Devoted Grazia Daily readers, let us introduce Andrea Riseborough. You may recognise the lovely porcelain features of this English (Newcastle-upon-Tyne to be exact) rose from her role as a young Maggie Thatcher in 2008’s television film, The Long Walk to Finchley. Since then, she's made it to the silver screen with a role in Made in Dagenham and she's currently starring alongside Helen Mirren in vintage flick Brighton Rock. Oh, and soon enough, you’ll see just how she fared in Wallis Simpson’s shoes in Madonna’s greatly anticipated directorial beast that has been W.E. (Eep! The gossip we’d squeeze from Andrea on this given half a chance!) We’re firm fans of Andrea’s acting abilities, but we’ve always appreciated her tact for choosing less obvious fashion looks for her public appearances in comparison to other cookie-cutter celebs. We do like a surprise, after all. So a month of analysing her every outfit (in our special and very top secret style laboratory), we can release the findings - we're convinced she's a style icon in the making. Of course, being chosen by Dazed & Confused as the February cover girl kinda puts an official stamp on things.
Demure and slightly gothic - but not in a bonkers way. There’s only space on this red-carpeted globe for Dame Vivienne and HBC (that’s Helena Bonham Carter) to do that. Instead, Riseborough rocks Roksanda Illincic in a strikingly similar way to the designer herself – all dewy skin, understated extras and glossy raven locks (on a side note - centre partings have sooo got their cool back, haven't they?). Just how stunningly underplayed is the clash of her turquoise Loewe clutch, neon scarf belt and scarlet lips?
Andrea’s dress choices are always feminine, but never frothy or overtly sexy. Case in point? The collared, buttoned-up gown she wore for the Golden Globes after party just blew us away without being in-yer-face. This not only ticked off many a fashion forward trend for spring (soft florals, sheer fabrics, dramatic maxis) but also referenced old-fashioned glamour - which is a tricky tightrope to walk. Andrea keeps her balance with the softest of touches.
by Hannah Almassi