Every year, the film-loving community comes to a complete standstill as the Olympics of the silver screen rolls on by. The Academy Awards is probably the glitziest and most glamorous of the award shows and the Oscar is the most coveted man.
We’ve seen Lupita Nyong’o stand her ground as a slave, Sandra Bullock rough it up in outer space, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence hustle in the 70s, Cate Blanchett spiral out of control and Meryl Streep tower over everyone as an acid-tongued matriarch, but what we really want to see is what they will be wearing on the red carpet. Fashion and film merge on the red carpet on March 2, 2014 (March 3, 2014 local) and we’re pretty sure it will be a feast for the eyes.
This time around we got to thinking: what if Philippine fashion took over the Oscars red carpet? We took the liberty to imagine what our favorite nominated actresses would wear from the recent Philippine Fashion Week Summer 2014 presentations. Let’s play a game of dress-up shall we?
Color favors the rich and beautiful skin tone of Best Supporting Actress nominee Lupita Nyong’o. We envision the svelte and spirited 12 Years As A Slave actress wearing the one-sleeved hot pink number by Lyle Ibanez. Shocking as it is in color, the no-nonsense silhouette is conservative with that proper hint of skin. Gold accessories are a fitting punctuation to the look, which may include her possible Oscar!
The face of the House of Dior usually goes for a tube gown that opens up at the bottom. Perfectly highlighting her shoulders and framing her face, the luxe deep teal number by Martin Bautista is the perfect fit for American Hustle’s Jennifer Lawrence. Add a blinding pair of earrings, an appropriately sized clutch, and she’s good to go—on her way to maybe accepting her second consecutive Oscar. This woman is on fire.
Her beaming megawatt smile aside, America’s sweetheart is not too flashy when it comes to her red carpet fare. We will keep things simple for her because she is Julia Roberts after all. Hugging her svelte frame in all the right places, while showing just a touch of skin by exposing the clavicles, the black Lyle Ibanez and Anthony Ramirez gowns are refined and elegant for the August: Osage Country star.
The other female force in American Hustle, Amy Adams has proven that she is the next great leading lady of Hollywood. A consistent star on the red carpet, she is not afraid to play and experiment with her look. The jumping point is her fair skin and bright red hair. A perfect complement to her skin tone and canvas to her tresses, the lilac lace ensemble by Albert Andrada is airy and utterly romantic while the sleek Raoul Ramirez number evokes 70s glitz and glamour.
Cate Blanchett’s tour de force performance on Blue Jasmine was a beautiful irony that unfolded on the big screen. Where it was a masterful display of restraint and skill, it was also a perfect offset to her undeniable beauty and her character’s psyche. A muse for many fashion designers and a regular on the best-dressed list, Cate Blanchett can do no wrong. We believe she has the chutzpah and frame to pull off the sweeping powder blue gown of Oz Go or the delicate elegance of Lizanne Cua’s soft yellow dress.
She defied gravity in her almost one-woman performance as a stranded astronaut in space; Sandra Bullock has definitely outdone herself this time. We only had one choice for her – the blush and black gown by Anthony Ramirez. With the body to pull off the sporty top and a femininity to carry the frills of the lower half, only Sandra Bullock can knock this look out to space.
Queen Meryl doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone. She is the standard of Hollywood and the world of film. A true chameleon, she once again proved she is in a league of her own as a biting, toxic matriarch in the big screen adaptation of the novel and play, August: Osage County. Favoring the conservative but nonetheless regal and elegant route, Meryl Streep likes to stay undercover. We can see her rocking the embellished short-sleeved column gown by Raoul Ramirez or the poetic draped number by Vania Romoff that sensually frames the shoulders. We have no doubt that whatever she wears or whether she wins or not, she will still be the biggest star of the night. Long live the queen of movies, we say. — Angelo Ramirez de Cartagena
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