RED CARPET SHOWDOWN OF THE WEEK: Helen Mirren vs Gwendoline Christie

Posted on September 27, 2019

Kittens, this week, without any warning, after over a decade of red carpet blogging, we were treated to not one, but TWO of the biggest red carpet flexes we’ve ever seen. In each case, these women chose message-sending over questions of style, power displays over prettiness, and confidence over the kind of coquettishness we still tend to impose on our expectations of female celebrities. In each case, the message wasn’t “Please look my way and consider me,” it was a loud and clear “I’M HERE, BITCHES. MAKE WAY FOR A LEGEND.”

And we do not envy you for having to choose. Truth be told, our own choices here were more or less assigned to each of us to defend because we could have easily picked the other.

 

T’s Pick: Helen Mirren in Chalayan at the “Catherine The Great” London Premiere

T’s Defense: It’s just such a phenomenal bit of branding. We don’t think there’s any actress more suited to the spectacle of being carried down the red carpet in a brocade litter carried by men in Cossack costumes as she sports Catherine the Great’s jewels (or a reasonable facsimile) on her neck. Not for nothing, but the original post spotlighting this look became the most read and linked post on our site for 2019 – in just a little over 24 hours. People want a queen and Dame Helen is more than ready to step into the role. 

 

 

 

Lo’s Pick: Gwendoline Christie in Gucci at the Emmy Awards

Lo’s Defense: She’s not a lady for princess gowns and she made that point loud and clear by taking the royal style template into an entirely unexpected direction: ancient Rome. Instead of a princess she’s giving you an Empress at the full height of her power. The look is ostentatious and ridiculously photogenic, but it also tells a story of confidence, boldness, and a self-image that’s singular among the celebrity set. Wholly original and completely badass. 

 

OOOOooooh, gurl! Good luck figuring this one out!

 

 

Who won the red carpet showdown for the week of September 22nd, 2019?

Helen Mirren in Chalayan
Gwendoline Christie in Gucci
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Style Credits:
Helen Mirren: Chalayan Black Ensemble from the Fall 2019 Collection
Styled by Rachel Fanconi

Gwendoline Christie: Gucci Head-to-toe Ensemble from the Resort 2020 Collection

[Photo Credit: INSTARImages]

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