Pairs Division: Idris Elba and Naomie Harris at the Palm Springs Film Festival

Posted on January 08, 2014

We gasped.



Idris Elba (L) and Naomie Harris attend a press conference during the 2013 Palm Springs Film Festival in Palm Springs, California. Naomie Harris is wearing Michael Kors.

Michael Kors Spring 2014 Collection

They really are gorgeous.

We see no point in assessing his outfit because it couldn’t be simpler and easier to put together and wear. The entire appeal of the look rests on the fact that DEAR GOD that man can fill out a polo shirt and a pair of faded jeans.

As for her, we think she looks gorgeous, but this is definitely a case where we would’ve liked to have seen the runway look interpreted rather than duplicated. We’d have switched out one piece (probably the bra) for something that contrasts or complements the look better. That’s just a preference, though. She looks gorgeous. Color and print, darlings. Gotta love it. Also gotta love the shoes, which are the best bit of styling in the whole look..





[Photo Credit: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images, IMAXtree]

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  • Adrianna Grężak

    I’ve been watching The Wire recently, still can’t believe he’s British

    • MilaXX

      I know! He puts both Dominic West & Adrian Gillian to shame!

      • Sobaika

        I’ve been a fan of a The Wire for years and only recently realized that the mayor of Baltimore is also Littlefinger. Crazy.

        • MilaXX

          I first saw him in Queer as Folk UK

          • mmebam

            There’s a QAF UK? Netflix?

          • MilaXX

            Yes QaF US was a remake. I saw QaF UK it years ago. Russel T Davies made it. IIRC there are only 2 seasons. The first is good, the second is not as good since RTD only did it to fulfill contractual obligations. I have no idea if it’s on Netflix or not.

          • OMG you haven’t seen this? It has Charlie Hunnam in it! 😉 Run, don’t walk to somewhere you can view this..

        • tereliz

          Littlefinger’s US accent was great, if a little more Jersey than Baltimore.

          I’ll be the voice of dissent here, re Idris’s WIRE accent: I honestly think the Stringer Bell accent was pretty terrible. I never forgot he was British because IMO, he just couldn’t get that “y’all drawl” right (not that Baltimore is necessarily a “southern” accent, but there is a bit of a drawl. Snoop is actually from Baltimore, not sure who else in the cast was). His accent was too staccato, like he was thinking too hard about how to pronounce the next word. The first time I heard him say “nuffink” instead of “nuh’in” (nothing), I knew that man was British.

          • Adrianna Grężak

            Dominic West said in one of the DVD commentaries that he was instructed to focus on a “Northeastern” accent, not Baltimore. Stringer Bell is also supposed to be the college-educated character, so I’m not surprised he’s a little stuffy compared to others. The actor for Ziggy, James Ransone, was actually from Baltimore.

            I was born in Poland, lived in NJ until I was fourteen, and currently live in NYC. Apparently my accent doesn’t sound like I’m from any of those places. (Had a stranger ask if I was from someplace “weird” like Kansas.)

          • Sobaika

            I wouldn’t say terrible, but it did peak through a few times – one being the pronunciation of narco. Or as Stringer would say, knocko.

          • tereliz

            YES! That’s the example I was trying to think of!

          • lillyvonschtupp


      • Jeannie Shmina Greenwald

        And also, Charlie Hunnam on Sons of Anarchy who has, like, the worst fake American accent everrr.

        • MilaXX

          Oh yeah, baby Charlie Hunnam who I barely recognized by the time he made it to the US

          • Sobaika

            Before he discovered the gym.

          • MilaXX

            Well to be honest, I think he was only 17 or 18 at the time.

          • SassieCassy

            oo well now i gotta watch this!

        • fursa_saida

          It drives me nuts. I didn’t know who he was before I watched Pacific Rim, and the whole time I was listening to him talk in voiceovers and such I kept getting distracted wondering where he was supposed to be from.

    • andreawey

      then watch Luther!

      • Rand Ortega

        Please God, let them make a “Luther” movie. I don’t ask for too much.

    • lillyvonschtupp

      ‘The Wire’ simply put:

      The Greatest Show In the History of Television

  • thecitysleeps

    I can’t deal with so much beaut!

  • Diego!


    • Pretty much. Casual, and yet, oh so stylish. My kinda look. If I saw them walking down the street I may just follow them to their destination. Gawking all the way.

      Sidenote: Never got the Idris hype in terms of panties melting/panties hitting the floor kind of way. But I slowly saw the appeal when I watched his Oprah interview. Not only did he look amazingly handsome in that red sweater but the dude had charisma for DAYS. I was impressed.

      • Diego!

        I saw many interviews of him and the guy is truly a star. She played roles in Ninja Assassin and the last 007 James Bond movie. Sadly in my country Oprah’s show is not broadcast 🙁
        Are they romantically involved or is it only for Mandela movie?

        • Sobaika

          As far as I know, they’re not involved.

          • SassieCassy

            but they should be!

          • fursa_saida

            Right? I saw these pictures and my first thought was “DEAR GOD, PLEASE REPRODUCE”

        • lexilexi

          Really? I thought she blanketed the earth! No matter- you live in a grand city!

      • filmcricket

        I saw an interview he did with the director on Charlie Rose. Both Rose and the director were heart-eyeing at him in the most hilarious and adorable way. He has presence, that’s really the only way I can think of to put it.

      • Introspective

        he’s somehow mastered the balance of being attractively self confident and just shy of cocky while also being humble in his interviews for this mandela press tour especially. got tix thru my job to a pre screening of the film & talk with him, naomie and the director chadwyck at back in nov. he was glorious in his ease, in his respect for mandela’s life and legacy, in his fondness for south africans and their love for mandela. the movie wasnt the greatest, but you could tell he was living a dream in having gotten to play this role.

        (and did he ever look juicy. #idied. & naomie was fucking gorgeous in person. literally jawdroppingly gorgeous. the beauty of two of them together was blinding even in a badly lit theater)

  • CeeRich

    Casual Fab Perfection. Love it and so Palm Springs Event appropriate.

  • charlotte

    Most kittens won’t even look at her (amirite?), but I think she should have tugged that bolero down a notch. The neckline looks a bit odd like this.

  • SayWhaaatNow

    I dunno. He looks casually great, but my first thought when I saw her was “camo dress”.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    He’s perfect. But we covered that in the last post. But he really is.
    I wish she’d made a more interesting choice in her little sweater- a bronze or something like that. But she’s undeniably cute and her hair of late has been really pretty.

    • Agreed – a bronze would have been lovely! Or keep the green, leave it open and put a fitted white tshirt under it.

    • MilaXX

      She should have swapped the bra & sweater for a real top.

  • @Biting Panda

    That sonic boom you just heard? No worries. Just my ovaries.

    • Domo_Konnichiwa

      Did a refrigerator land nearby? You may want to check and see if Harrison Ford is in there.

      • @Biting Panda

        Which makes me more of a dork…That I did not understand the Harrison Ford refrigerator reference, or that I immediately went to Google in order to figure it out???

        • Domo_Konnichiwa

          Neither! You saved yourself the torment that is Indiana Jones 4. Totally made up for any potential dorkishness.

        • I *did* understand the reference and regretted it. Such a bad movie.

  • Danielle

    *furiously writing fanfiction about these pictures*

    • formerlyAnon


  • marlie

    They both look great, and I really love the pattern on Naomie’s skirt. I don’t like the bra, so I’m glad she wore the sweater buttoned. And yes, Idris fills out a polo shirt like no man I’ve seen before. ETA: Idris’ shoes also manage to elevate a really, really, basic look just a little bit. I like.

    • Supernumerary

      Seriously, his shoes. They look stunning top to toes, but I really can’t stop coveting those shoes he’s wearing.

      • Introspective

        how about i just cant stop coveting idris. full stop. i just cannot.

      • The amount that I agree with this comment cannot be expressed in words or numbers. 🙂 And this is not the first time we have seen this pair of shoes if my memory serves correctly, and I loved them just as much last time.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I would really like to squeeze in between them and say ‘cheese.’

  • I am temporarily blinded.

  • Valdri8

    The slightly straining button fly just made me squishy

    • MilaXX

      further giving credence to the power of his bow ties.

      • I was thisclose to following Idris on Twitter because of his bow tie tweet with the accompanying photo. It had me all squinting and wondering what kind of British humor just went over my head. Then he followed that tweet up about how he gained so many followers because of his *ahem* bow tie and he should start a line called “DickieBowsbyDriis”. Hilar.

  • ralish

    Her sweater looks a bit unintentionally shrunken, but the skirt and the rest of the ensemble are just lovely.

  • Yeah. You know, except for the tattoos (which I detest, on anyone, male or female, regardless of ethnicity), Idris might be my next “I need a get out of jail free card for him” from my husband. (He’s usually pretty liberal in issuing these, since neither Bob Redford nor George Clooney have ever showed up to whisk me away.) She is just adorable. They both need to be strolling around Key West, attracting local color.

    • marlie

      I would have no problem overlooking the tattoos for some “quality time” with Idris.

      • demidaemon

        Tattoos? I never noticed.

  • MilaXX

    Beautiful as a couple, but mmmm Idris.

  • Clueless_Jock

    Stunning couple.

  • CLoverleaf

    Dear gods, I just ovulated.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    I see no point in assessing her outfit (although she does look very pretty and agree that the cardigan and bra should’ve been swapped for something else) with him standing next to her.

    SWEET SALAMI SANDWICH. I want to assess him all day and all night long.

    • demidaemon

      I am so with you. So with you.

  • carnush

    dear god is right. DAMN.

  • Lisa Dugan

    He looks Amazing. He looks so great in suits and his fabulous coats but he’s startling in casual wear. She looks really great as well. What a pair.

  • TAGinMO

    GUH. I just…I…

    I’ll be in my bunk. But before I go, I submit that he needs a new stylist/tailor/something for his more formal wear. His suits never seem to fit quite right and don’t do that bod justice at all.

  • Sobaika

    Easy and breezy (although she could use a smudge of eyeliner. In my world, everyone looks naked without eyeliner).

    • charlotte

      I feel naked without eyeliner.

    • SugarSnap108

      Yes. (Without eyeliner, I look like a naked corpse.)

    • I’m such a wuss when it comes to applying eye liner. So, I’ll just swap ‘eye liner’ for ‘mascara’.

  • quiltrx

    I managed to tear my eyes away from Idris a moment (who is giving me a serious case of the ‘hot thighs’) just to see that Naomie needs to give that sweater back to the little girl she took it from…it really doesn’t work for me buttoned up.

  • boweryboy

    Ummm…now I understand the Idris love. I wish Naomie would’ve ditched the top half of her outfit. A sweater in Palm Springs during the day is kind of cray cray, but the bra alone would have been way to matchy matchy.

    They’re both gorgeous, though.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I live in the area, chilly in the morning, hot for a couple of hours in the afternoon, sun goes behind mountain at 2:30, cools down, then get chilly by 5. All buildings are air conditioned. You Must have a sweater.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    I didn’t get the Idris thing until I saw him dressed casually last night on Chelsea Lately. And now with this post… I totally get it. I like him more dressed down than up.

  • decormaven

    That is casual chic, defined. Thanks for the double shot of Idris, uncles!

  • filmcricket

    I wish her hair were up and that the skirt hit her where it does on the model, but otherwise no complaints about any of this. That’s such a gorgeous shade of green, and he’s such a gorgeous specimen of man. Woof.

  • SugarSnap108

    Men of the world, Idris is perfectly demonstrating the vital importance of proper fit, even in jeans and a polo. Also, his bod is slammin’.

  • kimmeister

    I think she looks fantastic as is. The only thing I’d tweak would be to give her slightly darker lip color.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    LOVE this on both of them – although she could use a teensy bit more makeup. Maybe just a brighter lip color. But they both look gorgeous, no argument.

  • 3boysful

    I WANT that skirt and the sandals.

  • AzSportsGirl

    I believe that is the most gorgeous man, ever. The smile that reaches his eyes. Love the goatee. This is a man who knows who he is, what he likes, and what he wants.
    She is the girlfriend I want to have lunch with, shop with and go see a basketball game with. I just *know* she’d be so much fun.

    • editrixie

      Ever since I saw her in 28 Days Later, I have been convinced Naomie Harris would be my perfect BFF — she totally seems like she’d just be the most fun ever. I’m so glad to see her getting so much attention the past couple years, she deserves it.

  • msdamselfly

    Man, he looks perfect

  • Sam Smith

    <3 the skirt. Glad she wore the sweater buttoned up.

  • formerlyAnon

    Who in the world was looking at her?

    Well, ok. A few straight guys and dedicated fashion commentators I guess.

    • JeanProuvaire

      I was! I’m a dude-lovin’ lady, and this is the best I’ve ever seen Idris look, but I was still drawn to her first because her skirt and shoes are just absolute perfection for me and I even like the buttoned sweater with them. I couldn’t stop staring at her. I’m just a sucker for skirts like that.

  • ballerinawithagun

    The perfect Palm Springs couple!

  • EEKstl


  • Trickytrisha

    Holy cats on a raft! Can it get any better? I don’t think so. Well, maybe she could change her hair up occasionally, but my oh my… are they not the most delicious couple?

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    DEAR GOD that man can fill out a polo shirt and a pair of faded jeans. Amen, brothers and sisters! Was there someone else in the photo with Idris? He blinds me to all else.

  • Kate4queen

    ‘Happy sigh’

  • Good lord, they are perfect.

  • Jeannie Shmina Greenwald

    Idris is so excellent on his BBC show Luther. Great look for these two.

  • Jacob Bowen

    That color green on her skin is BEAUTIFUL! And of course……Idris looks dreamy. Like almost too dreamy I can avoid going directly to staring at the bulge in his button crotch fly.

  • Presumptuous Insect

    Oh he looks so…. I have no words.

  • Tanya Wade

    I ought to be illegal to look that good, Mr. Elba.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Kudos to him for finding a polo shirt that showcases his shoulder to waist ratio. ::fans self::

  • fursa_saida

    Just saw Mandela yesterday, and both of them were excellent, but Naomie Harris in particular was just PHENOMENAL. As a result she can do no wrong by me for the next few weeks.

    Idris remains unfairly hot. News at 11.

  • Katesymae

    They’re beautiful, but that buttoned-up sweater looks like an after thought – like something her Mom made her put on to look “decent” and “respectable” in public. It makes me sad.

  • lillyvonschtupp

    She has her arm around him. Therefore, I must kill her.

    Did I ever mention he’s HOT SEX ON A PLATTER?

  • CeeRich

    Are you all aware that Naomie also played Calypso in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie?

    • demidaemon

      I totally didn’t know. But it makes complete sense.

  • MzzPants

    So, uhhh, he’s pretty in a suit. But, Dear Lord, he’s burning up my ovaries in those jeans.

  • demidaemon

    Much must be said for picking out a perfectly fiitted pair of jeans and polo shirt. I could give two damns about what she is wearing. Sorry, Naomi. I have hard him speak, seen him in the perfect outfit, and now I can see and hear nothing else.

    • Anna_Cecilia

      It really doesn’t take much (emphasis on “not much”) to make him look good. This photo was pretty much responsible for moving him up to #2 on my Freebie 5 list.