Red Carpet Heroines: Anna Paquin

As you may remember from a post I wrote some time ago, one of my red carpet heroines is Anna Paquin, the talented actress who is among the protagonists of the hit tv show True Blood. Her style on the red carpet has always been rather conventional – dresses in primary colours (red, white, blue and black), a few accessories, nothing showy – but I’ve admired it for standing out of the crowd. Anna has never been an over-exposed celebrity who jumps on the bandwagon of the latest trends, but it looks like she’s becoming a trend-setter. From the outfits she sported on the latest red carpet events, it is clear her style has undergone a dramatic change for good.

On January 24th, 2010, at the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards, for example, she wore a lovely Alexander McQueen printed dress, with plunging neckline, short sleeves and gatherings at the waist. I’m not mad about her hairstyle – a little bit lifeless – and make-up here, to be honest, because I would have chosen a brighter lipstick.


This dress comes from Plato’s Atlantis, the stunning spring-summer 2010 collection by the British designer. I’ve never thought of Anna as a McQueen girl (dresses from the same collection has been worn by Lady GaGa in Bad Romance music video, by Lily Cole, Daphne Guinness, Camilla Belle and Noot Seear), but I was probably wrong, because she completely pulled this look off. The outfit was completed by another McQueen piece (a gold leather box clutch with the skull-shaped clasp) and by Pierre Hardy gold and black strappy platform sandals. The only piece of jewellery she wore is a statement oval shell cuff bracelet by Anndra Neen.

If you are True Blood fans, as I am, you will surely be thrilled by this pic, where Stephen Moyer, Anna and Alexander Skarsgard posed together. Stephen Moyer is handsome, but isn’t Alexander absolutely hot?

The engaged couple was among the attendees of the 67th Golden Globes, too: Anna got two nominations (for True Blood and for The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler) but unfortunately she won none.

I’ve already written about her outfit, but let’s give it another look. She wore a beautiful Stella McCartney gold and silver embellished dress, with a plunging neckline and short sleeves (I guess she loves these details, because McQueen dress has the same features). Her hair was styled in an updo, which really suited her, and her make-up was very natural.

She accessorized it with Stella McCartney fish-scale double platform sandals (sorry, Anna, but they’re hideous), a Stephen Russell serpent bangle and another McQueen skull clutch, this time in black leather with gold hardware.

The outfits we’ve just seen are gorgeous, a stark change from her previous fashion choices, but the one who really blew me away was sported at The Art of Elysium 3rd charity gala, on January 17th, 2010. In this case, she was really fashion-forward, wearing a cutting-edge dress I would have never imaged on her.

I think this look was perfectly styled, because everything is flawless: the dress, the accessories and the hairstyle. I love her blonde hair styled like this, wavy and messy; if I were her, I would experiment other shades than peach for my make-up, but I must admit she looked beautiful.

The powder pink tulle dress, with black and white accents, is a Viktor & Rolf creation, from their spring/summer 2010 collection. She also wore caged peep-toe shoes and a stunning Tom Binns necklace (with rhinestones and milky stones, I love it!), and carried another McQueen clutch.

Here are Anna and Stephen at the gala dinner. Isn’t this couple cute?

On January 10th, 2010, she attended a party at the Sunset Hotel in West Hollywood, honouring her two nominations at the Golden Globe Awards. This time she still conformed to her trademark style, wearing a simple black dress with purple accents.

The dress is a Gianfranco Ferrè creation, and is made special by a purple folded ribbon at the waist, a detail which is so characteristic of Ferrè’s style. Even though the founder of the Italian maison is not here anymore, I think thatTommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi are doing a terrific work with the important legacy the designer left.

She wore satin platform pumps and a nice purple frame clutch by Ferrè, made of woven suede and leather.

Anna is not a party girl, so we can see her only at premieres and award shows. On October 17th, 2009, she attended the Scream Awards at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. True Blood won the Best Show award, Anna, Stephen and Alexander won the Best Horror Actress, the Best Horror Actor and the Best Villain awards respectively. The tv show by Alan Ball triumphed at theAwards, and Anna celebrated the event wearing a lovely outfit.

She chose a duchesse satin front-zipped dress and black peep-toe pumps, and experimented with her hairstyle, sporting an updo with ponytail and side-parting.

Her dress is by Marc Jacobs (a similar dress was seen on Anne Hathaway at the Costume Institute Gala in 2009) and her platform peep-toe pumps are by Sergio Rossi. Her jewellery – a rock crystal and diamond bracelet – is by Neil Lane.

At the after-party she was spotted carrying a Christian Louboutin Loubistuds studded clutch. Am I the only one who thinks that the shoe-shaped clasp is adorable?

On August 24th, 2009, she attended the launch party of Nylon Magazine’s TV Issue (September 2009) in Los Angeles. In this case, she wore a sexy dress and simple black slingbacks.

Her hairstyle here is tragic, because it is shapeless and lifeless, and even the make-up is quite dull.

The dress she wore is a Hervè L. Leroux creation, with sheer inserts on the bodice and sheer sleeves; her slingbacks are by Jimmy Choo. Anna’s beauty is not overtly sexy or aggressive, but I think she didn’t do this dress justice. A similar dress was seen on Megan Fox, too, and the final result is completely different. This dress was not the best choice for Anna, and it looks like she didn’t feel comfortable in it.

Oh, Stephen looks amazing in this pic!

Now that she has experienced this dramatic change in her style, I wonder what she has in store for us at the next events she is will attend. I’m looking forward to them, are you?

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11 comments

  1. I must declare a deep weakness for McQueen clutches and scarves (and for skulls combined with elegant dresses). Thanks for this gorgeous post, I really like this unconventional, yet delicate, beauty.

    1. Alexander McQueen skull clutches are to die for. I loved his skull scarves for a long time, but now I’m a bit tired of them.

  2. anche a me piace molto Anna, pure se la preferisco mora.
    ho però un problema generico con le tenute di gala: sarà insopportabilmente retrogrado, ma trovo che gonne corte e gambe nude non siano particolarmente eleganti… mah.

    1. Anche io la preferisco mora, perchè penso che i capelli scuri sottolineino il suo lato gotico/vittoriano che tanto mi piace.

      Ormai l’uso delle calze sta scomparendo, tanto più che questi eventi si tengono a Los Angeles, dove la temperatura è sempre piacevole (e dove quindi indossare le calze sarebbe inutile). Molti inoltre le considerano antiestetiche.

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