Hypothetical Oscar dresses from NYFW

Zac Posen for Reese Witherspoon.

Zac Posen for Reese Witherspoon.

Rachel Zoe taught us a lot. In between - or maybe as a result of - denouncing velour and obsessing over vintage haute couture, she invented an entirely new subset of fashion vernacular. She introduced us to "bananas," "I die," "kills it." She also taught us that some accessories are worth going to the grave for, "Just throw me in my coffin now with those earrings on." But most importantly, she taught us that the struggle for securing an awards show dress is real. Shut.it.down. real.

In four days, miniature golden statuesque men will be handed out, and if rewatching clips of the Rachel Zoe Project has given me any insight into prepping for an awards show, it's this: no one knows for sure what they'll be wearing on the red carpet until their soles hit the pavement outside the Kodak Theater. Translation, the dresses above and below from NYFW may be in the running for Sunday's show. Zoe was always one to poach dresses immediately following their runway debut, and I'm confident her predecessors follow suit.

After scanning this week's ready-to-wear collections, I played Zoe and picked out the gowns I would present to my hypothetical oscar-nominated clients. The winner, by far, is the Zac Posen ruby number above on Naomi Campbell, which looks a lot like a dress the Barbie topper on a birthday cake would wear. It's also made in the U.S. As were, you guessed it, all of the other dresses included in my pseudo-styling. And for even more faux styling fun, I've assigned them to the leading actress nominees. I'm betting Marion Cotillard takes home the win, but I'm putting all of my money on crimson being a major contender on the red carpet this year.

Oscar de la Renta for Rosamund pike.

Oscar de la Renta for Rosamund pike.

Oscar de la renta for marion cotillard.

Oscar de la renta for marion cotillard.

Oscar de la renta for felicity jones.

Oscar de la renta for felicity jones.

Carolina herrera for Julianne Moore.

Carolina herrera for Julianne Moore.