In the wishes I posted yesterday for the National Board of Review Awards it was dominated by people who I don’t know if they will be on the red carpet because they aren’t receiving individual honors. Today all of the people on this list are being honored with specific awards and not just part of a top 10 movie. Constance Wu is part of the ensemble cast of Crazy Rich Asians that will be honored with the Best Ensemble Cast award at this years National Board of Review awards gala. I had really high hopes for Constance’s promo tour earlier this year, but while she expanded her repertoire of designers I was underwhelmed when it came to the fit of pretty much everything. I was surprised at that fact because she is styled by Micaela Erlanger, who also dresses Lupita Nyong’o. I was finally into one of Constance’s looks when she stepped out for the Academy Governors Awards last month wearing a simple custom sequin pattered blush Miu Miu gown. The fit of that gown was perfect. Everything about that look was perfection, to be honest. I want her to bring that sense of glamour to the red carpet at the National Board of Review Awards gala red carpet. I think that she would do just that wearing this bold amethyst purple Dundas Pre-Fall 2019 silk georgette cape gown which features a plunging neckline, a fitted bodice, a straight silhouette, defined waist, and a full length pleated skirt with a thigh high slit. Dundas is always a good choice for sexy glamour and that is exactly what is being delivered here with this gown. Would Constance pull an Angelina or a JLo and work that side split to it’s full potential, probably not. But I do believe that it would be just a chic flash of leg as she walked. Add a romantic updo, smokey defined eyes, soft pink lips, a black Jimmy Choo ‘Cloud’ ostrich feather clasp clutch, a pair of black Jimmy Choo ‘Mimi’ strappy suede sandals, and a pair of vintage Cartier gold and amethyst art deco style stud earrings and Constance will be on track to deliver a really chic moment on this red carpet. Gemma Chan was so much better than her rerun slate blue Stella McCartney gown that she wore for the Academy Governors Awards last month. I am really excited to see what the British actress will bring to the red carpets over the course of awards season. She knows how to work some really avant garde style with effortless ease. The moment I saw this white and nude Maticevski Spring 2019 RTW ‘Dolls Eye’ backless chantilly lace dress which features a ruffled halter neckline and an A-line skirt I thought of Gemma and I knew it would be the perfect look for her to wear to join her Crazy Rich Asians co-stars to collect their Best Ensemble Cast award at the National Board of Review Awards gala. If this gown had hit the floor I would have counted it out, but that tea length hem makes it just the right amount of drama for an event the the NBR gala. It isn’t a gown that I think just needs shoes to be finished, but it is also a dress that can be really hard to style. A lot of things would turn this look from chic to overcooked real quick. Personally I would add a gold Sophia Webster ‘Clara’ crystal box clutch, a romantic updo, antique rose pink lips, soft smokey eyes, a pair of gold Sophia Webster ‘Rosalind’ strappy crystal heel sandals, and simple Anita Ko ‘Short’ rose gold set diamond cascade pear drop earrings to ensure this look is absolute head to toe perfection.Finishing out my wishes for the ensemble of the cast of Crazy Rich Asians is the incredibly handsome Henry Golding. I was really intrigued with Henry’s red carpet looks this last year. He slid onto my Best Dressed Men of the Year list and I am hoping he delivers looks that I will not even hesitate to consider for next years list. He isn’t the gut that pushes boundaries the most, but he does it in just the right amount to make me swoon. I was looking for the perfect tuxedo for him to wear on the red carpet at the National Board of Review Awards and I found it on the virtual racks of Mr. Porter. I saw this Ralph Lauren Purple Label tuxedo which features a navy ‘Gregory’ slit fit cotton and silk-blend jacquard peak lapel jacket, black pants, white shirt, and black bow tie and knew immediately it was the perfect look for Henry to bring to life on this red carpet. It is just bold enough because of the jacquard pattern to really make an impact on a red carpet that will most likely be filled with standard black tuxedos. I would push the boundaries of this look even further paring it with navy Christian Louboutin ‘Logo Dandelion’ flat crystal embroidered loafers, without socks, and I think that this would definitely be a menswear looks goals ensemble from head to toe. Emily Blunt stars in two of the films that are being lauded by the National Board of Review as some of the 10 Best Films of 2018 Mary Poppins Returns and A Quiet Place. While she isn’t being lauded with an individual award it would not surprise me to see Emily, and her hubby John Krazinski, on the red carpet at the National Board of Review Awards gala. It has been a while buy Emily has rocked some chic Tom Ford looks on the red carpet and when I was searching the virtual racks for gowns I think should be optioned for the red carpets this awards season and when I saw this sunset pink Tom Ford sleeveless draped center column gown which features a deep plunging neckline I knew I wanted to see it on Emily. The more laid back nature of the NBR Awards is perfect for this gown. Is it anything boundary pushing? Not in the least, but it works for this kind of a red carpet especially when paired with simple waves, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a ballet pink satin Jimmy Choo ‘Cloud Bos’ with a crystal bow clasp, rosewood pink glitter Jimmy Choo ‘Misty’ platform sandals, and a pair of simple Chopard white and pink diamond pendant drop earrings. Lady Gaga is my favorite heading into awards season and I am hoping that at the National Board of Review Awards that she will be taking home her second trophy on the road to the Oscars. She will be honored with the Best Actress award for her performance in A Star Is Born at the National Board of Review Awards gala. I decided that while I am going down the go big or go home route for most of the rest of Gaga’s red carpet moments during this awards season I decided to go down a simpler route for the perfect look for her to wear on the red carpet at the NBR Gala. I want to see Gaga give us urban meets Hollywood glamour wearing this white Alexander Wang Fall 2019 RTW t-shirt column gown which features white fit cap sleeves and an asymmetrical neckline. It isn’t your typical red carpet gown and I feel like it would take someone with real presence to really be able to sell this gown to me on a red carpet and if anyone has presence it is Gaga. I really do believe she would shut this gown down on this red carpet with a sleek high bun, thick winged eyes, bold red lips, a pair of white Alexander Wang ‘Rina’ studded leather slingback pumps, and statement Jacob & Co. high jewelry diamond chandelier earrings. Thomasin McKenzie is one of my Ones to Watch in 2019 and apparently the National Board of Review agrees because they will be presenting her with the Breakthrough Performance award. Thomasin has been delivering chic looks from Dolce & Gabbana, Schiaparelli, and Louis Vuitton so I am really excited to see what she will deliver on red carpets over the course of awards season. I wanted something chic and glamorous that was still totally perfect for an 18 year old actress to wear on the red carpet. So when I saw this rainbow striped Carolina Herrera Resort 2019 one shoulder tulle gown which features a braided empire waist and a cape like train I knew it was the perfect fit. The gown is absolutely gorgeous, and while supermodel Tao Okamoto wore a black and white version of this gown to the CFDA Awards earlier this year, I think that it would be a perfect option for Thomasin to wear on this red carpet. The gown itself is statement enough that simple defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of dusty ice blue Rene Caovilla embellished denim strappy sandals, and Tiffany & Co. diamond and aquamarine stud earrings would all ensure that this is that real statement making moment I am expecting from Thomasin.
The 2019 National Board of Review Awards will take place on Tuesday January 8, 2019.