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February 22, 2013  | by: Leigh Badrigian
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Oscar has officially become a “golden oldie,” and this Sunday, our favorite gilded statue (he’s lucky David‘s made of marble) celebrates his 85th birthday at the most star-studded event of the year…the Academy Awards!

I’ve successfully gnawed my nails down to highly unattractive little stubs due to uncontrollable excitement! I’m dying to know who’ll be the night’s winners! Who will get the Oscar?!…The Oscar de la Renta, that is. And as far as I’m concerned, the woman that should win for “Best Performance in a Leading Role” is the one who can gracefully strut in seven-inch Louboutins while simultaneously sucking in her stomach and pretending she doesn’t want to kill that “well-respected” actor who just stepped on her custom-made-hundred-thousand-dollar-dress that’s due back to Mr. Armani by 9am the next morning.

Watching the Oscars is like watching a fashion show…one that I’m actually invited to! And although that little golden statue named Oscar may think the night’s all about him (though his ego isn’t the only one inflated in that room), the viewers know otherwise. It’s about the couture, daahling, the couture! For an actress, the only thing worse than not being awarded an Oscar is not being awarded “Best Dressed.” It’s every actress’s worst nightmare to get viciously (even worse, humorously) torn apart by Joan Rivers and her little Fashion Police minions!

So what if instead of the actors, actresses, and motion pictures winning the Oscar categories, the real scene-stealers (the gowns) are awarded the coveted prize? I haven’t actually seen all the nominated movies and performances and therefore can’t be a proper judge regarding those winners, but I have seen all the Spring 2013 Haute Couture shows and I’ve chosen my winning looks by category!

Zuhair Murad Best Actress Twitter (@LittleLauren)

Twitter (@LittleLauren)




Best Actress in a Leading Role: Look 14 – Zuhair Murad Spring 2013 It goes without saying that couture genius, Zuhair Murad, knows how to make a winning dress. However, this golden goddess of a gown takes the top prize for her flawless performance in his most recent show in Paris. She’ll take your breath away with her beauty, and I haven’t seen a fit that perfect in ages!







Valentino Best Supporting Actress (morganastyle)

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Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Look 48 – Valentino Spring 2013 Valentino is as synonymous with the Oscars as Mr. Oscar himself, and this silver stunner simply could not be ignored! Her embroidery is what caught the Academy’s attention. The metallic beauty told the press she spent countless hours crafting her skill. Her hard work clearly paid off.







Best Actor Armani Prive (instagram - lofficiel_sg)

Instagram (lofficiel_sg)




Best Actor in a Leading Role: Look 6 – Giorgio Armani Privé Spring 2013 This Armani couture piece was made to play the role of leading man. From head to toe every line, detail, and accessory is done to perfection. It makes a strong statement but doesn’t overact. It’s crisp, clean, and sharp, and the beautiful blue pattern takes the classic suit silhouette to the next level. It’s masculine and debonair, and it’s confident styling gives off an attitude that screams, “I am the shiz.”






Christian Dior Best Supporting Actor (morganastyle)

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Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Look 6 – Christian Dior Spring 2013 Sometimes it’s the subtle performance done so well that it’s perfect in its simplicity. A quick look and this black number looks like just an ordinary suit, but pay attention and you’ll see it’s a lot more special. The flawless tailoring, the hidden button, the perfectly placed seams, and a black that becomes not-so-basic when it’s done in a material that has a bit of a sheen. It may be a black suit, but it’s a black suit flawlessly executed.







Giambattista Valli Best Short Film (morganastyle)



Best Short: Look 15 – Giambattista Valli Spring 2013 It’s refreshing to see a young actor/actress (or a newbie) get nominated for an Oscar alongside veteran actors/actresses. It’s like when a short, little cocktail dress appears in a collection of long gowns. It’s a breath of fresh air. This Giambattista Valli look is whimsical, and it’s short length is so charming! It’s frilly, girly, young, modern, and oh-so-chic. (FYI: At this year’s Oscars, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are my short, little cocktail dresses.)







Jean Paul Gaultie (tenditrendy) Best Foreign

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Best Foreign Film: Look 45 (The Final Look) – Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2013 You can always count on creative genius, Jean Paul Gaultier, to be totally “out there.” For his Spring 2013 couture show he went all the way to India with a collection called, “Indian Gypsies.” Without a doubt this Indian-inspired wedding dress wins for Best Foreign Film. It’s totally gorgeous and it even comes with adorable Indian children! Oh Jean Paul…



Iris Van Herpen Best Visual Effects (morganastyle)

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Best Visual Effects: Look 11 – Iris van Herpen Spring 2013 I’m pretty sure this is, in fact, a robot from outer space, but it’s the coolest robot from outer space I have ever seen. It’s a dress that can transform into a highly deadly weapon! Look out because it’s seriously badass. This couture look blew my mind! Well done, Iris van Herpen!








Flickr (morganastyle)

Flickr (morganastyle)

Best Picture: Look 49 (The Final Look) – Elie Saab Spring 2013 Elie Saab is to haute couture what Steven Spielberg is to films. Simply put, he’s the best. Every single one of his collections (and I mean every one) is the embodiment of haute couture. Unbelievable craftsmanship, dream-like creations that are so exquisitely made they look poured on, and in fabrics so delicate the material looks like whipped air. At the end of a haute couture show, it’s common for the designer to serve up a magnificent wedding dress as the grand finale. This wedding dress from Elie Saab’s Spring 2013 collection takes the cake. Fashion and film…what a perfect marriage!

Don’t forget to tune in to the 85th Academy Awards this Sunday! Will you be watching to see who wins an Oscar or who wins “Best Dressed?”


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