It's the Oscars tonight. Since our kids were born I really haven't gotten to many movies. If we're paying for a sitter, we're going to go to a nice dinner or out with friends rather than sit in a dark room and not talk to each other. While it's thrilling to watch the envelopes open, the names read, and the emotional reactions from the nominees, the part that I look forward to is the red carpet before the ceremony.
Red carpets in the 2017-2018 awards season are different, of course. Though the #MeToo movement started long before last year, it was the allegations against Harvey Weinstein that seem to have blown the entire issue wide open. Hollywood was talking. This year's Golden Globes were a highlight for me, both in fashion and in social commentary. Nearly everyone wore black in solidarity with victims or in silent protest of working conditions in their industry. There is an adage that creativity doesn't come from having no limits, it comes when you have very specific limits and have to figure out how to work within them. Black is really my favorite color in fashion and to see the variety of fabrics and silhouettes possible within that narrow color scope was a bit of a dream come true.
But now we're back and in living color. I don't know how the #MeToo movement will be addressed at Hollywood's most visible fashion moment tonight, but I have my hopes that it will continue to feature prominently in the discussion and conversation around the fashion and the ceremony itself.
On a purely sartorial level, here's my dream wishlist for what I'd love to see some of the nominees wear.
I'd love to see Best Actor nominees wearing, ABOVE, from left to right: Saoirse Ronan in this ethereal gown from Valentino's Spring 2018 Couture show, probably with a bit more lining in the skirt; Meryl Streep honoring Carolina Herrera's last runway show before retirement in this vibrant Herrera classic look from her final Fall 2018 RTW collection; Margot Robbie knocking socks off in this red lace stunner from Zuhair Murad's 2018 spring couture show; Sally Hawkins seems to like Dior but also something a bit more unusual, so I'd line her up with this absolutely gorgeous vintage Dior blue velvet and satin dress from 1946; and Frances McDormand in this rich nude sheath, also from Valentino's 2018 spring couture collection.
For Best Supporting Actor, here's hoping to see: Mary J. Blige in this black, red, blue, and purple dress from the 2018 spring couture collection (It's one of my favorites right now); Allison Janney in this impeccable patterned dress from Zuhair Murad's 2018 spring couture collection; Laurie Metcalf in this classic black Saint Laurent sheath with a WOW neckline, from Saint Laurent's Fall 2018 RTW collection; Octavia Spencer in a two-piece black Christian Siriano from his fall 2018 RTW (bonus points if she also does a flashy shoe like this model); and Lesley Manville, who seems to appreciate black like I do, would turn heads in this perfect white gown from Givenchy's 2018 spring couture show.
I should have included Greta Gerwig in my predictions; she may have a big night and there certainly are plenty of dresses left that I'd love to see. Alas! If I wait any longer, it won't be worth predictions at all! The countdown to the red carpet has already begun. What fashion trends do you think will be big tonight?