March 05, 2013
Tree of Life
(2011) saw Jessica Chastain rocket to fame. This statuesque beauty showed a completely different acting range in The Help
, playing the "outsider," Celia Foote. I've loved watching her grace the red carpet at each award show, and look forward to any and all movies she appears in. I even lifted my "no horror movies" ban a few months ago to see Mama
, wherein she played a tattooed, dark-haired character with a chip on her shoulder, which is a far cry from any roles she'd held up until then. Never one to appear less than polished, Jessica is one of my favorite style icons, and one of the few celebs I have yet to see make a poor choice on the red carpet.
For this year's Academy Award ceremony, she wore a custom Armani gown with a mermaid silhouette in a soft copper color which flattered both her skin tone and hair color beautifully. The design house described the dress as having a "geometric, lattice-patterned mesh overlay of shimmering white sequins and Swarovski crystals." She wisely kept the accessories subdued, wearing vintage diamond earrings and a gold and diamond bracelet, both by Harry Winston. To avoid looking too washed out, she wore deep red lipstick and peach eyeshadow with black liquid liner. To try out a similar color palette, try our Love Stitch Nashville Dreams Dress
in Ivory. The simple body con tank dress gets a dash of style from layers of ivory floral lace that run in a zigzag pattern with corresponding stripes of white sequins. Easy to dress up or down, this is a go-to dress for date nights and cocktails with your friends.
As Celia Foote in The Help
, Jessica wore 60's inspired costumes designed by Sharen Davis (Dreamgirls
, Book of El
i, etc). My favorite look of the movie was a lemon yellow romper with fitted bodice, white piping and wide straps. She accessorized with cherry red nail polish, an ivory bangle, cute daisy stud earrings, and (of course), white cat-eye sunglasses with rose colored lenses. Spring is just around the corner, and I can't wait for the weather to be warm enough for rompers and shorts. To access your inner "Celia Foote," try our Lush Raquel Romper
Lastly, Jessica proves that redheads absolutely can wear red in this adorable cherry red, belted, mid-length Oscar de la Renta frock. For a similar simple-yet-elegant, garden party-esque dress, try our Black Crochet Tea Rose Dress
. It features a high neck in front, with a floral crochet design, and a gorgeous drop back. File this one under, "must-have LBD."