Method Mode: Fashion North’s favourite film inspired red carpet looks

The movies can be a great source of inspiration and style advice for us all. From modern classics such as Legally blonde, to indie darlings like Lady Bird, the big screen is full of iconic outfits and new trends.

But sometimes, stars will take inspiration from their own work, in the style of method dressing. This involves outfits that channel the fictional characters or aesthetics of an actor’s film or television series, worn around the promotion of said work.

We’ve been seeing this phenomenon recently with the young actress, Jenna Ortega, and her promotion of the hit Netflix series Wednesday. She wore a beautiful black lace Versace dress to the premiere of her new show in Hollywood, as well as debuting an equally gorgeous gothic-inspired Valentino dress at the label show in October.

Jenna Ortega at the Wednesday Premier, looking killer and gothic

Zoe Kravitz took on method dressing when promoting The Batman earlier this year. She dressed in a variety of black, sexy looks to channel her character, Cat Woman. These outfits include a beautiful De La Renta dress with clever cut-outs. Even her make-up was perfectly mysterious and feline!

Zoe Kravitz looking feline on the red carpet for The Batman

The queen of method dressing (and possibly of red carpet fashion) is Zendaya, who has worn Spiderman, Dune and even The Greatest Showman when on their respective press tours. Her looks on the Spiderman press tour were divine, with a webbed, plunging gown as the standout look.

She also wore similarly gorgeous looks on the Dune press tour, using a neutral colour palette and creating drama with beautifully crafted silhouettes.

Zendaya channelling Spiderman during the press tour

Possibly one of the best examples of method dressing came from Blake Lively and her array of tailored suits when promoting A Simple Favour in 2018. Not only is her styling work (which she does herself) marvellous, but the looks she debuted in the months surrounding the films release were stitch-perfect. Heavily inspired by the formidable character of Emily, Lively’s wardrobe was crisp, stylish and a great promotion for the film.

Blake Lively on the press tour of A Simple Favour

We hope to see more stars referencing their work on and off the red carpet in future. It’s a fun way to promote their work and create a story.

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