Monday, 14 January 2013

Amanda Seyfried: 19th Century Parisian Beauty and Modern Day Style Icon

Amanda for Vanity Fair December 2012
     Amanda Seyfried floated down the Golden Globes red carpet last night, January 13, in a custom-made, laced Givenchy gown with a curve-conscious cut. Les Miserables was named best musical or comedy and though Anne Hathaway deservedly took the award for Best Supporting Actress, I really feel Amanda Seyfried should have been acknowledged in nominations! Amanda first showcased her operatic skills in Mamma Mia, and in romantic drama, Dear John with her song 'Little House'- it's simply beautiful. Having watched Les Miserables yesterday evening, I was stunned again by Amanda's flawless singing voice and her moving chemistry with Burberry's Eddie Redmayne. They made a charming and very realistic couple as Euphrasie "Cosette" Fauchelevante and Maurius Pontmercy. 


Amanda in Givenchy at The Golden Globes 
With Maurius (Eddie Redmayne)
    Although Amanda made a perfect 19th century Parisian beauty, what with her angelic features, naturally fair locks and incredible puff-sleeved dresses and bonnet, her look in the 21st century world is far from traditional. Amanda is perhaps best known amongst chick-flick lovers for her role as Karen Smith in Mean Girls, yet she has managed to shake off that fresh-faced teen persona in order to blossom into a risk-taking fashion chameleon. She is now known for flaunting the best fishtail braid in Hollywood, rather than for her dim but entertaining Mean Girls quotes- "I'm a mouse, duh!" being a classic! 


That famous, loose and flirty fish-tail braid paired with a
Roland Mouret strapless dress
    Despite Amanda emphasising that she still belongs to normality- "I have an easy life. I go to (pharmacy chain) CVS and (local supermarket) Trader Joe's, I take my dog to daycare"- she has undoubtedly found her fashion feet, appearing on endless Best Dressed lists and featuring on the covers of the most prestigious of magazines. Amanda is known for her sophisticated yet fashion-forward sensibility; one that often accentuates her best asset- her lean legs. In an interview with Daily Life, Amanda acknowledged her famous pins, explaining them with genetics: "No matter what I eat, I think my legs will always be good, and thank God. My mum has great legs, even after two kids and being really busy." Her generally slim figure can also be owed to exercise- having practised ballet as a child, Amanda recently converted her garage into a ballet studio, so she could practise without the embarrassment of group classes! She also revealed that she likes to jump rope, and she has been photographed in running gear with her dog, Finn, making keeping fit look quite appealing! Amanda gushed to The Daily Mail last August: "He (Finn) is my best friend. I love him. I think of him and only him. I don't like to be out late because I just want to go home to my dog." It looks like any boyfriend of Amanda's has to be approved by Finn first!



Finn is the perfect work-out partner for Amanda!


Suspender-like tights highlight Amanda's enviable pins in
 a shoot for Interview Magazine

     Being proud of her legs, Amanda favours short hemlines, whether it be a short suit or a mini dress. It is surprising that someone as innocent looking as Amanda is not afraid to dress audaciously; a risk she takes that always pays off is to reveal her legs and bust- usually a resolute 'no' in the fashion handbook. She keeps her wardrobe choices- however revealing- refined, opting for glamorous labels such as Valentino, Dior and Dolce and Gabbana and this is why shorter lengths and scoop necklines work for her. Amanda is a known ambassador for 'green' clothing and is a fan of eco-conscious designer Karen Caldwell, wearing one of her timeless, black frocks to the Red Riding Hood premiere in 2011. The dress was created from an antiquarian coat and lined with material from a vintage silk frock. I love that this shows that Amanda has some input into her red carpet wear, even though she regularly praises her stylist, Elizabeth Stewart. The H&M electric blue, satin tuxedo Amanda made headlines in last year too was from the store's eco-conscious capsule range. She absolutely rocked the smart androgynous look, and the colour was amazing against her hair and eye colouring.



Amanda favours cute and custom-made short suits like this
 satin shorts and tweed jacket combo
Amanda looking gorgeous in a sheer and baroque
embellished Valentino dress
In her recycled Karen Caldwell frock
In H&M's sell-out, eco-friendly electric blue tuxedo
    Amanda's bouncy, often side-swept locks are a vital part of her signature look, with hairdressers describing her hair as the perfect, virgin (uncoloured and undamaged) blonde. Her blonde bombshell look and porcelain skin means she can reference past eras, with a Marilyn-esque ease. I love era-reminiscent pieces on Amanda, from the flapper style Bottega Veneta calf-length dress she wore to the National Board of Review Awards last week, to a scarlet, curve enhancing Prabal Gurung frock that screamed 50's screen-siren. Jimmy Choos, a Judith Leiber clutch and poppy-red lips finished off the magnetising look.



Amanda in a twenties style, nude Bottega Veneta dress

In a show-stopping, Prabal Gurung bustier dress
     Amanda is confident enough (with the help of her stylist!) to experiment with colour. She has played around with every hue from emerald green at the London Mamma Mia premiere, to a variant of purples and the cornflower blue of the Marios Schwab pleated skirt dress she wore to 2013's Critic's Choice awards. There was mixed opinion on this dress, but nevertheless I welcomed the edgier side of the lace and liked her complimentary Roger Vivier sandals and glossy, contemporary top-knot.


In a Miu Miu dress for the Mamma Mia premiere
One of my favourite looks on Amanda- a maroon Lanvin
frock is set off by a statement necklace and nude patent heels
In a Marios Schwab cutwork bodice dress
    Amanda rarely sticks to one specific cut or design, though an asymmetric shoulder and an eye-catching structural ruffle have reoccurred in her wardrobe. Amanda gained extra style credentials at the world premiere of Les Miserables for mirroring the curvy lines of her cutting-edge, monochrome Balenciaga dress (below) with the waves of her hair. Numerous trends can be pinpointed in Amanda's outfit choices each season- from three dimensional florals to abstract prints (Prabal Gurung's purple-toned dress), feathers (a Prabal Gurung Resort '12 marabou-themed gown) to art-deco metallics (Alexander McQueen style) and menswear. 

Balenciaga's spring 2013 monochrome peplum dress
Playing with pattern in a vibrant Prabal Gurung Spring 2012 dress
In another Gurung number at the CDFA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards 2012
Amanda went opulent in floor-length Alexander McQueen
at The Military Awards 2012
    One of Amanda's most influential fashion looks is without a doubt the crimson Prada trouser suit she wore for her front row spot alongside Emma Stone and Dianna Agron at Miu Miu Spring '13, Paris Fashion Week. The straight-legged Resort 2013 suit carried a fabulous 60's vibe with its boxy tailoring and its geeky, cropped trouser. Feminising the traditional piece of menswear with girly accoutrements, Amanda carried a geometric-print doctor's bag from the same Prada collection and wore plum Mary Jane platforms on her feet. Berry lips and a 'I know I look good!' pout set the high-fashion look off. 

In head to toe Prada for Miu Miu's Spring '13 show
      When Amanda is playing the Hollywood star off-duty role, she clearly relishes dressing down and feeling comfortable. "Personally, I love cosy, fashionable things," Amanda told Teen Vogue, citing Alexander Wang as one of her favoured day-wear designers. Her casual wardrobe consists of easy to wear pieces. These include jeans, colour block tees and cardigans, warm blanket coats, calm and collected olive-coloured knits, the occasional plaid shirt, an array of light scarves, a classic Burberry trench and trusty biker boots. She isn't afraid to be papped in oversized hoodies and beanie hats, and dresses for practicality, often wandering the city, take-out coffee in hand, in all of the above pieces. I love that there is such a contrast between Amanda's on duty and off duty closets; while Amanda can wear gym wear and still look gorgeous, her ability to pull off the most high-end of trends seems like it comes completely effortlessly. 



Dressed down for dog-walking in an olive jumper, black jeans,
 biker boots and a matching tote
Full-on glamour for Vanity Fair December 2012

9 comments:

  1. She's got a great sense of style. Love the 1st shot of her in Vanity Fair.
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  2. I love the way Amanda Seyfried dresses! I also really enjoy interviews with her. I think I agree with you, that Lanvin dress in stunning, definitely one of my favourites. I can't look past the Prabal Gurung thought, it's just magnificent!

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  6. she has a very interesting look to me. she is definitely beautiful though & looks amazing all done up!

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  7. Love this post about Amanda Syfried and her ethereal beauty! I have always loved her style & how naturally gorgeous she is.

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  8. Amanda is gorgeous, I really want her hair! X

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  9. Amanda is beautiful! Love these outfits. Every time I see her, all I think of is Karen from Mean Girls haha. 'My breasts can tell when it's raining' aha love her x

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