Before I get into my wishes for the first red carpet of the year, the Palm Springs International Film Festival Black Tie Awards Gala, I have some wishes for a red carpet that will take place after the Golden Globes. The National Board of Review Awards are handed out in January, but to honorees that are announced in early December. The red carpet is usually full of big stars and with many projects staring major names being honored I am expecting some absolutely stand out moments on this red carpet. The styles we see stars bring to life for this event go from cocktail to formal. It isn’t necessarily the place we see couture gowns, but always stars bring their a-game to this stop on the race to the Oscars. While Black Panther might not be lauded with any individual awards at the 2019 National Board of Review Awards it was named one of the top 10 films of 2018. What does that mean for the film on this red carpet? I’m not sure. I would bet that, at least, one person from the cast is on this red carpet to represent the film in its Oscar campaign. It would make sense that it would be the black panther himself, Chadwick Boseman. He has been loving coat style jackets on the red carpet lately, but for the National Board of Review Awards I am turning to this blue-ish silver Emporio Armani Spring 2019 Menswear metallic fiber double breasted suit jacket for him. It was almost a year ago when Chadwick kicked off the promo tour for Black Panther wearing a printed Emporio Armani suit jacket for the films premiere in LA, and I would expect that he will wear the label at least once over the course of awards season this year. This red carpet being a little more laid back I think that this jacket paired with slim fit black pants, a white button down buttoned all the way up, no tie, and a pair of dark silver Christian Louboutin ‘Dandelion’ chevron gauffre loafers would all ensure that Chadwick owns menswear on this red carpet. Of course while just seeing Chadwick promoting Black Panther on this red carpet I would love to see any of the female co-stars of this film also bring their glam to this red carpet. Danai Gurira has long been one of my favorite ladies on the red carpet so of course I want to see her on the red carpets as often as possible. If she chooses to attend the National Board of Review Awards I decided I wanted to go for a major cocktail moment picking this black and white Givenchy Pre-Fall 2019 cocktail ensemble for her to bring to life on this red carpet. I love the polka dot embroidered sleeveless ruffled bodice which is complimented very simple with a black mini skirt and I really do believe that Danai has the chops to really push through all of those ruffles to make it a major moment on this red carpet especially when paired with a high bun, defined eyes, nude lips, and a pair of black Gianvito Rossi strappy suede sandals with pearl stud details. Letitia Wright came a long way in her style journey last year. I almost forgot she was part of the cast because when she was promoting Black Panther last year her looks really just faded into the background. It was after that tour and heading into the one for Avengers: Infinity War that we really started to see Letitia’s style start to soar. I, like Danai, decided to go the cocktail route for Letitia opting for this brown Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2019 feather embellished peplum dress for the red carpet at the National Board of Review Awards. This dress is definitely not for the faint of fashion hearted, but I really do believe that the Letitia that walked red carpets at the end of last year has the confidence and presence to really work through this look on the red carpet. Add a sleek hairstyle tucked behind the ears, defined eyes, nude lips, an antique gold Bottega Veneta pearl chain knot clutch, and a pair of black Stuart Weitzman ‘Nudistsong’ sandals would all compliment this dress perfectly ensuring that Letitia has a major style moment on this red carpet. Of all the stars in the cast of Black Panther I think that Lupita Nyong’o would be the one to really bring some major fashion moment to this red carpet. I decided to go for a gown for her over something short with this very visual Chanel Pre-Fall 2019 sleeveless gown which features an intricate Egyptian inspired print on the bodice and hemline, black blocking and this metallic gold leather trimming. This is definitely a gown that would take the right person to take it on to be a really chic moment on the red carpet, and I think that Lupita definitely has the regality to make sure that this gown is a major moment on this red carpet. I love when Lupita takes style risks on the red carpet and I know that this is definitely one of the riskier gowns from this collection because of the print but that Lupita has that presence to really push through this look. An intricate twist updo with gold bands (instead of white like in the inspiration pic,) defined eyes, glossy deep red lips, and a pair of gold Aquazzura ‘Oscar’ metallic leather strappy sandals would all ensure this look is perfection from head to toe. Kiki Layne stars in If Beale Street Could Talk which is being lauded by the National Board of Review as one of the 10 Best Films of 2018. Kiki might not have any nominations, or honors, for her performance in the film, but I am expecting that she will be making the rounds to help promote the film. Kiki pretty much came out of nowhere this year to be one of my favorite style stars of 2019, and I am really excited to see what she has in store for 2019. For the National Board of Review Awards I turned to one of the hottest new brands out there right now, Pyer Moss and this incredible goldenrod yellow curtain draped silk gown which features a one-shoulder silhouette and asymmetric hemline. I love the color of this gown and it just has the right balance of ease and glamour for a guest of a film to wear on the red carpet at the National Board of Review Awards. The gown itself is such a statement because of the color that I think with a bold braided updo, defined eyes, nude lips, a pair of gold Pedro Garcia ‘Rosalina’ crystal embellished sandals, and a pair of vintage 80’s diamond and precious topaz ear clips from Beladora that this would be an absolutely major moment for Kiki to bring to the red carpet during awards season. Regina King is getting nomination after nomination and honor after honor and I am having the hardest time picking looks for her to rock on the red carpet. I go back and forth with looks for every red carpet. I think I went through six or seven looks before I decided on this black Marchesa one shoulder metallic gold foil print tea length gown which features a cinched waist, an a-line shape skirt, and a draped bodice for her to wear for the National Board of Review Awards, where she is being honored with the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk. I wanted something very glamorous, flirty, and feminine for Regina on this red carpet and while I might have picked a really bold gown for her co-star, who isn’t being honored, I think that this is the perfect moment for Regina to bring to life on this red carpet. A black Tyler Ellis ‘Perry’ crocodile pattern stamped satin clutch, gold Aquazzura ‘Studio’ sequin detail strappy sandals, a sleek updo, smokey eyes, red lips, and a pair of chic yellow gold set Anita Ko ‘Snowflake’ diamond cluster earrings would all ensure that Regina is on the right track to deliver a major run this awards season.
The 2019 National Board of Review Awards will take place on Tuesday January 8, 2019.