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These are the red carpet style stars to watch out for this year

If 2018 was about Lady Gaga owning the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival in a feathered Valentino gown, Priyanka Chopra shutting it down at the Met in a custom Ralph Lauren, and Jennifer Lopez breaking the internet in a voluminous Giambattista Valli piece, this year will be dominated by newer names. Though not yet regular on the red carpet, these actresses have been making chic sartorial choices. And with their television and movie ventures set to hit the screens, these new-age style stars are ready to give lessons on how to ace red carpet style.

Naomi Scott
Naomi Scott attends the red carpet arrivals for the world premiere of Power Rangers at the Village theatre in Hollywood, California on March 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHRIS DELMAS (Photo credit should read CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Naomi Scott in Chanel. Image:Courtesy CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images

The 25-year-old Londoner stars in Walt Disney’s upcoming ‘Aladdin’ as Princess Jasmine. Before hitting it big on the silver screen, she was seen in ‘The Martian’ and ‘Power Rangers’. Last season, she graced the front rows at Stella McCartney, Armani, Loewe, Valentino, and Erdem. Be it donning a risqué number by Chanel, a leather JW Anderson dress, or a breezy full-length Mary Katrantzou, Scott’s fashion-scape has range. And with her upcoming movies set to make a mark, we are sure she’ll deliver some memorable red carpet moments.

Maya Hawke
Maya Hawke and Zac Posen attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Image:Courtesy Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
Maya Hawke and Zac Posen attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Image:Courtesy Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Hawke is not new to the red carpet – when you are the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, you can draw a lot from your parents’ experience. With season three of ‘Stranger Things’ and Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time’ already part of her filmography, Hawke is being touted as the next big thing in Hollywood. She also knows how to get it right when it comes to fashion. Hawke made her Met Gala debut last year in a dramatic black Diane von Fürstenberg gown, has already been a part of campaigns for All Saints, and was recently in Zac Posen’s SS 19 campaign. When it comes to the red carpet, we can expect to see Hawke in dramatic looks, taking cues from her red carpet appearance at Vanity Fair’s post Oscar party in 2018, where she chose to wear a Zac Posen gown.

Gemma Chan
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Gemma Chan attends a special screening of "Crazy Rich Asians" at The Ham Yard Hotel on September 4, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images )
Gemma Chan in Simone Rocha. Image:Courtesy David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images )

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ was one of the most successful movies of 2018, and its promotions saw the most exquisite red carpet appearances. Gemma Chan, who played Astrid Leong-Teo in the movie, particularly made strong fashion statements. From sequinned Oscar de la Renta and floral Simone Rocha dresses to Valentino, Phillip Lim and Kenzo numbers, so far Chan’s choices have been top notch. In 2019, she returns to the big screen in the role of Minn-Erva, in the comic book adaptation of ‘Captain Marvel’ alongside Academy Award winner Brie Larson.

Cailee Spaeny
ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 18: Cailee Spaeny walks the red carpet ahead of the "Bad Times At The El Royale (Sette Sconosciuti A El Royale)" screening during the 13th Rome
Cailee Spaeny  in Valentino. Image:Courtesy Daniele Venturelli/WireImage

Spaeny gained fame after sharing the screen with Dakota Johnson and Jeff Bridges in last year’s thriller ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’, and is all set to take to the red carpet with the much-anticipated Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic, ‘On The Basis of Sex’ (she plays Jane, Ginsburg’s daughter). After her Calvin Klein show appearance in a Raf Simons design, everybody’s interest in her style piqued. Then came her red carpet conquest in a white Miu Miu dress, followed by a blue Valentino gown at the Rome Film Festival. With Spaeny all set to appear in ‘Devs’, an Alex Garland series which will hit screens this year, we can only expect more red carpet perfection to come.

KiKi Layne
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Kiki Layne, wearing Gucci, attends 2018 LACMA Art + Film Gala honoring Catherine Opie and Guillermo del Toro presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for LACMA)
Kiki Layne in  Gucci. Image: Courtesy Michael Kovac/Getty Images for LACMA

2019 will be big for Layne. With ‘Native Son’, a drama directed by Rashid Johnson, and ‘Captive State’, a sci-fi thriller directed by Rupert Wyatt (‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’) set to hit screens, we can expect sartorial finesse from her appearances. In the past, we have seen her own the red carpet in Gucci power suits, Alberta Ferretti jackets, a Prada strapless piece, and Ralph & Russo couture.

Emerald Fennell
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: Emerald Fennell attends the Leopard Awards in Aid of the Prince's Trust at Goldsmith's Hall on November 15, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Leap of Leopards)
Emerald Fennell attends the Leopard Awards. Image: Courtesy David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Leap of Leopards

If you thought ‘The Crown’ pushed Claire Foy onto the global fashion radar, wait till you see Fennell, who is all set to join the cast as Camilla Parker Bowles. Fennell is known for her demure red carpet choices, be it the pink gown worn at the premiere of ‘The Danish Girl’ or the see-through gown she chose for the the Leopard Awards, Fennell, though might not favour drama, stands out with her preference for understated glamour.

Kathryn Newton
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Kathryn Newton attends the UK Premiere of "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" during the closing night gala of the 61st BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon Leicester Square on October 15, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Kathryn Newton in Valentino. Image: Courtesy Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage

‘Big Little Lies’ is back this year and yes, the biggest addition to the cast is Meryl Streep. It is however Newton who debuts as a fashion star. Her television appearances on ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ already had people taking notice, and her red carpet choices are only adding to her popularity. She knows her labels well and juggles between Dior couture and Valentino, and casual pieces from Miu Miu and Tommy Hilfiger. With her new live-action Pokemon, opposite Ryan Reynolds, set to release soon, we can expect her to make a strong sartorial statement.


These are the red carpet style stars to watch out for this year

Anupam Dabral

Sr. Associate Editor

It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.

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