Last summer, Bella Hadid — already a supermodel on the rise — staked her claim to an international audience with a stunning, showstopping Alexandre Vauthier design. The custom red silk dress clung to her body, defying gravity; a slit skirt went all the way up (thigh-high doesn’t cover it) and elegant narrow straps held it all in place. While the Cannes Film Festival is something of a playground, red carpet-wise, there were few last season who achieved a fashion moment to rival Hadid’s. Then, come July, Vauthier showed an upgraded version of that same dress on the runway at his Fall 2016 Couture show — drenched in black and olive green double-sided sequins. Hadid herself closed the show. But red carpet-wise, that look has been done; for a gala dinner in Geneva, Switzerland, on the occasion of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, actress Naomie Harris elected another, equally daring look from the same collection, to dramatic effect.
Who: Naomie Harris.
When: Tuesday, January 17.
Where: A gala dinner hosted by IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, Switzerland.
What: A white dress with a thigh-high slit, plunging neckline, and wide black sash at the waist from Alexandre Vauthier’s Fall 2016 couture collection, combined with black silk sandals.
Why: While women like Lily-Rose Depp and Anna Cleveland are making menswear their own thanks to designers like Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel and Dsquared2, Naomie Harris is making menswear, womenswear, with designs from Alexandre Vauthier. Her white Vauthier gown has the labels of a tuxedo jacket, a knotted belt reminiscent of a cummerbund, and a daring neckline and hemline that’s all womenswear. Paired with a red lip and elegant hair, it’s a white-tie affair in the Swiss timekeeping capital. Our only recommendation? Keep the fishnets, with which the dress was first shown on the runway. You might want them soon, Naomie.
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Naomie Harris Is an Inspiration to All on the Red Carpet
The budding actress attended the UK premiere of ‘Hope Spring’ in 2003 in a very casual look: a long black maxi dress under a blue denim jacket paired with black, cut-out peep toe sandals.
Harris showed of her glamorous side in a gold sequin spaghetti-strapped gown with a tulle hemline at the 2004 New York premiere of ‘After The Sunset.’
At the 2006 London premiere of ‘Miami Vice’, the actress wore an all-white sequin trouser suit to match the theme of the film. She kept the rest of her look very minimal with only accessorizing with a pair of silver hoops and simple rings.
Harris looked simply divine in a long white sleeveless maxi dress at the End of Summer Ball in London in 2008.
While attending the Ndoro Children’s Charities fundraising gala, Harris donned a purple satin mini dress with black peep-toe shoes and a elegant black clutch.
The actress looked darling and sophisticated on the red carpet of the 2011 Tommy Hilfiger Flagship Store Launch in London.
Harris looked like a drop of sunshine dressed in a striking yellow gown at the Orange British Academy Film Awards in London in 2012. She sealed off her look with a delicate crystal necklace and pendant and a simple soft gold clutch.
The actress was a show stopper on the red carpet of the London premiere of ‘Skyfall’ in 2012 dressed in a daring Marios Schwab gown, which featured a strapless multi-colored sequined leotard under a long sleeved black mesh dress.
Channeling an elegant mermaid at the 2013 Met Gala, Harris posed on the red carpet in a stunning purple ombre Donna Karan gown that featured a feathered train and draped shoulders.
During the BAFTA LA Britannia Awards, the actress donned a feminine black-and-white graphic Vivienne Westwood off-the-shoulder pencil dress. She completed her look with a pair of pastel blue Christian Louboutin pointy pumps for a pop of color.
Harris glowed on the red carpet of the 45th NAACP Image Awards in a beautiful gold Valentino embroidered dress with a plunging neckline.
Dressed in a ravishing red and black Naeem Khan strapless gown featuring a detailed exotic pattern, Harris arrived at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2014 looking smoking hot.
At the Martell Cognac 300th anniversary party in 2015, the actress looked incredibly fresh and sweet dressed in a salmon pink strapless Roksanda mermaid-style gown. As usual, she kept her accessories very minimal with a pair of hoops, a simple bracelet and rings.
Harris looked absolutely stunning at the London premiere of ‘Spectre’ in 2015, wearing an elegant Stella McCartney gown.
Switching up her look at the UK Gala of ‘Our Kind Of Traitor’ in 2016, Harris ditched her preference for mermaid-style gowns for a coral Vionnet one-shoulder jumpsuit. She styled her look with a black and white Milly box clutch and silver pumps.
The actress brought the sparkle and shine to the 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in 2016 in a long gold sequined Monse strapless top with a high front split. She completed her outfit with black fitted trousers and a pair of black pumps.
Harris oozed Hollywood glamour at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards in a custom metallic Armani Prive strapless column dress which had a plunging corset bodice.
The actress pulled an glamorous outfit change for the post Golden Globe party in another dramatic Armani Prive strapless gown. This time her gown features a black sequin bodice and black and white ball skirt with stripes and swirls.
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