On this day of Christmas my true love gave to me six wishes for the 2019 AFI Awards. Before I jump into today’s wishes I wanna take a moment and say how grateful I am to all of my loyal readers, and thank anyone who is visiting If I Was A Stylist for the first time. The AFI Awards are one of the most casual events of awards season and I am really excited to see what everyone who stars in the the films and televisions who are being honored will bring to the luncheon’s red carpet. Black Panther is going to be all over the place this awards season and I am really excited to see what everyone will bring to the red carpets. For the AFI Awards I want to see Black Panther himself Chadwick Boseman bring his signature coats to the red carpet. Over the last year it has become his staple from the coats that he wore from Versace for the THR Women in Entertainment luncheon to Givenchy Couture coat he wore for the Oscars Chadwick has been rocking the longer length on the red carpet. I decided to go with something very obvious that he probably wouldn’t do to avoid being kitschy but I have been wanting to see Chadwick rocking one of the panther print looks from the Valentino Fall 2018 Menswear collection since they first came down the runway almost a year ago. I originally wanted to see him rock one of these looks during the films promo tour, but he did not. This coat is a dream for me. I think that while there is a bit of kitsch in the look that it isn’t overwhelming. I did go back and forth however because of the weight of the coat. Is it going to be too heavy for a Southern California afternoon? It might. I would keep the pants and sneakers from the runway but I would swap the sweater and turtleneck the look was paired with on the runway for a t-shirt matching the greys, or a black one, to really make this a luncheon ready ensemble. Danai Gurira knows how to sell looks to me on the red carpet and she is definitely one I am very excited to see on the red carpet over the course of awards season. For the AFI Awards I decided to go with a chic suit look for Danai in punchy colors. I love this Derek Lam 10 Crosby Pre-Fall 2019 lavender suit which features a notch lapel blazer, cropped pants, and a bold lime green thick buckle belt. I saved it not sure I was ever going to have the right person at the right event to feature it on a wish list, but when I was looking for the perfect look for Danai to wear for the 2019 AFI Awards and I saw this suit it just clicked. She hasn’t worn Derek Lam before, but I just think that the color and the style is something that Danai would definitely be drawn to. I also wonder what she will do with her hair. Her last few outings have been with chic braids in different styles. Will she keep that going through awards season? If so I would like to see them styled in a chic high bun with this suit. A pair of lime green printed Ganni ‘Wilma’ strappy sandals, simple eyes, and dark glossy berry lips all would add the perfect finishing touches to this look. We all know that Lupita Nyong’o has the fashion chops to make a red carpet come to life. Hell earlier this month she was the one to bring couture to the daytime in Jean Paul Gaultier Couture for the THR Women in Entertainment luncheon. I didn’t go the couture route for Gaga, but I did find a really chic and bold moment for Lupita to bring to life on the red carpet at the AFI Awards luncheon. This electric blue, navy, and blush colored blocked Cushnie Pre-Fall 2019 midi dress which features a faux wrap style, plunging neckline, long sleeves, and a handkerchief hemline is definitely something that I think that Lupita would be drawn to. She loves bold color and feminine silhouettes which are definitely found in this dress. A chic twisted updo, defined eyes, glossy red lips, a pair of navy suede Senso ‘Ureeka’ ruffled sandals, and statement cobalt blue BaubleBar ‘Florette’ drop hoop earrings all would really make this a totally perfect moment for Lupita to bring to life. Keri Russell has never been to the AFI Awards before despite the fact that her show The Americans despite the fact that the show has been honored at the AFI Awards for the last 4 years. With the show coming to an end will Keri finally make an appearance? Who knows. She typically sticks to black on the red carpet and I decided not to keep that going, but in something I think she would really rock on the red carpet. I don’t often think of Louis Vuitton for people who aren’t LV ambassadors, but I definitely thought that this black long sleeve Louis Vuitton skater dress which features a plunging neckline, leather details on the shoulders and waist, long sleeves, and a tied waist is something that Keri would rock on the red carpet. I also don’t often long for stars to be LV ambassadors, but I honestly think that Keri could rock the brand on the red carpet. I would make this her audition for the role by making it a head to toe LV look adding a pair of black Louis Vuitton ‘Call Back’ monogrammed ankle strap pointed toe patent leather pumps. A loose waves, defined eyes, and nude lips would round this look out perfectly. With all the awards that BlacKkKlansman is getting honored with and nominated for this awards season I am really excited to see what Laura Harrier will bring during awards season. She might not have been on my ones to watch in 2019 list, but she is definitely someone I am going to keep my eye on. She is an LV Ambassador and I totally decided to go left of that for a look for her to wear for the AFI Awards. I love this Veronica Beard Pre-Fall 2019 textured-voile ‘Jordy’ jumpsuit which features short kimono sleeves, a relaxed fit complimented by a fitted waistline, contrast shoulders, and a wrap detail at the front. I wanna see Laura play with some of the lesser known brands that she loves, and some that she hasn’t worn. Veronica Beard is one of those labels that I think she would be drawn to. Style this jumpsuit with the patterned beaded belt the look was paired with in the lookbook to cinch the waist adding a sleek high ponytail, defined eyes, nude lips, and a pair of black, yellow and gold-tone calf leather Fendi ‘FendiMania’ strappy stiletto sandals and it would be another really chic moment for Laura. I won’t lie I had a really hard time picking a look for Penelope Cruz to wear on this red carpet. She is part of the cast of the honored series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace and she is the face of Chanel currently. I looked at looks from Chanel, Versace, and Stella McCartney and just didn’t find anything that I was excited for her to wear on this red carpet. I did however find this navy Victoria Beckham Collection draped front jacquard slip cami dress from Neimans that I think would be a really chic moment on Penelope. She has been rocking some 90’s styles on the red carpet and I have been kinda into it, and this dress definitely lives along those same vibes. It would definitely look a little different on Penelope with her curves than it did on the model, but I think it would be perfect for her to bring to life on the red carpet especially with a loose casual updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, and a pair of black and blue sequin detail Aquazzura ‘Disco Flower’ sandals.
The 2019 AFI Awards luncheon will take place on Friday January 4, 2019.