It's official: Emma Corrin is one of 2021's best dressed stars. Seen last night at the British Independent Film Awards, The Crown star wore a lilac-coloured top and trousers co-ord from new designer Marco Ribeiro. Styled by Harry Lambert, this was Ribeiro's red carpet debut, no less - Lambert and Corrin are always keen to showcase looks by emerging talent, of course peppered with established designer names.
Take her outfit at the 2021 Emmys, a directional gown, custom-made by Miu Miu, complete with a matching swimming cap. See what we mean? Only Corrin could pull it off. Oh and did we forget to mention her pointed black nails peeking out of the elbow-length gloves?
Corrin is on something of a roll. At the GQ Men of the Year Awards, she chose a swooshingly dramatic gown by her friend Harris Reed (who won the Peroni Nastro Azzurro Breakthrough Designer), featuring a pussy-bow tie and a peekaboo sheer skirt.
Always unpredictable, Corrin has a playful approach to style that's as joyfully flamboyant off-duty as it is on. Case in point: the embroidered floral waistcoat she posted a picture of herself wearing with a plaid shirt. (No, we didn't know that's what our wardrobe was missing either, but here we are.) While she's been rehearsing for Anna X, which is currently showing at the Harold Pinter Theatre, Corrin has also been spotted walking her dog in wearing an artful mish-mash of baseball caps, trainers and tracksuit bottoms, all with the upmost flair that we couldn't possibly hope to pull off with our loungewear wardrobe.
This follows a brilliant red carpet run (even Zoom cannot dim her fashion star). Looks to note include the Miu Miu Pierrot-inspired dress at the Golden Globes, the surreal Schiaparelli little black dress festooned with giant teeth for the Critics' Choice Awards and (another) Harris Reed pussy-bow blouse for the British Independent Film Awards. Unsurprisingly, she shares an affinity for theatrical, experimental, sometimes risqué (remember this T-shirt?) clothes with Harry Styles - the pair share a stylist: Harry Lambert. It was Lambert who gave us one of this year's happiest fashion moments - Styles' trio of Gucci boas for the Grammy Awards. Corrin, like Styles, always looks seriously cool because she's not taking herself too seriously. How refreshing!
But let's rewind a little a bit. For her first steps in the public eye, or rather the virtual promo trail for The Crown, Corrin seemed to immediately nail a look that was unexpected, quirky and stuffed full of insider-approved labels. Just check out her appearance on The Graham Norton Show. Instead of opting for something predictably sweet, Corrin wore a directional dress by Richard Quinn. With its gargantuan puffed sleeves, it was reminiscent of Diana's 80s frocks - but on steroids.
Lambert also posted some behind-the-scenes polaroids of her would-be promo wardrobe were it not for Covid-19. And it's every bit as fabulously out-there as you might expect from the pair.
Along with a champagne-coloured velvet slip dress from 16Arlington, there's also a spaghetti-strap little black dress (plus bow-tied sheer tights) from name-to-know Nensi Dojaka, and a puff-sleeved gown from one of the duo's favourites, Loewe.
The Corrin/Styles similarities continue. Both have a fondness for retro-inspired shirting; both have a soft spot for designer-to-know Bode and JW Anderson (Corrin scooped up the chain-link loafers and was the first person to wear a piece from the designer's Made in Britain capsule). Both can even rock wet look hair and not make it look like they were just running late.
Lambert has helped them each carve out the off-beat look that is catnip to fashion insiders. In the sea of perfectly-lovely-but-not-exactly-groundbreaking looks seen on other young stars, these two are unafraid to push the boundaries and stand out for all the right reasons. Lambert has got Styles into womenswear (Marc Jacobs) and Corrin into menswear (Bode). They clearly trust him, they clearly like him (a video in celebration of the JW Anderson SS21 show saw Lambert and Corrin larking around in the designer's store together); he clearly knows how to make them predictably unpredictable.
Of course, Styles already has form as an A-list boundary-pusher, but Corrin is quickly putting herself into the same category. Looking through her brief, but not for long, red carpet archive shows she’s got the quirk of Chloë Sevigny plus the cool of Zoe Kravitz. At Tiffany & Co’s party last year, she wore a three-piece pin-striped suit, complete with corsage and tie, which stood out for all the right reasons in the sea of sexy frocks. Last year’s Pennyworth premiere was another great example of how she side-steps the obvious. The actor chose a lace gown by Chanel, but far from looking fusty, it was a high-necked, semi-sheer triumph (that's another Styles move - to take something that should look old-fashioned and make it utterly new).
While we wait for her next move on the silver screen - My Policeman, so far also starring, you guessed it, Styles - scroll through her best style moments to date below.
SEE: Emma Corrin's Best Red Carpet Looks
Emma chose a lilac and navy two-piece from Marco Ribeiro for the event - this was the designers first red carpet moment.
The swimming cap-style hat + the gloves = fashion gold on Corrin.
At GQ's Men of Year Awards, Corrin wore another sheer design, this time by her friend Harris Reed.
Corrin throws a fashion curveball in this blue blazer and bright red trousers combo.
Corrin is no stranger to sheer fashion moments like this peekaboo dress from Knwls.
Prada's asymmetric dress-slash-skirt was a winning choice at this year's SAG Awards.
Lambert pulled it out of the bag for this year's Critics' Choice Awards, dressing the woman of the hour in Schiaparelli.
This Pierot-style gown from Miu Miu, complete with frilled ruff, was an inspired choice for the Golden Globes.
A puritanical collar = no problem for Corrin.
The Queen would approve of her lemon yellow top handle, no?
Looking pin-sharp, and quite the dandy, in a three-piece suit.
Chanel's gown gets extra cool points for its high neck and peekaboo lace.