Canadian fashion designers at the 2016 Oscars

88th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals
HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 28: Actress Rachel McAdams attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The carpet at the 2016 Oscars was extra red this year thanks to the 20 nominations Canadians received.  Films nominated include Ryan Gossling’s The Big Short, Rachel McAdams’ Spotlight, Jacob Tremblay’s Room, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s A Girl in the River and Pierre Even’s Brooklyn – just to name a few.

While Canadian talent, from actors to set designers, were well represented at the Oscars – Canadian fashion designers were not as fortunate.

As a diehard supporter of Canadian fashion, I was hoping my fellow Canuks would take this incredible opportunity to showcase our talented artist on the red carpet.  To prove to our Oscar nominees that they could have supported Canadian designers and still had a fashion moment on the red carpet, I’ve suggested alternative outfits by Canadian designers.

Before suggesting what I thought our Northern stars should have worn, I will give a shout out to Vawk and Stephen Caras.  The Social’s Lainey Lui donned a truly stunning purple Vawk gown and Betty zHou floated across the red carpet in a black and white Stephen Caras gown.

Rachel McAdams:  While I can’t deny that Rachel looked beautiful in her emerald August Getty Atelier Oscars gown and her sequined pale pink Naeem Khan after party dress, I would have liked to see her in Wayne Clarke’s elegant red silk gown – featuring one of Spring’s hottest trends, ruffles.    As for her after party dress, this royal blue embroidered fit-to-flare strapless gown with sweetheart neckline by Ines Di Santo would have been stunning on Rachel.

Ryan Gosling: Deemed one of the night’s most handsome men, looked oh so sexy in a white shirt and white bowtie.  However, if he had worn this shadow striped suit, with complimentary bowtie by Quebec menswear designer Philippe Dubuc, he could have been handsome and patriotic.

Jacob Tremblay: His personality and Darth Vader socks stole the show.  But, that being said, I think it would have been adorable to see Mr. Tremblay decked out in a DSquared2 suit from their FW Kids line. 


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