the black and white surrealist collection for Spring, and then she was back on the blah track with 50 shades of nude (with a few pops of very muted colors.) I was so very disappointed in this collection. I haven’t been a fan of Dior since Maria took the reigns, save for the Spring 2017 & 2018 Couture collections, and this was just another example. I have never seen such poor workmanship in a Dior Couture collection as I saw in this collection. Poor pleating and puckering on satin was rampant through the whole collection. With that there were a few moments that could be seen as very chic. I loved the nude to ivory ombré feathered tea length gown. It was a breezy and glamorous moment in a sea of looks that did read very heavy. Natalie Portman very well could be promoting a film during the fall film festivals and I feel like she could totally take this gown and make it a very chic moment for a film festival premiere.
Dolce & Gabbana: Over the weekend immediately following the couture shows Dolce & Gabbana had the jet set of the glamouratti journey to Lake Como, Italy to celebrate their latest couture collections for womenswear, menswear, and high jewelry. Dolce & Gabbana has been in a bit of hot water as one half of the design duo, Stefano Gabbana, continues to start cyber fights and bully through his personal Instagram. I have heard a lot from stylists and journalists that the brand hasn’t been canceled (as we have seen very much come to haunt Marchesa post Weinstein scandal) but does sound like it is in time out following Stefano calling Selena Gomez (who the brand has dressed many times over her career including for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Kids Choice Awards, Venice Film Festival, and Billboard Music Awards) “really ugly.” It really doesn’t make me want to continue to feature Dolce & Gabbana after a year of Stefano really being a cyber bully, many times unprovoked. With that being said there were a few very glamorous looks that came down the gravel runway in Lake Como that I would love to see on the red carpet, so Stefano get your act together. Sonam Kapoor has worn many Dolce & Gabbana looks on the red carpet and I feel like she would be the perfect person to bring this sari inspired ensemble to life on the red carpet. She has not been shy about wearing couture iterations on traditional dress before so I do think that this could be a very chic moment for Sonam to wear while promoting any of her projects.
Elie Saab: It was a new day of glamour for Elie Saab this season. The brand had been getting very repetitive and this season it seemed like Mr. Saab found new inspiration. The collection was inspired by the city of Barcelona, in particular the architecture of Antoni Gaudí, and it gave way to a wide range of colors, prints, construction, and styles. I feel it perfectly represented the wide range of women who are clients of the Elie Saab brand. It has been a hot minute since Evan Rachel Wood has worn an Elie Saab ensemble on the red carpet, but I feel like she would shut down whatever red carpet she stepped on wearing this black jumpsuit which features a dramatic ruffled bodice and an attached train.
Fendi: Back in 2015 Fendi joined the couture circuit, but only showing fur in the fall. This season, for the first time since launching the couture line, Karl Lagerfeld exclusively used faux fur. That was a jaw dropping fact for me. Since Fendi is known for its furs I felt like we would never see the day. I wonder what that will do with stars who are fans of Fendi who don’t wear the furs. We could very well see, for the first time, some of the Fendi Couture runway looks on the red carpet. Kate Bosworth is a good friend to the house of Fendi and I feel like she would be the perfect person to bring my favorite look to life on the red carpet. This dusty peach sleeveless gown which features a sheer overlay over matching sequins, a high neck, and multicolor pastel faux fur details is incredibly glamorous and I think that Kate would wear this gown with ease.Georges Chakra: Between 5 and 10 years ago I would never have thought Georges Chakra was going to be a major player in the couture circuit. I used to think of Georges Chakra for b-list celebrities and never for events like the Oscars, Cannes, or the Venice Film Festival. That opinion has changed. The designer has continued to deliver some really chic moments on the runway and his roster of celebrities is shifting. When I saw this red gown which features a single sleeve, beaded column skirt, dramatic train, white ruffled asymmetrical neckline, and a black defined waist and immediately thought of Spanish supermodel Nieves Alvarez. She has the statuesque glamour to really make a gown like this come to life with ease. It almost reminds me of Stephane Rolland styles that Nieves favors and I really do hope her stylist calls in this gown.
Georges Hobeika: On the opposite hand the other Georges in the couture circuit, Georges Hobeika, has been failing me when it comes to his collections in recent years. I used to think that Georges Hobeika was a very underrated brand when it came to dressing for the red carpet, but his collections have been very representative and almost tacky. With that being said that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any looks in his latest collection that I want to see on the red carpet. When I saw this pink corseted bodice tiered tulle ball gown I knew I wanted to see Dakota Fanning. Bring it to life on the red carpet. I feel like I haven’t seen a really major moment that I’ve loved from Dakota in a while. She isn’t one to push boundaries or even one to play with volume, but I feel like she would wear this pink gown with ease.
Giambattista Valli: Giambattista Valli is usually one of my favorite shows of couture week. I love his dramatic brand of glamour, but I have to say that this season his show just seemed very sloppy. I was hoping that there would be some really major moments that I would be clamoring to feature in my fall film festival wishes, but I have to say that there are just a few looks which I think could be executed without being reworked. One of those gowns is this off white polka dotted gown which features a bow detailed bodice and off the shoulder details, portrait neckline, keyhole cutout, empire waist, and a tired ball skirt and I feel like someone like Daisy Ridley could really make this gown come to life.
Givenchy: Kicking off couture fashion week was Givenchy. This season Clare Waight Keller labeled this collection a tribute to the brands iconic founder Hubert de Givenchy who died earlier this year. This collection meshed his archive along with the idea of the modern warrior woman perfectly and I think that Clare had a huge success on her hands, which you can tell from my full review of the collection. From the absolutely stunning clothes that walked the runway to listening to Audrey Hepburn sing “Moon River” on the soundtrack I ended up with goosebumps and a misty eye. It was difficult to pick a single look from this collection to call my favorite, but I loved this multi-tone blue gown which features strong shoulders, dramatic cape, long sleeve velvet bodice, and a beaded column skirt. I feel like Cate Blanchett, who wore two Givenchy Couture looks during her run as the Madame le President of the Cannes Film Festival jury, would be the perfect person to really make this a major moment.Iris Van Herpen: If you are looking for a show on the runway then you need to check out Iris Van Herpen. The designer has always brought this sort of alien chic drama to the runway and has a celebrity fan base that includes Naomi Campbell, Cara Delevingne, Cate Blanchett, Fan Bingbing, and Solange Knowles. Mrs. Campbell actually snatched the cocktail dress that was originally going to make this list right off the runway for the Vogue Paris Foundation Dinner. Not many women are brave enough to make Iris’s creations come to life on the red carpet. I would love to see this metallic sheer pleated cape gown rocked on the red carpet by the statuesque beauty Gwendoline Christie.
Nihilo: I always love discovering new brands during fashion weeks. I get very excited when I see brands with a lot of potential. That was the excitement I felt when I saw Bali based brand Nihilo’s presentation during Paris Couture Fashion Week. It was the second to last look, a rust-colored silk jersey hooded gown which features a neckline slashed to the waist and long gloved sleeves and was was paired with a cape hand-embellished with copper foil, that really took my breath away. As soon as I saw this look come down the runway Beyonce immediately popped into my mind. The release of The Lion King in theaters is literally a year and a day away, but wouldn’t this be a major moment for her to rock for the premiere of the film?
Schiaparelli: I am usually a fan of Schiaparelli Couture collections, but the brands Fall 2018 Couture collection was a little more extravagant than even I can get excited about. I can find the best of any collections. I love this bright multi-colored strapless a-line gown which features a 3D embroidered bodice and it was definitely my highlight of the collection. We usually see Elle Fanning go more for neutrals and pastels on the red carpet, so I think that this bold gown would be a great change of pace for her style.
Sonia Rykiel: This week also saw the debut of Sonia Rykiel into the world of couture. The iconic red headed designer died 2 years ago and this season the current creative director Julie de Libran launched the brand into couture, on the 50th anniversary of the brand opening on the left bank of the Seine in Paris. I find some of the looks from this collection to be incredibly bulky, but there were also some looks that I would like to see on the red carpet. I was really looking forward to seeing the black opera coat with feather trimmed cuffs on the red carpet, but Rebecca Ferguson has already snatched it up (and it didn’t live up to my expectations.) The butter yellow complete sequin embellished long sleeve knit sweater gown would be a perfect option for Tilda Swinton, especially for something like the Berlin Film Festival.Stephane Rolland: When it came to the avant garde brands I typically love that don’t get a whole lot of love on the red carpet. Stephane Rolland is one of those designers. I usually love his dramatic, edgy, and sculptural take on glamour, but this season I felt like several of the pieces in the collection were not up to the usual standard that I have come to expect from Stephane Rolland. One of my favorite looks, one of the ones perfectly constructed, was the wine leather ensemble which features a long sleeve top with a slashed neckline to the belly button, jogger pants, and a silk train would make for a major moment for someone like Jennifer Lopez. Maybe she could wear it for the finale of World of Dance or the VMA’s?
Ulyana Sergeenko: After a scandal right before the presentation of her Spring 2018 Couture collection and not many red carpet moments since I have been wondering if Ulyana Sergeenko was going to recover. She had Araya A. Hargate and Natalia Vodianova perched front row, and just dressed Nicole Scherzinger just wore the brand for an event, so I think that we might be on the other side of the storm for the Russian couturier. Her Fall 2018 Couture collection was very easy going with some dramatic pieces and I do hope we get to see them on the red carpet. I would love to see Fan Bingbing bring this champagne pleated tulle peplum ballgown to life on the red carpet.
Valentino: I have loved all the dramatic and glamorous looks that Pierpaolo Piccioli has brought to the runway since he took over the reigns on his own at Valentino, but the Fall 2018 Couture collection really did show a stroke of genius. His use of volume, embellishment, shape, and color just came across as genius. I decided to keep the same person as I mentioned in my wishes in my review for this list. My favorite look from the collection was this red beaded and velvet pleated sleeveless mermaid gown would be an absolutely glamorous moment on Julianne Moore. I love when she wears Valentino and I love when she wears red, so I feel like this would be a match made in heaven.
Yanina: Last but not least is Yanina. I don’t know what has happened with Yanina the last two season, but I haven’t felt as much of the magic as I am used to seeing from the brand. The only thing I really loved from this season is this dark green velvet column gown which features a nude modesty paneled plunging neckline and peacock feather and fringe embellished bell sleeves. It is dramatic and glamorous and I feel like it is definitely something that Eva Green would be drawn to.
Which look do you most want to see on the red carpet?