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Dressing the 2016 Oscar Nominees: Middle Eastern Couture We Want to See Tonight

The style stakes are at an all-time high at the Oscars, and while tonight represents the biggest red carpet event in Hollywood, actresses generally play safe. In fact—rarely, do we witness a slew of show-stopping ensembles. Ahead of tonight’s Academy Awards ceremonies, we take matters into our own hands and dress the 2016 Oscar hopefuls in Made in the Middle East couture.

Cate Blanchett
Best Actress nominee, Carol


The red carpet veteran is no stranger to making the best-dressed lists. Now vying for her third golden statue, Cate Blanchett looks polished even when she’s taking risks in the candy pink fringed Givenchy dress that she wore to the 2016 Golden Globes. As she gravitates towards the unexpected, we would like to see the Australian actress in this Elio Abou Fayssal Couture creation.

Brie Larson
Best Actress nominee, Room


Brie Larson turned heads at the 2016 Golden Globes in a gold sequined halter dress with cutout sides by Calvin Klein Collection. We hope the actress will continue to up the glamour ante on Oscar night, and that’s why we think this embellished Elie Saab Spring 2016 Couture gown is a winning choice.

Rachel McAdams
Best Supporting Actress, Spotlight


For blue-eyed Canadian actress Rachel McAdams, we suggest this vermillion red strapless gown featuring an embellished bodice from Zuhair Murad Spring 2016 Couture. The bright, saturated color compliments McAdams’ new platinum blond bob and will earn her a spot on the best-dressed list.

Rooney Mara
Best Supporting Actress, Carol


On the red carpet, Rooney Mara stands out for her edgy elegance. Lace and sheer materials in a neutral color palette of black, ivory, and blush are her go-to staples and that’s why we think this long-sleeved web lace sheer gown signed Reem Acra Fall 2016 would be a perfect match for the actress.

Kate Winslet
Best Supporting Actress, Steve Jobs


The actress plays it safe on the red carpet by choosing body-hugging dresses that accentuate her figure in primary tones such as blue and red. Tonight, we hope to see her bring an element of surprise to her signature style. Our suggestion for the English actress is this Rami Al Ali Spring 2016 couture creation. The sapphire blue color serves perfectly balances the exaggerated hips silhouette.

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