I hope all of you had a great Christmas and are recovering nicely from your food comas. Today I finish my wishes for the 2019 AFI Awards. This red carpet just might be one of the most casual events of awards season. The AFI Awards luncheon is one of the red carpets where I don’t know who will turn out. The awards honors movies and television programs as a whole not individual cast members. We do however see the stars of those programs come out to support their projects that are being lauded. Elsie Fischer is a new face and one to watch this awards season. Her show Eighth Grade has been a dark horse contender that seemed to have come out of nowhere. I have definitely made note of looks from Kate Spade and Thom Browne that Elise has worked on red carpets in recent weeks. The 15 year old actress has been favoring pantsuits recently, but I wanted to go with something a little more youthful, flirty, and feminine for her to wear for the 2019 AFI Awards luncheon. I found this pink, blue, and green floral print Mulberry Spring 2019 RTW sleeveless skater style dress which features a ruffled neckline and trim, all over pleating, and an a-line skirt with a flounced hem and thought it would be the perfect age appropriate moment for Elise to deliver on this red carpet. It is the perfect mix of casual and red carpet for a luncheon red carpet. She could totally keep the pink Mulberry top handle bag that the look was paired with in the lookbook, but I would swap the gold pumps it was paired with in favor of a pair of pink and red Gucci ‘Anita’ metallic leather low heel pumps to add even more flirty detail to this look. A chic casual bohemian updo and barely there makeup would all ensure that this is a very chic moment for Elise. The Favourite is a favorite to run all the way to the Oscars. The cast has been nominated at every major awards show and they will kick off their race to the Oscars at the AFI Awards where the organization has lauded it as one of the 10 best films of 2018. I am PRAYING that Emma Stone will bring really major moments to the red carpet. I have been feeling like her looks have been lacking since she signed her Louis Vuitton ambassadorship contract, but recently her looks have given me a glimmer of hope. Kicking off her Oscars run in bright style I would love to see Emma rock this canary yellow Louis Vuitton shift dress which features a cape like neck and sleeve. I found this dress on the Louis Vuitton website a few weeks ago and it was immediately the perfect moment for me to pick for Emma. I love her in yellow, especially a bright yellow like this, and I really do believe that she would make it a major moment for this casual red carpet. Simple waves, defined eyes, soft pink lips, an emerald green Louis Vuitton ‘Capucines BB Mini’ crocodile leather bag, a pair of matching yellow Manolo Blahnik ‘BB’ suede pointed toe pumps, and bright green Ippolita ‘Nova’ pear drop earrings would add the perfect stand out touches to this very chic moment. While I am currently staying optimistic that Lady Gaga will take home the Best Actress trophy at this years Oscars it sounds like she might have some stiff competition from The Favourtie’s Olivia Coleman. I have been interested in seeing how Olivia’s style has grown since the beginning of this tour. I started my wishes for this film excluding her because I didn’t have enough insight into her style. Since this tour has kicked off we have seen Olivia wearing chic looks from Stella McCartney, Antonio Berardi, Emilia Wickstead, and Victoria Beckham. She has basically only worn British based labels over the course of this tour and I am wondering if this is going to continue to be the case through awards season. I decided to stick with British labels for Olivia, for now at least, picking this hunter green Erdem Pre-Fall 2019 midi dress which features a high pussy bow tied neck, ruched defined waist, blouson sleeves, and an over all loose fit. Olivia has kept herself very covered up over the course of the premieres for The Favourite and I think that she would definitely put this dress on an options rack. Her chic pixie, defined eyes, rose pink lips, a black Roger Vivier ‘Viv’ envelope flap leather clutch, and black Manolo Blahnik ‘Umice’ panted crisscross leather pumps all would really make this a perfect luncheon ensemble for Olivia. The final member of the cast of The Favourite that is on this list is the beautiful Rachel Weisz. The British actress missed the first half of the tour for this movie due to the fact that she just gave birth back in September. Her post baby body has beautiful curves that I decided I wanted to accentuate with a very chic look from Dries Van Noten Spring 2019 RTW for the AFI Awards luncheon. I love a great Dries Van Noten moment on the red carpet, but they come far and few between, so when I was on the hunt for the perfect look for Rachel to wear on this red carpet and I saw this dress which features a navy t-shirt style top, bright orange pencil skirt (WITH POCKETS) and a burnt orange feather waist I knew that it would be absolutely gorgeous on her. I can absolutely picture Rachel rocking this look with ease. It doesn’t need a whole lot of styling because the color and the feathered waist add just enough details for a casual daytime event, but I would add chic waves, defined eyes, nude lips, and a pair of orange Giuseppe Zanotti python embossed leather cross strap sandals to ensure this look is head to toe perfection. Regina King is currently my favorite this season to take home the Best Supporting Actress trophy at the Oscars, her run actually starts the night before the AFI Awards at the Palm Springs Film Festival awards gala (wishes for that are coming I just wanted to wait for a few more possible honorees to be named.) I have gone up and down with who I want to see Regina wearing on the red carpet. I have been all over the place with the level of designers that I want to see Regina wearing on the red carpet. I think I have aimed really high for the look for Regina to wear for the AFI Awards luncheon opting for this cream Christian Dior Spring 2019 RTW ensemble which features a striped loose fit button up and a laser cut leather pleated midi skirt. I don’t know if Regina has the chops to get a loan from Dior, but with her elevating presence in the race to the Oscars I decided not to count it out. This ensemble is one of the few looks from this collection that I actually think I would enjoy seeing on the red carpet and I definitely think that Regina would add some attitude to it. Add full bouncy curled pulled back off the face, defined eyes, nude lips, and a pair of white Christian Louboutin ‘Cosmo’ patent leather and vinyl cutout pumps to really make this a very chic and unexpected moment for Regina to bring to this red carpet. Kiki Layne was my Best Newcomer in 2018 and I am really interested in seeing what 2019 will see from her. She might not be the one garnering nominations for If Beale Street Could Talk, unlike her co-star Regina King, but I have a feeling that Kiki will be on red carpets delivering major fashion moments while helping support the film and her nominated cast members. She brings extra glamour to the red carpet and I wanted to pick a look for a Kiki to wear on the red carpet at the AFI Awards luncheon that was just as extra, but still casual enough to be right for a supporting star who isn’t exactly campaigning for an Oscar. I would love to see Kiki bring this red Emilia Wickstead Resort 2019 ‘Karinette’ straight midi dress which features dramatic tiered ruched pink and red sleeves with a wide v-neckline, belted waist, and simple silhouette. I have been waiting for the right girl and the right event to put this dress on the red carpet, and I finally found it. I do believe that Kiki is one of the few people who could really make this dress work on a red carpet especially if she paired it with a sleek high bun, defined eyes, nude glossy lips, and a pair of simple red suede Prada pointed toe pumps.
The 2019 AFI Awards luncheon will take place on Friday January 4, 2019.