Last week, actress Andrea Riseborough arrived at the Argentianian red carpet in Buenos Aires for the world premiere of her film Oblivion. I may not know much about the film or even about the actress, but what I do know is that ever since I perused the Elie Saab Spring 2013 Couture collection I knew that I wanted to see this gown on the red carpet. And while I thought an actress by the likes of Mila Kunis, Michelle Yeoh, Pace Wu or Fan Bingbing would wear the crap out of this romantic gown, there’s a lot of different factors at play here that give me such mixed feelings about this look.
Gorgeous girl. Gorgeous gown. In theory, it should all work out. But, for me, there are just so many things here that I think are working against Andrea. For starters, I would have preferred to have seen her long chocolate curls pulled back into either a sleek (à la runway) or messy chignon. At the very least in a half-up/half-down sort of ‘do with a subtle metallic floral headband in place since those have been all the rage on the red carpet — particularly with younger starlets. Secondly, it’s a shame that this dress had to make its debut at both a film premiere and not even looking its best. A gown this gorgeous shouldn’t have made its premiere at, well, a premiere, because with fabric this grand its entrance should have been marked at the extravagant Cannes Film Festival and not just another red carpet affair. And perhaps if it had appeared first at Cannes there would have been a handler present to pull out the left side of the skirting so that the gown could be seen in all its intricate beauty. And it truly is. Beautiful, that is.
Strapless ivory has never looked so decadent as when placed in the hands of Elie Saab, who piped gorgeous black embroidery along the bodice and skirting only to have it whisper alongside floral sequin embellishments that flowed across the gown like watercolours or flowery sunshine dappling through a pond. I’m getting poetic just looking at the thing that’s how much I love it.
With all that being said, I ultimately don’t think this was a miss for Andrea, who does end up looking like she wouldn’t look out of place in a Renaissance period drama (though I’ll credit Saab more than her), I just think it’s a look that needed some serious tweaking when it came to styling and more care in its presentation (maybe it’s me being picky but it’s such a shame to see a gown that beautiful not showcased properly, how hard is it to fluff a skirt?). But don’t call me greedy when I say that I wouldn’t mind if one of the aforementioned actresses I name-dropped at the beginning of this post decides to take this dress and give it the style and attention it deserves at a different event.
Lovelies, what do you think of Andrea’s Elie Saab gown?