While Lhuillier is known for her stunning wedding gowns she often creates for star weddings, the designer also boasts an enviable array of gowns fit for A-listers. Oscar nominees and their stylists surely had their eyes on the runway as Lhuillier presented her Fall 2012 collection. Classic glamour met modernity in this collection as models donned sultry feminine pieces with a flare for the dramatic. The gowns were each more beautiful than the next, lavish in their detail but effortless in movement. Red was Lhuillier’s color of choice as it was displayed in everything from leather cocktail dresses, sheer blouses, full-length glittery gowns and even a printed daytime look. Lace and embellishment were another strong motif paired with black and gold to create a rich yet simple hue scheme.
Necklines were interestingly toyed with incorporating sheer black-tinted material and sexy cutouts creating modern edges to otherwise classic pieces. We wouldn’t be surprised if more than one starlet ends up in a Lhullier creation come the Academy Awards Show.
Color Palette: Dark classic reds, black, and Oscar gold.
Trends: Embellished lace, belted waists, liquid silhouettes, leather, and an understated opulence.
When girls close their eyes and dream, it’s of gowns that Marchesa makes. The favorite of such celebs as Blake Lively and Lea Michele, Marchesa’s undeniably feminie feminine frocks are, in a few words, to die for. Decadent, lavish, ornate and va-va-voom, we’re sure t be seeing Marchesa grace the red carpet this season. Like something out of a fairy tale, models floated down the runway in peekaboo lace bodices with huge tulle bottoms, feathered ethereal white dresses, flowing red and gold lace pieces and majestic ballgowns. There were shorter dresses as well, including a black creation with intricate cutouts, a white dress with feathered sleeves and a feathered hemline and a gold and white tulle masterpiece. Overall, no one does opulent femininity like Marchesa and this collection was no different.
Color Palette: Snowy white, deep red, gold, black, and a pop of teal.
Trends: Lush lace, intricate details, feathers, tulle, and sheer.
Oscar de la Renta
Oh, Oscar! The designer shares not only the same name as the statuette of the Academy Awards, but also their red carpet design philosophy. Mainly, drama and glamor. We can always count on Mr. De La Renta to put on a show, and did he ever deliver! Majestic in its own way, La Renta displayed an icy palette that matched all the ice adorned on his models… in other words they were all adorned with tons of jewelry. From bejeweled headbands and earrings with a slight antique feel, models looked like princesses as they walked the runway. The collection featured sophisticated ensembles imagined for a society crowd made modern. There were Baroque-esque patterned suit and jackets sets with frilly blouses, luxe coats with floral day dresses, and even patterned pants worn with a white blouse and a cozy sweater. Fear not, though, red carpet fashionistas, as La Renta also created breath-takingly dramatic gowns. We’re sure to see icy princesses off the runway very soon.
Color Palette: Icy blues, pinks, black and pops of red.
Trends: Larger than life princess gowns, proper suits, embellished pieces, Baroque prints and antique jewelry.
While red carpet regulars such as Lhuillier, Marchesa and La Renta went classic and fairy tale-esque, Khan provides a just as stunning but different evening alternative for A-listers come the Oscars. Inspired by his native India, his show-stopping collection was infused with exotic opulence that wowed the crowd. Textures were bold and prints were bright creating a can’t miss look we’re sure see on attention-grabbing actresses.
Metallic colored dresses looked like liquid gold and silver armor on the models. Ethnic prints on black fabric created standout gowns and black sashes were used to cinch waists. Black and and white together was a strong motif with many gowns boasting the combo in prints and mixed textures. Heavily embellished dresses were another key theme as large crystals ran along gowns to created sexy geometric lines. Feathers lined hems, sheer materials were used on sleeves, fringes were added tops and much more. Overall it was a stunningly well-mixed collection of textures, prints, and boldness.
Color Palette: Metallics like silver and gold. Black and white.
Trends: Heavily mixed textures, embellished everything, ethnic prints, feathers and black sash belts.