Guess what? I’ve once again hit the middle of my wishes for a big red carpet and am behind again. I am transitioning two jobs, trying to balance relationships, and cover as much of the Oscars (and the events surounding it all at the same time this week and I am starting to wonder if I will be able to cover this red carpet like I traditionally like to. So instead of a long worded intro past what I’ve already written I am just going to dive right in on my wishes. I had super high expectations for Angela Bassett this awards season and she has consistently let me down. She will be one of the many presenters on Sunday night at this years Oscars and I am hoping she will WOW me with a sexy and glamorous moment on this red carpet. I went back to the same designer, and collection, that Angela wore for the SAG Awards. She picked a gown that really wore her for that red carpet which is surprising since there are so many options that really screamed her style. So for Sunday nights red carpet I decided to go with a much simpler style with this black Georges Chakra Fall 2018 Couture gown which features a criss-cross halter, chiffon sashes, an a-line skirt, intricate silver embellishments, a thigh high split, and a dramatic train. It screams that sexier side of simplicity which I think is something that Angela is typically drawn to. I might for some think that the mantra must be “Go Big or Go Home” but I think that Angela should dial the details back for a major moment on this red carpet. Her voluminous curls center parted and tied back low with smokey eyes, red lips, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Mechante Reine’ spike embellished PVC pointed toe pumps with a scarf tie ankle, and dramatic Butani diamond wreath earrings would all make sure that Angela definitely delivers sexy glamour on this red carpet. I have a feeling that eyes will definitely be on Irina Shayk this weekend at the Oscars. With the news that broke earlier this week about Lady Gaga and her fiance Christian Carino splitting there is a rumor that Gaga and Bradley Cooper are secretly an item. So it will be interesting to see if Irina is at the Oscars and what her facial reactions to Bradley and Gaga are. I think that Bradley and Irina are on solid footing and I think that will be displayed on Sunday on the red carpet at the Oscars. I have a feeling that Irina will end awards season in the same way that she started it, wearing Atelier Versace. I decided I wanted sparkling sex appeal from her on this red carpet so I created this gunmetal silver custom Atelier Versace column gown which features a dramatic sweetheart neckline, a corseted bodice, all over sequin details, a side split, and a sweeping train. For the most part Irina has kept her red carpet looks pretty simple this awards and this could be nice break from that adding a little more flare to her plus one style especially if she paired this gown with a sleek high bun updo, smokey eyes, glossy nude lips, a pair of gunmetal silver Prada strappy sandals, and a statement vintage Bulgari diamond collar necklace. Jennifer Hudson will be performing the Oscar nominated song “I’ll Fight” from the documentary RBG on the Oscars stage on Sunday night and I am very intrigued to see what the former Oscar winner will wear on the red carpet. It has been a while since she has worn anything that I have gotten even remotely excited about and I want to see her really wow me on the red carpet this weekend. I decided to go for the old Hollywood glam for the red carpet with this white draped crepe Paolo Sebastian Spring 2019 couture halter gown which features a halter neckline, sash trains, and center split because if you can’t serve classic glamour on this red carpet then when can you? I would swap the Veronica Lake waves that the gown was styled with in the lookbook for a sleek updo, smokey eyes, red lips, a pair of silver Christian Louboutin ‘Twistissima Strass’ criss-cross strap crystal embellished mesh pointed toe pumps, and vintage Neil Lane diamond and pearl crown drop earrings to really make it a perfectly moment. For the performance I wanted to do a suit, but still have something dazzling and dramatic so I thought this silver sequined Zuhair Murad Spring 2019 Couture suit which features a peplum jacket with a plunging neckline and belted waist and a pair of asymmetrical slashed pants would fit the bill perfectly. I think that the notorious RBG herself would definitely sign off on this look. it is strong, sharp, and sexy. I would have Jennifer let her hair down into chic waves, keeping the same hair and makeup from the red carpet, adding a pair of silver Christian Louboutin ‘Wonder’ iridescent star studded pointed to pumps, and Neil Lane diamond leaf drop earrings to ensure that this is a perfect look for Jennifer to grace the Oscars stage in. Lebanese director and actress Nadine Labaki won the jury prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival with her film Capernaum and did so looking ever so elegant in Lebanese designer Elie Saab. I am really excited to see what the very glamorous woman will bring to the red carpet at the Oscars this weekend where the film is nominated for Best Forgien Language Film. She has worn Elie Saab all awards season and so it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see her wearing another look from the Lebanese designer on the Oscars red carpet. I went back to this incredibly glamorous with this black, white, and gold Elie Saab Spring 2018 Couture art deco gown which features a boat neckline, long sleeves, and an a-line skirt that I first included in my wish list for Nadine to wear for the Toronto Film Festival as the perfect look for her to wear on the Oscars red carpet. I would bet that Nadine will undoubtedly be wearing another Elie Saab design on this red carpet and this incredibly glamorous moment is perfect. Back when I put this on the wish list for the Toronto Film Festival I said “as I am writing this with the likelihood that she will receive an Oscar nomination I wonder if I should be saving it. But I am someone who doesn’t believe that anyone should save anything for one occasion or another, if you like it wear it.” And Nadine did not wear the gown for that red carpet so I wanted to make sure that I brought the wish back around for this red carpet because I have been imagining it on her ever since. I am changing the styling a little adding a black beaded Elie Saab box clutch, a pair of black Aquazzura ‘Shiva’ mesh paneled pointed toe pumps, and Chopard red carpet collection yellow diamond chandelier earrings to a sleek updo, smokey eyes, and red lips to really make sure this look glamor defined. Olivia Colman might have won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for her role in The Favourite, but I’m not sure it will edge out Glenn Close’s performance in The Wife to take home the Best Actress statue at the Oscars this weekend. Now with that being said I still want to see Olivia wear something amazing. She only attended those two big awards events despite nominations at some of the others. She has really only worn black and white for this awards seasons red carpets. I decided to to push that boundary too much picking this white, black, and tan Givenchy Fall 2018 Couture boat neck draped gown which features color blocked panels, long sleeves, and a belted waist. Olivia has only worn British designers on the red carpet, so I decided I was going to take a piece out of the Duchess of Sussex’s playbook and pick this French couture house that is designed by a British creative director for Olivia to wear on this red carpet. I would swap the silver metal belt that the gown was styled with on the runway in favor of a black crepe ribbon waistband for Olivia just because I think that is more in tune with her sense of style adding a black Roger Vivier gold fringe detail buckle clutch, a pair of black Aquazzura ‘Deneuve’ bow detail pointed toe pumps, a chic pixie, smokey eyes, red lips, and a pair of David Morris diamond and pearl tassel earrings.
The 2019 Academy Awards will take place on Sunday February 24, 2019.