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Gugu Mbatha-Raw In Andreas Kronthaler for Vivenne Westwood – ‘Fast Color’ SXSW Festival Premiere

The 2018 SXSW Conference and Festival is in full swing, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw was in Austin, Texas over the weekend for the ‘Fast Color’ SXSW premiere on Saturday (March 10).

To say that I preferred her variation on this Andreas Kronthaler for Vivenne Westwood Spring 2018 micro-check dress to the original would be a gross understatement.

The actress brought such a radiant interpretation of the signature VW draped silhouette that was at once vintage-inspired and thoroughly modern.

More pretty. Less punk. And I was fully on board.

She even sold me on the languid drama of the robe-like, belted coat, which she added atop the dress whilst on stage.

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08.03.18 Screening

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ New York Screening Red Carpet Roundup

Head-turning short silhouettes were the preferred look at the ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ New York screening on Wednesday (March 7) with costars showing some leg. They joined Storm Reid.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw: The British beauty cut a sharp figure in a black Narciso Rodriguez Pre-Fall 2018 dress. The seams and pleating molded to her body and brought out the tougher finish in the fabric. The orange-red lipstick added a pop of colour while playing into the classic-with-a-twist mood.

Reese Witherspoon: The brocade fabric on the Co dress might have a moody sentiment, but there is still a playfulness to the look thanks to the puff sleeves and gently flared skirt. The belted waist helps balance the volume on top while adding a feminine charm that the actress favours. Her smile was as magnetic as her silver shoes.  

Mindy Kaling: The actress brought some colour with a vivid red Jill Jill Stuart bell sleeve frock. The flared sleeves add drama to the sheath shape with the white shoes bringing freshness. From the pose, one might think she is self-conscious about the front slit, but she revealed the sultry detail in other photographs.

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27.02.18 Premiere

‘A Wrinkle In Time’ LA Premiere Red Carpet Roundup

The Los Angeles premiere of Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ on Monday (February 26) brought out the storybook romance in many lovely ladies.

Tessa Thompson: The ‘Westworld actress’ oozed retro elegance in an embellished Miu Miu dress. It’s clear she has considered the entire look, but I must say that the Judith Leiber clutch takes away from the diamantes on the gown. The Irene Neuwirth and David Yurman jewels were more harmonizing.

Tracee Ellis Ross: The ‘Black-ish’ actress was a beauty blooms in a Michael Kors Resort 2018 dress. The pleated style has a romantic fairy tale quality, but her styling gives it a fashion-forward finish. A Tyler Ellis clutch, pale pink boots and her cornrows elevate the look.

Oprah Winfrey: Va-va-voom! The multi-hyphenate looked sensational in a deep blue Atelier Versace number. She may not have gone the princess route, but I don’t think anyone will be complaining about this sultry number.

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19.02.18

2018 BAFTA Awards Red Carpet Roundup

Black gowns dominated the 2018 BAFTAs on Sunday (February 18) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, but the red carpet was by no means boring with celebrities showing their support for the Time’s Up movement in a wide array of striking looks.

Letitia Wright: Showing a darker side of Gucci, the ‘Black Panther’ actress, who was one of the presenters on the night, looks charming in a belted dress. The bug-like embroidery perks up the black velvet base. Some have remarked how the brands looks sometimes suffer from too many details, but this one has the balance right.

Sally Hawkins: The Best Actress in a Leading Role nominee for ‘The Shape of Water’, shone in a Ralph & Russo gown. This is a more sensual look for her with the slashes in the bodice revealing a coquettish hint of skin. I wish she played into the theme more with romantic wavy hair.

Anya Taylor-Joy: Last year’s Rising Star Award nominee embraced the sexy glamour of Dolce & Gabbana in a black lace dress and golden crown. I can already hear the chants of people wishing the skirt was lined, and I must agree.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw In Giorgio Armani – EE British Academy Film Awards Nominees Party

Gugu Mbatha-Raw was another lovely lady who opted for a shorter silhouette at the EE British Academy Film Awards nominees party on Saturday (February 17) in London, England. She joined Caitriona BalfeKate MaraNatalie Dormer and Anya Taylor-Joy.

The BAFTA presenter brought some vibrancy with a Giorgio Armani Spring 2018 dress.

The knee-length number had a lovely feminine charm from the way the bright watercolour print melded with the black banding.

The style brought a smile to my face and made me look forward to springtime, yet it didn’t feel out of place on the red carpet.

A Chanel clutch completed the cheerful outfit.

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15.02.18 Screening

Gugu Mbatha-Raw In Gabriela Hearst – ‘Black Panther’ New York Screening

Gugu Mbatha-Raw stepped out at the ‘Black Panther’ New York screening on Tuesday (February 13) where she joined Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o.

The actress appears to have been inspired by the film’s costumes as she wore a black Gabriela Hearst Fall 2018 dress.

She typically gravitates towards colour. When she does opt for black, there are normally some details to enliven the inky base.

Here, there is the blue cording down the front and sides and the soft folds. I fear some might interpret the effect as messy, but had this been in a different fabric, the simple slip would have lacked presence.

Demonstrating a knack for subtle details, her eyes were awash with a bright eyeshadow to play up the trim.

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