What will front-run­ners wear to the Os­cars?

What Blanchett, Adams and other stars should wear

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Weekend Life - EVA FRIEDE

She might not have been in the front row at the Dior haute cou­ture show in Paris last month, but it’s a given that ‘It girl’ Jennifer Lawrence, said to be about to sign a new deal with Dior, will wear Dior to the Os­cars.

What if her sausage-belted white gown at the Golden Globes was a bust, spawn­ing car­i­ca­tures of bed­sheets tied with belts? She is the adorable beauty — and a fine ac­tress — who can wear the prover­bial paper bag and look divine.

We’d be daft to sug­gest she ap­pear in Chanel, say, or Valentino, or Ar­mani — even though Raf Si­mons’ spring collection was young, fresh, light and al­most ca­sual, with a ma­jor­ity of short vo­lu­mi­nous dresses with open cut­work — not ex­actly the Os­car code.

With the Paris and New York spring shows over, ac­tresses every­where will be vy­ing for the best dresses as the houses woo, tempt and so­licit the best ac­tresses for Os­car red car­pet glory on March 2.

Haute cou­ture, of course, is the crème de la crème, with a ball gown that might cost $100,000; ready-to-wear is not too shabby, ei­ther. But in the spirit of no lim­its, let’s play dress the nom­i­nees in the hautest.

The show­piece of the Dior collection is a black num­ber, short in the front, long in the back, with ap­pliquéd flow­ers on chif­fon, but we as­sume Si­mons will adapt it or whip up some­thing even more spe­cial for the muse of the re­ju­ve­nated house.

Cate Blanchett wears ev­ery­thing with el­e­gance and style. The black lace Ar­mani at the Globes, the pink Givenchy at the SAG awards, even the Chanels, Missonis and den­tal smock in her Os­car-nom­i­nated role in Blue Jas­mine at­test to her dom­i­nant fash­ion gene.

Pe­rus­ing run­way pic­tures, it seemed any­thing would suit Blanchett, but we see her in fuch­sia by Gi­ambat­tista Valli.

As for Chanel, it struck a chord for the trend of the sea­son — sporty — and all women who are hob­bled by high heels, with Karl Lager­feld pair­ing shim­mer­ing tweed suits and di­aphanous ball gowns with sneak­ers — on all 65 mod­els.

That makes Emma Thomp­son, who hi­lar­i­ously tossed her Chris­tian Louboutin killer heels over her shoul­der on the podium at the Globes, a shoo-in for Chanel.

Over at Valentino, Amy Adams might do bet­ter with an aus­tere but sump­tu­ous beige lace gown. It would even pair well with the braided hairdo she sported at the Globes, along with that plung­ing car­i­ca­ture she wore, chan­nelling her Amer­i­can Hus­tle char­ac­ter. Funny how one house can put out a collection so se­vere that some pieces could be worn by a nun, while the Adams dress was risqué be­yond all ex­pec­ta­tion for the house of Valentino.

Her gazil­lion-dol­lar smile did not out­shine the rather odd, de­riv­a­tive white-shirted Dolce & Gab­bana at the Globes, but Ju­lia Roberts redeemed her­self with an ul­tra­hip pink Valentino jump­suit at the SAGs. Let’s see her in beaded Elie Saab at the Os­cars.

Side note on Valentino, which is cer­tainly hav­ing a ban­ner red car­pet sea­son: Katy Perry wore a spec­tac­u­lar mu­si­cal-note mo­tif Valentino, hot off the cat­walk, to the Jan. 26 Gram­mys.

Mean­while, Tilda Swin­ton (not a nom­i­nee this sea­son, but never mind) has al­ways been the per­fect can­vas for Mon­treal’s Rad Hourani uni­sex ideal.

As for Lupita Ny­ong’o, ev­ery style she wore this sea­son was per­fec­tion: the red caped Ralph Lauren at the Globes and the turquoise Gucci at the SAGs suited her beau­ti­fully.

So beau­ti­fully that we dare not try to dress her for the Os­cars. She’s fine and well on her own.

John Shearer/The As­so­ci­ated Press

Ac­tress Cate Blanchett wears ev­ery­thing with a sense of el­e­gance and style, in­clud­ing a black lace Ar­mani out­fit at the Golden Globes.

Ja­son Mer­ritt/Getty Im­ages/files

The plung­ing Valentino Amy Adams wore to the Globes seemed to be a nod to the char­ac­ter she played in Amer­i­can Hus­tle.

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Bri­tain’s Tilda Swin­ton is the per­fect can­vas for Mon­treal’s Rad Hourani uni­sex ideal.

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