Amandla Stenberg, Charlize Theron and Natalie Portman at the IndieWire Honors 2018

Posted on November 02, 2018

And now, a selection of semi-random stars, keeping things appropriately low-key for the IndieWire Honors.

Well. Kind of low-key. Looking at the above triptych, who do you think showed up sporting a little extra effort at attention?

 

Amandla Stenberg in Stella McCartney


Who else? Amandla loves some fashion, especially if it’s the head-turning kind. This dress has got some fairly goofy elements, like the overuse of the zippers and the over-worked hem, but the color is gorgeous on her and she’s got the goods (youth and attitude, mostly) to work this sort of athleisure-esque party dress. It’s distracting and overdone, but she can handle that sort of thing fine. The clean face and casual hair work well with it. Had she slapped on the paint and hairspray, this would have looked pretty silly.

 

Charlize Theron in Dior


And speaking of random, here’s Charlize’s outfit. It feels a bit haphazard to us. The basic style – graphic tee over  black skirt with knee-high black boots – seems pretty perfect for her on paper. But the waist on that skirt isn’t exactly begging for a white t-shirt to be tucked into it and the rather proper-looking bag doesn’t really go with the vibe she’s trying to pull off. We’d love to see a version of this look with an entirely different skirt and probably no bag at all, since it really doesn’t need one. Also: we kind of hate cross-body bags on the red carpet. It’s a venue for standing and posing. There’s no need to look like you’re getting on the subway.

 

Natalie Portman in Dior


Serving up a little Ruth Bader Ginsburg realness. We’ve come around a lot on Miss Natalie over the last year. She’s making interesting professional choices and she’s used the opportunity provided by the #MeToo movement to open up a lot about her experiences. She stepped down off the pedestal and kicked it over as she walked away, in other words. We’ll never not love that move. Still, while we understand a bit better why she can tend towards rather dull and safe style choices, this could’ve used just a little bit of help. Keep the suit. Switch out the bag, shoes and top for options with more impact, either by going high-contrast or by bringing in color. That would be the easiest way to un-dull this one.

 

 

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