A-listers step out in head-turning ensembles, breaking away from traditional red carpet attire
After the conclusion of the SAG-AFTRA strikes, Hollywood has made a triumphant return to the red carpets. This week, celebrities have seized the opportunity to showcase their fashion prowess, opting for daring and unconventional outfits that demand attention. From the GQ Men of the Year awards in London to Variety’s Power of Women event in Los Angeles, and the National Book Awards in New York City, A-listers have taken fashion risks, favoring eye-catching dresses over the usual evening gowns or little black dresses.
Hunter Schafer and Maisie Williams steal the spotlight with bold choices
At the New York City premiere of The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, Hunter Schafer donned a show-stopping Marni dress made of upcycled, hand-painted metal flowers. The vibrant colors and intricate detailing of the dress, paired with a simple and elegant silhouette, created a striking ensemble. Schafer’s stylist, Dara Allen, praised the dress for its unique combination of elaborate decoration and understated charm.
Meanwhile, at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London, Maisie Williams made a statement in a blue tulle and sequin dress by Maison Margiela. The dress exuded maximalism, with its intricate sequin work and voluminous tulle skirt. Williams completed the look with crystallized Tabi heels, one of the hottest shoe trends of the moment.
Moments of soft power and cultural representation
Amidst the bold fashion choices, there were also instances of soft power and cultural representation. At the 74th National Book Awards in New York City, model Kaia Gerber opted for a vintage Ralph Lauren strapless dress from the designer’s fall 2001 collection. The timeless elegance of the dress added a touch of sophistication to the event.
At the Variety Power of Women event, Lily Gladstone, star of “Killers of the Flower Moon,” made a statement in a vibrant red dress by Jamie Okuma, one of the most prominent Native American designers in the contemporary fashion landscape. The dress not only reflected Gladstone’s personal style but also celebrated her Indigenous background, highlighting the importance of representation in the fashion industry.
As Hollywood returns to the red carpets, celebrities are embracing the opportunity to experiment with their fashion choices. From bold and unconventional ensembles to moments of soft power and cultural representation, A-listers are using fashion as a means of self-expression and making a statement. Whether it’s through upcycled materials, intricate detailing, or celebrating their heritage, these stars are redefining red carpet fashion and captivating audiences worldwide.