Nominees for the 90th Oscars have been announced and many of this year’s leading ladies have one thing in common: they don’t play designer favorites. Many of them have not one but a handful of favorite labels apiece. So which will they choose to wear on Hollywood’s biggest night? Find our designer nominations below.
The Lady Bird star has a very good chance of winning the Best Actress award but predicting who she will wear is a bit trickier. At past awards shows she has preferred graceful V neckline pieces from Saint Laurent, Lanvin, and more.
Although Valentino and Schiaparelli are among the few labels Saoirse hasn’t yet brought to a major spotlight, we’re willing to go out on a limb and say she might tap into one of these Italian brands. In the first place, because she likes to try something new, and in the second place, because both houses have been playing with the classy silhouette she loves best.
Up for Best Director, Greta Gerwig is a fan of Italian brands. Bottega Veneta and Fendi have made up much of her wardrobe in the past, and her absolute favorite is Gucci.
However, she’s also been known to wear Proenza Schouler. And the New York-based label has recently been working with the sort of flowy skirt and tied bodice that Greta adores. So here again, our money’s on another wildcard: here’s betting Greta will opt for custom Proenza Schouler on March 4.
So, contrary to what we said earlier, there’s one nominee who actually does have a favorite label and rarely wears anything else. Octavia Spencer is almost never seen in anything but Tadashi Shoji. (Admittedly, she’s been known to take Marchesa to the red carpet. But let’s just say we doubt we’ll be seeing anything from that brand on March 4 and leave it at that.) So unless she throws us a curve ball, Tadashi Shoji is basically a shoe-in for Octavia.
However, never say never. We wouldn’t be overly shocked to see the Shape of Water star in Lanvin, Givenchy, or another megabrand known for exceptionally exquisite gowns. Especially if the dress in question features luxuriously wrapped satin.
Discrete yet willing to take a fashion risk here and there, Meryl Streep is a fan of elegant maisons like Lanvin, Givenchy, and Valentino. We fully expect to see her in a fairly regal floor length gown on the Academy Awards red carpet. However, this member of Hollywood royalty also has a known soft spot for Issey Miyake. It’d make our night if she showed up in an abstract creation from the masterful Japanese designer.
Here’s another tricky one. Nominated for her performance in I, Tonya, Margot Robbie could show up to the Oscars wearing just about anything. Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein — she’s worn all these designers and more.
She’s chosen Chanel and Miu Miu so far this awards season, but since she clearly likes to keep fans guessing, she’s unlikely to repeat either for the Oscars. She also wears a lot of Gucci, but we suspect she won’t opt for the Italian phenomenon for awards season’s grand finale. As for what she will wear, your guess is as good as ours. That said, we think it’s likely she’ll go for wow factor as opposed to subtle understatement. Just call it a hunch.
Of all celebrities, Emma Watson has taken the lead on drawing attention to the need for environmental reform within the fashion industry. She has partnered with Eco-Age to raise awareness by wearing only eco friendly ensembles on the red carpet. The Beauty and the Beast has been double nominated for Production Design and Costume Design this year, so we can expect the Harry Potter alum to grace this year’s Oscars red carpet.
As for what she’ll wear, look to brands known for their commitment to environmental sustainability, such as Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, or even Tom Ford. A custom creation from Oscar de la Renta wouldn’t be out of the question, either. No matter which label she goes with, you can be sure Emma’s outfit will be eco friendly. It’ll probably be monochromatic too, unless she surprises us all by channelling her inner Disney princess with a bright yellow ball gown. — jas