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Independent Spirit Award Nominations Offer Fashion Preview of Awards Season

Kate Beckinsale announced the noms in a white lace mini - shades of red carpets to come?

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It's an awardsapalooza! The Gotham Awards took place Monday night, and today, the New York Film Critics made their picks, and the Independent Spirit Awards announced their nominations.

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Now we're getting a good idea of which ladies will be on the red carpets this awards season --  and who will be dressing whom. (As we keep saying, a stylist is only as powerful as the clients she or he has going to awards shows.)

Kate Beckinsale announced the Spirit nominations Tuesday morning in a very summery, tiered white lace dress from the Tadashi Shoji spring 2012 collection. On the model, it was beautiful, but Kate pulled it up to be a mini and lost the retro romance of the dress. It doesn't work as a mini, does it? Too much fabric, and it isn't a modern dress, so it's wrong, wrong, wrong.

Even beautiful movie stars can make fashion mistakes -- actually, take out the "even!" We all make fashion mistakes, but we aren't all photographed doing so.

At the top of the heap of actress receiving Spirit Award nominations is Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), who is working with stylist Cher Coulter. Olsen wore Valentino to the Gotham Awards, but we assume she will wear some of her sisters Mary Kate and Ashley's clothing from The Row pretty soon. And there's Michelle Williams, seemingly working this season with veteran stylist Jessica Paster.

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Supporting nominees include Jessica Chastain, Anjelica Huston and Shailene Woodley. Chastain is working with stylist Elizabeth Stewart, and Woodley, who worked with Starworks for a while, is apparently on her own. Chastain has been adopting a classical style, while young Woodley is dressing for her young age.

Since Beginners, Drive and The Artist all received a number of nods, we can expect a few of the films' fashionable stars in attendance. Perhaps French actress Melanie Laurent might bring some cool Parisian fashion to the event on February 25. Carey Mulligan from Drive could be on hand (although not nominated for Drive or for Shame). Berenice Bejo from The Artist will definitely be strolling the carpet.

We've heard the Weinstein Company hired another veteran stylist, Linda Medvene, to work with Bejo. Since Piaget jewelry and Elle Magazine are both sponsors of the Spirit Awards, there will be lots of noms in Piaget, and, no doubt, lots of visiting Elle editors, including Creative Director Joe Zee.

What do you think?

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