Here’s What The New York Times Wants Everyone To Wear To The Oscars

In case we’d allowed you to forget, the Oscars are coming right around the corner, and everyone and their mother is already placing bets on what some of the top-billed actresses in the business are going to wear on the red carpet. Including New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn.

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In a blog post this week, Horyn lamented the sad fact that there’s not often a lot of couture on the Oscar red carpet, even though a lot of it is really good stuff basically begging to be worn in beautiful ways by beautiful women. She notes that most actresses and stylists have to deal with an overwhelming amount of politics when selecting a dress — or fighting for one, what have you — but reiterates her position that Rooney Mara can basically get any dress she wants. And she’s subtly encouraging other actresses to get themselves some couture, too. So long as it’s not a fishtail dress.

I can’t remember another couture season that inspired so many thoughts about what the current crop of nominees might wear to the Oscars. Obviously, Rooney Mara has had something to do with that, because Ms. Mara, with her boyish frame and severe haircut, is something of an editor’s dream. A lot of people at the shows were immediately thinking that a Givenchy dress, with its punk and Deco overtones, would be perfect for her. I agree, but I wonder if that’s a bit of type-casting. Because of her black hair, I can also see her in one of Chanel’s blue-beaded halter dresses with pleated silk sleeves. The samples I’m referring to are Nos. 47, 49 and 51. The look is tough but, as well, there is an underlying sophistication.

The only other actress Horyn actually name checks is Viola Davis, nominated for her performance in The Help — she suggests look 31 from Jean Paul Gaultier‘s show would look good on her, as would number 35 from Giambattista Valli.

Take a look at her suggestions below and tell us what you think your favorite star will wear to the Oscars in the comments section.

[The New York Times]

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