All over Hollywood, at this very moment, superstars and their stylists are pondering the million-dollar question: what to wear?
The Oscars red carpet unrolls this Sunday and making sure you walk it in the perfect dress is worth a fortune in publicity, not to mention being a turbocharged career boost.
Get it right - and you are guaranteed front-page pictures and footage around the world.
Get it wrong and you are doomed to star in all the "Worst-Dressed" lists and humiliating "Sack Your Stylist" features. Most embarrassing of all, long after your blushes have faded, your clanger will linger in cyberspace archives, to be regularly resurrected in those "Worst Oscar Dresses in History" spreads.
Who can forget, for example, Beyoncé Knowles（上图第一张）, last year, in that black and gold fishtail horror, which looked as if it had been polished with "Mr Sheen"? Or Miley Cyrus, drowning in Zuhair Murad ruffles? Or our own Kate Winslet, so warm and womanly, but turned into a dominatrix, with her hair scraped back like a prison wardress in "Cell Block H"? Or Sophia Loren bursting out of an oversized, bright yellow daffodil?
Getting it right is not rocket science; it is just a matter of following fashion commonsense.
Here's my list of "Red Carpet Rules":
Imagine squeezing a tube of toothpaste in the middle? That's the result if you wear a dress one or two sizes too small. Cleavage is sexy, but only if the breasts are beautiful, and displayed in a dress which fits. Sagging, withered décolletage is simply not attractive. When in doubt, cover-up or why not wear a bra?
2. Look in The Mirror! Back and Front! 出发前好好照照镜子——前后都照！
It's amazing how many stars wears dresses which appear to be a perfect fit from the front, but are a disaster when viewed from the rear. Avoid: VPL, wobbly bums, strain-and-stretch over the thighs.
3. The Thigh's The Limit - well it can be 露大腿要想清楚
Don't choose a dress split to the bikini line if your legs are not up to it. Who wants their cellulite and broken veins in close-up on CNN or Sky?
4. Underwear 内衣也要搭
It must match, first rule of play. And if you're resorting to "magic knickers", "Spanx" or any "lose-a-size" wonders, make sure your dress is sufficiently opaque or in a heavy fabric which will not disclose what lies beneath.
5. Arm yourself! 肩膀是关键
With a little tulle or chiffon "shrug". It's a Dame Helen Mirren style secret and your "bingo wings" will remain yours.
6. Check your make-up in bright daylight 到明亮的地方去检查妆容
The sun is (usually) still shining as you arrive on the red carpet. Over-enthusiastic use of bronzer and blusher just makes you look as if you've been Tango-ed.
7. Age-Appropriate 如果是70后就别整90后的造型
Sounds boring, I know. But if your daughter would wear it, it's most certainly NOT FOR YOU
8. Heels? 高跟鞋？穿得好才穿！
Can you? Should you? Dare you? This one moment when you just have to grin and bear it. Height adds to the drama of a long dress. But practise at home, invest in a pack of "Party Feet", make sure you have The Perfect Pedicure, and keep a comfy pair of flatties in the limo.
9. Is the dress really right? 造型师的意见只能参考
Do you HONESTLY love the dress your stylist has picked? If you don't feel comfortable in her choice, overrule her. You pay her wages, after all.
10. Smile 微笑，宝贝儿，微笑
After all, it's your best accessory.