Red Carpet Evolution: Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara is still relatively unknown to many people, but her red carpet style has evolved very quickly in such a short space in time.

The New Yorker who went to NYU is the younger sister of actress Kate Mara. She has already starred in many hit movies including ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’, ‘The Social Network’ and her current movie, ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’.

Here is her red carpet evolution.

The Blush and Bashful Years
Her first red carpet appearance was at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival for the screening of ‘Dare’ where she was an unknown fresh-faced beauty wearing a pretty nude dress under a plaid coat which she teamed with a beige belt, tights and olive ankle boots.

Her love of nude dresses didn’t end there as she went on to a nude frilly confection at the Toronto Film Festival during the same year with a small leopard-print clutch and sandals that matched her dress and completed her look.

Cut to 2010 and cute nude dresses with matching shoes were still favoured by Rooney on the red carpet for the ‘Youth In Revolt’ screening and for the LA premiere for ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ where she wore an Alberta Ferretti pinafore dress with matching accessories. Read More…

Emma Watson’s Red Carpet Transformation

Ten years ago a young Emma Watson first hit the red carpet as the bright young ‘Harry Potter’ star.

Back then she wouldn’t have known that she would go on to make 7 more Harry Potter movies and become a millionairess, an icon to many teenage girls, the face of Burberry, collaborate with Alberta Ferretti and be called a fashion icon by many leading fashion magazines.

The Early Years
Her journey started off at the 2001 “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” London Premiere. You can tell by what she’s wearing that was already interested in dressing up as she added a feather boa to jazz up her look.

In 2002 the young actress had already grown up a lot in a space of a year. At the “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” LA Premiere she opted for a ‘bohemian meets biker’ look pairing a brown paisley dress with matching leather jacket and boots.

At the “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” New York Premiere it was clear the young star needed some help.

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Taylor Momsen’s Red Carpet Transformation

One of Taylor Momsen’s first red carpet appearances was back in 2007, before she landed her role as Jenny Humphrey in “Gossip Girl”.

Back then she was promoting her film “Paranoid Park” at Cannes Film Festival wearing sparkling ballet flats, jeans and a white top.

By the time she started “Gossip Girl”, she was a typical teen wearing pink cute dresses, whilst her make-up was kept light and fresh.

By 2008 Taylor had cut-off her girlie locks and wore more make-up.  She also developed more of an attitude on the red carpet.

Her style had become a touch sassier as she opted for shorter styles, tight bustier dresses and leather jackets to toughen up her look.

At this point we were noting that she was becoming a mini Debbie Harry.

By 2009 we’d given her make-up its own name – raccoon.

Because that’s what she looked like each time she hit the red carpet.

At this point she appeared to constantly be in character, not knowing were Jenny Humphrey ended and were Taylor Momsen began.

Mini Debbie Harry had become full on Courtney Love with tacky extensions, swearing on British television, ripped stockings, outerwear as underwear and waaaayyy too much boobage for a 16 year old.

The shocking thing is she’s still only 16, yet she dresses way too old for her age.

I’m glad Taylor Swift – who is 4 years older than Momsen – is in no hurry to age so badly.

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Red Carpet Transformation – Evan Rachel Wood

It has been a while since I did a Red Carpet Transformation post, and I could not think of any one better than Evan Rachel Wood, because her style has been a bit of a roll-coaster. As the young actress she tried to develop her own style and ended up….well just copying Dita von Teese’s.

One of Evan’s first red carpet appearances was at the ABC All Star Party back in 2001 when she was just 14.

Her look back then was age appropriate, and varied, with a small sign of Gothic tendencies, with her love for her black leather skirt.

During 2003-2004, a teenage Evan Rachel Wood gained critical acclaim for her role as Tracy Louise Freeland in the hit movie Thirteen.

Her look was very much to be expected for a young girl walking the red carpet at some of the biggest events.

She was slightly awkward in an eggplant dress for the Thirteen premiere, golden at an event honouring Nicole Kidman, coming of age in a steel blue satin dress to the Golden Globes, fairy-tale princess-like at the SAG Awards, and looking very grown up in a nude flapper-esqe dress for the Critic’s Choice Awards.

In 2006 we saw the start of her ‘black’ phase.

In October 2006, Evan and Marylin were first photographed together at The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D World Premiere.

Evan attended Marilyn Manson Art Gallery Exhibition on Halloween, wearing head-to-toe black, retro waves, and red lips. This you may say is when the transformation to a Dita von Teese clone began.

Dita von Teese filed for divorce on 29 December 2007, citing Evan Rachel Wood as one of the factors in the break-down of their marriage. Not long after Evan and Marylin went public, and so did her dark locks.

Some of you have tried to convince us ‘none believers’, that the darker locks was for a movie role, but we ain’t buying it.

In early November it was reported that Evan Rachel Wood and Marylin Manson had split on October 23.

Shortly after that Evan incorporated some colour into her red carpet look, not once, but twice. Her hair also became lighter, as she showed off a gorgeous flame coloured ‘do.

She has kept the retro waves and darker make-up, but it looks like she maybe finally starting to find her own identity.

I think there’s not a lot wrong with being inspired by someone else’s style. Victoria is inspired by Audrey Hepburn and Christina Aguilera by Lady Gaga, but basing your look on your boyfriend ex-wife is a little creepy.


Red Carpet Transformation – Katie Holmes

The first time we saw Katie Holmes was at the 35th New York Film Festival for the premiere of “The Ice Storm” as a fresh face 18 year old. She wore a what looks like lingerie, with tights and strappy sandals. *shakes head*

Her second appearance on the red carpet got worse at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards as she wore this Gothic inspired all black baggy ensemble.

Katie’s first major appearance on the red carpet was at the 50th Annual Emmy Awards. She did not fair to well in this virginal white crochet gown.

For the “X-Men” premiere in New York, Katie was casual wearing a white t-shirt and a snake skinned skirt.

By 2004 Katie had polished her look. To the “First Daughter” premiere in New York she wore a very sexy brown dress with strappy sandals.

In 2005, Katie had got it together looking every inch the B list actress in this white Chanel-esqe dress which she wore to the Fifi Awards.

On my birthday ‘TomKat’ was born to the media – cue lots of PDA on the red carpet. I only wish Katie had had a better coming out dress at the David di Donatello 2005 Awards in Rome. Once again this ends up looking like tacky lingerie.

Katie was stunning in this turquoise halter dress for the New York premiere of Tom’s “War of the World’s”. I especially love the gold shoes.

This was the start of navy and black becoming a staple in Katie closet. She wore this strapless midnight blue dress to the 2005 BAFTA Awards in London. Love the ghetto gold.

Two weeks and 2 days after having baby Suri, Katie Holmes was back on the red carpet for the LA premiere of Tom’s “Mission Impossible III”. Her face says to me that the red carpet is the last place she wanted to be, but she looks good for a woman still carrying her baby weight.

Then came the Hollywood glamour. Katie instantly became an A lister when she married Tom Cruise, and with that came designers clamouring to dress her. Giorgio Armani designed her wedding dress and with that came an invitation to the Armani Prive Spring 2007 Paris Fashion Week show. Katie obviously played close attention at the show, because she picked out this gorgeous organza peach Armani Prive Spring 2007 strapless gown for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

I loved this Azzedine Alaia dress and Katie’s hair cut, which got it’s red carpet debut at the New York premiere of Hairspray. This is Katie’s only red carpet appearance without Tom since they got together.

Not many people can out posh Posh, but Katie was a vision in this red vintage James Galanos strapless gown for the Beckham’s Welcome to LA Party.

Katie wore this Armani Privé 2007 strapless sweetheart necklined metallic dress for the “Lions For Lambs” Berlin premiere continuing her great style run on the red carpet.

She took the night off from Armani to dazzle the crowds in this one shouldered black satin Monique Lhuillier Spring 2008 gown with flats to the Opening Night Gala Presentation of “Lions for Lambs” in LA.

The most stylish Katie has looked on the red carpet this year was when she wore this aubergine velvet Hermes Fall 2007 halter gown to the 23rd Annual Museum of the Moving Image Black Tie Salute honoring her husband. She is stunning and cements her place as one of the best dressed on the red carpet. For the “Lions for Lambs” Washington premiere she was more business-like in this Lanvin Fall 2007 dress.

It has been a long road on the quest for superstar status for this girl from Ohio, but she has made the transition from awkward teen TV star to a stylist A list red carpet movie star perfectly. I hope she has not peaked, and we see much more great style from Mrs Cruise.

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Red Carpet Transformation – Angelina Jolie

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One of Angelina’s first red carpet appearances as an adult was for the premiere of ‘Playing God’ in October 1997. She obviously never had a stylist.

For her Oscar win she went Goth in this floor lengthed black dress and dramatic make-up.

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In 2001 Angelina lighted up on the dramatic make-up but wore leather for her ‘Lara Croft’ premiere.

Also in 2001 she was all-white for the 73rd Oscars. A dramatic difference to her appearance in 2000.

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For the 2002 Golden Globes the gothic make-up makes a comeback.

At the Cannes Film Festival in 2004, Angelina returns to a masculine suit although the face and make-up is very soft.

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Angelina keeps up the Oscar white for her 2004 Oscar appearance in this floor length gown.

She returns to black for the ‘Alexander’ LA premiere. This dress is amazing and shows off her perfect figure.

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In 2005 the ‘Mrs & Mrs Smith’ premiere saw Angelina walk the red carpet in her most sexiest outfit yet. The floor length leather dress had many men (including Brad no doubt) weak at the knees.

For the ‘Good Shephard’ premiere in 2006, Angelina looked very gaut and thin in this black dress with silver embellishments.

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The ‘God Grew Tired Of Us’ premiere this year Angelina kept up the black theme in this ensemble which was well co-ordinated with her partner.

At this years Golden Globes, Angelina wore this grey St. John’s dress which I hated on her. I was very disappointed that the Jolie-Pitts first red carpet appearance would be her in this dress.

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And then……YELLOW. There was a collective jaw-drop when Angelina stepped out with her beau in this Emanuel Ungaro yellow gown for the ‘Ocean’s 13’ premiere in Cannes last week. Hopefully this is the stepping stone to seeing Angelina break away from the dark side of her closet and embrace the lighter side.