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: Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection From Paris Fashion Week!


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I’m all about style on a budget, but I think it’s very important to stay informed about what’s going on right now in fashion & which trends are worth following, straight from the runways at Paris Fashion Week.  The name Louis Vuitton is synonymous with the LV logo on bags, wallets, & luggage; however, the latest Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection shows a new side of the label with extra bold colors, rich sparkles, nautical-inspired stripes, & an ode to British mod style.  Models hit the catwalk in pairs, wearing coordinated looks & I can’t wait to see some of my favorite celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Dakota Fanning, Anne Hathaway, & Bella Heathcote wearing these designs as we get closer to spring, even though fall has just begun.  Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Elie Saab’s Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection From Paris Fashion Week!


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I’m continuing to bring readers all the latest runway galleries from Paris Fashion Week, including one of the most gorgeous that I’ve seen so far & that’s from the always feminine, ethereal, & chic Elie Saab.  The designer, who is best known for dressing Rachel McAdams, Jessica Biel, Taylor Swift, & Berenice Bejo, shares a very elegant collection, full of monochromatic looks with plenty of lace & silk to go around.  Surely, these runway looks are beyond the budget of any price tag conscious Style Darling, but if you’re looking to shop the brand, check out Neiman Marcus, Boutique 1, Bergdorf Goodman, & Nordstrom!

To click through more to-die-for galleries from Runway Rundown, take a look at previous posts including Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, & Yves Saint Laurent! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection!


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The legend of Alexander McQueen continues with a ravishing new Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection that has once again made fashion critics pay attention to the incomparable Sarah Burton. The confident opulence of the line can be deconstructed into luxe separates I’d love to see on the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Solange Knowles, Elizabeth Banks, & Salma Hayek Pinault. Models hit the catwalk in strongly sculpted jackets, metallic belts, & ornate hoop skirts.  Take a look at the collection & check out more from Runway Rundown, including Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent, & Chloe. Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Yves Saint Laurent’s Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection!


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As if gawking at runways for Lanvin, Giorgio Armani, & Dolce & Gabbana wasn’t fabulous enough, I’ve decided that I just have to add one more to Runway Rundown & that would be the 70s, boho chic-inspired Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection from Yves Saint Laurent. I love the layers of blousy tops with flowy vests, mixes of wide leg & skinny pants, maxi skirts, & menswear blazers.  The line reminds me very much of Rachel Zoe‘s debut collection, Nicole Richie‘s style empire, & the occasional Jennifer Lopez throwback red carpet appearance.  Which looks are your favorite? Are you following the trends this fall? Which designers are you keep tracking of this season? Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Giorgio Armani’s Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection From Milan Fashion Week!


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The style just keeps on coming from Milan & you can’t talk Italian fashion without showing off the grandeur behind Giorgio Armani‘s Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection. The line features an ice blue, gray, & black color scheme with plenty of jackets, blouses, skirts, pants, & dreamy dresses.  Of course, you can’t miss out on this gallery, with designs sure to attract the likes of red carpet a-listers such as January Jones, Emma Watson, Olivia Wilde, & Cate Blanchett.  Which look is your favorite? For more fabulous galleries from Runway Rundown, check out collections from Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry Prorsum, & Jason Wu. Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Marios Schwab’s Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection From London Fashion Week!


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I’m always checking out the latest in what celebrities are wearing & always manage to find myself looking at dresses designed by Marios Schwab, a London-based designer who just unrolled his latest Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection for London Fashion Week! I’ve put together a gallery of the collection, which featured details like pleated skirts, sheer fabric, & leather panels, as well as a strong color palette with red, blue, & black dresses. The edgy pieces include sequins & fringe, perfect for making a bold statement on the red carpet.  I can see celebs like Elizabeth Olsen, Chloe Sevigny, & Leighton Meester wearing some of these looks.  Which are your favorite pieces? Which designers have you been checking out during fashion week? Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Burberry Prorsum’s Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection From London Fashion Week!


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In keeping with the fabulous celebration of London Fashion Week, I knew I had to share the Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection from Burberry Prorsum. The sophisticated line includes metallic sheen fabrics, bright pops of color, lacy tops, peplum hemlines, reinvented trench coats, & plenty of figure-flattering belted looks! If you didn’t know Burberry Prorsum has been worn on the red carpet by celebrities like Olivia Palermo, Leighton Meester, Gwyneth Paltrow, & Kate Bosworth.  For more Runway Rundown galleries, check out the latest from Christopher Kane, Jason Wu, & Christian Siriano! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Christopher Kane’s Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection From London Fashion Week!


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Of course, New York Fashion Week has ended, but that only means that the rest of the world is reeling with joy over the continuous wave of fashion, including London. The city is seeing lots of designers embracing the lightness of spring, as seen in the fabulous Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection.  Scottish-born designer, Christopher Kane, has been favored on the red carpet by celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Alexa Chung, Chloe Grace Moretz, & Shailene Woodley.

Take a look at the gallery to see the collection that’s filled with whites, pastels, & plenty of feminine flair.  For more looks featured in Runway Rundown, check out Jason Wu, the Season 10 Project Runway finale collections, & Holmes & Yang! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Jason Wu’s Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection From New York Fashion Week!


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The fashion madness continues even though Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has ended.  We can all still clamour over the style galore that hit the runway, including in-demand brand, Jason Wu.  His Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection is jam-packed with leather details, menswear-inspiration, strong corsets (perhaps á la 50 Shades of Gray?), layers of tulle, & pretty prints.  Jason Wu, of course, has been popularized by First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as celebrities like Julianne Moore, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Camilla Belle, & Diane Kruger. Take a look through the gallery & share with us which looks are your favorites? Would you wear any of these separates?

For more Runway Rundown, check out previous posts including  Holmes & Yang, Oscar de la Renta, & Zac Posen. Happy Styling!