Christmas may be but a distant memory, but there is one great thing to look forward to in January: awards season, and more specifically, the red carpet looks. Every year we tune in to the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Oscars to see what our favourite A-listers are wearing, with top marks going to those stars who opt for up-and-coming designers instead of the more reliable go-to fashion houses. With many actresses debuting new looks and trialling new designers in the run up to the most photographed events of the year, we’ve already got an inkling about who they might wear. Here are the five designers who should be on every A-list stylist’s hit-list this January…
This one's a no-brainer. Since launching his eponymous line with his celebrated autumn/winter 2017 collection, Michael Halpern has been responsible for the fashion world's renewed love of sequins. Offering an injection of sparkle as an antidote to increasingly depressing headlines in 2017, his brand took off, with celebrities including Adwoa Aboah, Claire Foy and Lupita Nyong'o wearing his signature Studio 54 sequin party dresses. Perfect for dazzling on the red carpet, we'd love to see Emma Stone in one of his hybrid asymmetrical dresses.
When you've cut your teeth at Oscar de la Renta, chances are you'll know how to create a dream red carpet gown. Such is the case for Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, whose brand Monse has been a cult-favourite with discerning celebrities since before it even debuted at New York Fashion Week in September 2015. The then little-known label was plucked from obscurity by Sarah Jessica Parker to design her Met Gala dress in 2016, while Selena Gomez chose them to dress her on tour the same year. Since then, Brie Larson, Daisy Ridley and Amal Clooney have all worn their designs, which are known for being both fun and fashion-forward: case in point was Ridley's Star Wars-themed dress, which featured navy sequins, white star embellishment and a tasselled skirt.
We're calling it: this is the year that Molly Goddard goes stratospheric. Already well on her way to becoming a household name thanks to the support of none other than Rihanna, who wore her pastel-hued frilly dresses on countless occasions in 2017 and has a knack for igniting the careers of designers (hello, Marques Almeida), we think 2018 is set to be the year that Goddard goes global. With her light-hearted, unashamedly girly aesthetic – think tulle party dresses in lilac, acid yellow and millennial pink – her designs are perfect for a glitzy awards season bash. After all, is there anything better to be wearing while celebrating (or commiserating) surrounded by your peers than a dress that says 'I'm just here to have fun'?
Ever since Jennifer Lawrence chose one of its slinky silk dresses for the Met Ball after party in 2016, Galvan has been a go-to brand for some of Hollywood's most stylish women, including Sienna Miller, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and even Kylie Jenner. Indeed, the simple slip dresses are so popular, stars have been known to – shock horror – actually pay for them, which proves how well-made and event-appropriate they are. Will this be the year we finally see Galvan on the red carpet at the Oscars? We can but dream.
Chances are you've seen cult-label-t0-know Vampire's Wife's designs without realising it. Remember that one dress that was omnipresent on your Instagram feed this past party season? The high-neck, below-the-knee design, often in velvet, that was worn by Alexa Chung, Dakota Johnson and Keira Knightley? The universally flattering one that seemingly tall, short, curvy or slim girls can pull off? That's Vampire's Wife. The brainchild of Susie Cave, the achingly gothic-cool wife of Australian singer Nick, the brand has picked up steam in recent months after quietly launching in 2014 to dress Susie's A-list pals, including Daisy Lowe, Kate Moss and Florence Welch, and we're expecting big things from it this awards season as Brits cross the pond for the Golden Globes, Oscars and SAG awards.