And here are your various presenters and performers! Lot’s of variety here and as non-nominees, there’s less pressure to nail it!
Same caveats and parameters apply: no accounting for custom designs or collections that debut after Sunday night, and I only chose from looks that debuted in 2018.
Jennifer Lawrence – Christian Dior Spring 218 Couture
I just read that J. Law will be on hand to present the Best Actress statuette alongside Jodie Foster, instead of having rape-y Casey Affleck do the honors. Her attendance means I had to dive into Christian Dior’s recent collections to find something palatable that she hadn’t worn yet. Since I believe she’s still under contract with them, I doubt she would pick another designer for the biggest fashion night of the year even though she’s already worn at least three looks from this collection. I am going to go with this periwinkle “eye”let design with the request that she please line it.
Gal Gadot – Moschino Fall 2018 RTW
How incredible would it be to put Wonder Woman in a gown which clearly draws it’s inspiration in part from comic book art? Gal has been known to like glitter and asymmetrical necklines, and this Moschino is just too much fun and too fitting to pass on!
Nicole Kidman – Andrew Gn Fall 2018 RTW
She may not be a nominee this year, but she’s coming off of a year of winning a fuck ton of TV trophies for her work in “Big Little Lies”, so I could see her wanting to go bit…but not TOO big. This Grecian goddess gown from Andrew Gn would look spectacular on her.
Lupita Nyong’o – Antonio Berardi Fall 2018 RTW
What is more fitting for a badass warrior from Wakanda than this stunning sheath of sequin chain mail? I love the way this piece from Antonio Berardi exudes strength but remains fluid like liquid metal.
Viola Davis – Armani Privé Spring 2018 Couture
Viola’s stylist Elizabeth Stewart spills the the beans a little on Instagram the other day and said they were in fittings with Giorgio Armani! My guess it it will be something custom, but this look from his recent couture collection would be a great fit for her.
Andra Day – Givenchy Spring 2018 Couture
Andra has the coolest, most unique, vintage-influenced style. Lot’s of color and 1940’s influences. I would love to see her in this Givenchy skirt – one of my favorite recent runway looks.
Salma Hayek – Gucci Fall 2018 RTW
Salma almost always sticks with Gucci, one of the brands her husband’s company owns. And she almost always looks terrible. This years collection from Gucci was…an unwearable nightmarish hellscape, which made picking a look particularly challenging. This red silk number is the most wearable of the lot and would actually look much better on Salma’s dynamite figure than the high-collar Victorian stuff she’s been wearing lately. Obvious caveats about the terrifying knitwear ski mask.
Kelly Marie Tran – Monique Lhuillier Fall 2018 RTW
Kelly has had limited red carpet experience and is absolutely adorable and clearly very excited to have “made it”, so she must be super excited about her first Oscars! Per her and her stylists Instagram posts, she’s been trying to switch it up a bit with her style – I had a fabulous emerald Andrew Gn all picked out for her, but Allison Williams had to go and wear it to last nights Independent Spirit Awards! Instead, I will go with this super fun Monique Lhuillier polka dot gown.
Emma Stone – Vera Wang Fall 2018 RTW
Emma Stone recently signed a contract with Louis Vuitton, so she will likely wear something custom from creative director Nicolas Ghesquière. I almost universally hate Louis Vuitton’s recent red carpet endeavors, so I am not optimistic. She often chooses things that are more structural and menswear inspired, and while haven’t liked a Vera Wang in a LONG time, I could 100% see Emma in this.
Laura Dern – Ralph and Russo Spring 2018 Couture
Laura has had an interesting sartorial year. She used to be reliably good, but has made some missteps on the red carpet lately. Her taste is definitely more eccentric than I used to give her credit for, so while it might not be a popular choice, I am going to give her this slightly avant garde feathered look from Ralph and Russo, with the obvious request that she line the sheer bits.
Jennifer Garner- Badgley Mischka Fall 2018 RTW
Did you know Jen is returning to TV in a dark comedy from Lena Dunham on HBO!? As a die-hard “Alias” fan, I am beyond excited. As soon as I saw this gorgeous and elegant Badgley Mischka I could just picture her in it.
Zendaya- Zuhair Murad Spring 2018 Couture
Zendaya is an absolute fashion chameleon and predicting what she will try next is a fools errand. My favorite of her red carpet moments have always been when she’s gone BIG, so I would love to see her in this very princess-y Zuhair Murad ballgown.
Tiffany Hadish – Fausto Puglisi Fall 2018 RTW
Tiffany is another one with limited red carpet experience so it was tough to pick something based on her past style. She is an absolute riot and I wanted to pick something fun and bold for her. This Fausto Puglisi column dress packs a memorable punch for her first big awards show.
Taraji P. Henson – Azzaro Spring 2018 Couture
Taraji is all about sleek, dark, and sexy looks. This sparkling, leopard print Azzaro has more than enough glamour and drama for her.
Sandra Bullock – Reem Acra Fall 2018 RTW
I loved just about everything from this celestially themed collection from Reem Acra. This silhouette works really well on Sandra, and the moon and star detailing is a lot of fun.
Maya Rudolph – Valentino Spring 2018 Couture
Maya is there to support her husband, Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed “Phantom Thread” about a 1950’s couturier. As a nod to that, I’m going to put her in this beautifully simple Valentino with a lovely 1950’s silhouette. Some major jewels would really make this dress shine.
Emily Blunt – Dries Van Noten Fall 2018 RTW
I love this weirdly patterned dress. Emily has interesting taste and likes a column and a weird pattern.
Gina Rodriguez – Badgley Mischka Fall 2018 RTW
I love this luxurious, wintery Badgley Mischka gown. Gina seems to like a deep V neckline.
Jane Fonda – Zuhair Murad Spring 2018 Couture
Jane Fonda was possibly the easiest star to shop for. She loves Zuhair Murad, bright colors, sparkles, and sexy silhouettes that show she’s still got it going on.
Helen Mirren – Oscar de la Renta Fall 2018 RTW
Helen usually likes a ballgown silhouette, but I would love to see her switch things up a bit in this classically elegant Oscar de la Renta. I absolutely adore the silver leaf detailing.
Jodie Foster – Tadashi Shoji Fall 2018 RTW
Jodie is apparently on hand to present the Best Actress statuette with J. Law. She’s not a major red carpet presence, but I could see her in something simple like this royal blue Tadashi Shoji.
Ashley Judd – Jenny Packham Pre-Fall 2018
Ashley, Salma, and Anabella (below) will be presenting together and standing in solidarity as three of Harvey Weinstein’s most vocal accusers. I gave Ashley and Anabella two of my favorite recent Jenny Packham dresses because these women deserve to look phenomenal after all that they’ve been through.
Annabella Sciorra – Jenny Packham Pre-Fall 2018
This dress is all glamour and deserves to be worn by someone kickass and brave like Annabella.
Eiza González – Ralph and Russo
Eiza is a popular star in Latin America, but hasn’t quite broken out in the states yet. She would certainly make a statement in this stunning, watercolored gown from Ralph and Russo.
Daniela Vega – Andrew Gn
Daniela is a Chilean transgender actress who won much acclaim for her debut performance in “A Fantastic Woman” which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. I don’t know much about her taste, but I absolutely adore this gorgeous coral themed gown and had to give it to someone!