Penélope Cruz has always been an image of grace and sophistication with her preference for classic silhouettes, while unfailingly exerting a bit of sexiness by pulling off practically any shade of red. Such seemed to be the case when the actress arrived at the London press junket and photo call of The Counselor, where Penélope stepped out in front of the cameras in a hybrid preppy-meets-structured red look by Nina Ricci – but this look turned out to be anything but red hot.
The 39-year-old wore a red off-shoulder-cardigan-meets-blazer top from Nina Ricci, which she paired with a pencil skirt of the same shade from the same brand. The actress softened the look up a bit more by slipping into a pair of black bow pumps, and putting up her hair in a messy updo. Penélope accentuated her look with a black clutch and a simple black leather-strapped watch.
Penelope Cruz at the The Counselor press junket and photo call held at The Dorchester in London on October 5, 2013
All we can say about this top is that it was one red hot mess. First, who ties a cardigan over a blazer? Second, the silhouette was just downright confused – both bulky and messy, and something that “gifted” women should run away from screaming. At age 39, Penélope has one of the most banging bodies in Hollywood, and this top just concealed and revealed in all the wrong places. Why she even considered this look is beyond us.
Penelope completed the outfit with a pair of black patent “Paris Tuxedo” pumps by Saint Laurent featuring a girly flat bow in grosgrain on each pointed toe and square heels measuring 4.25 inches.
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