The Academy Awards are not only a huge night for those nominated, but also for the designers who dress them! During New York Fashion Week, we asked designers to tell us which gowns from their fall 2013 collections they’d love to see on the Oscars’ red carpet, and all of them were quick to give us their top picks. “I’m sure any designer would love to have a great Oscars moment!” Christian Siriano told InStyle.com when we caught up with him backstage at his show. “There are so many actresses that I love and support.” Indeed! Click through to see the exact gowns Siriano, plus (from left to right) Zac Posen, Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, Badgley Mischka, and more picked—and keep your eyes on our red carpet coverage, starting this Sunday at 6 pm, to see what Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, and all the other nominees choose to wear for their big night!
Naeem Khan had some of his biggest fans sitting front row at his fall 2013 runway show—and they just so happen to be Mr. and Mrs. Matt Damon. The actor, fresh off launching his World Water Day campaign, did not hold back on his supportive feelings for his pal’s handiwork, emphatically clapping, cheering, and smiling as each look passed him by. “Wow, this is amazing!” we saw him say to his wife, particularly about the final three crystal-covered slip and column gowns, shown above. “It’s lots of details, things molded to the body, and luxurious materials,” Khan told InStyle.com before the show of his opulent creations that caused jaw-dropping reactions. “We’re using pearls and crystals. Even the laces from France are amazing and the embroideries are each done by hand with silk threads and gold threads.” We can see why it was worth the wow!
Plus, see other stars who sat front row at New York Fashion Week.
As summer transitions into fall, there’s one silhouette celebrities keep reaching for—the ultra-deep V. “I’m always trying to push the boundaries,” Jenna Dewan-Tatum told InStyle.com of her Naeem Khan look at the designer’s fashion show during New York Fashion Week. “Everyone always tries to hold me back, like, ‘Jen, be a little bit more closed.’ This is my nice happy medium.” Zoe Saldana (in Gucci), Nicole Richie (in Maria Lucia Hohan), Lea Michele (in Emilio Pucci), and Malin Akerman (in J. Mendel) seem to agree, all wearing their own interpretations of the exposed look in the past two weeks. “The deep V is a tricky look to pull off but it really plays to proportion and lengthens the body,” celebrity stylist Taylor Jacobson, who dresses Kate Beckinsale and Ashley Benson, told InStyle.com. Her tip: “Make sure to try on before you buy, and stick to delicate jewelry pieces to keep the look classy.” (You’ll notice each of the stars above are necklace-free, hint hint.) Dewan-Tatum also suggests walking out the door with some extra confidence. “You just have to work it,” she said. “Just own it. It doesn’t matter what your shape is. Everyone can wear a version of this and feel comfortable.” Inspired yet? Go for it!
See the other skin-baring trend, thigh-high slits!
— Sharon Clott and Lindzi Scharf
Our favorite outfits of this week—pulled from our Look of the Day top picks—show off the colors that look good on everyone (black, navy, neutrals) in fresh new ways. Our top five include: Jennifer Garner in a navy dress with black leather insets, Kate Beckinsale in a dramatic Naeem Khan embroidered gown, Camilla Belle in a Jason Wu black floral frock, and two appearances by Jessica Biel—one for her Giambattista Valli white couture design and another for her watercolor pastel Christian Cota two-piece. Tell us your favorite look by voting in the poll! More
New York-based designer Naeem Khan enjoyed some one-on-one time with his star fans at a private dinner he hosted at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. The designer, shown with Angie Harmon, dressed each of the attendees in one of his creations: Jordana Brewster in a taupe and turquoise printed pleated number, Ellie Kemper in an olive and sand dropped-waist crystal beaded dress, Harmon in a turquoise chiffon and lace embroidered caftan, The Help star Ahna O’Reilly in a white faille dress with gold circle lace-applique, and Julie Bowen in a sleeveless ostrich feather mini. It was an especially special evening for The Office and Bridesmaids star Kemper, who celebrated her 32nd birthday yesterday. See more stars at last night’s hottest events in the gallery.
New York Fashion Week may be winding down, but it’s not slowing down one bit! Maria Menounos surprised the crowd at Pamella Roland by walking the runway, while Jessica Alba, Paula Patton and Amber Heard lent their support to designer pal Michael Kors. Naeem Khan showed a collection fit for the red carpet, with looks covered in hand-applied silver embellishments. See more of the most exciting Fashion Week news in the gallery!
Reporters and photographers swarmed Matt Damon and wife Luciana Barroso as they entered the Naeem Khan fashion show today, making his first-ever New York Fashion Week experience an intense one. “This is my very first show of my life,” Damon told InStyle.com. “I don’t know what to expect! But it’ll be great because it’s coming from Naeem.” The couple, who held hands during the entire show, is friends with the designer. See more news from the front lines—including Dakota Fanning, Marc Jacobs, and Kate Middleton-favorite Jenny Packham—in the gallery!
— Sharon Clott, with reporting by Nakisha Williams
Naya Rivera said yes to altering her dress! The Glee actress attended last night’s SAG Awards wearing a beaded spring 2012 Naeem Khan gown with a sexy tweak—no sleeves! “While I am loving long sleeves these days, I felt that Naya should show a bit of skin,” the designer told InStyle.com. “She is young so I didn’t want her to be too covered up.” Rivera couldn’t be happier with the look. “I really loved the color. I’ve never worn baby blue before and I like the silhouette,” she told us on the red carpet. So, what do you think of the alteration?
Plus, see everyone’s SAG Awards outfits!
— Lindzi Scharf