Less than a month ago, you’d have been forgiven for never having heard the name Honor Swinton Byrne—even though she’s none other than Tilda Swinton‘s daughter. After all, Swinton Byrne hasn’t been flexing on Instagram or tagging along with her mom to the front rows of Fashion Week, as scions are wont to do. Instead, after a quiet childhood in the Scottish highlands, the 21-year-old simply decided to quietly become an actress, as became clear at the end of last month when, all of a sudden, she became the Sundance Film Festival’s breakout star.
You’d better get used to seeing Swinton Byrne around: Her acclaimed turn as Julie, an aspiring filmmaker who ends up falling hopelessly in love, in Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir has now taken her to the Berlinale, or Berlin International Film Festival, where she and attendees like Catherine Deneuve, Christian Bale, and Diane Kruger are currently vying for their films to take home this year’s Golden Bear prize. (The Souvenir already took home the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and A24 quickly acquired the film’s North American rights and promised that production will begin on a sequel this summer.)
But that’s not the only reason why Swinton Byrne, whose father is the playwright and artist John Byrne, seems destined for stardom. On Tuesday morning, during a photo call for the film in Berlin, Swinton Byrne also proved herself to be a natural-born star on the red carpet—even though she was simply outfitted in blue jeans and a top that resembled a Baja hoodie. Most notable, however, was her extremely enviable accessory: none other than her costar, aka her mom, to whom she was practically attached at the hip. (Swinton, fittingly enough, also plays Swinton Byrne’s mom in the film.)
When was the last time you saw celebrities look like they were genuinely having fun on the red carpet? Swinton Byrne not only carried the torch of renowned BFFs Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone, who last spread some step-and-repeat joy in late 2017, but did so at only her second-ever major event, which she and her mom essentially treated like a photo booth.
They also properly prepared for the occasion. (In case they hadn’t already caught your eye, please note the matching metallic gold shoes.)
They certainly set the standard high for Robert Pattinson, who’s set to play Swinton Byrne’s love interest in the sequel to The Souvenir. In the meantime, before its release, best of luck in finding someone who looks at you the way Tilda looks at Honor.
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Tilda Swinton wears Giorgio Armani wool and silk jacket, Sermoneta gloves.
Blumarine’s wool coat and dress; Stella McCartney’s fleece wool and cashmere turtleneck; Tommy Hilfiger’s silk pants; J.W. Anderson’s cashmere skirt. Patricia Underwood for Chris Benz hat, Comme des Garçons belt, Maison Martin Margiela gloves, Rick Owens boots.
VPL’s latex coat and dress; National Theatre Costume Hire Store’s bodysuit. Maison Martin Margiela boots.
Céline’s cotton turtleneck. Beauty Note: Revive hair’s moisture with a thick coating of Serge Normant Meta Morphosis Hair Repair Treatment.
Comme des Garçons’s wool jacket; Hugo Boss’s cotton and polyester shirt; Acne’s polyester skirt. Sermoneta gloves, Agent Provocateur hosiery, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci shoes.
Zero + Maria Cornejo’s llama hair coat; Hugo Boss’s cotton turtleneck; John Rocha’s silk pants; Gucci’s silk chiffon dress. Eres cap, Rick Owens boots.
Chloé’s leather jacket; Maison Martin Margiela’s polyurethane and polyester dress; Jil Sander’s cashmere and silk hooded turtleneck. Maison Martin Margiela gloves, Rick Owens boots.
Hermès’s felted wool flannel dress. Stephen Jones swim cap, Hermès gloves, Rick Owens boots.
Acne’s wool jacket; Akris’s wool dress; Tommy Hilfiger’s silk pants. LaCrasia gloves.
Haider Ackermann’s wool caftan with silk lapels and wool pants; Ralph Lauren Black Label’s cashmere sweater. Haider Ackermann belt, Burberry shoes.
Yves Saint Laurent’s wool sweater and silk crepe de chine blouse. Sermoneta gloves.