You can count on a few things during awards season: Cate Blanchett looking flawless, an impromptu Twitter account that spreads like wildfire (e.g., @PharrellsHat, @AngiesRightLeg), and E!’s first lady Giuliana Rancic keeping it all under control. She didn’t know it until we spoke, but G has gotten me through the ups and downs of the red carpet since the Golden Globes. With the Oscars coming up in just two weeks, she and I chatted about what she hopes the actors will wear (and what they won’t), why every “true fashionista” should aim to be on the worst dressed list, and her new line, G by Giuliana Rancic, for HSN, which bows on Monday. Be sure to tune in!
Glamour: The Oscars are coming up soon—you must be preparing!
Giuliana Rancic: We are, we are!
Glamour: What are you hoping to see actresses wear on the red carpet this time around?
GR: I love regal looks on the Oscars red carpet. The Grammys are sexy and playful, and the Golden Globes are a little less formal. For the Oscars, I just love old-Hollywood glamour. I love hair pulled back off the face, beautiful makeup…long sleeves are really elegant. The Oscars are not a place to be too flirty or fun or sexy.
Glamour: This season already you have interviewed Oprah. Julia Roberts. Whoa. Who are you hoping to interview at the Oscars?
GR: Brad and Angie. I’ve interviewed them in the past. They just seem so happy and like they’re having fun. The matching tuxedos they wore [to the BAFTAs]…They are the biggest movie stars in the world; they don’t need to dress up and wow us—but the fact that they do and still care is great. They don’t phone it in, if you will.
Glamour: Most of us don’t have the lifestyle where a gown and diamonds are a regular requirement. What can real girls learn from the red carpet?
GR: You can see the next big trends in fashion on the red carpet and see what colors, silhouettes are hot right now. You might see Taylor Swift wearing Gucci, and most of us can’t afford that Gucci dress, but you can look at the beading and be inspired by it for, say, your prom or a friend’s wedding.
Glamour: You’ve been on Fashion Police for four years now. Has your style changed because of it?
GR:It’s funny, because my style was a lot more safe before Fashion Police. I didn’t take as many risks. Being on Fashion Police and seeing people wearing these crazy things…even if they end up on the worst-dressed list, fashion is fun, and you’re meant to take a risk. It’s not surgery or dyeing your hair; you can just take it off if you don’t like it. I definitely got riskier with my fashion. To be a true fashionista, you have to be on the best-dressed list and worst-dressed list.
Glamour: Tell us! What are you wearing to the Oscars?
GR: I was just talking about this with about my stylist, Monica Rose! We have some great designers sending beautiful gowns, but I’m also looking at having a designer custom-make a gown for me. It won’t be black or white, like last year and the year before. We’re looking at either red, burgundy, or cobalt. It’s the first time a designer will be making a custom dress for me.
Glamour: Red carpet aside, you’re really into your casual looks. Tell us about your HSN collection.
GR:I design for a woman who is on the go. Women are busier than ever, and I wanted to design a collection that can go from day to night and be fashionable. Sometimes I wear three outfits in one day.
Glamour: What are some must-haves from your line?
GR: I love a good pair of leggings. My leggings give you a gorgeous silhouette, and they are comfortable with a wide waistband. I travel in them. When I get off the plane [from L.A. to Chicago], I just change my shoes and am dressed for dinner! Also, a great moto jacket. I have ones that come in really great colors.