Male Box: Who Will Win Best Dressed? And The Award Goes To…

January 21, 2014 • Magazine, Male Box


The 86th Oscar nominations are out and the race to Red Carpet stardom is well on its way. While Hollywood stylists lose their minds trying to iron out the final details, I thought it would be fun for us to take a look at the nominees and the Fall 2013 Haute Couture to make our own fashion suggestions.

No actress is more of a fixture at the Academy Awards than Meryl Streep. This is her 18th nomination, having won 3 (so far), but I feel like she always wears exactly the same neckline on the red carpet. I would like to see her tweak it a little – literally – with this Christian Dior dress. The length may be a little “daytime” but the color is amazing and the asymmetrical neckline fits Streep’s ethos of not taking herself too seriously. Let’s see what the YouTube kiddies can do with this Dior…

Dame Judi Dench is nominated for her role in Philomena, set in the 1940s in England. I don’t think that she should take her red carpet cue from the mannish fashion of the period and I feel duty bound to remind her that being a “Dame” doesn’t mean she has to be dowdy. After all, Elizabeth Taylor was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2000 and she loved Versace. Dame Dench would do well to take a fashion risk with Chanel. Kaiser Karl’s current collection is full of romance and whimsy and I think this ethereal black evening gown would look fantastic on the diminutive Dench. I understand that “women of a certain age” are always concerned about being covered in the shoulder/upper arm area, but these sheer capelet sleeves are the perfect solution.

Amy Adams is nominated for her role in American Hustle. The category is Best Actress – not Best 70s fashion. I get the red carpet homage, but I’d like to see it read “now” and not “then.” Plus, this is her first Best Actress nomination and it’s time to step up her fashion game. This plum Atelier Versace gown will pop on the red carpet and the hook-and-eye construction will let her change the level of bareness throughout the evening.

Sandra Bullock is nominated for her role in Gravity where her wardrobe is decidedly unglamorous. I think she should draw red carpet inspiration from the spirit of exploration. Why not look like a glamorous alien visiting from Planet Fashion? This Valentino gown is as streamlined as any spaceship and the slit sleeves give just the perfect peekaboo glimpse of her much admired muscle tone.

Cate Blanchett is nominated her for thinly veiled portrait of Ruth Madoff in her prime. Let’s hope that she breaks the “curse” of having won Best Supporting Actress this season. The competition is stiff so she may as well win the fashion stakes in the moments leading up to the announcement of the winner. We can always count on her to take fashion risks, not Tilda Swinton-level risks, but risks none the same. I would love to see her in something from Christian Lacroix’s capsule collection for Schiaparelli which perfectly balances femininity and fashion as armor, a not-so-subtle nod to her previous Best Actress nominations for her recurring role as Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen. This classic column with the feathered bodice and beaded shoulder piece is the perfect armor to tackle the competition on the red carpet.

No matter who walks away with the golden statuette in March, we all know that the real stakes are on the red carpet. Who will win Best Dressed? Which looks will influence the upcoming Prom and Wedding fashion seasons? Stay Tuned…

Christian Dior Fall ’13 Couture for Meryl Streep

Chanel Fall ’13 Couture for Dame Judi Dench

Atelier Versace Fall ’13 Couture for Amy Adams

Valentino Fall ’13 Couture for Sandra Bullock

Schiaparelli Fall ’13 Couture for Cate Blanchett

–Joseph Ungoco

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