It’s hard to believe it’s been just a year since the world went into a frenzy over then-unknown actress Brie Larson. Yes, she’s been acting and singing (she even put out a pop album) since her teens, but it was her Oscar-winning performance in the emotional drama Room that saw her status rise. She's also fast become fashion's new darling - with everyone from Gucci to Oscar de la Renta lining up to dress her. The actress’ sartorial taste? Old Hollywood meets Grace Jones (her icon): ‘Every time I’m on a carpet, I can embody a different character,’ Brie told US InStyle. ‘I can feel a different way, I can expose a different part of myself.’ And with her promo tour for Kong: Skull Island now kicking off you’ll be seeing a lot more fancy frocks. From her go-to neckline to the real reason she wears royal blue, we’ve decoded the 26-year-old's award-worthy style moments…
Cold shoulder dressing
Looking back through Larson’s style hits there’s one common denominator: asymmetrical necklines. For the Academy Awards after-party last year she opted for an off-shoulder pink velvet ensemble and, again, donned a similar silhouette for the post-Oscars do last month, choosing a silk teal gown by Ralph and Russo. The rule to nailing asymmetric detailing a la Brie? Stick to one block colour.
Royal blue is a winning shade for Brie. To pick up her Best Actress Oscar in 2016, she wore a custom-made dress by Alessandro Michele who had then only been at Gucci for a short time. “Our first inspiration was the colour,” Brie’s stylist Cristina Ehrlich told The Telegraph. Her makeup artist revealed she’s a big fan of the colour lapis [a blue gem] and its significance in art. Away from awards season, we’re particularly in love with this sailor blue outfit she wore to a W magazine party last year. An oversized striped shirt and high-waisted trousers from Vivienne Westwood? The workwear outfit of dreams.
While there was a definite nod to Veronica Lake at the Oscars this year (rocking a dramatic velvet gown, red lip and slicked back hair), we’re getting ‘70s bridal vibes during her latest red carpet appearance at the Kong: Skull Island premiere in London. Brie upped the glamour in a floor-length tiered number from Ralph and Russo, keeping her hair minimal and lipstick shade a peachy nude.
Here’s Grazia’s edit of the best red carpet moments from Brie Larson…
Going for gold at the 2016 Golden Globes.
Oh Gucci, Gucci, Gucci how we love thee. As exampled by this floaty, powder blue gown of dreams. Also, we want this floral clutch bag stat.
A futuristic look at the Met Gala in New York last year, rocking a metallic dress from Proenza Schoulder and a dark berry lip.
How to steal the spotlight during awards season? Case in point: Brie Larsonu2019s Golden Globes look this year. Red EVERYTHING.
Pink + velvet + Oscar = dream trio.
Less is more: the Room actress looked sleek in a satin teal dress and strappy black heels.
One of our favourite Oscars dresses – channelling Old Hollywood glamour in a black velvet show stopper designed by Oscar de la Renta.
Fancy frills and patchwork embroidery is a-go-go at Toronto Film Festival in 2016.
Brie Larson keeps it minimal in a simple cut white dress by Jason Wu at the 2017 SAG awards.
Peak sophistication in a ruby red Oscar de la Renta number at Kong: Skull Island LA film premiere.