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Oscar Ready Gowns

Best, boldest and most beautiful gowns from New York Fashion Week are ready for Oscars red carpet

Naeem Khan fall 2016 collection Look 45
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Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 6
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Christian Siriano fall 2016 look 26
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Ralph Lauren fall 2016 collection Look 43
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Carolina Herrera fall 2016 look 38
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Angel Sanchez fall 2016 look 25
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Sophie Theallet fall 2016 collection Look 29
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J Mendel fall 2016 gown
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Tadashi Shoji fall 2016 gown look 16
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Jenny Packham fall 2016 Look 36
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Naeem Khan fall 2016 collection Look 49
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Marc Jacobs fall 2016 gown look 33
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Monique Lhuillier fall 2016 look 30
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Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 22
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Lela Rose gown fall 2016 collection
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Pamella Roland fall 2016 gown
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Naeem Khan fall 2016 collection Look 33
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Bibhu Mohapatra fall 2016 look 41
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Christian Siriano fall 2016 look 49
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Prabal Gurung fall 2016 gown
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Oscar de la Renta fall 2016 gown
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Jason Wu fall 2016 look 38 gown
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J Mendel fall 2016 gown
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Marc Jacobs fall 2016 gown look 59
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Bibhu Mohapatra fall 2016 look 40
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Tadashi Shoji fall 2016 gown look 37
Photo courtesy of Tadashi Shoji
Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 13
Photo by FirstVIEW

New York Fashion Week takes place a couple of weeks before the Academy Awards, so lavish gowns that debuted on the runway are great candidates for the red carpet. This time around, there were lots of breathtakingly beautiful gowns that can hold their own against the European fashion houses that are perennial awards favorites.

Red carpet favorites Naeem Khan, Marchesa, Christian Siriano and J. Mendel led the way with a large number of gorgeous gowns, but other designers had lots to show as well. It's no wonder stylists in the audience were eagerly eyeing gowns, ready to ask designers to hold them for the big event that takes place Sunday night in Hollywood.


Backstage at the Naeem Khan runway show, celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch singled out this champagne satin ball gown with gold floral embroidery and sweetheart bodice from Khan's fall collection. "If it doesn't end up on the red carpet, that's a sin," Bloch said.


Just about the entire Marchesa fall collection of gowns inspired by the paintings of John Singer Sargent will make an impact on the red carpet. I particularly like this red to black ombre ball gown with halter neck, laser cut organza flowers and tiered ombre tulle skirt.

Christian Siriano showed a number of different types of gowns that will make an impression on the red carpet, but this marble burnout organza multi-layer off-the-shoulder gown is a standout.

This crimson fluid suiting velvet evening gown from the fall Ralph Lauren Collection is elegant and attention-getting without trying too hard.

Carolina Herrera's lovely purple sequined gown is a photographer's dream. 

This Angel Sanchez bubble hem gown with acrylic embroidery on illusion sleeves and neckline could be a red-carpet standout.

Sophie Theallet channels Old Hollywood glamour with a high-neck creme satin gown and fur.

This racer back gown with a thigh-high slit that closed the J. Mendel show on the last day of fashion week was one of the sexiest gowns in any collection.

Tadashi Shoji also racheted up the sex appeal with this slinky gown with criss cross cut-outs.

Jenny Packham's red ombre hologram sequin long-sleeved gown is sure to photograph well.

There's nothing like emulating an Oscar on the red carpet in this Naeem Khan gold embroidered long sleeve gown with illusion bodice.

If going gold seems too obvious, Marc Jacobs offers a silver alternative.

This Monique Lhuillier gumental embroidered tulle gown with blue belle lacquer floral embellishment is understated yet attention-getting.

Marchesa gold tulle ball gown with light gold and silver embroidery on flutter cape sleeves and sculptural cascading skirt has a fairy tale quality.

Lela Rose's sexy moss crepe gown with gold quill embroidered panel on the bodice is a red carpet winner.

Sometimes simplicty is best: Pamella Roland white column down with matching cape.

Naeem Khan shows his unadorned side in this smashing ruby crepe cutaway gown with cape.

Bibhu Mohapatra is seeing red, too, with a silk chiffon mulberry gown with cross bodice detail and embroidered dragonfly.

For the confident woman who would rather wear a suit than a gown Christian Siriano created this silk gazaar evening cape jacket and slim fit trouser.

Prabal Gurung sparkles with this ivory silk crepe cold-shouldered gown with chiffon hand-embroidered with Swarovski crystals and snow paillettes.

Oscar de la Renta's Peter Copping goes for simplicity with a metallic mauve strapless gown.

Black on the runway? Probably not, although this Jason Wu feathered gown with bell sleeves is an eye-catcher because it is different.

This beaded J. Mendel gown looks really modern.

This Marc Jacobs gown is not for everyone, but take away the Morticia Addams styling and it can shine on the red carpet.

Bibhu Mohapatra's entrance making silk road jacquard robe skirt wore over a mulberry flared skirt and ginko embroidered crepe top is sure to attact attention.

Tadashi Shoji uses chiffon and beading to accentuate curves.

Marchesa's lilac and violet soft tulle Grecian gown with handmade feather and tulle flowers is dreamy.