Red Carpet Review / Runway Rundown: Style Darling’s Top 20 Best Oscar-Worthy Gown Predictions!


We’re less than a month away from the 2013 Academy Awards & the SAG Awards are this weekend! The speculation behind the results inside those envelopes & what the nominees are going to wear have been bouncing around all over the web & for the first time, I’m going to share my fashion predictions, based off the Pre-Fall 2013, Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear, Spring 2013 Haute Couture, & Resort 2013 collection runways. Of course, Oscar-nominated celebrities like Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams & Naomi Watts are subject to one-of-a-kind custom-made haute couture gowns, but it’s been a lot of fun to click around & find the most gorgeous gowns that wowed on the runway. In addition to the nominees who are celebrating their achievements in film, possible presenters like Rachel Weisz, Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner & more will be turning heads on the red carpet.

Surely there will be lots of glitz & glamour, but predictions of trends are hard to tell. There was so much going on at this year’s Golden Globes, including black, black & gold, white, pink, long sleeves, cut-outs, high slits, & nude illusions. Starting off is a gold lamé & embellished gown from Michael Kors Resort 2013 Collection, which was recently featured in a Runway Rundown post. From Carlos Miele‘s Resort 2013 Collection comes this beautiful embellished sweetheart gown with an animal print under-lining. Some might call the white & black-leather accented Emilio Pucci dress from the Pre-Fall 2013 Collection is too safe for the Oscars, but I think it’s a modern & refreshing take on a white gown.

Michael Kors, Carlos Miele, Emilio Pucci, Monique Lhuillier, & Jenny Packham.

For the risk-taking Style Darling, I can see the metallic long-sleeved gown from Monique Lhuillier‘s Pre-Fall 2013 Collection making an entrance on the red carpet. I picked this tangerine Jenny Packham Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection gown b/c of its unexpected color, but on the right skin-tone, it will certainly set some trends on the red carpet for the rest of the year.

Next, we have a floral-embroidered belted gown by Temperley London, which was featured in the Pre-Fall 2013 Collection. This has a very classic, Zooey Deschanel look to it, which is why I loved including it! Badgley Mischka is a name synonymous with red carpets & perhaps we’ll see this all-over embellished metallic gown from their Pre-Fall 2013 Collection on one of the front-running Oscar nominees. One of my favorite designers forever & always is Marchesa & I wasn’t surprised to see so many red carpet candidates in their Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection, including this sari-inspired sheer-overlay blue & gold confection.

Temperley London, Badgley Mischka, Marchesa, Collette Dinnigan, & Roberto Cavalli.

I love the feminine softness from the short-sleeved Collette Dinnigan gown from the Resort 2013 Collection. The coral / fuchsia hue is perfect for an ingénue like the ever-changing Dakota Fanning or the retro Krysten Ritter. Roberto Cavalli‘s black sequined & lace overlay corset-structured gown is a stunning choice for a more dramatic look on the red carpet & it’s from the Pre-Fall 2013 Collection.

Designs by Alexandre Vauthier made a style statement at the Golden Globes since both supermodel Heidi Klum & Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery both donned looks, but I picked this leg-baring halter gown from the Spring 2013 Haute Couture Collection. J. Mendel‘s Pre-Fall 2013 Collection was a dreamy mixture of texture, detail, flowy fabrics, & strong silhouettes, including this lace-accented spaghetti strap gown with off-the-shoulder tiers. Also, Giambattista Valli‘s white & gold ball gown took my breath away from its Spring 2013 Haute Couture Collection & would certainly wow fashion critics if worn on Isla Fisher, Julianne Hough, or Kerry Washington.

Alexandre Vauthier, J. Mendel, & Giambattista Valli.

Valentino, Christian Dior, & Elie Saab.

There ought to be room on any red carpet for a Valentino red gown, like this strapless & effortless gown from the Spring 2013 Haute Couture Collection. Also, Christian Dior‘s Spring 2013 Haute Couture Collection featured the pink puffy mermaid ball gown. In addition, someone like Diane Kruger or Zoe Saldana can wear an floral-embellished, dramatic gown like this from Elie Saab‘s Spring 2013 Haute Couture Collection.

After Lucy Liu‘s splash at the Globes in Carolina Herrera, I knew I had to look further into her Pre-Fall 2013 Collection, which included this gorgeous black & white graphic print gown, perfect for fans of the label including Renee Zellweger, Emmy Rossum, or Olivia Wilde.  Next, from Oscar de la Renta‘s Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear, this aqua tiered dream of a gown is borderline bridesmaid, but the color is just so pretty & it reminds me of the Romona Keveza ball gown that Kaley Cuoco wore at last year’s SAG Awards.

Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen, & Jason Wu.

You can’t have a look at the best from the runway without talking about American designer, Zac Posen, & his Pre-Fall 2013 Collection, which is a dramatic statement that will change the way black gowns appear on the red carpet. Lastly, a daring look for the Oscars comes from Jason Wu‘s Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection & perhaps a young starlet like Emma Watson would wear this will some extra lining to fill the skirt since the ceremony is so formal.

Which designers are you hoping to see on the red carpet? Which gown is your favorite? Which nominees are you rooting for during this year’s Oscars? For more runway goodness, check out galleries including Rachel Roy, Calvin Klein Collection, Diane von Furstenberg, & Narciso Rodriguez! Also, to read more from Red Carpet Review, check out looks from the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, leather & black oufits featuring Elisabeth Moss & Scarlett Johansson, the 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards with looks from Eva Longoria & Jaime King, & this year’s red carpet from the People’s Choice Awards with Jennifer Aniston & Chloe Grace Moretz! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Jason Wu’s Resort 2013 Collection!


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Jason Wu is one of the most in-demand designers right now. It was a no-brainer to search for his latest Resort 2013 Collection, especially when some of my favorite red carpet regulars like Michelle Williams, Diane Kruger, & Emma Stone have been spotted wearing feminine frocks from the line.  If you’re all about lace, florals, classic silhouettes, & fierce colors, then this one collection you can’t miss.  Be sure to click through the gallery & share which looks are your favorites! If you’re looking for more from Jason Wu, keep an eye out @Neiman Marcus, Net-A-Porter, & Nordstrom. Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Michael Kors Resort 2013 Collection!


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Michael Kors is one of the most celebrated America designers, famously worn by celebrities like Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez, & Mary J. Blige.  With this, I’ve decided to add his Resort 2013 Collection to the arsenal of galleries that I’ve recently posted in Runway Rundown.  With details like gold lace, vintage-inspired swimsuits, & printed maxi dresses, this is probably one of my favorite collections of the season, which the designer describes as “opulent minimalism.” Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Balenciaga’s Resort 2013 Collection!


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I recently posted about Balenciaga‘s latest ad campaign featuring their newest ambassador, Kristen Stewart, for their fragrance, Florabotanica, almost completely forgetting about their fabulous Resort 2013 Collection.  I was able to snag the images from Elle, so that I can share them with readers, especially since I’ve been getting so much traffic for the galleries of Salvatore Ferragamo, Rachel Zoe, & Herve Leger by Max Azria in Runway Rundown.

This collection by Balenciaga is full of chic separates, sweet cut-outs, & a juxtaposition of soft & hard.  I could totally see Stewart wearing some of these pieces, along with celebrities like Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Banks, & Solange Knowles.  Click through the gallery & share with readers your favorite looks! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Better With Bandage Dresses – Herve Leger by Max Azria’s Resort 2013 Collection!


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The summer / fall forecast for fashion is clearly not letting go of the bandage dress trend, made famous by Herve Leger by Max Azria.  Of course, they can be seen on celebrities at movie premieres, reality stars on red carpets, & blinged-out housewives. While the trend has transformed the way curvy Style Darlings dress, the latest collection from the design house has proved that the bandage dress is still going strong.  Check out the Resort 2013 Collection, featuring pop-art color blocking, sexy cut-outs, & just enough glitz to get your rearing for a red carpet. 

If you’ve been loving my coverage of the Resort 2013 Collections in Runway Rundown, be sure to check out lines from Jenni Kayne, Derek Lam, & Salvatore Ferragamo! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Rachel Zoe’s Resort 2013 Collection!


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Any time Rachel Zoe adds one more fashion / style credential to her name, Stye Darling will be there.  This time, we’re talking about her Resort 2013 collection, featuring brights, basics, & bold prints.  The always stylish designer / stylist has created an admirable empire that have made stars like Jennifer Garner, Demi Moore, & Anne Hathway red carpet A-listers.  Not to mention that Zoe’s collections @Neiman Marcus are wildly popular, trend-setting, & always gorgeous for us to gasp over.  Here’s a gallery of the latest from the star of The Rachel Zoe Project, which I hope will premiere another season on Bravo sometime soon! Check out The Zoe Report for everyday finds & for all the best fashion finds! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Jenni’s Kayne’s Sweet & Preppy Resort 2013 Collection!


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Jenni Kayne isn’t a designer that I talk about a lot, but when I saw these images for her Resort 2013 Collection, I was super excited, as always, to share them with readers.  I think the style is preppy, but still minimalist in a fashion-forward way.  Celebs like Chloe Sevigny or Alexa Chung are likely to take pieces from this collection & incorporate them into their own style.  Not to mention that baring your midriff is all the rage right now & if you’re away on vacation & have the abs to pull of some of these looks, then go for it!

Check out the gallery below to see all the stylish separates & share with everyone which looks are your favorite! For more posts from Runway Rundown, check out collections from Derek Lam, Salvatore Ferragamo, & Carlos Miele. Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Salvatore Ferragamo Debuts Resort / Ready-To-Wear Collection At The Louvre!


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Salvatore Ferragamo is by far one of the most iconic designers, having made shoes for the likes of Sophia Loren, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, & Marilyn Monroe.  Talk about a client list! Well, recently the brand famous for its shoes & accessories have expanded with a stunning resort / ready-to-wear collection that was shown at… of all places… The Louvre!

Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester, Indian actress Freida Pinto, & double Oscar winner Hilary Swank sat first row to celebrate the festivities for a show that was beyond gorgeous.  Never has resort-wear looked so accessible for everyday use.  Of course, the price tag on these items is astronomical, but I’m always the first to say that fashion at any price point deserves appreciation.  You can never go wrong with Ferragamo too!

Check out the gallery from the first-ever runway show & share with readers your favorite looks!  Also, I’ve been going crazy over the latest runway stills, so to get your catwalk scoop, check out more posts from Runway Rundown, including Carlos Miele’s Resort Collection & Stella McCartney’s Spring 2013 Collection ! Happy Styling!