We always feel a little bit hesitant about doing fashion critiques of women directors on the red carpet, even when we’re talking about highly fashionable directors who are also actresses, like Greta, Olivia Wilde, and Elizabeth Banks. And then there are the ones who are simply fabulous, like Ava DuVernay. There’s a real desire by a lot of folks (some who are fashion watchers, some who are celebrity watchers, and of course, those who have a vested interest in having the results shown off, such as the stylists, the designer, and even the director herself) to have this sort of fashion spotlighted and discussed. On the other hand, there really is no reply to the inevitable question of why we’re not highlighting or assessing the fashion choices of male directors, except to note that there is less of an audience for it and it’s less likely that any major stylists fashion houses got involved. Outside of one or two, like Taika Waititi, most of the men aren’t all that interesting in their choices.
The same cannot be said for Miss Greta, however. She’s come a long way from her mumblecore, indie princess days, but she never truly lost that sense of dressing for the carpet with just a little quirkiness; that little something that sets her apart yet feels very true to herself. To be a bit clichéd about it, she keeps it real and she keeps it stylish at the same time.
Greta Gerwig in Gucci at the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon
This is just straight-up fabulous. We’re not normally fans of ensembles that are all one color like this, but that red is just too gorgeous to deny. This straddles the line between looking red-carpet glamorous and looking professionally subdued in the manner of a Serious Director. It plays with both menswear and military tropes without being overwhelming about either of them. It’s just really striking and looks amazing on her. Our only quibble is with the black pumps, which feel a bit too plain and businesslike.
Greta Gerwig in Dolce&Gabbana at the 2020 Kodak Film Awards
The interesting thing about her is the way she bounces back and forth between looks like the previous one and looks like this one, which are way more twee and indie-film in tone; like something out of Michelle Williams’ closet. It comes off red in some shots and brown in others, and it’s amazing how much of a difference that makes. The red looks much better on her. Even so, the shape is a little juvenile. It’s cute, though. And we admire that she doesn’t want to fall into Lady Director style clichés. She should feel free to get twee and girly if she wants to – not that she needs our permission. We’re just not super-crazy about this dress, or about how much Dolce & Gabbana is popping up lately.
First Look: Gucci Head-to-toe Ensemble | Vrai Toi/Moi Studs | Kavant & Sharart Jewelry
Second Look: Dolce&Gabbana Chiffon Dress | Tyler Ellis Clutch | Jaeger-LeCoultre Watch | Kavant & Sharart Jewelry
Styled by Cristina Ehrlich | Hair by John D | Makeup by Jenn Streicher
[Photo Credit: Sara De Boer/Startraksphoto.com, Media Punch/INSTARimages.com, AdMedia/Media Punch/INSTARimages.com]
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