FN Spy: Special Oscar Preview

Hear from costume designers for "The Artist" and "Hugo," and FN picks red-carpet winners

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The Right Pair
FN editors and stylist Robert Verdi sound off on the best footwear looks for the Best Actress nominees.

Glenn Close

Past looks: Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo

Verdi’s pick: Alexander McQueen. “She will wear something classic. She’s not the fashion victim who wears the platform and high heel that scares the crap out of everyone.”

Our pick: Christian Louboutin’s black ankle-strap sandal with crystal-embellished heel. Since Close (nominated for “Albert Nobbs”) typically favors classic and understated, this style offers simplicity with an amped-up finish.


Meryl Streep
Past looks: Salvatore Ferragamo

Verdi’s pick: Dr. Martens. “Meryl Streep will wear a pair of Dr. Martens underneath a long gown, but who cares because she is Meryl Streep and we all love her.”

Our pick: Diego Dolcini’s sparkly silver pump with metal heel. While Streep (“The Iron Lady”) tends to play it safe under long gowns, this updated pump would be worth a peek.

Viola Davis
Past looks: Jimmy Choo

Verdi’s pick: Brian Atwood. “She will wear something that is fabulous. Plus, she’ll look for something with height to make her look more svelte.

Our pick: Jimmy Choo’s pre-fall ’12 nude suede sandal with crystals. Donning the brand’s red-carpet-ready styles for almost every appearance, Davis (“The Help”) is ready to rock this rhinestone look.

Michelle Williams
Past looks: Nicholas Kirkwood, Roger Vivier

Verdi’s pick: Vionnet. “She takes risks. She is more fashion-forward and ahead of the trends than most women."

Our pick: Nicholas Kirkwood’s pre-fall ’12 fuchsia glitter sandal. A daring — and tall — choice for the red carpet, but the perfect match for Williams (“My Week With Marilyn”) and her one-of-a-kind style.

Rooney Mara
Past looks: Brian Atwood, Christian Louboutin

Verdi’s pick: Alejandro Ingelmo. “She will do something futuristic. She has defined her style as ‘other,’ like Tilda Swinton did.”

Our pick: Jerome C. Rousseau’s fall ’12 sandal with black-and-gold swirl. These sculptural stunners play to Mara’s (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) flair for drama, but up the glam factor.

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