Suits of every shape and size stormed the Fall 2017 runways this season, from Stella McCartney’s take on equestrian attire to Jacquemus’s translation of the classic le smoking. And naturally, they’re slowly trickling on to the red carpet, too. This week, Brie Larson, Allison Williams, and Zoe Kravitz all wore suits, demonstrating three different ways to wear the look—day and night. Larson wore an oversized Alexander McQueen, Williams went plaid in Gabriela Hearst, and Kravitz opted for a classic black Oscar de la Renta tuxedo.
It’s shaping up to be the year of power dressing—a trend that began with Giorgio Armani and Donna Karan in the late 1970s and early ’80s, ending today with smart and sustainable suits for the modern working woman. And yes, that includes actresses.
Who: Brie Larson
When: Thursday, March 16th
Where: The premiere of Kong: Skull Island in Beijing, China.
What: The Oscar-winning actress wore an oversized gray double-breasted Alexander McQueen suit with ruffles cascading from its left pocket accented with a classic red lip.
Why: Larson has been on a red carpet role lately, starting with the Oscars and extended by her Kong premiere circuit. She’s really demonstrated her range, from edgy gowns that show some cleavage to bright and bold colors. This oversized suit proves that she’s a woman who can not only do both—but it all.
Who: Allison Williams
When: Thursday, March 16th
Where: The “Rising Star Reception” at the 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival.
What: The Get Out and Girls star wore a plaid Gabriela Hearst suit from the Fall 2017 collection paired with a simple white shirt and pointy pumps.
Why: Williams really shines when it comes to ladylike looks, so this casual suit was a nice departure. A New York designer, Hearst is the master of mixing sophisticated business-wear with urban functionality, plus the plaid allows this look to hit two trends with one stone.
Who: Zoe Kravitz
When: Wednesday, March 15th
Where: The Whitney Biennial VIP Opening Night gala.
What: The Big Little Lies actress wore a classic black Oscar de la Renta suit with a cropped jacket and shimmering gold top.
Why: For their first collection for Oscar de la Renta, designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia brought a bit of their Monse red carpet sensibility to the label, mixing de la Renta’s classic cuts with a casual, a New York working girl vibe. Kravitz oozes cool in whatever she’s wearing, but this look is a nice step up for a formal night at the museum.
Power Dressing Through the Years
Power dressing takes a forceful turn (from left): Balenciaga blouse and pants; Celine sunglasses; Balenciaga earring. Mulberry shorts suit and Vetements x Comme des Garçons shirt; Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses; Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz Earrings.
Mulberry suit; Magda Butrym suit.
DKNY blazer, Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh shirt, DKNY Pure shorts; DKNY blazer, Jil Sander shirt, DKNY Pure shorts, Sies Marjan stole.
A Céline spring 2013 look.
A Helmut Lang fall 1995 look.
Donna Karan’s “presidential campaign,” 1992.
A Jil Sander fall 1990 look.
A Giorgio Armani ad campaign from 1984.
A power look photographed by Patrick Demarchelier in 1988.
Our Favorite Celebrity Looks of All Time
Emily Ratajkowski in Jonathan Simkhai with a Tory Burch bag in Paris, France, March 2017.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Oscar De La Renta at the premiere of Beauty and the Beast in Los Angeles, California, March 2017.
Solange Knowles in Chloé at the Chloé Fall 2017 show in Paris, France, March 2017.
Brie Larson in Ralph & Russo couture at the premiere of Kong Skull Island in London, England, February 2017.
Bella Hadid in Area in Paris, France, February 2017.
Emma Stone in custom Givenchy couture at the 89th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 2017.
Bella Hadid in Alexandre Vauthier at the Bulgari dinner party in Milan, Italy, February 2017.
Kiernan Shipka in Prada at the launch of the Mad Men book in Beverly Hills, California, February 2017.
Katy Perry in Adam Selman at the Brit Awards afterparty in London, England, February 2017.
Céline Dion in Schiaparelli couture at the launch of Céline Dion Collection in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2017.
Suki Waterhouse, in La Perla and Burberry, at the Burberry Spring 2017 show in London, England, February 2017.
Frances Bean Cobain in Marc Jacobs at the Marc Jacobs Fall 2017 show in New York, New York, February 2017.
Lottie Moss in Marc Jacobs at the Marc Jacobs Beauty party celebrating Kaia Gerber in New York, New York, February 2017.
Hanne Gaby Odiele in Proenza Schouler at the Proenza Schouler Fall 2017 show in New York, New York, February 2017.
Kate Bosworth in Calvin Klein for the Calvin Klein Fall 2017 show in New York, New York, February 2017.
Selena Gomez in Proenza Schouler in New York, New York, February 2017.
Lady Gaga in Gigi x Tommy at the Tommy Hilfiger ‘TommyLand’ Spring 2017 show in Venice, California.
Hari Nef in Alexander McQueen with a J.W. Anderson bag and Tiffany jewels at the Tiffany HardWear preview party in New York, New York, February 2017.
Ruth Negga in Miu Miu at the nominees’ luncheon for the 69th annual Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, California, February 2017.
Dakota Johnson in Valentino at the premiere of 50 Shades Darker in Los Angeles, California, February 2017.
Lady Gaga in Versace at a press conference for the Super Bowl in Houston, Texas, February 2017.
Leelee Sobieski, in Raf Simons, at the designer’s Fall 2017 show in New York, New York, February 2017.
Dakota Johnson in Gucci on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, January 2017.
Natalie Portman in Proenza Schouler at Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Los Angeles, California, January 2017.
Kerry Washington in Rodarte at the 28th annual Producers’ Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 2017.
Elle Fanning in Lanvin at the premiere of Sidney Hall at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Lily-Rose Depp in Chanel at the Sidaction gala dinner in Paris, France, January 2017.
Isabelle Huppert in Armani at the Armani Privé Spring 2017 show in Paris, France, January 2017.
Bella Hadid in Dior at the Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2017 Bal Masqué during Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France, January 2017.
Thandie Newton in Schiaparelli at the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring 2017 show in Paris, France, January 2017.
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