New York fashion week is perfectly positioned for the 86th annual Academy Awards. Designers show their fall collections just weeks before the big Oscar telecast, which is arguably also fashion's biggest night as armchair stylists scrutinize everyone who walks down the red carpet.
Stylists have their pick of the runway looks, which won't arrive in stores until August, so the most dazzling gowns can make their debut in Hollywood on Sunday night. Here are some gowns that have red carpet potential (and also might show up at the top Houston charity galas).
No doubt that Zac Posen is influenced by the grand couturier Charles James, who is being honored with a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Menil Collection in May. This strapless teal gown, which closed Posen's runway show, pays homage to James and represents the best of retro Hollywood glamour.