NYFW 2014: We Pick Our Six Favorite Gowns for the Oscars

02/14/2014 at 01:30 PM ET

Now that New York Fashion Week is over, PeopleStyleWatch.com editors — and our Celeb Style Council member Louise Roe! — have combed through all the different runway looks to select our top picks for the 2014 Oscars. From one major cape moment to the Oscar de la Renta gown we’re banking on, see all the designs we predict will hit the red carpet on March 2.

Jenny Packham, KaufmanFranco, Ralph Lauren Gowns, Oscars Dresses PicksGetty (3)

Bronwyn Barnes, Senior Style Editor: Jenny Packham’s fall collection was inspired by the ultra-glam ’70s style of Bianca Jagger. This scarlet gown combines Bianca’s sexy Studio 54 vibe with Jean Harlow’s signature 1930s bombshell look, making it fit for an It girl. Speaking of fit, you’ve got to have an amazing body and boundless confidence to pull it off — to say that satin is unforgiving is a major understatement. Though Packham’s dresses have been worn by everyone from Angelina Jolie to Helen Mirren (and the divine Duchess Catherine), no A-list actress has ever walked the Oscars red carpet wearing one of her designs. I say it’s about time.

Andrea Lavinthal, Style & Beauty Director: I completely ignored the instructions to pick a gown that we’d love to see on an Oscar nominee, and instead chose a dress that I’d love to see on myself, should my invitation to the awards show finally arrive. After looking at dozens of designer gowns, I decided on this metallic KaufmanFranco one. For starters, it’s shimmery, which means it’ll look dazzling both in photos and in real life (“better in person” is never a good thing). Plus, like Gwyneth Paltrow, I’m a big fan of the sternum and love wearing plunging looks to show it off. The only thing missing from this dress? Piles of borrowed diamonds to accessorize it. Are you listening, Harry Winston?

Zoë Ruderman, Senior Style Editor: There are a few things we’re guaranteed to see on Oscars night: Nominee Pharrell’s Smokey the Bear hat, a braided updo, Jennifer Lawrence in a Dior gown and lastly, a cape. Sure, it doesn’t feel like a red carpet staple (yet), but after Gwyneth Paltrow wore one two years ago and Lupita Nyong’o followed superhero suit at the Globes last month, I’d be shocked if at least one star didn’t wear a cape. And this gray Ralph Lauren design is the perfect way to do it. Because, in addition to being stunning, the plunging dress underneath stands on its own. So, if all the Tweets on Oscars night are along the lines of, “What the hell is with that awful cape @celebhandle is wearing?” she can quickly untie it and toss it to her publicist. But if the Tweets are more like, “Omigod #hotcape” with a bunch of heart-eyed emojis (more likely), she can leave it on for the whole red carpet, on stage to accept her statue and right onto the dance floor at the afterparties.

Monique Lhuillier, Zac Posen, Oscar de la Renta gowns, New York Fashion WeekGetty (3)

Louise Roe, Celeb Style Council Member and TV Host: I went to the Monique Lhuillier show, and it’s one of my favorite shows because the dresses often end up on the red carpet during awards season. I wore a red Monique dress to the Golden Globes this year — such amazing designs! There were two dresses that really stood out, and I put money on the fact that this long printed one will appear at the Oscars. Perhaps on Sandra Bullock or Cate Blanchett. I can see them both rocking this look in very different ways.

Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor: Sometimes I like to pretend I’m a celebrity stylist who sits front row at all the big Fashion Week shows to scout out dresses for my celebrity clients. Does anyone else play this game? Just me? Moving on, if I was said stylist I’d totally make sure I was at the Zac Posen Fall 2014 show, because the designer has become synonymous with red carpet glamor. (Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2007 Oscars, Reese Witherspoon at the 2012 Golden Globes … you get the point.) So if this black gown — with its chic high-low hemline, glorious structured bodice and voluminous skirt — shows up on the red carpet at this year’s Oscars, I’ll be quitting my job as associate style editor to pursue a career in red carpet styling. And if it shows up on one of the night’s big nominees (my prediction is Sandra Bullock, sorry Louise!), I expect a personal thank you from Posen himself.

Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor: In my mind, no red carpet is complete without a showstopping Oscar de la Renta number. Though I’m personally partial to his more whimsical designs, in the interest of picking a winner, I chose a gown that would look good on every single Oscar nominee, from Lupita Nyong’o to Meryl Streep. (Unfortunately the person I’d love to see in this has an ironclad contract with Dior.) The silhouette slims, the gold thread illuminates skin, the neutral palette begs for a surprising shoe and the low neckline would perfectly showcase an insane piece of jewelry — a jaw-dropping diamond choker, maybe, or some enormous emerald earrings. If I don’t see this stunner on the red carpet, I’m going to pack it up early and declare it the Worst Oscars Ever without watching a moment of the show.

Do you agree with any of our picks? What gowns are you hoping to see on the Oscars red carpet? Share your thoughts below!

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Teknosbeka on

Hmm I’m not crazy about any of these gowns. If forced to pick amongst these I would go with the KaufmanFranco, but it would not look great on everyone. The cape looks like when a kid is playing superhero and ties a towel or sheet around the shoulders – not at all elegant like Gwyneth’s Tom Ford. The black dress – I think for Oscars you should wear a long gown not an above the knee long in back mullet dress.

Marcia on

They don’t look like red carpet dresses to me, for some reason.

Amber on

I think the scarlet gown is the best of them all. Honestly, I find a few ugly. I guess the second best would be the black dress with enormous volume in the skirt portion.

Ldo on

Anyone would be crazy to wear a cape gown after Lupita wore hers flawlessly at the Golden globes. Whoever does will be compared to hers the whole night!

E.Caceres on

would pick the fourth and gthe fifth gown
but in different colours?
gold, silver or red or purple?

Sylvia Tarvers Weston on

This is Savannah’s third marriage. Do you think a big, fancy gown is appropriate?

kellyrsmith15 on

the only ones that catch my eye at all fare the Monique Lhuillier and the Zac Posen.

lilah on

Jenny Packham’s gown would look great on Lupita, Cate Blanchett would look great in the Zac Posen.

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