Jessica Chastain has found a look that really works for her. Dresses are her forte and nobody quite does easy, sophisticated styles quite like Roksanda Ilincic.
This lilac dress with a subtle drape, then, by the designer is the perfect choice for her. The actress wore the dress to attend the Broadway opening for 'If There Is I Haven't Found It' and finished the look of with a classic pair of gold earrings and nude Christian Louboutin 'Pigalle Plato' pumps.
Jessica Chastain is amongst a class of relatively new actresses on the scene that never fail to disappoint when it comes to red carpet dressing. From appearing at the 'Live with Kelly' to promote her last movie wearing that Fall 2012 Carven outfit to absolutely nailing it in that Marios Schwab number at the Tony Awards, Chastain is by far one of my favourite red carpet goers and she has stylist Elizabeth Stewart to thank.
Yesterday Chastain fulfilled her duties as the new face of Yves Saint Laurent's latest fragrance by attending the screening of 'Lawless', which the brand held alonside the Cinema Society and on the red carpet, she couldn't have been more compliemntary of Stewart's work. 'I’ve worked with her for two years. My very first meeting with her, I really had a connection because she sees fashion as more than just using a dress to look pretty,' she told The Cut. 'I also love the idea that she dresses people for who they are as individuals. She doesn’t dress people like herself, or like each other. She also dresses Cate Blanchett, Freida Pinto, and Amanda Seyfried, and we all have very different styles.'
Last week WWD revealed that Jessica Chastain had been shot for Vanity Fair's September issue but this morning it was revealed that she isn't the only person covering their all-important issue.
'The Help' star appears on the magazine's subscribers issue while Kate Middleton, aka 'Kate the Great' as the cover line dubs her, appears on the newsstand version and it's not surprising why. Chastain's cover is far better than Middleton's but considering that America (and the rest of the world) still can't get enough of Kate, it's not surprising that she was chosen to help push the newsstand issue.
The above image is said to have been snapped at an internal presentation of the ads in Paris a few weeks ago and so far so good. The bright purple and dark red lips work beautifully against her much loved alabaster skin and red hair.
The Tony Awards are a big deal in the world of theatre but style wise, there's never really much to get excited about but that was until Jessica Chastian hit the red carpet last night.
Granted Chastain does go down the safe route sometimes but she equally isn't afraid of taking a risk and last night it really paid off. Everything about the Mario Schwab dress is beautiful and works brilliantly on her womanly physique and against her porcelain skin. It's sheer in all the right places and the Swarovski Elements preserving her modesty works beautifully too.
With the promotional tour for 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' still in full swing that means a lot more Jessica Chastain, which is only a good thing. Her day time appearances are just as good as her red carpet looks and this outfit is a case in point.
Yesterday morning the actress made a guest appearance along with Jada Pinkett-Smith on 'Live! with Kelly' in New York wearing this outfit from the Fall 2012 Carven collection. The suede cut out peplum top with the white colour is a lot edgier than what we're accustomed to with Chastian but along with the satin tailored shorts and simple Brian Attwood nude heels, it really works.
Jessica Chastian is one of those actresses that is loved as much for her red carpet style as she is for her beauty looks so it was only a matter of time before she landed a big campaign - and now it's here. Yesterday WWD broke the news that the actress has been signed by Yves Saint Laurent to front their upcoming fragrance, Manifesto.
Talking about her appointment Stephen Bezy, international general manager of Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, said that it was her 'subtle strength..., he solar charm, her free mind,' that sealed the deal. 'Jessica embodies the quintessence of Saint Laurent's femininity, a woman of her day and age, independent, determined, never where you expect her to be.'
Just when we thought that pyjama dressing was the only unlikely trend of the season, you can add peplum to that list too. The silhouette isn't something new but for some reason or other, many women avoid it like the plague but this season things have changed. The style has made a serious comeback and everyone seems to being embracing it.
Everyone from Jason Wu and Giambattista Valli to Alexander McQueen and Givenchy paid homage to the style back in September and it's not hard to understand why. As someone that has suffered with finding clothes to fit around my typically South African pear shape, the waist skimming effect is perfect. As Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian show, it accentuates a tiny waist whilst skimming your hips and celebrating curves. Even for those that are more straightly shaped, peplums help create the illusion of curves like it did for Emma Watson and Emma Stone recently.
When Michelle Williams sported that beautiful statement red Louis Vuitton peplum gown it became clear that everyone was converted and unsurprisingly, the high street has picked up on it too. Not all are good but Zara has created some great styles that are sculptural and structured without the fuss that made many people avoid them in the first place.
Last night the CFDA Awards, the Oscars of the fashion world, took place and in New York at Alice Tully Hall and the winners are in. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen took away the big womenswear designer of the year award for The Row, Joseph Altuzarra won the Swarovski Award for womenswear and Phillip Lim for menswear and Tommy Hilfiger was awarded the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.
Simon Spurr didn't end up winning the menswear designer of the year award, which was just as well considering all of the controversy surrounding his departure from his namesake line.
The CFDA Awards are less than a week away and now the confirmations of those involved are coming in thick and fast. While we already know who some of the awards are going to - Johnny Depp is receiving the style icon award and the media award is going to Garance Dore and Scott Schuman - this years presenters have remained under wraps until now.
According to WWD, Jessica Chastain will present the women's wear award to Marc Jacobs, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row or Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler. The menswear award will be presented to either Billy Reid, Simon Spurr or Patrik Ervell by Matt Bomer and Jessica Paré will present for accessories.
On a different note, who else has a feeling that Kim Kardashian will attend this year's event to make a point after Met Gala-gate?