Puttin’ on the Glitz: Fashion & Film in the Jazz Age

At the end of March I attended an event at the British Library hosted by Amber Butchart and (Lord) Chris Laverty. I covered this event for Joe Kucharski over at Tyranny of Style and I’m posting the link here in case you haven’t seen it!


The event was great and it’s worth thanking everyone all over again. And, contractually*, I have to say how charming and handsome Chris is. Amber was perfection and wears a turban like nobody’s business.

I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to check out the rest of Tyranny of Style.

S x

*not really.


Style Icon: Chris Pine

I watched Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit the other day and really enjoyed it. I haven’t seen any other Jack Ryan films, despite having wanted to, but feel that I should definitely check them out now. Thinking about Jill Taylor’s brilliant costume design for the film I started thinking about Chris Pine’s suits for public events. I haven’t included any that have been previously posted on the blog so check out the Star Trek into Darkness Roundup for more greats.


In one of Pine’s most recent red carpet outings we have another example of a Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit for the premiere of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit in Los Angeles. It is a very back to basics suit but it’s a perfect cut with simple styling – just a crisp white pocket square. This is smooth and sleek with no frills.


Back at CinemaCon in 2013 Pine wore this Z Zegna suit for the Star Trek into Darkness Presentation. The event isn’t particularly high profile and so a premiere type of suit is perfect – with Pine pulling the big guns out for the CinemaCon awards. Just like with the Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit it is a simply cut suit with the focus this time finding itself at his shoes.


Back in 2012 Pine wore another Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit for the London Premiere of The Rise of the Guardians. This time the styling hit a whole new level. Starting from the top down we’ve got a severely cutaway shirt collar (unusual and an interesting old-fashioned look), the light purple shirt with white collar, a purple paisley patterned tie (with a Windsor knot maybe not quite big enough to justify the severity of the cutaway collar…), then there’s the brown checked tweed suit, a purple polka dot pocket square and tan shoes. There is so much going on here but somehow it works. Sure aspects could be toned down a bit – the tie and a subtler collared shirt maybe? But Pine pulls it off and you have to applaud daring.


For the London premiere of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Pine opted for another Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit. I love this. The herringbone tweed cloth of the suit is perfect and so is the cut. No tie but we have another pocket square with a more obvious two point fold (yes, I looked that up). my favourite thing about this suit is the interesting slanted welt pockets on the jacket. So often jacket pockets are uniform that it’s nice to notice a difference.

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Here we have Pine wearing a Louis Vuitton suit at the CinemaCon Awards in 2013. Pine is one of the few actors in Hollywood at the moment who still regularly wears double-breasted suits. Have a think. This suit stays close to the blue and grey tones that work so well with his eyes and the blue tie does well to pick up those cooler tones and even suggest a light blue shirt – the stripes on the shirt also combine to that effect.

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Back in 2011 Pine wore another Ralph Lauren Purple Label to the American GQ’s Men of the Year Awards. More Ralph Lauren, more brown tweed, another shirt with contrasting collar but this time we have a three-piece suit. No pocket square this time but I think I would’ve preferred one to the tie he’s wearing. Maybe there’s just too much brown and it needs a bit of lightening. I love the suit itself though.


Another double-breasted suit (whose designer I cannot find…) for the 2012 New York screening of People Like Us. Again we have a grey double-breasted suit – he seems to stick to grey or blue for his double-breasted outings. This suit is clearly a lightweight cloth, hence all the creasing, but it’s got a great subtle stripe and manages to make the simple outfit look more glamorous. The wonders of a well worn double-breasted suit. And I nearly forgot – an amber polka dot pocket square. Pine is never afraid to mix up patterns, even if this is just a small example of this. (And someone remind me to do a Style Icon post on Elizabeth Banks.)


Just to end out the post we go back to the 2010 Met Costume Gala where Pine chose a Polo Ralph Lauren tuxedo. The richness of the colour of this tux just pulls me in. Plus the satin lapels, the crisp white pocket square and the general fact that it isn’t black.

S x

Red Carpet Watch: 10 of the Best from the Golden Globe Awards 2014

I know last year we had a RCW dedicated to the Golden Globes but… well it’s all been done already hasn’t it? I was stuck at work so decided instead on my favourite best dressed men and women. This list has moved and changed and I’m already starting to change my mind again… This doesn’t bode well but let’s just get started:

5. Evan Peters


The lines of this tux are perfect for Peters’ slight frame but my main reason for including it has to be the colour. As you’ll see from a number in this list I like when tuxs move away from the traditional – not that there’s anything wrong with that though. This suit works great when contrasted with Emma Robert’s elegant black dress. The colour keeps the youth factor.

5. Michelle Dockery (Oscar de la Renta)

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The shape of this dress is just perfection and helps to work against any lingering ‘Lady Mary’ thoughts Everything has been paired down to let the lace with gold detailing shine through. Maybe she could’ve gone a bit wilder with the shoes but it’s a very elegant and understated look.

4. Michael Fassbender


I love the cuffs. And there’s a pocket square. That’s all I have to say really.

4. Allison Williams (Alexander McQueen)


This is another elegant and understated dress and yet very different from Dockery’s. Another example of letting the dress speak for itself. This highly covered up yet very sexy dress.

3. Chris Hemsworth (Dolce & Gabbana)

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Hello 1970s. Midnight blue velvet tuxedo jacket? Nice. Three-piece suit? Good job. Pocket square? Tick. Pocket watch chain? You’re just all kinds of cool Hems.

3. Olivia Wilde (Gucci)

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This dress would look amazing with or without pregnancy bump. You don’t have to wear a “sack” when pregnant but you also don’t have to do a Kate Hudson. Obviously this won’t always work (not everyone has Gucci to custom make a dress for them) but it’s just a thought/reminder?

2. Jared Leto (Saint Laurent)

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This one keeps alternating with top place but it’s too late now. This is all about the smooth, slim lines, the trouser braid and the evening scarf. Just like with Hems flashing some old-school glamour, we have Leto. Who I wouldn’t have expected that from. Bravo.

2. Amy Adams (Valentino)

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The bodice of this dress looks super revealing until you flash back on the costumes Adams wears in American Hustle and then it feels like she’s covered up. The dress does a nice job of combining that ’70s flowing vibe with contemporary fabrics, and the contrast of barely there bodice with long and full skirt. And it’s red. This dress was definitely a grower and its still growing.

1. Matthew McConaughey (Dolce & Gabbana)

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Green velvet waistcoat AND green velvet tuxedo jacket? Brave McConaughey. Brave. But I think it works. It helps that Camilla Alves isn’t wearing a brightly coloured dress to compete with his colour. It was his night after all.

1. Taylor Schilling (Thakoon)


I just love this so much. I can barely explain why. The colour, the lace detailing, the flow, the fact that it reminds me of THAT green dress in Atonement? It was my favourite of the night. (And I just realised that my two favourites are both green. I’m not usually such a fan of green. My mother will be so proud.)

Because there were so many great choices I’ve had to include some honorable mentions:

Idris Elba


He only missed out due to the lack of tie. Formalities can’t hold Elba back.

Lizzy Caplan (Emilio Pucci)


It’s Deco, it’s modern, it’s sleek, it’s sexy, I want it.

Chris Pine (Ermenegildo Zegna Couture)


If you’d have accessorised just a bit more… But you can’t deny it’s a perfectly tailored suit.

Laura Dern (Roberto Cavalli)

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Just appreciate the cut, flow and overall elegance and drama of this dress.

And, obviously, Diane Keaton.

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Because it’s Diane Keaton. And she’s wearing a suit. I love her.

Those were my personal favs (yes, I missed out lots of good ‘uns) – what were yours?

S x

Style Icon: Ryan Gosling

After a little break (I’m still recovering from knee surgery so cut me some slack!) I’m returning with a different Style Icon. Back in OCtober Sarah focused on Gary Barlow but I’m here looking at GQ’s favourite man ever (besides Cary Grant): Ryan Gosling*. Whatever you think of Gosling (should he be a new HCGI?), there’s no doubting his ability to wear a great suit. Here is a selection of my favourites from the past few years.

Wearing Ferragamo at Cinema For Peace at Cannes in 2011 Full disclosure? I’m not too sure about the white shoes but I can let that slide overall. The care that has gone into this outfit should be commended. The check on the Ferragamo suit is brilliant – I love it. Gosling is never afraid to move away from traditional black or navy blue suits and this is a great example. Everything else is very simple so that the look isn’t overpowering and fussy. Plus, you gotta love the glasses.

Wearing Gucci for the New York premiere of 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' in 2011 Another non-traditional suit, this time a Gucci. Again we have a slim cut suit with accessories paired down to allow for the striking check. I think the shoes might be suede and this kind of makes me love them even more…

Wearing Nicolas Ghesquière at the Cannes photocall for 'Drive' in 2011 Now a show-stopping burgundy Nicolas Ghesquière tuxedo for Cannes. The cut is similar to the previous two suits – he knows what shape works for him. And, again, no real accessories apart from a lovely bow tie. It’s yet another example of Gosling’s classic, simple elegance.

Wearing Burberry for the Los Angeles premiere of 'Drive' in 2011 Here we have a navy blue Burberry suit but the real shining stars of this outfit are the socks and shoes. There aren’t many actors that would wear visible red socks to a red carpet event. Complete with loafers so there’s no chance of missing them! At this stage it feels a little redundant to talk about the great suit and its slim fit…

Wearing Ferragamo (with a Lanvin shirt) at the 2011 Golden Globes A full on velvet Ferragamo tuxedo. Sometimes having that much velvet can be overpowering but Gosling wears it simply. Of course. The velvet lapels are a little disconcerting if only because you can’t really see their definition. Would a pocket square have killed him? Just to lighten it up a little?

Wearing Gucci at the Toronto International Film Festival Premiere of 'The Ides of March' in 2011 Another example of avoiding the traditional. For me, the lapels are a tad too wide. Not by much but they jut seem more prominent than lapels on his other suits. This could be down to the edging stitching and essentially be an optical illusion…

Wearing Gucci at the Hua Hin International Film Festival in 2011 Smart, slim, slick. What else is there to say?

Wearing Gucci at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Gangster Squad' in 2012 This burnt orange Gucci three-piece took me a while to like. But it really is a great, unusual suit and the three-piece vibe is perfect for the Gangster Squad premiere. Dress for your event!

Wearing Gucci at the Los Angeles premiere of 'The Ides of March' in 2011 Green? If you say so Gos. It works. This is possibly the only man who could pull off a Gatsby-esque pink suit in real life…

Wearing Ferragamo at the Cannes Film Festival of 'Drive' in 2011The pièce de résistance. Ferragamo. Blue tuxedo. Satin lapels, satin covered buttons, satin pocket welts. Red socks just revealed. Super shiny black shoes. Shirt studs. Midnight blue (?) bow tie. What’s not to love?

S x

*No proof of this statement whatsoever.

Variations On A Suit: Wearing Colour

A classic black suit is nothing short of dapper, but now and then it’s good for a fine fellow to give their threads an injection of colour. Observe and swoon below:

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Andrew Garfield is looking seriously hot in this fitted red suit and cherrywood shoes. The shade works well with his fair skin and he’s added an extra boost of red with the shirt stripe. Very smart cazj.

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Grey isn’t black, but it’s still a standard suit colour. However Mr. Pine has added little touches of royal purple with his tie and cheeky polka dot pocket square, both of which are of different textures which keeps it interesting.

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OK, so this is a magazine shot (GQ) but it’s a good example of what I mean and hey, it’s Christoph Waltz! Again, blue suits are worn many times, but you can switch it up a bit by mixing darker shades with brighter ones (as shown here with the cute skinny tie). Also, a pair of classy Horatio-Caine-in-CSI:Miami shades is a bonus.

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Had to put my main Mann in here. Gabriel Mann hardly ever does black, and he has given us another good example of accessorizing non-black suits with colour. The colours seem to blend together rather than match, which is what I like.

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Jamie Foxx has definitely cranked up the colour in this Oswald Boateng suit. Purple is certainly a tricky colour to pull off for suit, but here he’s done it effortlessly. The turquoise blue shirt is also very striking. And the man just oozes confidence – perhaps that’s why it works so well.


It may be from a film, but Jay Gatsby/Leonardo DiCaprio has shown that coloured suits don’t always have to be bold. A nice subtle shade like this pink colour also works just as well.

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I said that purple is a tricky colour, but I think it comes second to orange. Oswald Boateng’s (wearing his own design, no less) suit is verging on bizarre – but I really like it. The suit isn’t too bright a shade and the tie tones everything down. And again, he looks confident and comfortable in it, as if to say “Yeah, I wore orange, what of it”?

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I KNOW. Who on earth would have thought that R-Patz would show up anywhere on this blog, let alone in this post. But I’ll be honest, he looks good here in this blood red (geddit?) suit…

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…and again in this emerald green one. The man has style, I can’t deny it!


Red Carpet Watch: ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Los Angeles Premiere

As promised in the first Star Trek into Darkness RCW, here is the LA Premiere:


There is a lot going on with Pine’s suit here. But I have to say that for some reason it works for me. The blue of his double-breasted suit (another Ralph Lauren Purple Label) is a beautiful shade and he’s wearing his favourite tan shoes again – I like consistency. The true story of this outfit is with all the patterns on the accessories: the blue and white striped shirt, the peach tie printed with a blue and white paisley (I think) and then the polka dot pocket square. So many patterns. And as much as I feel that I should hate it, I don’t. It’s brave and for me, Pine pulls it off.


On the opposite end of the spectrum we come to Quinto and his Topman suit. Quinto is usually full of excitement clothing wise but this look seems very toned down – mostly when compared to Pine’s suit. Having said that, I love the white piping on the suit lapels and the thin lines with the slim cut trousers, thin lapels and short collar. Clearly this outfit is all about the hair anyway.


Kate Beckinsale wearing Alberta Ferretti. This is a very simple yet effective dress.The silhouette looks great on her and, much as I don’t really like strappy shoes, the bright yellow straps help to add some youth to the dress – as does the hem. And her earrings are very beautiful.


I can’t quite make my mind up about Jennifer Morrison’s Editions by George Chakra’s jumpsuit. I really like jumpsuits (it’s that tailoring thing for me again), and I like them in interesting fabric or with a slightly different cut (like the low back of this one that isn’t shown in this photo) but somehow this one seems a little…awkward? It might be to do with Morrison’s pose. Or the fact that I’ve had numerous costume jumpsuit problems recently and that’s stuck in my head. I’m pulling for the pose and my own issues for this. I think my first impulse of it being a winner is accurate.

chris-pine-zachary-quinto-star-trek-into-darkness-premiere-11The first appearance of John Cho (Sulu) at a Star Trek into Darkness premiere. This is a very basic look but the suit shape is a great fit for him and I like that he has worn a pocket square – even if you can barely see it against the suit. The aubergine tie adds a slight dash of colour against the charcoal grey suit, but just a dash.

zoe-saldana-alice-eve-star-trek-into-darkness-premiere-05I really love Eve’s Zuhair Murad dress. Really love it. The gold brocade feature, with the black detailing to both soften and harden the dress. I particularly love the shoulder pads. The bodice shape reminds me of Cate Blanchett’s Givenchy dress at the Oscars in 2011 – but I was in the minority of not really liking that dress… I love Eve’s dress here. I think it might be my favourite of hers from the promotional tour.


Urban wearing a similar suit cut to those in Sydney, except this is a one-button rather than two. Another grey suit with limited accessories – just a simple subtly diagonally striped grey tie.


Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch and Zachary Quinto attended a special New York screening of the film on 9th May:


More pattern mixing for Pine but this time with black and white – no bright colours to be found. His three-piece pinstriped Ralph Lauren suit with wide lapels is matched with a wide collared shirt. The polka dot tie adds some humour to the suit and away from the business man cliche. Probably a wise choice. Then there’s Cumberbatch wearing a simple, but beautifully cut one-button midnight blue suit – who wants to bet that it’s Spencer Hart? This is a favoured suit shape for Cumberbatch and when it works as well as it does why change it? Quinto adds lightness to the group purely through lighter blues! The denim patterned shirt (?) is a really interesting choice worn with his one-button navy blue Todd Snyder suit with some amazing leather lapels. Details like that win me over.

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Red Carpet Watch: The Met Gala 2013

Unfortunately Sophia is unable to do this post, so I’ve been asked to fill in for her today. Wish me luck!

The Met Gala took place yesterday, and theme for this year was ‘punk’, and I must say that some of the red carpet choices were, um…interesting (not to name any names…Ms Richie) but there quite a few that did stand out, punky and non-punky (expect the word ‘punk’ to be dropped very frequently):

Rooney Mara in Givenchy

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Beautiful dress. She has quite pale skin, so I thought a white dress would wash her out, but it suits her perfectly. I also love her dark lipstick, very “punk”. She looks flawless.

Sienna Miller in Burberry

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Also looking amazing in white. And I love love LOVE that spiked jacket and spiked hairband (although former is gold and the latter is silver…I’m pernickety like that). She’s kept the dress simple to let her punky accessories do the talking. This has to be one of my favourite outfits from the event.

Lena Dunham (with Erdem Moralioglu) in Erdem

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Honestly I’ve never taken to Lena Dunham’s red carpet looks, but here I think she looks great. The dress is very understated and gothic, and I think the polka dot lace at the top is very her. I love the simple, slicked back hairdo too.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci

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It’s quite an unusual look, but that’s what I like about it. I think the top half is kinda punky but the bottom half keeps it sophisticated and balances out the top half. But perhaps she could have worn darker make-up.

Nicholas Hoult in Dior Homme

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Nicholas Hoult looks every inch un homme in this fitted suit. The colour of the jacket is gorgeous and makes his eyes pop. The bow tie could have been a bit smaller, but he’s wearing a pocket square, so we’ll let that one slide – for now.

Emily Blunt in Carolina Herrera

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Her hair and make-up are fabulous, and I also like the gothic look of her shoes. It’s a very simple and understated dress but she wears it very well. Despite the DTSFT Team’s mixed feelings about her, we all agree that she has impeccable red carpet style.

Ginnifer Goodwin in Tory Burch

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Y’all already know how I feel about this lady. I think she’s amazing. And here’s transformed from fairy tale princess to punk princess. The style of the dress is very different but I really do like it. Now, her make-up…maybe if she toned down the eyeshadow juuust a little it would look great. Good on her for working this look though!

Cara Delevingne in Thakoon

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I absolutely love this dress, and if I had it (and her banging body) I’d wear it pretty much everywhere. She’s kept to the punk theme with the spiky detail and ‘half and half’ hairstyle, and the clutch adds a nice contrast.

Nina Dobrev in Monique Lhuillier

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I noticed that one or two ladies were wearing the jumpsuit/dress look, but I think Nina was the one who pulled it off the best. She’s kept everything simple and toned down and her quiffy hair adds a nice punky touch.

Zachary Quinto

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His hair and shoes are so cute! I also really like the little chain across the waistcoat which is a nod to the theme. Although I can’t help but think that this outfit would have looked even better if it was a suit: a blue blazer would finish the look nicely.

Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney

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This has to be another of my favourites. I love everything about this look: the colour, the spiky belt, the style, her hair…simply stunning.

Nicki Minaj in Tommy Hilfiger


Nicki Minaj is very well-known for her outrageous red carpet outfits, but since she apparently sacked her whole style team in favour of a more demure look, it seems that her choice has definitely paid off. The cut-out dress is elegant yet sexy, and she’s added a shot of punk with that clutch and her blonde mane. I think she looks great.

Darren Criss in Richard Chai

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Unfortunately I couldn’t get a red carpet picture, but you only need to see the jacket anyway. It has a checked pattern, which is very, very punk like, but he’s pulled the whole look back a bit with the black shirt, trousers and tie. Having said that though, the tie is kind of lost against that shirt. Maybe he could have worn a green one?

Zooey Deschanel in Tommy Hilfiger

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I swear down I didn’t recognise her when I saw this picture. The dress isn’t punky (although the safety-pin clutch could be) but she still looks lovely. It’s a very flowy and sweet dress which suits her perfectly.

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior

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You could say that she’s playing it a bit safe with this dress, but on the other hand, why mess with what works? I really like this dress, it’s very sweet and feminine but the high platforms and veil give it a punky, tough edge. I really love the fact that she wore a veil, something that no-one else there had done.

Christoph Waltz in Prada

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Yes, your man Christoph Waltz was there, looking dapper as ever. When it comes to suits, the man can do no wrong, especially in this navy blue one with a snazzy stripe down the trouser leg. And look at this guy’s face – even he knows he’s on point!

Kate Mara in Delpozo

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Another favourite. The colour is lovely and goes well with her skin tone. It doesn’t keep to the punk theme, but it’s so unique that I’m not surprised she wore it anyway. I also like that she didn’t overdo it with the hair and make up. It’s all about the dress.

Naomie Harris in Donna Karan

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Such a beautiful dress. I love the gradual shading of the colours and the cut-out shoulders. I love her hair and blinging accessories too. It’s not punk themed, but she looks nothing short of glamourous.

Jennifer Morrison in Donna Karan Atelier

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I had to pick a back shot of her because her hair is fantastic. It’s definitely punky but still very feminine. I also love the gothic looking material of her dress and the one shoulder style. All that plus an injection of colour with her bright red lips. Amazing.

Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga

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It’s a very sleek and elegant dress but the angular shape of it along with her smoky eyeshadow and slicked hair keep it with the theme. Part of me does think she could have done something more with her look, but then again she’s always made quite demure choices when it comes to red carpet outfits, which I think suits her very well.

Joshua Jackson (with Diane Kruger) in Dior Homme

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I’m all about the tie with this look. And we have another tie pin (I think)! I hope that trend catches on, because personally I love it. I also really like the white contrast on the jacket, which makes the look interesting but still keeps it formal. I’d also like to mention Diane Kruger’s pink dip-dyed hair. It’s so cute, and very…wait for it…punky.