WHO Naomie Harris
FILM “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
BACKGROUND The British Ms. Harris, 37, has played a zombie-killer in Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later,” a mystical voodoo woman in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, arm candy on “Miami Vice” and an M16 agent in “Skyfall.” Now she has upgraded to the more substantive role of the polarizing Winnie Mandela, a performance that Rolling Stone praised for its “ferocity and feeling.”
BEHIND THE SCENES Since the Vanity Fair Oscar party in February, Ms. Harris has worked with her longtime friend Nola Singer, a Los Angeles stylist and jewelry designer whose clients have included Alicia Silverstone and Jada Pinkett Smith. For Ms. Harris, Ms. Singer works with Triona Singh, who is based in London, using Skype.
HER LOOKS According to her stylist, “Naomi loves a style where she’s comfortable, but she also wants to do something with an edge.” For example at the she wore a black Marchesa tea-length ball gown at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, but in November for the Johannesburg premiere of “Mandela” came a sweeping one-shoulder stunner with a sheer sequined skirt by Donna Karan. For the Britannia Awards in November, Ms. Harris wore a squiggle-print corseted dress by Vivienne Westwood. The New York “Mandela” premiere showcased a vibrantly patterned Valentino gown with sheer netting which had the African print influence and exquisite embroidery.
But Ms. Harris seems most at home with London designers. For the Governors Awards, she donned a sparkling white Burberry gown with a demure neckline but plunging back. At the recent Kennedy Center screening with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ms. Harris played the prim Washington lady, posing in a Peter Pilotto shift with little cap sleeves and floral appliqué. Her stylist noted that she ‘likes to find pieces that are unique and that don’t wear her, but mostly, she loves having fun with fashion.”
1. In Alexander McQueen
2. In a Vionnet Dress
3. In a Burberry gown with demure neck line but a plunging back4. In Valentino
5. In a Vionnet dress
6. In Vivienne Westwood
7. In Donna Karen
8. In Marchesa
9. In Monique-Lhuillier
Source: New York Times