Idris Elba and Naomie Harris at Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Press Conference

Posted on September 11, 2013

Such is the awesome power of Idris Elba that the following didn’t even bother us:

Idris Elba and Naomie Harris attend “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ Press Conference during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Naomie Harris is wearing a Burberry dress paired with Christian Louboutin boots.

When we’re pretty sure that shorts and a t-shirt worn by any other man to a photocall 0r press conference like this would set us off into fits of high dudgeon. But Idris is no mere man. He’s a man with spectacular legs. We won’t defend the look from a style perspective (even if it is a nice shirt and pair of shorts), but we can’t really say he looks bad. He just looks like he’s attending an entirely different event than she is. Also, he needs to lotion up those knees if he wants to wear shorts for photographers.

As for her, she’s killing it. Love that skirt. Booties seem a little odd with a sleeveless look in early September, but aside from that extremely minor quibble, everything here looks chic and perfectly suited to her. From a style point of view, she’s the clear winner here, but from a legs point of view, she’s a distant second to us.




[Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images]

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  • TheRealAndra

    Wrap him in old newspapers. Old newspapers that once held fish and chips. Who cares. He’s bloody LUTHER.

    • Kate Andrews

      Exactly. <3 him.

    • andreawey

      it’s nice to see that adorable smile as well!

      • andreawey

        Ok, I had to come back and look again….. he’s so cute! and is he wearing Toms?

    • fursa_saida

      STACKER PENTECOST IS MY RELIGION. Ugh, I loved him in that movie. (I also love him as Luther, but I’m only two episodes in–I’m watching with others, which keeps me from marathoning–so I’m sure my Luther love will increase as I get further.)

  • Tatiana Lujรกn

    People can’t be prettier than theese people, can they?

    • Constant Reader

      I can’t even tell if I like Naomie’s outfit or not — she’s so gorgeous that it doesn’t matter.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I don’t even care. Such is the power of the Idris.
    She looks cute- I love the dress completely.

  • LaSylphide

    A. He’s dressed exactly like my Grampa George used to dress.
    B. My Grampa George never looked THAT good.

  • marlie

    Looooove Naomie’s dress. I want it for my closet. And I want Idris Elba, too.

    He looks great for going to brunch with friends, and I should be “tsk tsk’ing” at him for wearing this to a photocall, but he’s just so HOT that I can’t bring myself to do it.

    • Nicole C

      I will tsk tsk him a bit… he should be wearing shorter shorts ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • MoHub

    Idris Elba can wear anything he damn well pleases.

    • Heather

      Or even better… nothing at all.

  • Thumbs up, hands in pockets and dressed as if he’s come straight from the yacht club? Yep, he looks fanfuckingtastic.

  • smayer

    “high dudgeon”–I see what you did there…

  • Emily Giovanni

    I believe in that last picture, she’s saying “wanna head back to my hotel room?”

    • marlie

      “My hotel is RIGHT next door.”

    • Cz

      That’s what I would say, too!

    • fursa_saida

      I’m really excited for Mandela for a whole bunch of reasons, but honestly, one of them is that the fact that I get to watch these two be a couple is kind of overwhelming. IT’S GOING TO BE SO DISTRACTING.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    Skirt is waaaay to shiny-shiny. Can I get an invite to whatever amazing yacht party he just came from? oddly, I like the pocket on the shirt (which I shouldn’t but…)

  • MasterandServant

    Love her dress…but Stringer Bell- no, just no.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Okay, Idris fans. I finally get it.

    • alyce1213

      Welcome aboard. He does not disappoint, as an actor or as eye candy.

      • formerlyAnon

        His voice. One must always call out that voice when mentioning the ways in which he excels.

        • Heather

          God yes. I’ve always been so turned on by a guy who gives good voice. Of course it helps if they’re hot too, but that voice thing…. oh.

  • thecitysleeps

    They make such a striking looking couple. I love her outift even though the difference in material between top and bottom is making my eyes twitch but I love the idea nonetheless. And he? No words. One of the most beautiful and talented men in the world, even in shorts.

  • flamingoNW

    What this site needs is a whole lot more Idris Elba.

    • ashtangajunkie

      To be fair, that’s what ALL sites need. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • quiltrx

      He should be a ‘Featured Sausage’ every Friday, even if they have to snap him cleaning out his garage. Or washing his car…all wet…what was I saying?

      • flamingoNW

        If TLO truly loved the Bitter Kittens, they would commission their own paparazzi just follow him and take pictures to post for us. If they truly loved us…..

  • Emily Dagger

    I love that there’s a Mandela movie with Idris and Naomie Harris coming out, and also one with Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard coming out. It’s not even a question as to which one will get my $12. (The first. The answer is the first).

    Also, let’s all think of ways to get Idris into a kilt. New life goal.

    • MilaXX

      Idris in a kilt might just kill me. I’d die a happy gal, but dead nonetheless.

    • Rand Ortega

      At least give some notice if/when you succeed. Some of us have weak tickers & couldn’t handle that level of gorgeous. Ten minutes should be sufficient to pin a note to my shirt w/ final instructions (’cause even if it would kill me, I’d still have to see that).

      • Emily Dagger

        I’ll have them sound an air-raid siren or something. “WHAMP WHAMP! Attention, ladies and gentlemen. You have 5 minutes to Idris in a kilt. Please prepare yourselves accordingly.”

        • Rand Ortega

          Perfect. You’re in the Will.

    • lobsterlen

      Good lord Emily … YES YES YES to Idris in kilt. I am never going to be able to give up this fantasy and I am ok with that.

    • tinyredlocks

      I love men in kilts. I prefer men in kilts over men in tuxedos. So, Idris(or Lenny, or RDJ or what’s his name from True Blood(Wolfy Guy) in a kilt would make my year. Maybe my decade.

    • Well that answers my question about whether it wasn’t suppose to be JHud as Winnie Mandela.

  • MissusBee

    They both look cute, but the beaming smiles and relaxed body language are like a force field deflecting all negativity about anything they might be wearing. Unaffected gorgeousness wins the day.

    • That’s exactly what it is. He is just so freaking adorable when he smiles, it’s like the magical force of his smile extends down and transforms whatever he’s wearing. That’s a rare gift for a star.

  • majorbedhead

    He makes me want to lick my screen.

    • MilaXX

      That was my exact same reaction. So much yumminess!

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    From here it looks like she’s wearing a black ribbed tank top tucked into a navy and red skirt… with black booties. Which makes me kinda twitch. I get the whole, different-neutrals-can-be-worn-together thing, but here, where the navy is so dark, I don’t think it looks good. More like she got dressed in the dark and couldn’t tell that they don’t match. SHE is gorgeous, but I hate that outfit.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I didn’t even notice she was there. Hummina.

  • MilaXX

    I’m not loving her top with that skirt or hair hair/makeup, but any excuse to look at Idris makes it all worth it.

  • alyce1213

    There’s so much gorgeous in those pictures I can’t even look.

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  • Lilyana_F

    Weehee, I love this man!

  • Rand Ortega

    Are the shorts suede? I wish he had gussied them up a bit w/ a button down or a coordinating jacket. I don’t know what the weather’s like in Toronto these days, but– Hell, it’s Idris.

    • Aurumgirl

      Yesterday, if that’s when this photo was taken, it was hotter than 90 degrees. So, yeah, shorts do make sense on one level. Makes me feel worse for the lady, then, who is dressier in those booties.

      • filmcricket

        It was on Sunday, when it was not as hot as Hades.

  • Janet B

    He’s beautiful, but his choices are a disappointment.

  • kirkyo

    He’s dropping her off and hitting the sport bar.

  • formerlyAnon

    I will extend mercy for her booties, of which I cannot approve. I think they come close to ruining her look – but since he doesn’t actually HAVE a red carpet look here, at all, and I’m letting it pass because of the look which is intrinsically and wonderfully his own, I can’t in fairness complain. Much.

  • regina arthur

    “He needs to lotion up those knees”…I volunteer to do it. Love, love, love Naomie’s outfilt.

  • Jacquelyn

    No idea what TLo said cause I was too busy staring at Idris Elba.

  • turtleemily

    Are those Toms? Idris is sex incarnate, but the shoes are killing me.

    • Heather

      I know, right? They *almost* desexualize him. ALMOST.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    In that last picture she’s saying “I’m arch over toes in these shoes and you’re in Tom’s? You owe me a drink!”

    The skirt is the only item that needed to be swapped out to make their outfits work together. It’s the one formal piece when everything else is casual.

    • fursa_saida

      Even if it were exactly the same but not shiny I think they’d make infinitely more sense standing next to each other. But I’m not about to blame her for his (still unfairly charming) schlubbery.

  • decormaven

    Booties strike again!

  • Judy_S

    If this is the press conference, it’s probably first thing in the morning and they will be sitting at a table, so his legs won’t be visible. Too bad.

  • Lady_Scaper

    I will point out shorts are appropriate since the last 2 days there was a sudden heatwave. Yesterday and today was in the high 30’s and the humidity is terrible.

  • CatherineRhodes

    No points marked off for the thumbs-up on the red carpet?

  • He couldn’t be more adorable if he tried, but I admit I gasped a little when I scrolled down to see shorts. Appropriate for the weather, but surprisingly casual next to Naomie.

  • jen

    That is a good looking couple right there. From the neck down he could be my 19 year old son, it’s freaking me out a little, lol.

  • Tanya Wade

    Such is the power of the Elba legs.

  • He’s groomed nicely, and his clothes are clean and of an appropriate size. It is all highly acceptable, expecially in contrast to other sloppy celebrities who have worn more clothing than that for press events.

    Maybe in addition to “Willis it the F*** up,” we can also have “Idris it the F*** down” for the overly uptight boy celebs.

  • PastryGoddess

    how does this man wear shorts and a tshirt and look more put together than 99% of the male stars on the red carpet in suits?

    • demidaemon

      It’s the attitude and the smile. Not the thumbs up, though. Never the thumbs up.

  • filmcricket

    I was in the room for this. It happened on Sunday, when the weather was not the 7th circle of Hell that it currently is in Toronto. I sadly did not get more than a brief glimpse of him (and his legs) but his voice in person is exceedingly dreamy. I have no excuses for his outfit. I find myself not caring.

    • formerlyAnon

      *obligatory expression of jealousy*

  • Imasewsure

    I call bullcrap. He does not a get a pass for this outfit. He’s hot but not hot enough to ignore wearing shorts to work. It ain’t Old Navy Mr Hottie. Put on some pants!!

    • formerlyAnon

      Seriously? You’re going to be the [almost] lone voice of objectivity and sweet, pure reason?

      I salute you. And am, perhaps, rather impressed.

      • Imasewsure

        Yes now you young whippersnappers…. Get off my (fashion) lawn!!

    • Alloy Jane

      No no, TAKE THEM OFF. We should be encouraging him to remove as much clothing as possible.

  • quiltrx

    Idris is taking us all for a boating outing later!
    And those legs…wow. They are so good they distracted me from his slightly-too-pointy head (which usually is the distracting thing). Watched Prometheus last night, he was great.

  • stephbellard

    Can I get pregnant from this?

  • Trickytrisha

    As far as I’m concerned, he could wear a pink bikini to an event and still be 100% manly & gorgeous & perfectly dressed for the occasion (:-p). She’s showing some real fashion savvy in her recent pics, but could have used a tad more makeup to go with that lovely dress.

    • demidaemon

      I could get behind putting him a designer pink bikini. Let’s start a petition.

  • I am so in love with him I can barely stand it.
    Oh yeah, and I like her skirt.

  • myristica_fragrans

    i thought my people were well versed in the butters and the greases. guess not.

    • 909girl601world

      LOL! I watch that butters video when I need a good laugh – love!

  • Alloy Jane

    Hey now, we can justify this. His top stripes reference her bottom stripes. And good grief I LOOOVE that dress.

    Also, I wonder if anyone in the audience was yelling “Take it off! Take it off!” when he showed up. That’s more or less what I think when I see him.

  • deech

    He is, indeed, smokin’ hot. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Jessica Freeman

    Naomie, please take your hands off my man.

  • NOLA_gal

    I think that Idris should try on Bob Benson’s shorts. Whaddya think?

  • GTrain

    TLo calling out ashy knees! This is why I love you. And Idris…Elba…lordy.

  • tereliz

    God, I love that Burberry skirt almost as much as I love Idris’s legs. Not sure which I’d rather have in closer proximity to my nethers…

  • littlemac8

    I had review the photos a fourth!! time to see if TLo Naomie’s designer! Too distracted by Idris!! Just watched the first two episodes of Season 1 Luther last night. Bye, I think I’m going to watch epi 3……yummmy

  • HobbitGirl

    He is luminous. I will take that any time.

  • LocMama

    Woof! He doesn’t need to butter his knees for me.