Cate Blanchett has a sense of grace and style on the red carpet that is all her own—it’s just as likely to see her wear a classically elegant Armani Privé dress as it is to see her in a fashion-forward look by Céline. Earlier tonight, the Australian beauty stepped out at the New York Film Festival for the premiere of her latest film, Carol, wearing a designer few will recognize. And yet Yacine Aouadi stole the spotlight with the demi-couture ensemble he created for Blanchett.
“She is a young designer’s dream,” says Aouadi. “The personification of grace, the embodiment of elegance and modernity.” The 35-year-old designer worked at Balmain under Christophe Decarnin and Olivier Rousteing before establishing his own line at couture last July. The dress, a black wool frock embellished with tonal jet petals, features a tulle neckline and sleeves with a distinctive personal, handwrought touch. “The dress actually features some of my personal tattoos,” he says. “I thought, How do you make couture tattoos?” The resulting inky, petaled print certainly makes for a romantic counterpoint to the highly dramatic silhouette. With his first, big celebrity fashion moment under his belt, clearly Aouadi is already making his mark.
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