Oscar dress predictions 2013 - what will the stars wear?
We're only a few days away from the Academy Awards 2013, so it's time for Catwalk Queen's resident Oscars obsessive (that'd be me, Gemma) to make a few predictions as to what the stars will be wearing on Sunday night. I do this every year and the results have varied wildly over the years - some years I've been spot on (down to the exact dress) and other year's I've missed the mark completely! It goes to know you can never really predict what celebrity stylists will do for the big night...but it's fun to have a go.
This year my predictions for some of the most stylish attendees have been split into three categories. Predictable - the kind of thing I expect the stars to wear if they're feeling particularly 'safe'. Possible - the kind of gowns they might take a risk on if I'm lucky. And Dream On! - the dresses I would absolutely love each star to take a chance on...though I don't really expect to see them on Sunday night.
Jessica Chastain is a bit of a wildcard, with a widely varied history of red carpet gowns behind her and no set style (though we've never seen her in a fishtail). She does tend to wear a lot of Alexander McQueen (including last year's Oscars dress) but though there are plenty of beautiful options should she choose Sarah Burton's designs once more, she's worn too much McQueen lately and we think she'll look elsewhere. Jessica's been known to wear lots of British-based designers, so perhaps she'll turn to Marios Schwab for something modern and just a little bit sexy? As for my dream dress for Jess, it has to be Oscar de la Renta's amazing embroidered purple creation. She proved last year that she can can pull off a big, ornate dress, and they don't get much better than this!
It's a pretty safe bet that Jennifer Lawrence will wear Dior Haute Couture to the Oscars. As the new face of Miss Dior she's the latest Dior celebrity mannequin, but the problem is she and Marion Cotillard have basically worn all the best stuff already to the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and BAFTAs. Perhaps she'll have a custom gown, or perhaps one of the pale pink or floral numbers from the Spring / Summer collection will end up being the choice? My money's on the strapless fishtail number, but secretly I'm hoping there's something better stashed away. If I were given the choice, I would ditch the Dior just this once and put her in Giles' incredible laser-cut gold leather and black number. Jennifer wore gold once before and looked incredible, and the cut of this dress would make the most of her tiny waist and killer curves.
Anne Hathaway is always a tough one to call - for every pared-back Armani moment there's been some romantic Marchesa. For every light, ethereal gown, we've also seen darker colours, yards of tulle and sexy splits. This is a star who's not afraid to take a risk or try something new, so I've got my fingers crossed for something amazing on Sunday night. If I were to take a punt, I'd guess she'll go down the soft and romantic route in couture - possibly something from Valentino. If she chooses more drama, Monique Lhuillier's green bejewelled gown would be unbelievable against her short and sexy new hairdo (and the colour is something new for Anne too). Secretly, I dream of Anne going for full-on drama in Antonio Berardi's amazing, structural cape-back dress. It would be both unexpected and unforgettable.
Jennifer Aniston's never been the most adventurous on the red carpet, but she always looks comfortable and chic. She almost always opts for either black or a pale shade of silver, cream or beige, and often goes for halter necks or strapless cuts. I think a safe bet for Jen would be something like the J. Mendel halter gown - a simple column shape and a bit of detail at the neckline, but nothing too showy. The only thing it's missing is a split - over recent years Jen's sexed things up a bit and likes to show off her legs. For something a bit more unexpected, perhaps Jen will turn to long-time fave Valentino? My 'possible' choice is bigger and more romantic than her usual choices, but it's still black and it's still strapless. Finally, we have the dream - some serious colour! It would be amazing to see Jennifer surprise everyone with a bright coloured dress, and this super-sexy number by Zuhair Murad would work beautifully with her sun-kissed hair and year-round tan.
Amy Adams tends to favour jewel colours, semi-shiny fabrics like heavy satin or crepe, and a bit of structure. So a classic Roland Mouret design would be a reliable if unsurprising choice for her. Green is one of her go-to colours, as it goes so well with her auburn hair. If she chooses to branch out and try a new designer, Zac Posen's structured satin gowns are made for her - the deep red one with a full mermaid skirt would look incredible and is a shape Amy's worn many times before. In terms of what I would choose for her, I'd go all out with a full-skirted fuchsia Marchesa gown, which brings together those design elements she loves, but with added 'wow' factor!