She Leads, You Follow: ‘The Prophet’ Screening Edition

The Bing Theatre at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art played host to a screening of GKIDS’ Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet on Wednesday, July 29, and the event drew a crowd of high-profile, well-dressed celebrity guests.

Salma Hayek, who not only produced the film but starred in it as Kamila, graced the red carpet in what People reports was a black tuxedo-inspired Balenciaga dress which she paired with black Gucci heels. She completed her look with a silver clutch, a silver broach, and silver earrings, while keeping her hair simple in a sleek half-updo.

Following Hayek on the red carpet was Eva Longoria, who stunned in a cobalt blue bodycon dress that featured a sheer mesh panel flanked by white stripes at the waist, which she paired with a black clutch and black pumps. Longoria topped off her look with a chic top knot and dramatic eye makeup.

Although Hayek and Longoria are decked out for a red carpet event, there are still some things we can take away from their red carpet looks and apply in our everyday lives.

  1. Menswear can be feminine – Salma Hayek’s tuxedo-inspired dress shows us just how versatile menswear can be. This dress has satin lapels just like a men’s tuxedo jacket, but it is transformed into a feminine piece not only because it is a dress, but also because of the shape of the dress. Shape is created in this dress by a thick half-belt that closes the blazer-like construction of the dress and defines her waist; this also creates a quasi-slit in the front, adding a little bit of sexiness to frock. To incorporate menswear into your style, try a blazer to start; look for blazers that feel a little more masculine, meaning they have a stronger shoulder, a thicker lapel or a boyfriend cut throughout the body of the jacket. Then, to inject some femininity into the look, pair the blazer with a girly floral or a dainty lace top.
  2. Mesh makes shape – Eva Longoria’s dress shows us that mesh is not only good way to share a peek of skin in an outfit, but it is also a great way to create shape — that is, if it is strategically placed. The mesh on Longoria’s cobalt frock is placed in a demi-chevron pattern that falls right at her natural waistline, thus accentuating her waist and creating shape in a dress that otherwise lacks shape-creating seams. Having the mesh outlined in white panels further emphasizes her waist. When shopping for mesh-embellished pieces, make sure that the mesh does double duty, meaning that the mesh is placed in such a way that it will create shape while also showing some skin. The easiest way to ensure that your mesh embellishments work with your body is by taking Longoria’s lead and wearing the mesh as a waist-defining structure on the garment. Shape can also be created via mesh panels at the shoulders to give the illusion of broader shoulders or panels at the hips to create curves on your bottom half.
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