Now THIS Is exactly the sort of dress that should be subjected to an “IN or OUT?” vote. It’s elegant and striking, with a bunch of competing elements, several of which are questionable at best. In other words, it’s discussable as hell and we have absolutely no idea which side of this question all y’all are gonna come down on.
And with that poorly ended sentence, we turn the next few moments over to Miss Knightley. Keira? Come on out here and give these nice folks a twirl.
This is a hard one, right? The color looks beautiful on her and she was born to wear that silhouette. It’s got an interesting quality that makes it seem youthful and ingenue-like from a certain angle but mature and knowing from another one. It’s got just enough sparkle to make it glamorous and while we’re not fans of that much ruffling, pleating and tucking in one garment, she is definitely one of the few who can make all that fussiness seem like no problem. Having said all that, there’s a damn good argument to be made here that this is typically overdesigned in that latter-day Chanel sort of way. The straps and pleating on the bust wrapping around her and coming together in a thick heavy knot on her back is … well, it’s certainly dramatic and unexpected. We definitely believe this would benefit from some editing, but if we’re being honest, we have to admit that the parts we don’t like don’t necessarily stop us from loving it overall. The best argument for it in our view is that it sticks within the romance area that she’s so good at but has a maturity and modernity that we suspect she enjoys. But yes, it’s a lot.
Keira Knightley’s Fussy/Modern Romance:
IN or OUT?
Chanel Dress from the Fall 2018 Couture Collection
Vivienne Westwood Pump
Styled by Leith Clark | Hair by Ben Skervin | Makeup by Mai Quynh
[Photo Credit: INSTARImages, vogue.com]