It’s hard to believe it’s been just a year since the world went into a frenzy over then-unknown actress Brie Larson. Yes, she’s been acting and singing (she even put out a pop album) since her teens, but it was her Oscar-winning performance in the emotional drama Room that saw her status rise. She's also fast become fashion's new darling - with everyone from Gucci to Oscar de la Renta lining up to dress her. The actress’ sartorial taste? Old Hollywood meets Grace Jones (her icon): ‘Every time I’m on a carpet, I can embody a different character,’ Brie told US InStyle. ‘I can feel a different way, I can expose a different part of myself.’ And with her promo tour for Kong: Skull Island now kicking off you’ll be seeing a lot more fancy frocks. From her go-to neckline to the real reason she wears royal blue, we’ve decoded the 26-year-old's award-worthy style moments…
Cold shoulder dressing
Looking back through Larson’s style hits there’s one common denominator: asymmetrical necklines. For the Academy Awards after-party last year she opted for an off-shoulder pink velvet ensemble and, again, donned a similar silhouette for the post-Oscars do last month, choosing a silk teal gown by Ralph and Russo. The rule to nailing asymmetric detailing a la Brie? Stick to one block colour.
Royal blue is a winning shade for Brie. To pick up her Best Actress Oscar in 2016, she wore a custom-made dress by Alessandro Michele who had then only been at Gucci for a short time. “Our first inspiration was the colour,” Brie’s stylist Cristina Ehrlich told The Telegraph. Her makeup artist revealed she’s a big fan of the colour lapis [a blue gem] and its significance in art. Away from awards season, we’re particularly in love with this sailor blue outfit she wore to a W magazine party last year. An oversized striped shirt and high-waisted trousers from Vivienne Westwood? The workwear outfit of dreams.
While there was a definite nod to Veronica Lake at the Oscars this year (rocking a dramatic velvet gown, red lip and slicked back hair), we’re getting ‘70s bridal vibes during her latest red carpet appearance at the Kong: Skull Island premiere in London. Brie upped the glamour in a floor-length tiered number from Ralph and Russo, keeping her hair minimal and lipstick shade a peachy nude.
Here’s Grazia’s edit of the best red carpet moments from Brie Larson…