15 Runway Dresses Destined to Win the Red Carpet This Awards Season (and Which Stars Should Wear Them)

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the most festive season of the year is upon us—and we are, of course, talking about awards season. Last week, the 10th Annual Governors Awards acted as the de facto kickoff to the season (though no actual acting awards were handed out); on Monday, Hollywood will hit New York for the annual Gotham Awards. So get ready to see all of your favorite stars dressed to the nines over the next few months. And while major events like the Academy Awards are typically cause for something custom, there are still plenty of dresses that have already hit the runway that still need their moment to shine on the red carpet. Here, 15 dresses from the most recent seasons that we’d love to see this awards season—and who should be wearing them.

Giorgio Armani Prive

Julia Roberts rarely strays away from a classic silhouette in a neutral hue, and this Giorgio Armani Prive haute couture fall/winter 2018–2019 look has just the right amount of movie star glamour to it.

Gabriela Hearst

Viola Davis is known for her penchant for brightly hued gowns, but there’s perhaps no one better suited to pull off a suit than the dramatic actress.


Carey Mulligan has just the right retro-meets-modern-woman sensibility to pull off a corseted, midi-length dress from Erdem’s spring/summer 2019 collection.


Rosamund Pike has been wearing lots of Givenchy on her promotional tour for A Private War, and this metal-plated dress from the haute couture fall/winter 2018–2019 show should be next on her list.

Alexander McQueen

Lady Gaga has traded in her over-the-top pop persona for the wardrobe of a major movie star, and this Alexander McQueen spring/summer 2019 look fits right in.

Oscar de la Renta

Nicole Kidman is one of the red carpet’s risk-takers, but you can’t deny the allure of this perfect gold strapless number from Oscar de la Renta spring/summer 2019.

Paco Rabanne

Emma Stone may be the face of Louis Vuitton, but this Paco Rabanne spring/summer 2019 dress paired with a burgundy lip would make for the perfect combination.

Saint Laurent

Zoe Kravitz is newly engaged, and should she need something blue, this Saint Laurent dress is just the thing. The fact that she’s the face of the brand is just icing on the (wedding) cake.

Richard Quinn

Rachel Weisz, Stone’s The Favourite costar, would look lovely in a red-rose dress of her own, like this one from Richard Quinn’s spring/summer 2019 collection.

Alexandre Vauthier

Saoirse Ronan has the gusto to pull off just about everything, so why not push it to the limit in a bright yellow gown by Alexandre Vauthier from the haute couture fall/winter 2018–2019 show?


Natalie Portman rarely strays from Dior on the red carpet, but when she does, it’s for her friends the Mulleavy sisters. This Rodarte spring/summer 2019 is just the ticket.


Amy Adams undergoes something of a makeunder in her role as Anne Cheney in Vice, but what better way to turn up the glam than Valentino Haute Couture?

Carolina Herrera

Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins is sure to be one of this year’s most charming cinematic turns, so why not choose a charming floral dress from Carolina Herrera spring/summer 2019 to match?


Kiki Layne is this season’s most exciting newcomer, and nothing shouts “ingenue on the rise” quite like wearing Chanel.

Marc Jacobs
Randy Brooke

Constance Wu has proven herself to be a style chameleon on the Crazy Rich Asians promo tour, and one way to seal her status as a risk-taker is by taking on Marc Jacobs’s charmingly wacky spring 2019 collection.