RED CARPET SHOWDOWN OF THE WEEK: Emily Blunt vs. Saoirse Ronan

Posted on December 14, 2018

We’re putting this one out early, even though we still have some low-level red carpetry to opine on later today. But why be coy about things? These were the two most eye-popping and/or grandiose looks of the week. Total star turns by the respective stars of their much-buzzed films. Even better, they could not be more different in tone and style, even if they’re on the same level in terms of impact and chicness. It’s a MARY VS. MARY showdown this week and frankly, we don’t envy you having to make this choice.



Lo’s Pick: Emily Blunt in Schiaparelli Couture at the “Mary Poppins Returns” London Premiere

Lo’s Defense: BAM.

I feel like I could just leave things there but Tom says I have to use my words. “BAM” means bold high impact. “BAM” means you cannot take your eyes off her. “BAM” means it’s a look seared into your brain. Even better, it’s chic, it’s different, and it’s perfectly suited to promote this film with its primary-colored early 20thC aesthetic. Just a perfect red carpet moment.



T’s Pick: Saoirse Ronan in Carolina Herrera at the “Mary Queen of Scots” London Premiere

T’s Defense: This gown doesn’t have the boldness of Emily’s, but because it’s doing the exact same work as hers, it’s not supposed to. Just as Emily’s tipped its metaphorical hat to the idea of a cartoony take on the 1930s aesthetic of her film, so does Saoirse pay homage to the regal heroine out of history in hers. The sweep, the pure white, and the colorful smocking (which is not something one ever sees on the red carpet) offer a different kind of bold; a quieter, more romantic-inspired take. It suits Saoirse and it’s perfect for the promotion of this film. 


There you have it, darlings! Boldness vs. Romance! Nanny vs. Queen! Cartoon vs. History! There is much for you to discuss.


Who won the red carpet showdown for the week of December 9th, 2018?

Emily Blunt in Schiaparelli Couture
Saoirse Ronan in Carolina Herrera
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Style Credits:
Emily Blunt: Schiaparelli Couture Bias-cut Gown in Royal Blue Double Silk Satin from the Fall 2018 Couture Collection
Styled by Jessica Paster | Hair by Laini Reeves | Makeup by Jenn Streicher

Saoirse Ronan: Carolina Herrera Dress from the Spring 2019 Collection
Styled by Elizabeth Saltzman

[Photo Credit: INSTARImages]

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