24.12.14 Best Of

Best Newcomer 2014 – Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Best Newcomer 2014 - Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw may be a newcomer to the scene, but she’s quickly staked her claim as a fashion force to be reckoned with.

The British actress has already racked up a list of colourful and classically modern, sartorial victories to go along with her film credits.

Where to begin? A custom Lanvin column gown by Alber Elbaz in emerald green at the ‘Beyond the Lights’ New York premiere couldn’t have been more elegantly refined if it tried—complementing rather than competing with her beauty.

Another custom Lanvin confection, this one in bold black and white floral print, was equally astonishing at the Met Gala.

A minimalist, pale-peach Calvin Klein dress was subtle and oh-so-sophisticated at an ELLE event.

Lupita Nyong’o left big shoes to fill in the Best Newcomer department last year, but Gugu has certainly strapped on her stilettos and done the role proud. She’ll not soon fall off our ones- to-watch list.

Runner Up: Odeya Rush

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03.12.14

Gugu Mbatha-Raw In Calvin Klein Collection – 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards

Gugu Mbatha-Raw In Calvin Klein Collection - 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards

Gugu Mbatha-Raw served up another breathtaking moment on the red carpet for the 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards held at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday (December 1) in New York City.

The British actress donned a head-to-toe winter white look featuring a body-hugging Calvin Klein off-the-shoulder uber-chic frock styled with simple white sandals and Lee Savage ‘Negative Space’ clutch.

As we would expect, the look is utter perfection. I would’ve loved a pale blue sandal to add something a bit different into the mix, but she played it well nonetheless.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw In Gucci – The Hollywood Foreign Press Association And InStyle Celebrate The 2015 Golden Globe Award Season

Gugu Mbatha-Raw In Gucci - The Hollywood Foreign Press Association And InStyle Celebrate The 2015 Golden Globe Award Season

Gugu Mbatha-Raw attended the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle’s celebration of the 2015 Golden Globe awards season held at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on Thursday (November 20) in West Hollywood, California.

The British actress wore a Gucci Fall 2014 pale-blue leather A-line dress accented with a ruffled placket.

Even with the plunging neckline this leather frock comes off as sweet rather than sultry. So far Gugu is yet to show that side of her.

Keeping the look simple, she styled the look with silver-metallic pumps and a hint of pale-blue via her clutch, eye makeup and earrings.

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14.11.14 Premiere

Gugu Mbatha-Raw In Lanvin – ‘Beyond The Lights’ New York Premiere

Gugu Mbatha-Raw In Lanvin - 'Beyond The Lights' New York Premiere

Gugu Mbatha-Raw attended the ‘Beyond The Lights’ New York premiere held at the Regal Union Square on Thursday (November 13) in New York City.

The actress left me breathless wearing a custom-made Lanvin creation by Alber Elbaz which isn’t her first. It would appear that the designer is just as taken as we are by the stunning starlet and is very much up for the challenge of creating a gown to match her beauty.

Her emerald green one-shoulder column gown with crystal embroidered paneling at waist was yet another timeless, elegant creation, but factor in the retro waves and flawless makeup and you will find me saying this is a best dressed of the week contender if I ever saw one.

One for her hall of fame.

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21.10.14

Elle’s 21st Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration

Elle's 21st Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration

Elle hosted their 21st annual Women in Hollywood celebration held at the Four Seasons Hotel on Monday (October 20) in Beverly Hills, California in association with Calvin Klein, so of course many of the attendees were decked out in the brand’s latest designs.

Kerry Washington: Working a Resort 2015 look which was edgier than we’ve come to expect from the ‘Scandal’ star, she pulled it off with ease. The fold-over neckline sits a lot higher than it does on the runway but this works in her favour, enhancing the matching blue eye makeup. I love the sexy Christian Louboutin ‘Miss Rigidaine’ pumps, but the black and white Thale Blanc clutch feels terribly out of place.

Ashley Madekwe: The actress can pull off just about anything and here she works a Resort 2015 LBD which is inherently minimalist, with the gold-metallic bib, David Yurman jewels and strappy sandals giving the look an edge.

Lizzy Caplan: Serving up a third Resort 2015 look, Lizzy opted for a sportier look, donning a colour-block look styled with grey accessories. The shoes can stay, but that clutch has gotta go. No clutch at all or something considerably smaller would’ve worked for me.

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14.10.14 Screening

Gugu Mbatha-Raw In Lanvin – ‘Beyond The Lights’ Chicago International Film Festival Screening

Gugu Mbatha-Raw In Lanvin - 'Beyond The Lights' Chicago International Film Festival Screening

Gugu Mbatha-Raw attended a screening of ‘Beyond The Lights’ at the 50th annual Chicago International Film Festival at the AMC River East 21 on Friday (October 10) in Chicago, Illinois.

The British actress wore a demurely elegant Lanvin Resort 2015 knee-length LBD spliced with a white bow detail at the neckline giving this sophisticated look a girlish flourish.

With that gorgeous face, chic updo and diamond jewels, the look didn’t need much else, so simple black pumps provided the finishing touch.

I love Gugu’s style. Simple, elegant, without a hint of trying too hard.

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