Playing Dress Up with Oscar's Glamour Girls

Saoirse Ronan

At the age of 13, Ronan is one of the academy's youngest nominees. She's up for an Oscar for her supporting role in "Atonement." For someone so young, the challenge is to be pretty, yet age-appropriate. Make a statement by whispering "I'm chic," not by screaming "I'm a fashion victim." Often young nominees look like Barbie dolls or fairy princesses gone amok at a little girl's costume shop. But you can actually find pretty yet appropriate dresses from many of today's greatest designers.

Giambattista Valli is one of Milan's rising stars in the world of fashion and he is quickly becoming a must-have among Hollywood's younger it girls. I particularly love the soft romantic ethereal quality of this angelic gown. The powder blue is as delicate as Ronan's diminutive features and yet this gown could be easily worn by someone with a little more experience like Kate Hudson or Kate Beckinsale.

Saoirse Ronan/Giambattista Valli

The emphasis on dressing a younger nominee should always be on beauty. Ostentatiousness is so passé. So Ronan, a delicate diamond pendant and a small but sparkly pair of blue diamond earrings from DeBeers is just what Dr. Phil Bloch, your fashion therapist, prescribes for this year's 80th annual Oscars ceremony. Perhaps we'd set your bling in gold to match your future statue. You go, girl!

For more Bloch visit www.phillipbloch.com.

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