Behold our fantasy red carpet…

The Spring Couture shows are perfectly timed for awards season. With just about a month between the shows in Paris and the Academy Awards, it’s basically a one-stop shop for Hollywood’s leading stylists to get a look at the dreamiest gowns of the season, and do some quick mental matchmaking to pair said couture gowns with their roster of A-list clients. Lady Gaga may have been the first to wear a fresh-off-the-runway couture gown on the red carpet (she attended the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Dior) but she certainly won’t be the last.

Read on for our wish list of the Haute Couture looks we hope to see this year’s 10 Best Actress nominees (leading and supporting) wear down the red carpet.

Yalitza Aparicio
The aspiring-school-teacher-turned-Oscar-nominee has been making the rounds this awards season sporting an eclectic mix of designers: a pastel column dress by Delpozo at the Directors Guild Awards, a metallic Miu Miu gown at the Golden Globes, mod Mulberry separates at the BAFTA tea party. As someone who seems to favour both colour and romance for her red carpet looks, this watercolour-inspired ball gown by Elie Saab seems like it might be just the ticket for the breakout star of Roma.

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Glenn Close
The star of The Wife has already won the gold at the Golden Globes, the SAGs and the Critics’ Choice Awards (a prize she shared with Lady Gaga), so if you’re betting on anyone at the Oscars this year, it should probably be Glenn Close. Going by her red carpet looks over the past few months, Close has a penchant for black and white (with the occasional silver thrown in) and sleek suiting. This Alexis Mabille look takes those preferences and elevates them: a deep sapphire hue instead of black, a double-breasted cropped jacket instead of a blazer, and a sweeping skirt with pockets.

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Lady Gaga
Whether it was her feathered gown at the Venice premiere of A Star Is Born or the classic ball gown complete with elaborate sleeves and train at the Globes, Gaga’s been firing on all cylinders as Hollywood’s favourite new leading lady, melding her appetite for show-stopping style statements with an air of regal glamour. Both these looks were Valentino Haute Couture, so it might be safe to assume she’ll stick with the Italian fashion house for the last hurrah of awards season. If so, here’s hoping it’s this fiery, feathery concoction. (Oh and as long as we’re wishing for things, fingers crossed she changes into this from Iris Van Herpen’s surrealist collection for the afterparties.)

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