Zhang Ziyi In Alessandra Rich – 2nd Beijing Film Festival Opening Ceremony

Zhang Ziyi continued to step out of her comfort zone at the 2nd Beijing International Film Festival opening ceremony, held at the China National Convention Center this evening.

The Asian actress was always relied upon to fulfil the ‘princess’ gown quota on the red carpet, but her new direction is a more modern, less frou-frou approach.

On this occasion she donned an Alessandra Rich Spring 2012 dress.

Her pretty white Chantilly lace shirt dress was worn without the polka-dot tie and blue belt; instead Zhang Ziyi opted for a white belt with gold hardware.

A gold shoulder bag, red lips and wavy side-swept locks completed her look.

Whilst I love this dress and her new style, I wish she brought out the princess gown just this once.

I think this type of occasion always needs a bit of frou frou.

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28 Responses to Zhang Ziyi In Alessandra Rich – 2nd Beijing Film Festival Opening Ceremony

  1. J April 25, 2012 at 10:58 #

    I love it! Something different from the usual over-the-top China looks.

  2. Alina April 24, 2012 at 15:00 #

    I love this!

    BDOTW contender for me.

  3. d April 24, 2012 at 10:19 #

    dont like the chunky shoes, belt and white nail colour!!!

  4. zeo April 24, 2012 at 09:01 #

    I think she looks pretty in this dress.

  5. Emi April 24, 2012 at 06:17 #

    I love it from head to toe.

  6. Sonya April 24, 2012 at 03:55 #

    She looks a darn sight better than Leelee Sobieski with the same idea.

  7. nani April 24, 2012 at 02:54 #

    Zhang Ziyi

  8. jajulicious April 24, 2012 at 01:38 #

    There will be plenty of princess style frou frou….most Asian actors love that look so I am glad ZZ wore something different and modern. We need that in Asia. We are too much into classic and frou frou.

  9. Michelle April 24, 2012 at 01:32 #

    Her overall look is good – a bit too casual for the occasion but still very pretty. Detail-wise, I don’t like what she did to the hem of the dress. Because it was probably too long for her, she had the hem sewed in, but only the front half of the dress. The lace still shows over the dress if you look at it from the back. It just seems unpolished =(

  10. gabis April 24, 2012 at 00:42 #

    Oh gosh, NO, not another fancy nurse please…

  11. TeaAtTwo April 24, 2012 at 00:32 #

    I agree she looks very good as it is but doesn’t feel enough of a statement look for an opening ceremony.

  12. CreoleLady April 24, 2012 at 00:20 #

    Much prefer the styling here – hair, makeup, belt – over the styling of LeeLee’s white dress. Leelee’s orange makeup, severe hairstyle and lack of a belt over the seam of her dress just made hers seem too Clara Barton for me. A little casual but I like the easy breezy feel.

  13. ramsay April 24, 2012 at 00:01 #

    I’m not sure of this new direction – I don’t mind it really, she’s allowed to experiment and express herself- But she has such a sweet, cute physique, the princess style seems to fit her like a glove – It’s like Beyonce, sexy style fits her like a glove and she’s allowed to go in an other direction if she wants to but we would find that ill-fitting and a waste – I would say stick to the sweet princess style (and maybe add a pinch of salt every now and then) because that blue Dior you wore last year was superb on you

  14. firien April 23, 2012 at 23:48 #

    …with a hint of Leelee Sobieski…

    • Tracy L April 24, 2012 at 00:46 #

      I agree firien. I loved that white shirtdress gown that Lee Lee wore a week a two ago.

  15. CTgirl April 23, 2012 at 22:50 #

    This type of dress really requires Tilda Swinton.

  16. Rebecca Z April 23, 2012 at 22:30 #

    Not too impressed. Hate the clunky shoes. She could have sold this dress with better accessories–the belt screams casual.

  17. The Very Simon G April 23, 2012 at 22:06 #


    • Tiffany Nicole April 26, 2012 at 18:50 #

      +1 speak on it! It’s fresh, fun, fantastic. Grown a$$ woman bringing the simple chic. A nod to the formal without throwing on some laborious princess gown.

  18. EmmaWoodhouse April 23, 2012 at 21:56 #

    I love her princess look but this is so soft and romantic that I love it too! Gorgeous dress! I only wish the lace showed below the hem as in the lookbook photo. 🙂

    • Sharon April 24, 2012 at 04:30 #

      I agree about the lacey hem. It looks instead like she had the hem taken up 4-5 inches. Keeping the blue belt would have helped too. Losing the polka dot tie was a good move, though. She looks nice, but I too am missing the princess.

  19. Aline April 23, 2012 at 21:54 #

    I absolutely agree that she should have worn something more dramatic for this kind of event. But I really love the dress on her and the hairstyle. She looks beautiful.

    • Yeliz April 24, 2012 at 18:49 #


      • lily June 2, 2012 at 05:15 #

        i agree with u!i love her!

  20. Christine April 23, 2012 at 21:50 #

    Love! Likely a new phase she is trying out.

  21. Riley April 23, 2012 at 21:43 #

    As usual I agree with FC. This event clearly called for drama and a frou frou princessy gown. She may have gotten a new stylist or something, but Taylor Swift would be jealous how amazing Zhang looks in princess gowns, so I am surprised Zhang seems to be embracing a new style direction entirely.

    But I don’t think Princess Zhang is gone for good, just like Sequin Swift isn’t gone for good. Can’t fight nature right?

    • Fashion Critic April 23, 2012 at 21:49 #

      RIGHT…they will both be back.

    • bas April 23, 2012 at 21:57 #

      hahahaha… of course!

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