Rose Byrne: 'My Red Carpet Dresses Have to Match My Hair'

13 March 2012 by

Sleek and ear-tucked with Vivienne Westwood at the Oscars

Grazia Daily is still in a dreamy daze from the brilliance of Rose Byrne's Oscars night stylings. You may recall that our coverage the day after the Academy Awards included much raving about the top-to-toe fabulosity of Byrne's red carpet look, featuring a sleek bob which perfectly complemented her sophisticated yet understated black one-shoulder sequinned Vivienne Westwood gown.

Bouffant and backcombed with Chanel at the Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless awards

So we felt a little smug today on hearing the news that Rose selected that dress because it worked with her bob, and not the other way round. 

"I think it was literally the first or second dress I tried on" she revealed to "And it felt kind of right with my hair, as well."

Blowdried forward, pageboy-style with Elie Saab jumpsuit at the SAG awards

Not only that, the actress claims that this is now the key to her red carpet style: it's bob first - then find the fashion to fit; "it's like, 'What's going to look right with the hair?'"

Ladylike updo worn with Sandro, at the Sandro store opening

And now that we're looking at Rose's most recent award show ensembles, we can see the genius in this approach. Aside from the sleek, ear-tucked, Oscars night bob worn with that slim, sparkly gown, Byrne has tried a pageboy-like brushed-forward look, worn with a beaded Seventies-chic Elie Saab jumpsuit at the SAG Awards; a bouffy-backcombed Anna Wintour-style helmet with a pretty Sixties Space Age Channel metallic shift at a magazine awards event; a ladylike updo worn with a tres Olivia Palermo jacket and trousers for the Sandro store opening, and finally,  some gentle waves to work a romantic Alexander McQueen lace dress at a charity gala. We're finding all of Rose's many bobincarnations (and 'hair first' fashion formula) quite inspiring...

Soft waves with Alexander McQueen at the amfAR charity gala

But be warned, Byrne admits that although her glossy new cut is "fun" it's also not the easiest of styles, "[it's] a little high-maintenance with the bangs, but you know, it takes a village." Totally worth it!



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