When selecting a dress for Page, I opted for Zac Posen, a downtown, hip, edgy designer who has catapulted stars to best-dressed lists with his luxurious but cool designs. Last year, Gwyneth Paltrow was luscious and sleek in the '40s-inspired bisque color gown Posen gave her. He and I shared a great time at Elton John's sexy Oscar gala watching our hot clients strut their stuff. He is also responsible for many of the ultrachic looks of Rihanna, pop music's latest sensation.
Ellen Page/Zac Posen
I chose this Goth-inspired gown for Page because it's glamorous but not too fairy princess. It says, "I can rock this red carpet like the rest of Hollywood, but I'm going to rock it my way!" She's not wearing her mother's gown, though vintage might have been an interesting route for this Oscar fashion novice. I often see Page in black, so I felt that the color worked and she would feel comfortable. If you don't dress your star with her style personality in mind, it will never work. And even then, sometimes you miss … but at least your client felt good and, after all, that's what fashion is for!
Julie Christie has been in the Oscar race before and she actually won the Golden God in 1965 for her role in "Darling." As a prepubescent boy, I had a crush on her in a Mrs. Robinson sort of way. In "Shampoo," sharing the screen with Warren Beatty, she was the epitome of sexy … and still is. Her classic beauty has not dulled over the years; it's simply incandescent.
This year, Christie's up for best actress for her part in "Away From Her" directed by another actress many years her junior, Sarah Polley. Christie plays an Alzheimer's patient whose emotional path pulls at your heart strings. Her performance has already won many critics' choice awards and a Golden Globe.
While watching the Monique Lhuillier show at New York City Fashion Week earlier this month, I fell in love with three gowns — a vibrant green satin number, a flowing aubergine number and one elegant and romantic creation that instantly took my breath away. The black and gray ombre coloration is a subtle but modern twist on a regal look.
Julie Christie/Monique Lhuillier
Of course, it would have a matching long chiffon scarf created and worn backwards to drape and to cover the arms, neck, or even cleavage as many of the more elegant leading ladies opt not to let all their assets be exposed. At past award presentations, Christie has gone for minimalist, low-maintenance glamour but on Oscar night, every damsel has the right to dazzle.
Linney is an actor's actress. This three-time Oscar nominee (this year as best actress for "The Savages") is a consummate professional. She consistently delivers on screen as well as on the red carpet. Not a tabloid darling, she is extremely talented and is no slouch when it comes to fashion. Linney always seems to opt for classic, high-end designers like Prada, Armani, Michael Kors and Vera Wang, so the uberchic house of J. Mendel was the perfect place to pick a dress for her.
Gilles Mendel has infused the brand with glamour by adding fabulous ladies-who-lunch looks and goddess gowns to the iconic label. "Entertainment Tonight's" Cojo (Steven Cojocaru) and I oohed and aahed as one ultrachic look after another floated down the runway at the newly renovated Plaza Hotel Ballroom this past Fashion Week. From the first entrance, I knew his collection would mesmerize me with some marvelous frock.