In a world re-inventing the idea of femininity it should be unsurprising that there is nothing traditionally feminine in the outfit choices chosen by the star-studded cast of Ocean’s 8 at their London premiere. The film had its British premiere on June 13th and saw six of the eight main cast members taking to the red carpet in London’s Leicester Square. As usual, “What are they wearing?” was the first question in everyone’s mind.
The film is a part of the highly successful Ocean’s 11 franchise and like its predecessors it boasts a cast of high profile actors, most playing highly skilled criminals. Sandra Bullock stars as Debbie Oceans, sister of Danny Oceans, who recruits a team of women to help her execute what will be the biggest heist of her life – robbing the Met Gala.
A movie centred around the biggest fashion event of the year and unique in its mainly female cast is sure to have two main themes, female power and fashion, themes the cast embodied perfectly at their London premiere. Bold colours and designs adorned the red carpets. Soft and flowing were obviously not on the what-to-wear memo.
Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Mariah Idrissi rocked the carpet in combination high heels and pant suits. Bullock wore a lowcut Zuhair Madrid jumpsuit with a geometrical design that matched metallic greens, pinks and blacks together. Idrissi chose to sport a completely unapologetic monochrome orange shirt-trouser combo. She matched this with a blue and gold hijab. For Cate Blanchett, who has never not been called stylish, a bold trouser suit was paired with a classically chic silver and black colour scheme. From the design house of Louis Vuitton, the outfit consisted of a feathered top that paired clean-cut ankle length trousers with a thin black belt.
Pop icon and Fenty Beauty creator Rihanna wore an asymmetrical, golden Poiret. The low-cut piece was fiercely metallic. It could almost be believed that the Diamonds singer’s dress was made of thin metal rather than fabric. Continuing this metallic trend, Helena Bonham Carter, long recognised for her gothic style, wore a sparkling, silver off-the-shoulder Vivienne Westwood dress. Like Rihanna’s gown the dress had a strong structure, made up of clear straight lines.
Perhaps slightly more feminine were the dresses of Sarah Paulson and Mindy Kaling. Paulson sported an all pink Valentino piece while Kaling wore a black, full length Alberta Ferretti gown. But even then, the structured, petalled border hung firm and defined in its three tiers and was made of thick, sturdy fabric that implied a certain level of strength. The fabric of Kaling’s gown was sheer and light but accessorised with heavily, jewelled ornaments that defined her waist, arms and neckline, providing a strong contrast and giving the gown an almost regal effect.
While there was certainly beauty on the red carpet it would appear that the watchword for high fashion is no longer glamorous but bold.