In the latest issue of Grazia, we ask who’s your filmspiration. Whether it’s Grace Kelly’s prom-style dresses, Marilyn Monroe’s pencil skirts or Jean Shrimpton’s backcombed hair – this season’s biggest trends have walked directly off the screen. And our fascination with Wallis Simpson has been reignited thanks to ‘W.E’, Madonna’s directorial debut.
In the film, Andrea Riseborough plays Ms Simpson, the woman who nearly brought down the royal family when, in 1936, she fell in love with King Edward and caused him to – gasp! – abdicate. Andrea looks exquisite in tea dresses, skirt suits, furs and jewels galore. Madonna herself has worked the ‘40s trend for every recent red carpet appearance but what of Ms Riseborough?
Well, let's just say the Geordie actress (she's from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, dontcha know) is proving to be Grazia Daily's new style crush. She's oozed full-blown glamour since the promo trail began in September, cracking out ladylike frocks befitting a Madonna muse – retro-tastic but never raunchy. Her choices are forever feminine and show a fondness for Dior and Dolce with a side order of pretty detailing, waist-clinchers and statement prints. In fact, it was waaay back in January that we first declared the Brit a fashion icon in the making thanks to a number of distinctive outfits so we say it's high time we re-examine why Andrea's stormed into our sartorial hearts with a nifty Top Ten round-up...
1. The most recent example of Riseborough panache was at the Annual Governors Awards earlier this month. Her white lace gown with a sweeping train is from Chinese designer Shiatzy Chen and would make a wonderful wedding dress but the bright orange lipstick keeps the look quirky.
2. Next, Andrea went ultra-girlie at the Hollywood Style Awards with a little help from this very voluminous Dolce & Gabbana gown. The pink confection covered in floral embroidery may not be to everyone's liking but you gotta admire a girl who has the confidence to go all out ‘50s prom night. The look was topped off with twinkling peep-toes, frosty pink lips and, naturally, a Mad Men-esque bouffant.
3. Onto the Hollywood Film Awards and we find Andrea following in Madonna’s footsteps with a touch of Vionnet elegance. Draped sleeves, a matching waistband and crystal embroidery, this ivory gown proves the star can do grown-up glamour too. But with that piled-up hair, does it err on the side of frumpsville?
4. Ah yes, a splash of Erdem always serves a girl well, as Andrea proved at a swanky cocktail party when she wore a floral frock from the designer's Spring/Summer 2012 collection. And what could be better than accessorising the look with Mr Erdem himself? Bravo.
5. Wowee. Who could forget when Andrea hit the London Film Festival? This Christian Dior Couture gown from the Spring / Summer 2011 catwalk is just the ticket for making a statement when you’re sharing red carpet space with Her Madgesty. The military-ish buttons plus the mixture of navy-and-nude keep it interesting but not bonkers.
6. Returning to Andrea's days as a brunette, we cheer at the sight of her in a paillette-drenched Dolce & Gabbana dress at the Toronto Film Festival. Doesn’t that jade shade work wonderfully with her glossy raven hair and porcelain skin? She wisely teamed it with black pumps and a matching clutch to temper all the glitz. Oh, and if this one's giving you deja-vu, that’s because Anna Dello Russo and Tulisa Contostavlos have also worn the long-sleeved, Autumn / Winter 2011 number.
7. And AR can do cute too! Take, for example, this off-white Stella McCartney Resort 2012 dress sprinkled with white bows that she trotted out at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. We’re going to ignore those peep-toe boots thankyouverymuch.
8. With a dollop of Gucci, the English Rose wowed us again. Her purple and white floral-printed strapless gown comes from Frida Giannini’s Resort 2012 collection and makes the perfect easy-breezy outfit for an evening on the Venetian canals. How faaabulous.
9. By now, it's pretty obvious Andrea has a penchant for high-voltage ballgowns. A case in point is when she stunned at the Venice premiere of 'W.E' with another Christian Dior Couture creation, this time from the Autumn / Winter 2009 catwalk. A tulle skirt and satin bodice in lemon yellow embroidered with twinkles? Yep, this is utter magic and it sure helps if your dress choice evokes comparisons to Belle from Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’, no?
10. And for the final fash triumph, here's our gal showcasing her individuality in a Dolce & Gabbana shift. The sleeves and knee-skimming length ensure it's demure while the zesty print makes a look-at-me impact.
But what say you of the Riseborough's err, rise in the style stakes? Are you sharing our love for her ladylike looks or should she have stayed in Wallis' shoes? We want to hear your thoughts please...