Awards season is just about here. It gets it’s unofficial kickoff with the 2019 Palm Springs Film Festival Black Tie Awards Gala Thursday January 3, 2019. While this red carpet isn’t one of the biggest during awards season the honorees usually bring their A-game to the red carpet. The last two years this red carpet has produced Best Dressed of the Year worthy moments, from Saoirse Ronan and Ruth Negga, and for the past three a look from this red carpet has made my Best Dressed of January list. So the expectations for this red carpet are definitely on the higher side. Glenn Close is headed to take home the Icon Award at this years PS Film Festival Black Tie Awards gala. She is one, of many, front runners and ones to watch during awards season this year and I am definitely interested in seeing what she will bring to the red carpet. Her last awards season run, in 2012 for her film Albert Nobbs, was almost exclusively in Zac Posen. While she does look amazing in Zac’s designs I decided to go with a little more wide ranging selection of designers for her to deliver on the red carpets over the course of the next years awards shows. Kicking off that run I went with simple glamour with this black Alberta Ferretti draped cape gown which features a column skirt. It is a simple gown that I definitely think would be something that Glenn would be drawn to, especially for a red carpet like this. A chic pixie hairstyle, defined eyes, dusty rose pink lips, a black satin Judith Leiber ‘Quinn’ clutch, a pair of black Manolo Blahnik ‘Nadira’ jeweled pumps, and Van Cleef & Arpels diamond cluster earrings would all make this an incredibly chic moment for this red carpet. We have another front runner in the Best Actress category this awards season who will be honored at the 2019 Palm Springs Film Festival Black Tie Awards Gala. Melissa McCarthy will be awarded with the Spotlight Award for her performance in the film Can You Ever Forgive Me? I am really interested in seeing what Melissa will bring to the red carpet. Fashion designers have been expanding their willingness to create gowns for women with curves and with a real chance in the Oscar race I think we might see some great labels dress Melissa over the course of awards season. I decided to kick off her run with this highland green Jenny Packham Resort 2019 ‘Tana’ gown which features a twisted bodice with a starburst sequin embellished design and medium length dolman sleeves. I always love a chic Jenny Packham moment on the red carpet and I definitely think that this style would be perfect for Melissa especially when paired with old Hollywood waves, defined eyes, red lips, a dark green Judith Leiber Couture ‘Siam Slim Slide’ clutch, black Jimmy Choo ‘Annie’ sandals, and a pair of vintage diamond and emerald drop earrings from Beladora.Regina King is the horse with the most head in the race currently for the Best Supporting Actress category. For the first red carpet of the year and the kickoff to the awards season I decided I wanted to make sure that this years Chairman Award recipient would kick off her style run in high style and that is exactly what she would do wearing this light lemonade yellow Jason Wu Spring 2019 RTW one shoulder gown which features an asymmetric strap, gathered bodice and layered tulle skirt. It has been a while since I have really loved a Jason Wu moment on the red carpet and I definitely think that this gown on Regina would be the perfect moment to make me rediscover my love for the brand again. Regina isn’t exactly the most boundary pushing dresser and I really do believe that with a major awards season ahead of her that she will be on top of her style game. Pairing this gown with a sleek updo, defined eyes, nude lips, a gold Judith Leiber ‘Soho’ snakeskin box clutch, a pair of gold Rene Caovilla crystal studded metallic snakeskin ankle wrap sandals, and dazzling white and yellow diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection pendant drop earrings would definitely ensure that Regina delivers a major best dressed worthy moment on this red carpet. Finishing out this list is the always exciting Timothee Chalamet who took home the Rising Star Award at last years Palm Springs Film Festival Awards, and is being honored this year with a Spotlight Award for his performance in Beautiful Boy. He delivers major menswear moments, which is obvious since he made four appearances on my Best Dressed Men of 2018 list. I want to see Timmy continue to bring boundary pushing menswear to the red carpet over the course of this coming awards season. He loves Louis Vuitton, Haider Ackermann, and Alexander McQueen but I decided that Timothee would be the perfect guy to give Celine menswear by Heidi Slimane its first red carpet moment. I may not think that Heidi’s Celine is anything that actually correlates to the history of the brand, but I won’t deny that he knows how to create really great clothes. I would love to see Timmy rock this Celine Spring 2019 RTW tuxedo which features a black tuxedo jacket with silver crystal arrow embellishments and a solid lapel and skinny black pants. The suit was paired with a black button down and a solid white skinny tie. I would probably ditch the tie for Timothee adding a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Alpha Male P’ strass embellished cap toe derbies to really make this a very chic, and sparkly, menswear moment.
The 2019 Palm Springs Film Festival Black Tie Awards Gala will take place on Thursday January 3, 2019.