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Oscar-ready looks from Zac Posen, Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka

With fall fashion week landing in the middle of awards season, it’s difficult not to watch the presentations through the lens of the red carpet–and with good reason. Actresses seeking an of-the-moment look have been known to pluck their Oscars gowns straight from the runway.

Last year,  Viola Davis sat front row at Vera Wang’s Fall 2012 presentation before appearing at the award show a few days later wearing a custom emerald gown by the designer.

Viola Davis at the 84th Academy Awards (Matt Sayles/AP).

Designers seem happy to oblige this symbiotic relationship. Over the last few days, Hollywood-ready looks have been scattered through ready-to-wear collections.

Bagdley Mischka

Mark Badgley and James Mischka typically have more formal shows, and this year was no exception. From a classic black bejeweled strapless piece to a blush-colored flowing chiffon gown, evening ware was central to the show.

The most critically successful seemed to be the Aztec-style detailed dresses that concluded the parade of black-tie attire.

(From Badgley Mischka live stream)

Vera Wang

Wang’s Fall 2013 collection veered more toward casual, with strong graphic looks and a lot of layering. But one black piece with a voluminous peplum and sheer skirt was vaguely reminiscent of Rachel Weisz’s Golden Globes dress by Louis Vuitton.

(From Vera Wang live stream)

Zac Posen

Separates dominated evening attire at Posen’s show, though a few concluding looks could translate to the Oscars with little alteration.

Posen’s striking tangerine gown would be a welcome sight on the red carpet — as was the navy, trumpet-shaped gown Amanda Seyfried wore to the Globes from Posen’s pre-fall collection.

A deep crimson dress with sweet-heart neckline resembled the one Reese Witherspoon selected from the designer for the 2012 Golden Globes, making it a definite Oscar contender.

(Photos by Kathy Willens/AP)

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Cara Kelly manages the development of editorial tools and presentation for new products and user experiences. She previously worked in the Style section, following the completion of her MA in journalism at American University.



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