Of course, I have my favorites to win the Academy Awards, but I’ll be honest – the part I watch for is the red carpet. I’ll never grow tired of my “little girl dressing up fantasy,” because I need my fashion fix as surely as I need air to survive, and the Oscars are the epitome of Cinderella going to the ball.  I’ll be honest – I never had

Julie Anne red carpet ready

Julie Anne Rhodes from catwalk to red carpet ready

all the hoopla these stars get to day. The months of training and starving (although that part I did do), body treatments, waxing from head to toe, fake tans, mani’s and pedi’s, and wildly indulgent facials – some involving 24 carrot gold and diamonds. I did however, walk many a catwalk, and thanks to the generous designers I worked for, I was dressed in plenty of drop-dead gorgeous gowns for the fabulous events I attended.

Jewels from catwalk to red carpet in Maria Gracgvogel

Forever insistent on dressing up for the ball, even if it is in my imagination, I checked out the Fall 2012 collections from Mercedes Benz fashion week in New York last week, and here are my top picks for the

Oscars. Starting with the one exception, a to-die-for gorgeous gold lame Marchessa gown that’s actually from the spring 2012 collection. It screams Oscar, and it is so very me. Definitely my first pick to wear on Sunday, although I suppose I’d let Michelle Williams arm wrestle me for it, since it is so modern day Marilyn.

Monique Lhuillier is another huge favorite of mine. I expect we will see a lot of this bold color on the red carpet this season, and I love the juxtaposition of femininity meets powerful woman in a Girl with the Dragon Tattoo bondage sort of way. Will Rooney Mara stay true to character or go for a more soft and demure look?

Who might dare to challenge the long gown status quo with this stunning sequined jumpsuit peeking from a dramatic full length satin coat by Chado Ralph Rucci? Nick once bought me an ensemble similar in theory by Jean Paul Gaulteir in Paris. It was a favorite statement making piece that certainly got tongues wagging.

As much as I don’t gravitate to twenties style often, Ralph Lauren nailed the shimmering updated version so well this season I would gladly add these to my wardrobe. They just beg for Fred Leighton jewels, don’t they?

Caftans are back in a big way this season, but can easily go from glam to frump if your not extremely careful. I especially liked the the way this sequined Egyptian queen version hangs with a glimpse of the beautiful figure underneath as she moves, just enough to tease. Leaving more to the imagination can be sexier than the overt.

This Jenny Packahm is such a deliciously fresh, feminine and loosely skimming to flatter dress. The perfect balance of color and texture that still allows the woman wearing it to shine, rather than the dress wearing the woman. The delicate rose aplique reminded me of my rack of lamb in pomegrante-mint sauce which would be a well recieved jeweled entree at any Oscar dinner (especially after months of starving to fit into those gowns).

Rack of Lamb in Pomegranate-Mint Sauce

Oscar worthy Rack of Lamb in Pomegranate-Mint Sauce

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So who do you think might wear each of these elaborate looks on Sunday, and which would be your personal pick if you suddenly received an invitation to the event? What accessories would you pair which each one?

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