Busy week on the red-carpet circuit, ladies and gentleman. Stars stepped out for a bevy of events during the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas, and, in case you hadn’t noticed, the casts of Noah and Divergent have been on whirlwind press tours. Naturally, no one missed a sartorial beat. On Monday, Emma Watson attended a press conference for Noah in Beverly Hills in a multicolored dress from Peter Pilotto’s Fall ’14 offering, while her costar Jennifer Connelly chose a Louis Vuitton Fall ’14 dress modified with long sleeves to combat New York’s chilly temps for the film’s premiere on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Divergent‘s leading lady, Shailene Woodley, walked the red carpet at her film’s Mexico City premiere on Tuesday in a bright Spring ’14 Roksanda Ilincic gown accented with an asymmetrical black strap.
At CinemaCon, A-listers including Angelina Jolie and Mila Kunis flaunted fresh Spring looks. On Thursday, Cameron Diaz stepped out in a gray Victoria Beckham minidress with a pleated white peekaboo hem from the Spring ’14 catwalk for 20th Century Fox’s presentation. The same day, a glowing Drew Barrymore showed off her baby bump in a floor-grazing leaf-print Marc Jacobs gown from the Spring ’14 runway for the Big Screen Achievement Awards, where she was honored with the Female Star of the Year award.
While much of the Hollywood set tends to enjoy a little break after the awards season finale, the stars of March’s blockbusters have been busy promoting their high-profile flicks. The A-list stars of the biblical epic Noah have been trotting around the world promoting the film, and the picture’s leading ladies have been continually knocking it out of the sartorial ballpark at each premiere. In Madrid, Jennifer Connelly chose a nude Giambattista Valli Spring ’14 Haute Couture frock embroidered with pale leaves and a crystal neckline. Her equally chic costar Emma Watson opted for a black-and-white J. Mendel ensemble, featuring a draped white blouse and tapered black pants fresh off the Fall ’14 runway.
Stateside, the stars of the buzzed-about Divergent have had a busy premiere week of their own. Shailene Woodley, the film’s heroine and a rapidly rising star, stepped out in a black figure-hugging jumpsuit with a sheer detailed bodice from Elie Saab’s Pre-Fall ’13 lineup for a screening in New York on Thursday. In true Hollywood fashion, a bevy of notables turned up for the film’s world premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday, including Kiernan Shipka, Ellie Goulding, and Zoe Kravitz. Shipka attended the L.A. premiere of Divergent in Valentino’s tulle frock covered with armor-like patchwork from the Spring ’14 runway, while Kravitz turned up in a white off-the-shoulder frock from BFF Alexander Wang’s Spring ’14 Balenciaga collection.
On the premiere circuit, blush tones were the color of choice. Style maven Tilda Swinton attended the L.A. screening of her new film, Only Lovers Left Alive, on Monday in a fringed cream jacket and skirt from Valentino’s Spring ’14 Haute Couture runway. The same night, Jennifer Connelly looked statuesque in a pale Givenchy Fall ’09 Haute Couture gown with pink embellishments for the Mexico City premiere of her new film, Noah. Kristen Bell stepped onto the red carpet on Wednesday in a strapless pink silk J. Mendel Pre-Fall ’14 gown with a high slit for the L.A. premiere of Veronica Mars. The fresh colors and skin-baring frocks made a strong argument for us to shed our coats and embrace spring. Now if only the snow would stop falling in New York.
“Unpredictable,” “untethered,” and “unconventional” were three words Jennifer Connelly summoned last night to describe the character she plays in Virginia. The actress (pictured, left) went blonde and donned some wacky florals for her role as a Southern single mom who’s got more than a little drama in her life—including a kinky affair with the upstanding local sheriff (Ed Harris). “She doesn’t have a lot of resources, but I like the idea that she has these fantasies about a better life for herself and her son and she’s trying to live them out,” an Alexander McQueen-clad Connelly told Style.com at the Cinema Society’s screening of the film at the Crosby Street Hotel. (The evening was sponsored by Shiseido and Grey Goose and drew the likes of Billy Bob Thornton and Alexa Chung.)
Virginia is the feature directorial debut of Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (pictured, right), who researched schizophrenia for Connelly’s character and based the film on his childhood in the Mormon South. “We were more married to our dreams than reality, and that’s a really Southern attribute,” he said. “It’s not something you necessarily find in the bigger cities, where people define themselves almost by the present and a more tangible future, whereas in the South and even in Mormon culture, it’s all defined by how big your dreams are.”
Black had to keep his own hopes for the film aloft a while: He first showed the script to Connelly about five years ago. But for the actress, playing a troubled woman who lives life as though she’s on the big screen was worth the wait. “She’s thinking, I’m kind of fabulous, I’m out of a storybook,” Connelly said of her character.
The Fall face of Balenciaga is nowhere to be found this Spring; the line’s new campaign stars Iselin Steiro and Mirte Maas, and Patricia van der Vliet, styled by Marie-Amelie Sauve and shot by Steven Meisel. Well, she’ll always have the movies.