Ending just 10 days before the 89th Academy Awards, New York Fashion Week was perfectly positioned to show actresses (and their stylists) some dazzling looks from top designers. While these gorgeous gowns won't arrive in stores until August, many of them will make their debut at what is arguably fashion's biggest night as armchair stylists scrutinize everyone who walks down the red carpet at the Oscars.
Fashion favorites Naeem Khan, Marchesa, Ralph Lauren, and Christian Siriano debuted some breathtaking gowns, but other designers had lots to show as well. Here are some gowns that have Oscar potential for Sunday's big night in Hollywood (and also might show up at the top Houston charity galas).
Any actress would look as good as gold in this Naeem Khan metallic threadwork embroidered ball gown that was the last look in his fall collection.
One of the most beautiful looks at the debut of the Oscar de la Renta collection from designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia is a strapless gown in photo-ready red.
Elizabeth Kennedy is getting a lot of praise for attention-getting gowns, like this burgundy and pink tulle confection.
Ralph Lauren showed one of his best collections in years, with gowns in striking jewel tones.
La Perla is known for intimate lingerie, but designer Julia Haart debuted a ready-to-wear collection with a glittery illusion gown worn by Kendall Jenner.
Texas native Brandon Maxwell's white gown is evocative of a Tom Ford gown that Gwynneth Paltrow wore to the 2012 Oscars.
Christian Siriano is the go-to designer for awards shows. This pink gown with feathered skirt from his fall collection might be a frothy red carpet selection.
Marchesa's take on the princess gown includes a train of organza flowers.
Jenny Packham illusion tulle gown with ribbons of metallic silver and molten gold sequin embellishments is an eye-catcher.
Badgley Mischka closed their fall collection with a silver floral gown with pockets, perfect to hide a candy bar to get through the long Oscar telecast.
Bibhu Mohapatra gold flake embroidered black crepe gown with silver black velvet harness drape could add an edge to the red carpet.
Naeem Khan's elegant one-shoulder jersey gown with cape detail.
Sachin & Babi jet English print center front open skirt, worn with a black knit top with imperial sleeves evokes the spirit of the memorable Oscar ensemble Sharon Stone wore in 1998 that featured a simple Gap blouse with a Vera Wang skirt.
Pamella Roland copper and garnet metallic embroidered illusion tulle gown adds a touch of sex appeal to the red carpet.
Marchesa one-shoulder gown with a big bow is sure to attract attention.
Elizabeth Kennedy multi-colored gown has a distinctive floor-to-shoulder ruffle.
Bibhu Mohapatra bare silk barathea top over a smoke pink and saffron strapless gown is sure to photograph well.
The electric blue Oscar de la Renta column gown will also look good in photographs. And it has pockets.
Dennis Basso channels Old Hollywood glamour in a copper gown with embroidered skirt and train.
Carolina Herrera steps outside the box with a metallic navy and black lace gown.
Ralph Lauren orange multi kashmir lame evening gown has elegant appeal.
Badgley Mischka navy sequined column gown sparkles.
Pamella Roland closed her show with this lovely gunmetal and grey sequin ball gown with ostrich feathers.
Is anyone brave enough to wear this playful Christian Siriano gown?
New designer Oday Shakar created this distinctive black-to-red ombre halter gown.
Illusion gowns were a big trend at fashion week, and although we'll likely not see this Prabal Gurung black multi-abstract hand embroidered floating crystal long sleeve gown with mock turtleneck, black microbugle beaded bodice and covered button detail at the Oscars, wouldn't it give us something to talk about if we did?
Same goes for the illusion gown that closed the Jason Wu show.