“Thor: The Dark World” star Natalie Portman attends the 4th annual festival kick-off fundraising soiree during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, where her directorial debut “A Tale of Love and Darkness” was selected to be screened. She recently said of the film, which took her seven years to bring to fruition, “I started this when I was 27 and all of a sudden I was like 31 and starting to get to the age where I could pull this off, maturity wise, so I decided to do it.”
You guys. The New Prim. It’s a thing now.
We don’t know if it was triggered by the fleshtravaganza that was the VMAs this year, but the red carpet has taken a decidedly puritanical turn lately, as ladystars (actresses especially) seem to have collectively decided that covering up is going to be the next trend.
Now, Miss Natalie makes a particularly poor choice to illustrate this point since she’s always had a more demure, covered-up approach to her red carpet choices, but this dress, to us, represents this direction, both in fashion and on the red carpet specifically. Because while Natalie has always been a modest kind of gal, the fashion world now seems to be offering her some slightly edgier ways to express it. It’s certainly not another simple black Dior dress.
We definitely don’t love everything about this look, though. The fabric is kind of pretty but also kind of muddy-looking in pictures. And the Juliet sleeves take some getting used to – especially when paired with an above-the-knee skirt, bare legs and nude sandals. And while we appreciate her trying to bring some edge to her style, that … thing on the bodice reminds us of craft projects using pull tabs from soda cans.
Christian Dior Embellished Dress from the Fall 2015 Couture Collection
Christian Dior Clutch
Bally Strappy Heels
[Photo Credit: Getty Images, IMAXTree]