2020 has been a heck of a year and we’re all just trying to get through it. That goes for celebrities, too, with careers that depend on being seen in the public. For now, that means statement looks on virtual red carpets, award shows from home, and giving interviews via Zoom. While it’s a nice break from the usual, the entire world waits with bated breath for the days when social distancing isn’t the new normal and the news isn’t constantly flooded with talk of the pandemic.
Celebrities In Statement-Making Looks
In the meantime, celebs are doing more than just passing the time. Trying to find new and innovative ways to promote themselves and their movies, shows, and brands is no easy task, but why not have a little fun with it? That’s where their statement-making looks come in. Dressing up is fun, even when one’s audience is on the other side of the computer screen.
A writer at Vogue put it best, “With many press events canceled due to safety concerns, stars have been more active than ever on social media, and it’s changed the way they dress. On a typical red carpet, simplicity is often the safest bet, but bold, unexpected looks gain attention and likes online. Granted, viewing couture through an iPhone screen is a different experience from tuning in to watch celebrities pose for the paparazzi on E!, but as the technology and logistical constraints change, Hollywood is learning to adapt.”
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Here’s how Anne Hathaway, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tracee Ellis Ross and Gabrielle Union are having a little fun with standout statement-making fashion during unprecedented times.
With no actual red carpet before an awards show or movie premiere, celebs have to get creative with their couture looks for such events. Regina King did it with her sky blue Schiaparelli haute couture asymmetric bustier dress on the “virtual red carpet” at the 2020 Emmys and now that dress is being auctioned at Christie’s to benefit the Obama Foundation’s Girls Opportunity Alliance and support their mission of empowering adolescent girls around the world through education.
And now Anne Hathaway is doing something similar at the virtual red carpet for the movie premiere of Roald Dahl’s classic The Witches. Traditional press tour, be gone! Hathaway plays the Grand High Witch and her red Ralph & Russo extravaganza is certainly beWITCHing, to say the least.
The gown, from the brand’s Fall 2019 couture collection, was featured in a special photoshoot taken by Greg Williams on the roof of Harrods in London for millions of Hathaway’s fans.
The color is bold and the dress fluffy. Could she have walked a physical red carpet in this ensemble? That answer remains to be seen. But no one cares – we’re oogling this number anyway.
Statement-Making Looks: Sarah Jessica Parker
Just like her alter ego Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker is always the talk of the town. While she has her dressed down moments, the real creme de la creme is when she dresses up – because that doesn’t happen as often anymore.
Recently, SJP got dolled up in the kind of dress you’re going to want to cozy up in all winter. A knit sweater piece, the purple Hanifa cardigan design popped against her fuchsia Fawn pumps from her own brand. The look was for a photoshoot outside her own shoe store and she kept herself socially distanced but statement-making at the same time.
Oh, on that Miya dress comes in a range of colors on Hanifa’s website.
Tracee Ellis Ross
We all know by now that Tracee Ellis Ross doesn’t hesitate to make a statement, even at home. Whether it’s loud prints or all the glitz and glam of an awards show look, the Black-ish star loves to play with her fashion and takes risks that get her noticed.
The latest ensemble is no exception. In the 80s, it was MC Hammer that brought parachute pants into the mainstream – and in 2020, it’s Tracee Ellis Ross. Well of all the year to “drop” this look (OK bad pun intended) I guess the year of pandemic would be it. We could all use a little more fun in our lives and she knows it.
Gabrielle Union Statement-Making Look
As the weather gets cooler, suits always become all the rage. And this year, like 2019, is bringing back the power suit in big bold color. Because we all need a little more eye-popping fun in our lives during these dark times. Gabrielle Union got the memo. Her citrus yellow blazer and pants number from Christopher John Rogers is IT. And she’s working from home…
The Color Block Stretch Crepe blazer and wide-leg pants are oversize and that’s the way we like it – though the runway version of this look shows off a bright yellow sash that cuts in the middle. What do you think? With or without the sash?
For me, it doesn’t matter. The bold yellow tones speak volumes and Gabrielle’s pose says I’m here to have fun – are y’all with me?
Photos: Anne Hathaway in Ralph & Russo – Vogue | Sarah Jessica Parker in Hanifa – InStyle | Tracee Ellis Ross in Loewe – Vogue UK | Gabrielle Union in Christopher John Rogers – Tom & Lorenzo
You may also like to read more of Simona’s celebrity posts like 5 Celebrities Who Are ‘Trying’ To Live Their Best Lives in 2020 and Fabulous Celebrity Fashionistas Over 40…and 50!
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