Brie Larson is not here for your red carpet games. Since she won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in the screen adaptation of Emma Donahue’s Room, the actress has been relatively quiet on the red carpet front — focusing instead, perhaps, on her upcoming wedding to longtime boyfriend Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet. But she turned heads in an elegant black velvet Oscar De La Renta gown at this year’s Oscars ceremony — no Academy Award necessary this time, Brie Larson will win the red carpet, thank you. That, and the McQueen look that preceded it, heralded a new era of Brie Larson’s red carpentry — edgy, monochrome, grown up. Of course, we have a relatively small sample size from which to divine this evolution, but with her most recent appearance premiering her new film, Kong Skull Island*, she has yet to disappoint. Effortlessly confident, bold and edgy Brie Larson is our favorite version of the star’s red carpet look yet.
Who: Brie Larson.
When: Tuesday, February 28.
Where: The London premiere of her new film, Kong Skull Island, with Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson.
What: A white, long-sleeved gown by Ralph & Russo from the Spring 2017 couture collection with a plunging neckline, pleats, and metal stud embellishments.
Why: Brie Larson is back and armed with a new roster of go-to designers: Alexander McQueen, Oscar De La Renta’s new creative directors Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, and, perhaps the most unlikely, Ralph & Russo. She stepped out at the most recent premiere of her upcoming monster movie in a look from the latter’s Spring 2017 couture collection that demands to be seen — with its plunging neckline and studded tiered skirt, it’s daring, yet not too flashy. Combined with simple, side-parted hair, minimal jewelry, and black platform heels, the Ralph & Russo gown gets a little dressed down from its couture origins, where it showed with silver pointy-toed heels. Oscars season just ended, but Brie Larson is just getting started.