I am just getting started with my wishes for this years Oscars red carpet. I am doing things a little differently than I normally do. I typically do a post for the Best Actress nominees, Best Supporting Actress nominees, other nominees, performers, and presenters separately. Today’s set of wishes has looks for presenters, nominees, and a performer and I am super excited about all of them.I was hoping that Kiki Layne would be on the Oscar stage as a presenter and not just there as a guest of her nominated film If Beale Street Could Talk and that wish came true. I have been obsessed with Kiki since she first burst onto the scene wearing a Gucci midi gown on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of the film. I am almost expecting that Kiki will wear something custom designed for her from Gucci, BUT I decided to go back to the same designer that Kiki wore for the Academy Governors Awards back in November of last year: Ralph & Russo. The moment I saw this lavender Ralph & Russo Spring 2019 Couture asymmetric lamé off the shoulder ball gown which features a voluminous peplum skirt with a high low bubble hem and a ruffled neckline I knew it would be a perfect Oscar gown and when Kiki was announced as a presenter I knew it was perfect for her. Kiki has this dramatic and glamorous style and I believe that she would own it with effortless ease. A chic bun of braids, smokey eyes, dark glossy red lips, a pair of lavender satin Paula Cademartori ‘Iris Opulence’ crystal embellished pointed toe pumps, and vintage Bulgari jewels including asymmetrical diamond and amethyst drop earrings and a statement diamond, blue sapphire, and pink sapphire cuff bracelet all would make this an absolutely amazing moment for Kiki to wear on the red carpet at her first Oscars. Laura Dern is on the Academy’s Board of Governors for the actors branch of the organization so it came as no surprise that she was announced as a presenter for this years ceremony. As I started to think about the perfect gown for Laura to wear on this red carpet my mind kept going to this two tone red Valentino Fall 2019 Couture sleeveless gown which features a trumpet silhouette intricate beading and velvet pleats. I have been in love with this gown since it first came down the runway last July and I am honestly shocked that it hasn’t been worn yet. I definitely think that Laura has the statuesque glamour to really make this gown come to life on the red carpet. Add a red marbled plexi Tyler Ellis ‘Lily’ clutch, a loose low chignon updo, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of red Aquazzura ‘Versailles’ peep toe d’orsay pumps, and vintage 1920’s Cartier diamond chandelier earrings and I know this moment is going to be one of my favorites of the night. I had to search high and low for the perfect “winner’s gown’ for Regina King to wear on the red carpet at the Oscars on Sunday night. She is expected to take home the Best Supporting Actress trophy and I wanted to make sure she has a fashion moment to wow while doing so. I had edited a custom Prada gown for Regina to wear on this red carpet originally, but when I saw her perched front row at the Michael Kors Fall 2019 RTW collection I started to second guess my custom edit. I decided to go with a custom gown inspired by a gold and black sequin and feather embellished long sleeve cocktail dress that came down that very runway. I created this sleeveless gown which features a plunging neckline, belted waist, sequined bodice, and a fully feathered skirt and train in my head and my photo editor brought my vision to life. As soon as I saw it I fell in love and I believe Regina would too. Pair the gown with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, dark red lips, a black Tyler Ellis ‘Perry’ crocodile stamped satin clutch, a pair of black Jimmy Choo ‘Lancer’ caged pointed toe pumps, and Chopard jewels including rubellite and diamond drop earrings and and intricate gold set rubellite cocktail ring to ensure this look screams Oscar winner from head to toe. I’m not going to lie after SZA skipped the Golden Globe, Critics Choice, and Grammy Awards I wasn’t planning to feature her in my Oscar wishes despite the fact that she is nominated for Best Original Song for “All The Stars” from Black Panther. Though when it was confirmed that she and Kendrick Lamar would perform I decided to add her to this list. She hasn’t been one of the big fashion stars to emerge over the last year or so, but I am hoping that she will rise to the occasion of being an Oscar nominee. I thought about doing a gown for SZA to wear on this red carpet, but when I saw this black Giambattista Valli Spring 2019 Couture strapless tuxedo inspired jumpsuit which features a dramatic chiffon train I thought it fit her more laid back style. It isn’t very often I think that pants over a gown is a good option for the Oscars red carpet, but I definitely think that this look on SZA would be really good. She loves her big curls so I would keep that going with smokey eyes, nude lips, a pair of black lace Christian Louboutin ‘Jose Altafine’ platform lace up ankle cuff pumps, a pair of Nikos Koulis ‘Lingerie’ collection hoop earrings with white diamonds and silver pearls and a matching cuff bracelet. For her performance during the telecast I have decided to go with something sexy yet chic with this black Burberry Pre-Fall 2019 ensemble which features a black sequined lingerie inspired bustier with sheer panels and a pair of wide fit draped pants. I think that this is definitely something right up SZA’s ally and I think that for a performance it just works especially if she pairs it with a pair of black Stella McCartney ‘Elyse’ platform shoes, those full curls, smokey eyes, red lips, and all kinds of Nikos Koulis ‘Oui’ collection jewels including diamond and black enamel fringe hoop earrings, a kissing trillion cut diamond and black enamel ring, a three emerald cut diamond and black enamel ring, and a diamond and black enamel snake ring. She could even add a custom cut tuxedo jacket to the look following the performance to finish taking in the rest of the Oscars telecast. I was so excited to see what Yalitza Aparicio was going to bring to the red carpet as she started her journey this awards season. I have been pretty disappointed though. I hope that the red carpet at her very first Oscars is going to see that she brings something absolutely beautiful. I won’t lie to you when I created this custom navy Prada cloqué floral jacquard strapless gown which features a defined waist, and a flowing satin train was actually the gown I originally designed for Regina to wear on this red carpet. But when I created the custom Michael Kors gown I knew I didn’t want this gown to go to waste. Yalitza has been dressed by the Prada sister brand Miu Miu twice this awards season and I would bet that she will end awards season in a design from one or the other. This custom gown if tailored perfectly to her curves would be absolutely gorgeous on Yalitza especially if paired with old Hollywood waves, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a navy satin Prada box clutch, a pair of navy velvet Prada peep toe sandals, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond and sapphire drop earrings.
The 2019 Academy Awards will take place on Sunday February 24, 2019.