“Passing” Stars Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga at Critics’ Choice Awards’ Celebration of Black Cinema & TV

Posted on December 07, 2021


Passing stars Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga are some of our favorite people to cover because they will never fail to bring something bizarre and unexpected to their red carpet style. It shouldn’t be particularly notable that two prestige actresses at the height of awards season regularly eschew the prestige actress uniform, but these two really take their unexpectedness to new heights and levels each time they step out. We never normally assume that they coordinate their looks, but this time, we’re thinking it’s undeniable.



It simply cannot be a coincidence that one of the came as high-fashion Batman and the other one came as high-fashion Joker. This is haute couture cosplay, kittens.



This is an insane dress and we respect the commitment to wearing it, which does not look like an easy task at all. It’s dramatic and weird and no one else has worn a dress remotely like it on a red carpet this year. Having said that, the low-key style choices make no sense to us. We understand not wanting to lapse into full drag, but we think a design this unusual and flamboyant requires a little more zhuzhing and accessorizing.




If Tessa’s look came off extremely difficult to wear all night, Ruth’s feels like the height of ease. It’s bold and hard to miss and her styling is up to the task of coordinating with it. LOVE the hair. Technically the red clutch and white pumps are perfectly matched to it, but we kinda think the greens and black should have been pulled out instead.


Tessa Thompson: Del Core Black Off-the Shoulder Dress
Styled by Wayman + Micah

Ruth Negga: Duro Olowu Print Ensemble from the Spring 2022 Collection | Jennifer Fisher Jewelry | Kate Spade New York Shoes
Styled by Karla Welch | Hair by Marcia Hamilton | Makeup by Mélanie Inglessis
[Photo Credit: Leon Bennett/Getty Images for the Critics’ Choice Association]

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