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9 Potential Oscar Looks Worthy of Tom Ford

Tom Ford doesn't really like the Oscars. In fact, he'll only dress one actress per red carpet event, and he doesn't enjoy that process much, either. Ford appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday (I know, I know), where he told Kimmel, “When you are dressing an actress, or even sometimes someone when they are getting married, you are really working with someone and fulfilling their dream, their agent's dream, their husband's dream. They have a preconceived notion of what they want to wear, what they want to look like, how they are marketing this film, and you really making something for them that isn’t particularly creative."

What about the rest of red carpet fashion? Does he at least enjoy looking at it? Not particularly. "What’s worn on the red carpet has nothing to do with what’s going on in temporary fashion," he said to Kimmel. "It’s really a kind of bubble of 1950s Barbie clothes." Ouch, but he's completely right.

Ford's designs are commercial but still artistic, bold and sexy, crisp and striking (remember Gwenyth Paltrow's white dress + cape by Ford?), and always a little bit playful. Here are 9 looks Ford might approve of for Sunday's red carpet. (Barbie should be so lucky.)

Lanvin RTW Fall 2014

Louche and sexy — two words that are used to describe Ford (and his designs) all the time.

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Balmain RTW Fall 2014

This dress is Balmain to the hilt, but it’s certainly lightyears away from 1950s silhouettes and attitudes.

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Giorgio Armani RTW Fall 2014

Cool, wearable, nonchalant, with a little bit of sparkle — no popping Molly necessary.

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Versace RTW Fall 2014

Tom Ford’s men are always wearing flawless suits; we think he’d approve of any actress in a crisp white one (with a little military flavor).

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Mara Hoffman RTW Fall 2014

Here’s how Ford interpreted his eponymous Jay Z song: “He doesn’t do drugs. He wears Tom Ford. That’s how he gets his high.” Well, clothes like these are how we get our high, Ford. Coffee sometime?

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Delpozo RTW Fall 2014

Ford described himself as a “commercial designer doing something artistic” on Kimmel, which is exactly what we’d say about this dress.

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Christopher Kane RTW Fall 2014

Here’s a short number for the young, daring actresses — who’ve possibly watched a little too much Hunger Games.

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Tom Ford RTW Fall 2014

From the maws of Ford himself, the perfect tuxedo.

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Tom Ford RTW Fall 2014

And for girls who aren’t afraid of a little drop-waisted mock turtleneck action, this piece would be surprisingly sexy with the right accessory (Tom Ford himself on your arm).

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