At the end of the month, Ghost in the Shell, the live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga-turned-anime franchise by the same name, will bow in theaters around the world. Ahead of its release, the film has been premiering across the globe, its cast stopping in Tokyo, Seoul, and now Paris to fête its debut. Ghost in the Shell stars Scarlett Johansson, Juliette Binoche, and model and activist Adwoa Aboah gathered at the Paris theater Le Grand Rex, wearing some of their most decadent looks yet: Johansson in Alaïa, Binoche in Dior, Aboah in Gucci. (Actress and Louis Vuitton muse Rila Fukushima was absent.)
It was Aboah’s first appearance on the press tour for the film, which has been plagued with controversy since Johansson was cast in the lead role. In the original manga comic and its spinoffs, is a Japanese woman, drawing accusations of whitewashing. Aboah’s look seemed to make a political statement of its own — her gilded Gucci suit came paired with a jaunty beret, “Respect” embroidered across the front.
Who: Adwoa Aboah.
When: Tuesday, March 21.
Where: The premiere of Ghost in the Shell, the live-action adaptation of the beloved Japanese manga with Scarlett Johansson and Rila Fukushima, in Paris, France.
What: A yellow and silver brocade suit from Gucci’s Spring 2017 collection with a contrast lapel and floral embroidery, paired with a black beret reading “Respect” across the front.
Why: In Lemonade — and on its accompanying world tour — Beyoncé’ wore a gold Gucci suit from the Spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection. A season later, Alessandro Michele showed a similar, upgraded version of the same look — more tailored, more embroidered, all around just more. It’s that look that model and activist Adwoa Aboah selected for the latest premiere of Ghost in the Shell, making quite the statement for just her second full-length film premiere ever.
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