The sar­to­rial ex­pert calls out the new flock of RED-CAR­PET dar­lings. By DEREK BLAS­BERG

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Never un­der­es­ti­mate the power of the red car­pet. A killer dress and some smart pos­ing can cat­a­pult a semi­fa­mous star­let to megawatt screen siren in the snap of a cam­era flash. Awards sea­son is the Olympics of Hol­ly­wood, and the Academy Awards are the main event. My most mem­o­rable Os­car vic­to­ries? Ni­cole Kid­man’s char­treuse Dior Haute Cou­ture gown in 1997, which took her from Tom Cruise’s plus one to in­ter­na­tional style icon, and Renée Zell­weger’s 2001 spin in a lemonyel­low strap­less Jean Dessès num­ber that cer­ti­fied her A-list sta­tus.

We’re in the mid­dle of a new sea­son of in­genues, and these girls have brought their A games. Let’s start with a tri­fecta of Em­mas. Emma Stone, 23, dom­i­nated 2011’s red car­pet, set­ting the bar high when she stepped out in a sexy yet sim­ple peach­sor­bet Calvin Klein col­umn at the Golden Globes, and she didn’t rest for the re­main­der of the year. Emma Roberts, 20, a Nick­elodeon star who’s grow­ing up into a saucy se­duc­tress (she filled out her Play­boy Bunny cos­tume quite nicely when I saw her last Hal­loween), is craft­ing her own brand of red­car­pet glam­our— per­haps ready­ing her to fol­low in Aunt Ju­lia’s foot­steps. And, fi­nally, there’s Emma Wat­son, 21, whose sense of self­pos­ses­sion— both on the red car­pet and off—be­lies any trace of child-ac­tress naïveté.

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