Elsa Hosk Mastered the Most Glamorous Movie-Date Outfit

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At Cannes there are often dresses that don’t just take up space but take up multiple steps on the famous red carpet. As a frequent guest at the glamorous film festival, model Elsa Hosk knows that well.

“I don't think I've ever worn a comfortable dress like that on the red carpet—especially at Cannes,” Hosk tells me over the phone after attending the Parthenope premiere last week. “I feel like everyone picks these big dresses that take up so much space. And it was really fun to just walk in something really effortless and cool and comfortable.”

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Her dress of choice was a slinky backless black Saint Laurent gown, accessorized with mounds of thick gold bangles and chunky necklaces. “I always like to have a reference. And I always reference the past.” Her reference for this particular look was a photo she found of Italian actress Virna Lisi in the ‘60s. “It was an Italian film!” she is sure to point out.

Oftentimes some stars just walk the red carpet of a premiere and aren’t able to stay to watch the actual film because their dresses are quite literally too over-the-top to comfortably fold into a theater seat. Hosk though was determined to find a look that was fabulous but also built for actual movie going. “The costumes [in Parthenope] were incredible. They were very, you know, fashion,” she says. Saint Laurent Productions, a new division created by the house to produce the films of iconic filmmakers, produced and provided costumes for the film.

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As for what makes the Cannes red carpet different, Hosk is quick to note the light. “It is always incredible. It’s always just the perfect light.” Having now attended more than a handful of times, she also doesn’t get nervous anymore. “It’s more fun now because I can actually have fun with it and do my thing.” Which is great she says, because the carpet has an entirely different vibe she enjoys fully indulging in.

And when it came time to decide on what she would wear, there was no question it would be Saint Laurent. Hosk notes, “It’s always been my favorite brand and I especially love what Anthony [Vaccarello] is doing.” But she’s also always been a forever fan. “I’ve collected 1970s YSL since I was really young. And I love the references he always puts out on the runway but he makes it modern too, which is such a hard thing to do. It’s just completely unbeatable.”

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When I mention how her look feels like a reference people will use for their own looks in the future, she beams. “I hope! My goal is to create a moment that people love enough to want to copy or recreate themselves.”

But she doesn’t even have to hope, it’s clear the glamorous look will be one people will reference often, whether it be to a red carpet premiere or a fabulous movie date.

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