With just one month to go before the Oscars, Best Actress nominee Natalie Portman, who was nominated last week for her role as Jackie Kennedy in Jackie, is still making the rounds on red carpets and talk shows everywhere. Though Isabelle Huppert claimed top honors at the Golden Globes in the same category for her new Paul Verhoeven film, Elle, Portman is still widely regarded as a strong contender at the Oscars for her dark, gripping portrait of the post-assassination Kennedy widow. In addition to Huppert, Portman goes up against Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins, Ruth Negga for Loving, and Emma Stone for La La Land. (Stone, too, is a frontrunner for the prize; it promises to be a close race over the next month.)
And while she’s campaigning for her second Best Actress Oscar (she previously won for 2011’s Black Swan), Portman is also nearing the due date for her second child with husband Benjamin Millepied, the choreographer for Black Swan and former director of the Paris Opera Ballet. Her wardrobe choices have been planned accordingly, from custom Dior to her most recent, a black and royal blue Proenza Schouler look.
Who: Natalie Portman.
When: Monday, January 30.
Where: Arriving at Jimmy Kimmel Live! to discuss her film, Jackie, in Los Angeles, California.
What: A blue and black crepe ensemble from Proenza Schouler’s Spring 2017 collection: an off-the-shoulder top with short sleeves and cascading hemlines and a black, pleated crepe skirt with an asymmetrical hem.
Why: Natalie Portman is embracing full-on pregnancy style. Her latest, multi-tiered Proenza Schouler look only accentuates her growing bump with its handkerchief hem that was a recurring motif on the brand’s Spring 2017 runway. Though Portman hasn’t always been known for her especially daring or especially modern style choices — her red carpet looks tend towards traditional, romantic gowns by Valentino, Lanvin, and Rodarte — that seems to be evolving as the awards season race tightens, and as she experiments with how best to style a pregnancy. As Ciara said, it’s easier the second time around.