Fantasy Oscars Stylist: The Nominees

Oscars Nominees

I am beyond excited to share this post with you all. After weeks of scrolling though the latest collections from New York to London, to Paris, to Milan, I finally made my picks for what each Oscars nominee should wear to this weekends ceremony! It’s not a scientific process, but I would say these are 1) all things I like, 2) mostly things I think these ladies might actually pick, and 3) chosen with a soupçon of wishful styling thrown in!

I did set myself some parameters: I could only choose from collections that debuted in 2018. Without parameters, I had dark visions of myself combing through archival images of Chanel shows from 1962 for vintage gems. And that’s a bit much. If there was any information about who they usually wear/might be wearing/have a contract with, I tried to factor that in. One disclaimer: there are still collections debuting through Oscars weekend at Paris Fashion Week, which I won’t be able to see until after the show – but celebrities could and likely will grab things from yet-to-be-debuted lines. And, of course, there’s no way to guess who will go with custom creations, but likely quite a few folks.

That all being said, if any of these actually show up on the red carpet on Sunday, I will proclaim myself a genius, buy a new pair of shoes, and treat myself to an entire cheesecake. Not necessarily in that order.

Margot Robbie

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My Oscars pick: Elie Saab Spring 2018 Couture

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Margot’s aesthetic proved somewhat tricky to nail down. She’s an it-girl who’s tried a lot of different looks, but two trends I pulled out of her oeuvre are feathers and sparkles. I adore this Elie Saab gown and think it would make a real impact on her first Oscars red carpet as a nominee.

Greta Gerwig

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My Oscars pick: Andrew Gn Fall 2018 RTW

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I had such a hard time picking something for Greta. Her taste leans towards whimsical, but she also favors clean, flowy lines. I had it narrowed down to two different dresses for her until an hour ago when I saw this come down the runway at the Andrew Gn show. I think it fits her aesthetic perfectly – it’s feminine and whimsical, but with elegant and flattering lines.

Saoirse Ronan

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My Oscars pick: Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2018

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My best guess is that Saoirse will be wearing something custom, but I took a stab at it anyway. She was all over the place this season, from a frilly Rodarte to a slick, futuristic Atelier Versace. This Christian Dior is my attempt to split the difference – it’s sparkly and feminine, but the gunmetal color and the flow of the sequins have a spaceship quality to them.

Meryl Streep

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My Oscars pick: Alexis Mabille Spring 2018 Couture

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Meryl Streep is tough – she has been to so many god damned Oscars after 21 nominations that she’s worn just about every different type of dress. Slinky and curve hugging, classic and a-line, pantsuits – she’s done it all. I think she knows she’s not going to win this year, so I chose something on the simpler but classic side. This Alexis Mabille gown is universally flattering, a gorgeous color, and incorporates some fun menswear details with the cuffed sleeves as a belt – perhaps a nod to her nominated turn as a woman breaking into the male dominated world of newspaper publishing?

Sally Hawkins

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My Oscars pick: Reem Acra Fall 2018 RTW

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Sally is only 41 but has the aesthetic of a much older woman. I don’t mean that as an insult, I just mean her general aura and sense of style trends toward “older society doyenne” in a way that intrigues me. I love this celestial Reem Acra for her – it’s a silhouette we have seen her in before, but it adds some charmingly whimsical elements I could see her gravitating towards.

Frances McDormand

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My Oscars pick: Valentino Spring 2018 Couture

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Frances honestly doesn’t seem like she cares that much about fashion, but she does like color and simple, flowing silhouettes. This red Valentino would be a stellar pick for the odds-on front-runner to wear while accepting her statuette.

Mary J. Blige

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My Oscars pick: Vionnet Fall 2018 RTW


I had a whole slew of options for Mary J. Blige, who gravitates towards asymmetrical necklines, one sleeved tops, and sexy, powerful patterns. And then I found this Vionnet and knew it was perfect.

Allison Janney

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My Oscars pick: Jenny Packham Fall 2018 RTW

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Allison is the front-runner for Best Supporting actress, and she was also the easiest to pick a dress for. She likes form-fitting silhouettes, sparkles, and a bit of skin. And she always looks amazing. She’s already deployed a lot of sparkles this season, but I would love to see her in this Jenny Packham. A real, glittering, Oscars moment.

Lesley Manville

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My Oscars pick: Naeem Khan Fall 2018 RTW

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Leslie here was TOUGH to shop for. She appeared on very few red carpets to support “Phantom Thread”. Best I could tell, she likes column dresses and interesting patterns. I love the swirling floral designs on this Naeem Khan and think she might too.

Laurie Metcalf

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My Oscars pick: Christian Dior Spring 2018 Couture

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Laurie has worn some really lovely things this season, from her slinky and sparkly SAG dress to her classically elegant blue gown at the Critic’s Choice Awards. I would love to see her in a bright color and she’s worn this type of silhouette previously. “Eyes Wide Shut” mask and neck tattoo are not encouraged.

Octavia Spencer

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My Oscars pick: Christian Siriano Fall 2018 RTW

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Octavia can be very predictable – she usually goes with her ride-or-die designer Tadashi Shoji. I didn’t see anything in their recent line that felt right for her, and while she could always go custom, I would love to see her work with another designer who does right by curvy women. This Christian Siriano would be a stellar change of pace on her.

That’s a wrap on the nominees, and stay tuned for my picks for presenters and performers coming at you tomorrow!

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