Remember when a relatively-unknown Carey Mulligan burst onto our radar with her charming turn in ‘An Education’? In the blink of an eye, the pixie-cropped ingénue was fascinating fashion bloggers (*raises hand*) and was promptly hailed as 2010’s Audrey Hepburn, as well as Prada’s new muse. It was a fashion fairytale if ever we saw one. Well today, it looks like we have another budding icon in our midst. Ladies and gents, say hello to Rooney Mara, the American actress who’s just been cast as ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’.
If you've read this week's Grazia, you'll know Hollywood's hottest starlets were battling it out for the much-coveted lead role. Kristen Stewart was in the running. Natalie Portman was hotly tipped. Emma Watson even chopped her hair - here’s hoping she didn’t get inked too! But Rooney beat off the stiff competition to bag herself the part of Lisbeth Salander in the US adaptation of the best-selling book by Steig Larsson. Oh, and it gets better. The 24-year-old will be starring alongside sexy beefcake Daniel Craig. Go Rooney! (and yes, we say that in all seriousness today).
So with a further two films for the franchise already in the pipeline, you can guarantee this little lady will become a permanent fixture on the red carpet rounds. And how is her style shaping up so far? Well, have a gander through her previous body of work and you’ll see she’s making promising progress...
From her first turn in the spotlight just a year ago when she sported questionable grey tights wtih sandals combo, and a gingham frock under what looks like her granddad's dressing gown, Ms Mara’s style has come on leaps and bounds. Take her latest offerings as proof of her red carpet evolution.
At the premiere of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' in April, the actress looked adorable wearing an Alberta Ferretti razmir and chiffon S/S ’10 dress, perfectly accessorised with Louboutin peeptoes, sparkling headband, and dainty champagne clutch. And she's clearly found her style mojo (as well as her perfect pose!), because at the Toronto Film Festival, Rooney continued to channel the girlie-girl vibe in a similar nude frock with lashings of ruffles. Now that's our kinda girl!
But there’s one issue bugging the blogosphere: does the pretty-as-pie Rooney have what it takes to represent the novel's edgy punk heroine? And could her vintage-inspired wardrobe indicate there’s an ANTM-esque makeover to look forward to? (pleeease!) Either way, we’ve just found ourselves a stellar muse-in-the-making, and that’s enough to give Grazia Daily an excited tingle of anticipation…
by Jessica Vince