For fashionistas, the red carpet is the real show at Oscars

BALTIMORE - For fashionistas like Lana Rae, the Academy Awards themselves are almost an afterthought.

The real show is what’s on the red carpet.

Rae, founder and producer of Fashion Awards Maryland, said the best thing about Oscars fashion is how “predictably unpredictable” it is.

“If you like fashion, it is definitely the highlight,” said Rae, CEO of the KIS Agency, a Maryland-based fashion and modeling agency.

If she had to take a stab at what the stars will be decked out in, though, it’s bold colors. At the Grammy Awards, many celebrities shined and shimmered in silver and gold attire, Rae said.

“I’m hoping we’re not going to see a lot of black,” she said.

Kristin McMahon has another prediction – no more ball gowns.

“I think we’ll see something more A-line, sleek and sexy,” said McMahon, co-owner of the luxury lifestyle public relations firm Chic Communications.

McMahon, an associate professor of marketing at the Maryland Institute College of Art, said she’s thinking lots of jewel tones – reds, blues and anything metallic.

“Metallics are really in this season,” McMahon said. “I’m sure we’ll see some of it trickle down – prom is right around the corner, and the spring galas.”

So whom should fashion lovers look out for at Sunday’s awards?

Charlize Theron, who took home the Best Actress Oscar in 2003 for “Monster,” is always a class act, Rae said. (Last year, her white two-piece ensemble with peplum top landed her on plenty of Best Dressed lists).

And then there’s Lupita Nyong’o, the Mexican actress who ‘s up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "12 Years a Slave." 

“She must be a designer’s dream,” Rae said. “Everything fits her perfectly.”      

And Rae is hoping for actress Anne Hathaway to redeem herself fashion-wise.

At least year’s Academy Awards, Hathaway was derided by fashion critics and mocked on blogs for a pale pink Prada gown that she reportedly chose to wear at the last minute.

Hathaway won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Les Miserables," but the memory of that dress is burned into Rae’s mind.

“I guess it goes to show that name (Prada) does not always mean anything,” Rae said.

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