Natalie Portman's Style Evolution
Natalie Portman, has made some...interesting fashion choices in the past, but I'm not about to hold that against her - being a child actress and having to grow up in the eyes of the public (and fashion critics) through the 90's must have been tough! Thankfully, the Black Swan star is somewhat a rarity, and has managed to grow gracefully in the spotlight whilst maintaining a steady stream of style compliments throughout her career. Granted, her choices haven't always landed her on the best-dressed lists, but sensible Natalie hasn't thrown us too many curve balls or major fashion horrors either.
With her first big role in Léon at the tender age of 13, followed by a little movie franchise called Star Wars at 16 years old, Natalie is no stranger to the red carpet; even if she did skip a number of premieres to concentrate of her studies! Now an Oscar winning, happily married, 31-year-old mother, Natalie has honed her style and has truly blossomed into a beautiful swan (pun intended). Let's take a look at her evolution...
Natalie's early outfits were certainly experimental, however, having survived the fashion minefield that was the 1990's, her 20th century style could have been A LOT worse! These are some of Natalie's most polished looks from 2005-2007 - my favourite is the daring white structured Givenchy couture dress, which the actress wore to a gala in Cannes. Even with the ugly grandma shawl that Natalie has thrown over her Christian Lacroix Haute Couture gown (centre) and questionable styling of the fringed black dress she wore in Venice, it was clear that Miss Portman had something more up her sleeve from the get go.
Fast forward a few years and Natalie's makeup is still minimal and gorgeous, but her hair looks much glossier (perhaps the secret is shaving it all off?) and the dress lines are cleaner - although there's still a touch of rebellion. For the Oscars, Natalie wore a pretty pink dress by Rodarte (now one of her favourite designers) that was perfect for her role as presenter that year. The clunky Rialto clutch wasn't the best choice, but I love that she put her best animal rights foot forward in a pair of vegan Stella McCartney shoes. At the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards, Natalie opted for a black Jolibe dress with an edgy cut and sparkling inner panel which she teamed with a pair of luxury vegan shoes she designed for Te Casan.
To the dismay of women everywhere, the beautiful Natalie somehow managed to look even more incredible, and stylish, during her pregnancy. The actress worked the red carpets in a number of pretty full-length gowns last year. Our favourites? A stunning strapless Azzaro number worn at the SAG Awards (teamed with a cool $2million worth of Tiffany & Co. jewels!) and a purple Rodarte off the shoulder dress, which a heavily pregnant Natalie wore to collect her Academy Award.
Just as we thought Natalie was beginning to level out, the Black Swan actress proves us all wrong with her perfect post pregnancy style! Sporting two very different event looks this year, Natalie has seriously upped her game and is well and truly on her way to becoming a red carpet icon. As the face of Miss Dior Cherie perfume, many expected Natalie to wear Christian Dior to the Oscars, but few could predict a vintage number. The beautiful polka dot gown, dating back to 1954, fit the actress beautifully and looked just as red carpet worthy as it would have in the 50's. Her sleek hair, perfect makeup, and smattering of diamonds made her look like a true Hollywood star; it almost bought a tear to my eye! For the Golden Globes, Natalie wore another stunning dress, only this time it was a much more modern affair - dressed by one of her favourite designers, she looked impeccable in a structured work of art from Lanvin. I can't wait to see more from Natalie this year, can you?
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