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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

16 Aug

Red carpet appearances continue to dominate Out of the Box over the summer; this isn’t to say that the costuming on individual shows such as Breaking Bad and The Bridge hasn’t been brilliant – having Skyler and Walt in clean creams and whites to signify that they are simply car wash owners at the moment is a nice touch and I think we should all “have an A1 Day!”

This week has appearances from film screenings, the Teen Choice Awards and a Hollywood Foreign Press Association luncheon.

Winner: Keri Russell at a New York Screening of Austenland 

Keri Russell NY Austenland Screening

I tend to loathe any form of jumpsuit or playsuit so it comes as pleasant and total surprise that I find this Stella McCartney one so appealing. One aspect that really stands out is how simple it is in both style and color (it’s black). The Saint Laurent studded booties that you can see peeping out the bottom are perfect, as is the plain clutch as neither added anything too fussy to the minimalist styling. The flash of hot pink both on Keri Russell nails and lips gives the outfit the pop it needs and hair envy is definitely on the menu.

Runner Up: Kerry Washington at the Teen Choice Awards

Kerry washington teen choice

A  change of pace and a look that is in contrast with Keri Russell’s; both are Stella McCartney creations. This is the Teen Choice Awards where the hemlines are shorter, the colors are brighter and it’s an opportunity to wear something a little more fun. It’s a cute dress that works perfectly for this setting and because Kerry Washington likes to mix it up on the red carpet (or blue on this occasion) this is a great look for her. Choosing a bold lip color that mirrors some of the lip illustrations on the dress and wearing her hair down in a relaxed style enhances the outfit choice. Bonus points for a great pair of sparkly Louboutins.

Runner Up: Diane Kruger at the HFPA 2013 Installation Luncheon 

Diane Kruger Carven

Yes this Carven dress is plaid and yes it has pockets (if a dress has pockets I’m 77% more inclined to buy it) and so this was always going to be a look I love, especially with Diane Kruger as the one wearing it. It’s slouchy which works for the luncheon setting (you should see what I wear to lunch). I’m not totally on board with the strappy shoes but thankfully they’re not nude pumps. Kruger’s hair and make-up matches the relaxed attitude of her pose and the lack of accessories is preferable on this occasion as they might clutter rather than accentuate.

Runner Up: Olivia Wilde at the HFPA 2013 Installation Luncheon

Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 2013 Installation Luncheon

Olivia Wilde is rocking Solange favorite Clover Canyon and it’s hypnotic without overwhelming; like going on a kaleidoscope journey. The green shoes/bag combination could be considered too matchy matchy but I like the way it mimics the green on the dress and two different colors it might go the bad clashing route. This is why Wilde’s fresh faced, simple up do approach looks great as it creates balance with the beautiful chaos of the dress – somewhat related here is a really brilliant look at the the dichotomy between sexy and smart in profile pieces featuring Olivia Wilde.

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