Sandra Bullock. Photo: Steve Granitz, WireImage.com
Hollywood's biggest night is fast approaching, and we've got some Oscars predictions
of a different kind. Six top celebrity stylists -- Anya Sarre, Michael O'Connor, Jessica Paster, Lindsay Albanese, Phillip Bloch and Jamee Gidwitz -- give us their take on what acting's elite should wear to the Oscars
The Client: Sandra Bullock (Best Actress nominee for "The Blind Side"
Anya Sarre: "I'd love to see her in a vibrant color or white
. White is a huge trend in award shows this season and she hasn't worn it yet. It stands out in a sea of black and looks great with gold accessories--like a gold statue! I might put her in Angel Sanchez
(he did her wedding gown). Or Alexander McQueen
, which she got great feedback from after the SAG Awards."
Jessica Paster: "I've dressed her for the Academy Awards (in a winter white dress with feathers at the bottom from Oscar de la Renta). I'd love to see her in something feminine and girly
. Oscar again, Zac Posen, Christian Dior, or Jason Wu
could be beautiful."
Lindsay Albanese: "She wore dark, bold colors to the last two award shows so I'd love to see her in something softer. Maybe a one-shoulder
-inspired romantic dress from Marchesa or Versace
. She's very small and petite--pretty much a stylist's dream to dress. "
Jamee Gidwitz: "She'd look great in chiffons or something flowy
. I'd choose something from Collette Dinnigan, Alberta Ferretti, or Vera Wang
. She should wear something that evokes her inner personality, a more feminine, silhouette, maybe in lavender or silver
Helen Mirren. Photo: Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images
The Client: Helen Mirren (Best Actress Nominee for "The Last Station")
Sarre: "I would love to see her in something navy, with classic, clean lines. Very simple and very elegant."
Michael O'Connor: "She has a lot of stature in Hollywood and is not afraid of style and not afraid to be out there. Even for a mature woman, she isn't afraid of deep cleavage
, and she likes jewelry and things with color
. I have a piece that would be perfect for her from designer JW Currens
Paster: "I dressed her when she wore Armani off-the-shoulder. I think she's one of the most beautiful women out there. I'd put her in a beautiful gold dress with little capped sleeves
that shows the chest area. Maybe something by Badgley Mischka or Michael Kors
Albanese: "She should stick with a solid color
, something sexy and body-conscious, rather than overdoing the accessories and choosing a printed gown. I'd love to see her in navy or charcoal grey
. A low-cut sweetheart neckline and something very fitted at the waist would be really flattering on her, something gorgeous from Donna Karan or Calvin Klein
Bloch: "She's the chicest nicest woman, and so classy and elegant. She embraces fashion and dressing for her body, finding things that accent the waist and show off her cleavage
. She loves Vivienne Westwood
. She's very in touch with her sensuality and dressing is very reflective of sensuality.
Gidwitz: "She likes to keep it clean, she has a fabulous figure and she always looks like she's having fun on the red carpet. I see her in an Angel Sanchez or Lanvin
, both of which would be age appropriate but not over the top but not stoic. She doesn't accessorize and keeps things relatively subdued and covered up. She is comfortable in black but would it would be great to see her in blue or a scarlet red
Gabourey Sidibe. Photo: Jon Furniss, WireImage.com
The Client: Gabourey Sidibe (Best Actress nominee for "Precious")
Sarre: "David Meister
is a designer she's favored in the past. She's worn him and looked fabulous. He'll custom-make her something for the biggest night of her life -- and she needs to have the most fabulous dress she's ever worn. She wears and loves color. She should go with an embellished metallic or dark jewel tone. Or maybe fuchsia
, which is a big trend."
O'Connor: "I recently dressed Gabourey
for the AFI luncheon (in a red dress and Erica Courtney diamond necklace). It worked because the shape of the pendants on the necklace was the exact shape as the neckline. She requires a piece that has some stature, like a statement necklace
from Gem Platinum."
Paster: "This is her first time at the rodeo and it's really exciting for her. She should wear something fun and age appropriate, maybe from Cynthia Rowley or Jill Stuart
in a young color like a darker purple, green or a pretty taupe
Albanese: "I'd love to see her in red
. It's not only a power color, it's her color-she looks stunning in it. She does a lot of bright jewel tones. Also, a long sleeve
is more flattering on her."
Bloch: "Everyone who has been dressing her hasn't worked well with her body. I'd like to put a belt
on her or something dark in the center to define the waist. She has a nice neckline -- maybe put her in something off-the-shoulder, maybe an empire neckline
. A green
color might be nice."
Gidwitz: "She'd be great in Naeem Khan
. She should take the world by surprise and wear something by Viktor and Rolf
, something that gets people to sit up and take notice."
UPDATE: Stylist Linda Medvene told USA Today that she took client Sidibe for a fitting at Marchesa this week. We'll see if she ends up wearing the designer on the big night!
Meryl Streep. Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto, Getty Images
The Client: Meryl Streep (Best Actress nominee for "Julie & Julia")
Sarre: "This is Meryl
's time to shine. She should be in a classic, elegant, Old Hollywood
look. I can see her in red
, with a plunging neckline, and draped in back-maybe something from Armani or Valentino
. It's her time to stand out in a bold color."
O'Connor: "With her fair hair, she can benefit from color. I'm bringing out some great rich, gemstone
pieces from Chad Allison
in the hope that I can meet with her."
Paster: "She dresses herself. I love that she wore Balenciaga
for SAG. She's at the point in her life where she's working because she enjoys it and she's having so much fun. I'd put her in Alberta Ferretti
or something soft and pretty, like a light coral or pretty pink
Albanese: "I love that she doesn't feel she has to take crazy risks to look nice. I would love to see her in a color and something romantic, maybe an off-the-shoulder or one-sleeve
that's long and flowy, leaving the other arm bare--possibly from Ralph Lauren or Donna Karan
. But nothing too busy."
Gidwitz: "A simple Oscar de la Renta
gown would be beautiful. I would love to see her in some really fabulous jewelry, that would be new for her, something showstopping and amazing. She tends to dress conservatively so I'd throw on a big jewel
, probably a necklace."
Penelope Cruz. Photo: Carlos Alvarez, Getty Images
The Client: Penelope Cruz (Best Supporting Actress nominee for "Nine")
Sarre: "She's worn a lot of black this award season so I believe she's saving her color for the Oscars. She would look great in plum or purple
--maybe a one-shoulder
dress, which are here to stay through next fall."
really likes rich, vibrant color and looks great in it. I have a pair of earrings with her in mind from Leticia Linton
, a new designer from Brazil. They have really great color gemstones set in platinum -- perfect!"
Paster: "Penelope is a vision. She did the princess look last year and would look great in something fun and sexier, maybe in a lighter color
. Elie Saab
would be gorgeous and she does well with Alaia
Albanese: "No more black! She has worn black to the last two award shows. I'd love to see her in a power color. With her skin tone she can wear yellow, orange, or red
. She's been looking kind of sweet; I would love to see her in something vampy
, maybe in Basel Soto
(a Paula Abdul repeat offender!)"
is brilliant for her. I love that she saw a gown and bought it [for last year's Oscars] -- it's a great story."
Gidwitz: "I would love to see her in vintage
-- she's worn Lily et Cie
-- or in a saucy but elegant, body conscious concoction by Fendi, Galliano or Dior
. Possibly a bias cut with a fabulous spilling bottom from knee down in pink coral
. She wears ruffles tulle very well.
And the Stylists had a few additional Oscar night predictions for other A-listers:
Nicole Kidman. Photo: Gabriel Bouys, AFP/Getty Images
"I'm partially dressing Mary Hart from Entertainment Tonight. She's actually letting America act like her stylist and pick her Oscar gown for her." --Sarre
"If I had a chance to work with Angelina Jolie, I would have a little more fun with her. She usually just wears a black gown or something simple. I would up the ante a bit. I'd love to see her in something fun like Christian Dior." --Paster
"Cate Blanchett will probably end up wearing Armani, which she's been wearing and it's been suiting her well." --Paster
took a risk for the SAG awards and wore something that wasn't so important. She dresses beautifully but needs more drama -- something fun like an Oscar de la Renta." --Paster
"I would love to see Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen. She also looks beautiful in L'Wren Scott
"Anne Hathaway would look beautiful in Valentino. She's a huge fan and she wears it beautifully. I can also see her in Marchesa but that's a safer red carpet option." --Gidwitz
"I would love to see Kate Hudson
in something fabulous by Givenchy, but not white since she just wore it. She's fair but she can tan so she looks great in yellow, black or white." --Gidwitz
"I would love to see Maggie Gyllenhaal
take a risk on the carpet this year. She should push the envelope in Gaultier, Lacroix or even Emmanuel Ungaro." --Albanese
"I'm praying Anna Kendrick wears her hair down. I would love to see her in stark white, Kelly green or navy, from Dolce and Gabbana, Elie Saab, or Emilio Pucci." --