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The Dress: A high-neck black plisse knit dress featuring voluminous sleeves and tassel-like frayed fringe from Alexander McQueen’s fall 2017 collection by Sarah Burton.
The Wearer: Actress Haley Bennett, styled by Jessica Paster.
The Event: The Beverly Hills premiere of Darkest Hour, where Bennett was joined on the carpet by Bryce Dallas Howard and Gary Oldman.
Why It Matters: Nothing brings out your inner angst quite like visiting your family during the holiday season, and Haley Bennett’s adult goth look, with its mock neck and festive red wool piping, is a perfectly moody option for an evening filled with delicious food, family gossip and terse political spats.
The McQueen number was an on-the-nose pick for the premiere of Darkest Hour, a political thriller about Winston Churchill’s moral dilemmas during World War II. The strong silhouette and color hint at armor, while quirky details — fringe hem, balloon sleeves — add a witchy appeal that prevented it from coming across as stuffy. (Burton and her team were inspired by the ancient city of Cornwall, with its medieval churches and history of paganism.)
Plus, the silk and merino wool cocktail-length outfit pairs perfectly with the (finally) chillier November temperatures — and spiked cider, we’re sure.
Where to Buy: The dress is available on Alexander McQueen’s website for $4,450.
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