We’ve noted many a time before that Miss Saoirse’s red carpet style – especially during her annual go-round on the awards track – is impossible to predict. She’s the very definition of “all over the map.” There was a time when we’d have said that she’s young and her reluctance to formulate a personal style indicated she hadn’t yet developed one, but here’s the thing about that: She is so rigidly consistent in her inconsistency that it very much feels like the entire point of her style by now. In other words, it’s deliberate. And she was kind enough to provide a visual aid to support our claim by wearing the following wildly different looks less than 24 hours apart.
Saoirse Ronan in Giambattista Valli at the BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party
First up, there’s this … pile of elements. Lorenzo kinda has a thing for this one, largely because it’s odd and unexpected. Tom thinks it’s awkward in its proportions and textile choice, and that the exposed zipper, basic shapes and scalloped hem (!!!!) give off the distinct whiff of bad home sewing. We are in agreement on the fact that this is a strong look and that it accomplishes the task of putting the spotlight on her.
Saoirse Ronan in Celine at the Golden Globes 2020
But then she pulled out this swerve for the Big Event. She does this sort of thing all the time: quirky, trendy fashion for the smaller events, high-end prom gowns for the major ones. In fact, she does it consistently throughout awards season and without being too bitchy about it … how’s that been working out for you, girl? We’re just saying. We don’t think this approach works. Going so tame as to be generic for major awards events doesn’t really snag you the big P.R. moments – which is, after all, what the red carpet is all about. She looks pretty, to be sure. But it’s a totally forgettable look.
First Look: Giambattista Valli Ensemble | Swarovski Jewelry | Roger Vivier Sandals
Second Look: Celine Dress | Swarovski Jewelry | Jimmy Choo Bag | Roger Vivier Sandals
Styled by Elizabeth Saltzman | Hair by Ben Skervin | Makeup by Kara Yoshimoto Bua
[Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com, Sara De Boer/startraksphoto.com]
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