12 Nov


Stars glam up the movie premieres…or not
Contrary to all the media hype, the talk of The Town isn’t Blake Lively.
By Jeanmarie Tan
November 12, 2010

The real female star of the Ben Affleck-directed crime thriller is actually English actress Rebecca Hall, who easily eclipsed the Gossip Girl starlet with a better performance.

In the film, Hall plays a yuppie bank manager whom Affleck’s professional bank robber takes hostage but later falls for.

The most alluring thing about the 28-year-old actress – who had smaller parts in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Frost/Nixon – is that she possesses natural beauty of the non-threatening variety.

In the past, she played it down and came across plain and nondescript.

But seeing The Town as her breakout role, the 1.75m-tall brunette decided to break out of her sartorial shell for the promo tour.

Her experimentation with silhouettes, bright colours and hairstyles has left fashion editors labelling her a style star to watch.

For me, the only thing left for her to do now is to move on to non-black footwear.

1 Those slashed sleeves! That keyhole neckline! The impeccable draping!

It can only be Vionnet, and Hall looked absolutely bewitching in the French design house’s teal gown for The Town’s screening at the Venice Film Festival.

The pop of red on her lips and Prada satinclutch get my approval, but I don’t understand why she thought black Roger Vivier satin sandals would complement the ensemble.

2 Vionnet seems to agree with Hall, because she wore it again for the London premiere.

This demure dress featuring a sheer black peekaboo pattern was cinched with a tan leather belt and paired perfectly with lacy black Nicholas Kirkwood peep-toes.

3 Here’s yet another chic standout choice in Boston, this time from Bottega Veneta.

The red leather top and hot pink silk skirt is beyond cute, but the recycled – and black of all colours! – Nicholas Kickwood shoes robbed some fun from it.

4 Hall literally painted the town – or rather, the Toronto International Film Festival – red in this love-it-or-hate-it red and black YSL strapless corseted jumpsuit matched with chunky black YSL patent leather platforms sandals.

Nobody has pulled off this crazy clownish piece yet – not even the runway model.

The slit up the front bugs me to no end and the colour combination is too Queen Of Hearts for my liking.

Still, you can’t deny Hall worked it from the waist up.


The NewPaper


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