Style File: Cynthia Erivo in Brock Collection and Schiaparelli Couture at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and the SAG Awards

Posted on January 20, 2020

No, no, no, Miss Cynthia. You’re doing it all wrong. You capped off a killer week (what with the Oscar nomination and all) by having a lackluster style response at a time when you really should be stepping up your already considerable game.


Cynthia Erivo in Brock Collection at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Oof. The problem with having a particular idiosyncratic style preference is that sticking to it rigidly while dealing with a diminishing set of offerings can leave you looking … well, like this. Our point: she loves exuberance, color, and volume in all of her style choices. But just because a dress has a big-ass skirt and an unusual color story doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be fabulous. The print is honestly pretty mumsy and muddy to our eyes. The outer skirt is too long and the bubble hem on the underskirt is awful. Worst of all, it’s simply too tight in the bust. This retro-romantic style just isn’t her.



Cynthia Erivo in Schiaparelli Couture at the SAG Awards

Again: we think she saw that gigantic, brilliantly colored skirt and fell in love, like she tends to when she sees gigantic, brilliantly colored skirts. The problem is that the bodice is both an afterthought from a design perspective and problematic from a fit perspective. It’s just a big-ass skirt, with seemingly no other thought put to any other elements of the look. Disappointing. Great ring, though.



Style Credits:
First Look: Brock Collection Floral Print Dress from the Spring 2020 Collection | Jimmy Choo Shoes
Second Look: Custom Schiaparelli Couture Strapless Gown | Robert Coin Jewelry | Maria Tash Earrings | Christian Louboutin ‘Cathy’ Rose Gold Platform Sandal

Styled by Jason Bolden | Hair by Coree Moreno | Makeup by Terrell Mullin


[Photo Credit: Jonathan Shensa/PR Photos, Hahn Lionel/ABACA/, Sara De Boer/]


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