Lily James Brings Back Downton Abbey’s Flirty Lady Rose in White Valentino Feather Gown for Finally Dawn Premiere

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Do you miss Downton Abbey’s lovely and charming Lady Rose MacClare? Lily James channeled her inner Lady Rose, the quintessential flapper she played in the historical drama, at Monday’s Rome premiere of her new movie, Finally Dawn.

Lily James was joined on the red carpet by her co-stars, including Carmen Pommella, Michele Bravi, Sofia Panizzi, Rebecca Antonaci, director Saverio Costanzo, Alba Rohrwacher, and Joe Keery. Still, she stole the show in her ethereal ensemble.

Carmen Pommella, Michele Bravi, Sofia Panizzi, Rebecca Antonaci, director Saverio Costanzo, Lily James, Alba Rohrwacher, and Joe Keery at the Rome premiere of Finally Dawn on February 5, 2024Carmen Pommella, Michele Bravi, Sofia Panizzi, Rebecca Antonaci, director Saverio Costanzo, Lily James, Alba Rohrwacher, and Joe Keery at the Rome premiere of Finally Dawn on February 5, 2024 (Credit: Anna Maria Tinghino / Future Image / Cover Images)

Flirty Yet Romantic in a White Feather Dress

Showcasing a modern interpretation of her rebellious character, Lily James turned heads when she showed up at Rome’s Cinema Barberini in a long, white feathered gown from Valentino’s Fall 2023 Haute Couture collection.

Lily James turns heads in a gauze, tiered ruffle halter gown with white feathers at the Rome premiere of Finalmente l’albaLily James turns heads in a gauze, tiered ruffle halter gown with white feathers at the Rome premiere of Finalmente l’alba (Credit: Anna Maria Tinghino / Future Image / Cover Images)

The semi-sheer creation, fastened around her neck with a halter neck design, radiated an enchanting allure. It had tiered ruffles of sheer gauze, completely covered in white feathers. In addition, the gown’s open back, which revealed a hint of her side boobs, contrasted with the floor-sweeping princess skirt.

Rebecca Corbin-Murray styled the stunning look, which combined her new project’s Italian period drama theme with the romantic vibe of Rome, making it ideal for the occasion.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Minimalist Elegance: Lily James’ Accessories and Beauty Look

Letting her exquisite outfit take center stage, The Iron Claw actress accessorized with minimal jewelry. She fastened a pair of diamond stud earrings to her ears and adorned her manicured hands with a chunky diamond ring.

Halley Brisker used products by ghd Hair and Olaplex to create James’ shiny wavy hairstyle, which beautifully flowed around her shoulders.

Meanwhile, Valeria Ferreira completed James’ glam with minimal but radiant makeup. She gave her fluttery eyelashes with winged eyeliner, soft pink blush, and matching lipstick.

Lily James shows her sexy back in her white gown and glams up with a wavy hairstyle and soft pink makeupLily James shows her sexy back in her white gown and glams up with a wavy hairstyle and soft pink makeup (Credit: Anna Maria Tinghino / Future Image / Cover Images)

Sophisticated in a Black Tailored Suit

Earlier in the day, Lily James attended the photocall for her new film, Finally Dawn, at the Hotel de Russie in Rome.

Clad in a two-piece black Prada Spring 2024 ensemble, the Pam & Tommy actress exuded sophistication in the black suit jacket with bold padded shoulders, loose sleeves, and notched lapels.

She neatly tucked the trendy jacket into a pair of black tapered trousers with a flattering high waist and finished the look seamlessly with classic black pointed-toe pumps.

Lily James opts for elegance in a black Prada Spring 2024 suit for the Rome photocall for Finally DawnLily James opts for elegance in a black Prada Spring 2024 suit for the Rome photocall for Finally Dawn (Credit: Marco Provvisionato / IPA / INSTARimages)

Adding some glitz to her head-to-toe black outfit, Lily James accessorized with chunky silver earrings and a matching ring.

The What’s Love Got to Do With It? actress then enhanced her natural beauty with soft pink makeup while leaving her brunette hair loose and styled straight down her back with a center parting.

Lily James keeps her jewelry simple and enhances her lovely facial features with minimal makeupLily James keeps her jewelry simple and enhances her lovely facial features with minimal makeup (Credit: IPA / INSTARimages)

Finally Dawn (Finalmente l’alba): An Aspiring Actress’ Journey to the Ambitious World of Film Industry

Finally Dawn is set in 1950s and 1960s Rome, during the height of Hollywood filmmaking, also known as the “Hollywood on the Tiber” era.

It tells the story of Mimosa, played by Italian newcomer Rebecca Antonaci, a young Roman woman who unintentionally connects with a group of actors working on an Ancient Egypt-set film and finds herself caught up in the glitzy and capricious world of the film industry.

Rebecca Antonaci is Mimosa in the Italian period drama Finally DawnRebecca Antonaci is Mimosa in the Italian period drama Finally Dawn (Credit: Wildside / RAI Cinema / 01 Distribution)

Mimosa, unhappily engaged to a police officer, is dragged by her sister Iris (Sofia Panizzi) to an extras audition at Cinecitta as her chaperone and emotional support. Her sister is asked to remove her top to gain a role, which she does. Mimosa, on the other hand, catches the eye of Josephine Esperanto (Lily James), the big star of the Egyptian-themed movie, and she ends up in a costume and on set as one of the pharaoh’s handmaidens.

Esperanto later takes Mimosa to a party. Although she seems friendly towards the young lady, it soon becomes clear that she only sees her as her “plaything for the night,” introducing her to everyone at the party as a Swedish poet and trying to embarrass her by making her deliver one of her poems. Much to Josephine’s surprise, Mimosa is able to recite a poem. Later, Mimosa realizes she will not be as pliant in the future.

When Will Finally Dawn Be Released?

Directed by Saverio Costanzo, Finally Dawn stars Rebecca Antonaci as Mimosa, Lily James as Josephine Esperanto, Willem Dafoe as Rufus Priori, and Joe Keery as Sean Lockwood.

It premiered in September at the 80th Venice International Film Festival, where it was chosen to compete for the Golden Lion.

Finally Dawn is slated to open in theaters in Italy on February 14, Valentine’s Day.

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