Maria Bakalova in Oscar de la Renta for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival: IN or OUT?

Posted on April 19, 2021

This is sort of like a red carpet and she’s definitely an Oscar nominee on a campaign, so we feel pretty okay throwing an Instagram serve up for a vote. Not that we dislike this look or that we’re torn over it. It’s actually pretty cute to our eyes:



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She’s dialed way back on the princess vibe and ramped up the ingenue one. This feels like the right approach, both for a rising star and for the Santa Barbara Film Festival specifically. Personally, we’re loving the whole origami/graph paper feel to it. The hardness of the edges and the starkness of the print give the ballerina silhouette a little bit of oomph to it. And those sandals are absolutely gorgeous – so much so that we kinda wish they’d been saved for something a little more formal and sparkly. Even so, its a great look and if there’s any crit, we think the hair could use some zhuzhing. But we’re not making the final call on this one; you are. Let’s hear it.


Maria Bakalova’s Geometry Dress:

IN or OUT? 






Style Credits:
Oscar de la Renta Strapless Black and White Dress from the Pre-Fall 2021 Collection
Jimmy Choo ‘Tamsyn’ Crystal Buckle Sandal

Styled by Jessica Paster | Hair by Patrick Wilson | Makeup by James Molloy


[Photo Credit: Jessica Paster/Instagram, Cass Bird/Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta, Courtesy of Jimmy Choo]

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