Jemima Kirke in Chanel
In a sea of future-facing gowns, Kirke’s retro choice stood out. The slim line, long sleeved silhouette was hugely elegant; with the gowns soft golden hue a perfect backdrop to the intricate pearl embellishment, which looked like armour in jewel form. Typically, Kirke gave the look a hard edge with slicked back hair and a red eyeshadow.
Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen
The excitement of Sarah Burton returning to showing in London for AW16, was seconded only by her show-stopping gowns. It’s amazing to see one in action on the red carpet; this style, resplendent with the night sky in jewels scattered across its surface, is the perfect show piece for a collection that had the fash pack spellbound.
Alexa Chung in Thakoon
You can always rely on Chung to flout the convention of red carpet dressing. She does it here masterfully, rocking a slashed necked, beaded suit in insouciant style. Top marks for her completely plain sandals and minimal jewels – all the better for keeping the attention on the main event – her all-in-one.
Jourdan Dunn in Balmain
Balmain’s ‘fem bot’ style silver gown fits in perfectly with this years theme of fashion and technology. Dunn’s sleek grey toned bob keeps this heavily beaded gown feeling fresh and contemporary. The strategic cut out details and mini fish tail add extra impact to an already statement look.
Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton
Nicolas Ghesquiere had everyone from Michelle Williams to Selena Gomez walking the carpet in his creations. Vikander easily stole the limelight in this shimmering bronze creation with bright red patent bodice. The heavy hiking boots, which will be key for AW16, finished the look in a perfectly tough and modern way.
Sienna Miller in Gucci
Miller opted for an elegant style from label of the moment Gucci. Playing it safe with this golden gown, the colour of which mirrored her messy chignon, really paid off. She looked every inch the Holly wood star, while her loose hair and dark smoky eye kept things cool. A masterclass in red carpet dressing.
Naomie Harris in Burberry
Always elegant on the red carpet, Naomie’s Burberry gown is no exception. Mirroring the sparkling brocades which Christopher Bailey utilised for modish mini dresses in his AW16 collection, here he has transformed the fabric into a modern medieval masterpiece. Harris’s loose hair is the perfect partner to this structured gown.
Lena Dunham in J Crew
You can always rely on Dunham to make a statement; and turning up in matching tux’s with Jenna Lyons was guaranteed to cause a stir. A far cry from Dunham’s character Hannah’s eclectic style in her series Girls, this androgynous look was polished and pulled together. The slicked back bob and heavy glasses were the perfect finishing touches.
Brie Larson in Proenza Schouler
The typically Proenza silhouette of Larson’s sequinned gown had it marked out as a winner. The tired, modern frill skirt and cut out details are not what you would expect to see with the outsized pailettes. The addition of the black velvet bow and deep berry lip give a pleasingly gothic twist. Refreshingly restrained – despite the sparkle.
Beyoncé in Givenchy
One doesn’t expect to love a nude latex gown, but somehow the demure neckline, puffed shoulders and pretty embellishment on this creation all conspire to make the perfect red carpet piece. Beyoncé’s ultra-simple, straight blow dry and bold, rocky eye make-up are the perfect graphic lines to compliment the prettiness of the dress. Pleasingly different and unexpected from Queen B.
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