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The Academy Awards // Fashion Nominees

Let’s cut to the chase here, on the surface the Oscar’s claim to be all about movies – but we all know the truth, they’re really about the fashion. And when it comes to big wins, the biggest always come on the red carpet. This year there are dozens of amazing gowns just dying to make the cut, dreaming of their moment in the spotlight, their shot at making the best best-dressed list. So, here we go – my nominees for the best dresses for the red carpet event of the year:

Jenny Packham
A favorite of my favorite, Princess Kate, Jenny Packham has some gorgeous, girly offerings for the red carpet. I can’t decide which of these looks I like best: the classic but bold crimson number, or one of the more playful nude-illusion looks, can you? 
Marchesa
A staple of red carpet season, Marchesa always makes just about every best-dressed list, and with the gowns being offered-up here I can’t see this year being an exception. I love the idea of a mustard colored dress for the Oscars – it’s like liquid gold, like you melted an Oscar statue and decided to wear it, chic. Also, I’m pretty sure that if Meryl Davis was going she’d totally wear that middle look. 
Prabal Gurung
Alright, here’s the deal. These are a little risky. But – just a little. Is a cut-out canceled out by a turtle neck? Maybe. Does that make it it more or less risque? Either way, that element of intrigue has me itching to see these beauties on the red carpet. 
Elia Saab
Elie Saab has always designed show stoppers, some that are safe and others that have that Oscar edge. This white one-sleeved peplum look – perfection! A Fuchsia ball gown, where else are you going to wear that if it’s not to the Oscars?? 
Oscar de la Renta 
Someone will always wear Oscar to the Oscars. Here are my 2014 nominees for the big night. I adore the playfulness of these 2 gowns. They still have a classic sophistication but they are also fun, and I think we should have a little more fun on the red carpet, because why not??  
Monique Lhuillier
And the award for best drama goes to… these stunners. If (who am I kidding, WHEN) someone steps on to the red carpet in either of these she will instantly make every best dressed list. These are like the Titanic of dresses (b/c of all the Oscars Titanic won, not b/c of any ice bergs…). You can try to argue with me, but you will be wrong. 
Armani Privé
These babies tend to be controversial because of their slightly over-the-top nature. But I think my selection here have some great potential – if styled correctly. Keep it simple and let the dress steal the show. I have a feeling that The Fashion Police will brand the dress on the right a “figure skating costume gone wrong” but I really thing that on the right person it could totally work. (That’s 2 figure skating references in 1 blog post, too much??)
So there you have it. Do you think any of these beauties will make the cut? Who do you think will wear them? (4 days until we find out!! eeeek!!) 

xoxCrissie
*All image via Style.com


Princess Lessons

Now that we are in full-on winter chill mode,  it’s time to do a little coat shopping. And who better to draw inspiration from than HRH The Duchess of Cambridge? She knows how to pick the most flattering winter wear, always appearing in ladylike numbers that chinch at the waist.
Here are a few Kate style coats to keep you warm & chic this winter.

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xoxCrissie