Ten best androgynous red carpet moments
When it comes to the red carpet, we’re used to the floor-length sparkly numbers. But there’s so much more to formalwear: we round up the best gender-bending celebrity looks.
As one of the few models who can do both menswear and womenswear, Andreja Pejić occupies a special place in the fashion world and on the red carpet. Publicly identifying as a female since this summer, she has never been afraid to go all-out, playing with both masculine and feminine elements of style to dramatic effect.
As one of Hollywood’s favourite bombshells, Angelina has walked the red carpet in all sorts of dazzling gowns. But donning a slim-cut tuxedo to match Brad’s with a casually undone bow-tie to the 2014 BAFTAs showed she’s got another kind of elegance up her Saint Laurent sleeve.
Her bridal white suit, worn to her 1971 wedding to Mick Jagger, landed her in the annals of fashion history, but that wasn’t the only two-piece Bianca Jagger has worn. We love this looser number she wore a little more recently.
Diane’s masculine Ralph Lauren separates in 1977’s Annie Hall made her the envy of many boyish girls, and in the years since she’s brought the suit into the spotlight, like this charming double-breasted wide-legged look in 2012.
Frequently appearing on the arm of wife Portia de Rossi, Ellen DeGeneres is the quintessential dapper lady. In tapered trousers, oxford shirts and either sneakers or brogues, depending on the occasion, Ellen proves that there are many ways for a woman to be truly stylish on the red carpet.
Gwyneth Paltrow has never been afraid of a stunning look on the red carpet, and at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards, it was a red velvet suit by Tom Ford at Gucci that turned the most heads on the red carpet.
Rarely seen out of her statement monochrome suits and signature pompadour, Janelle Monae has brought dressing sharp to a new level, working satin trousers, frilled tuxedo shirts and top hats on stage and off.
She’s one of the reigning queens of the formal trouser suit. At 70, model and actress Lauren Hutton has often taken to the red carpet in the kind of loose, elegant suits that can flatter at any age.
We can’t thank Marc Jacobs enough for what he’s done for style: grunge, Louis Vuitton and, of course, male skirts on the red carpet. Whether it’s a full sheer black lace dress, or a riff on black tie with an ultra-modern kilt, Marc pushes the boundaries in his wardrobe where the rest of us might be too afraid to.
Occupying a unique space in the world of celebrity, Tilda Swinton is the otherworldly doyenne of androgynous chic. On the red carpet, this often means striking tailored looks by Haider Ackermann, the designer to whom she is a muse, always topped off with her impressive shock of ethereal hair.