A fun game I like to play while watching clothes go down a runway is Which Celebrity Would Wear That? Maybe I've been compiling our best-dressed lists for too long, but it's fun to think about, and a pretty valid question when it comes to gowns, considering most non-celebrities have no business wearing them.
So, with the Oscars coming up on Sunday, we decided to play dress up on some stylish nominees and presenters with gowns from Paris Couture in January and the fall ready-to-wear shows, which are actually still going on.
Click through for 10 dresses that would make our best-dressed roundup for sure, and the ladies we could see wearing them.
Rosie Assoulin Fall 2014 Rosie Assoulin is a talented up-and-coming New York-based eveningwear designer who's dressed a few celebs but has yet to have a major red carpet moment. We were extremely taken with this dress at her New York Fashion Week presentation, and we think best supporting actress nominee Lupita Nyong'o is the perfect risk-taking celebrity to pull it off. Chances are she'll actually go with a more established designer, but we can dream.
Alberta Ferretti Fall 2014 We love that the shape of this Alberta Ferretti gown is quite simple, but the print and texture so dramatic and complex. Best actress nominee Cate Blanchett can pull off anything, but we think she'd really be a vision in this number.
Ralph Lauren Fall 2014 Best Actress nominee Sandra Bullock has seriously upped her red carpet game this awards season, successfully transforming herself from a mainstream play-it-safe American girl to a somewhat fearless fashion girl. While this Ralph Lauren dress is obviously quite simple and minimalist, it take someone with the right taste level to pull it off, and we think Bullock has it.
Elie Saab Couture Spring 2014 I think we've all learned that best supporting actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence does best with a high-drama gown, even (especially?) when she trips in it. While Dior, for whom she is a spokeswoman, might be making her something special for the event, nothing from Raf Simons's recent collections felt grand enough. And why shouldn't she make the occasional departure from her go-to label? If Lawrence does indeed win her second Oscar in a row on Sunday, she should be wearing something like this beautiful, enormous Elie Saab ball gown.
Chanel Couture Spring 2014 There's something about a cool, young, stylish girl in Chanel that just always works. And since Emma Watson is presenting at this year's Oscars, it's a perfect opportunity to see this youthful Chanel "wedding" dress in action on the red carpet.
Elie Saab Couture Spring 2014 For some reason, we always picture Anne Hathaway (who's presenting) in red, though maybe she'll go in a surprising direction this year since she's no longer working with longtime stylist Rachel Zoe. But if not, we think she'd look incredible in this sparkling, off-the-shoulder Elie Saab couture number. We also feel like this is very Taylor Swift, so if no one wears it on Sunday...
Vera Wang Fall 2014 Remember Angie's Right Leg? Perhaps Jolie, who is presenting, could give it a more subtle revival in this sheer, darkly romantic Vera Wang number.
Oscar de la Renta Fall 2014 This polka-dotted Oscar de la Renta gown requires someone with a lot of confidence and personality to keep it from looking entirely editorial, and we think presenter Charlize Theron has that confidence. Plus, we feel like the Oscars just need more polka dots, in general.
Delpozo Fall 2014 Delpozo is another newish (well, recently revived) label that still needs a major red carpet moment. We think this stunning empire waist number would give presenter Kerry Washington the room she needs for her growing baby bump and the lavender tone would look beautiful on her.
Zac Posen Fall 2014 It was overwhelmingly clear that Zac Posen's fall collection (as with most of his collections) was designed with the red carpet in mind, so striking and dramatic were his gowns. This one wasn't the most dramatic, but the color and shape hit a nice note, and it has Naomi Watts (who is presenting) written all over it.