If 2016 had a highlight reel (however brief), Ruth Negga would surely be featured large. The Loving actress made a name for herself as one of the year’s most vibrant breakout stars, both onscreen and on the red carpet, and it’s easy to see why.
The Ethiopian-born beauty embodies the greatest virtues of modern-day Hollywood: unmistakable talent, unique style, and a humble air that makes her seem oh-so approachable.
When it comes to red carpet fashion, Negga has more going for her than a wicked-chic stylist and a mob of luxury designers begging to dress her (though we’re sure those do come with the territory)—in addition to all that, the actress presents herself with such grace and composure everywhere she goes, it’s no wonder that she’s 2016’s reigning It-girl.
Did we mention that she’s humble? At InStyle’s 2017 Golden Globes after-party, Negga gushed to reporters about her custom-made Louis Vuitton gown. “When an artist, a creator, a genius custom-makes something for you, it’s extraordinary,” Negga shared, “It feels like it’s the nicest thing I’ve ever put on my skin. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.” Well said!
Hey, Ruth, let’s be friends—also, can we raid your closet? Here are the actress’s best looks to date. We’re certain this is just the beginning of Negga’s show-stopping red carpet career. Stay tuned…
—With reporting by Brianna Deutsch
1. Feb. 6, 2017
The fashionable 35-year-old lit up the red carpet at AARP's 16th annual Movies for Grownups Awards in a shimmering Valentino gown bathed in an array of pastels.
2. Jan. 9, 2017
Negga donned a lovely leopard-print coat with a fuzzy collar (get a similar look from Asos) over a muted green dress, finished off with a pair of camel-hued stilettos while out and about in Los Angeles.
3. Jan. 8, 2017
Negga took the 2017 Golden Globe Awards as an opportunity to school us all in the art of pulling off metallic formal wear. Though she didn't win an award, the actress's futuristic Louis Vuitton gown absolutely stole the show.
4. Jan. 7, 2017
Strolling down the BAFTA's red carpet, Negga shone in a black ankle-length gown with metallic floral detailing by The Vampire's Wife and a set of shimmering peep-toe Christian Louboutin pumps ($945; saksfifthavenue.com).
5. Jan. 5, 2017
Negga attended W's Golden Globes party in a set of Rodarte high-waisted white trousers and a floral top.
6. Jan. 3, 2017
Negga flawlessly combined textures at Variety's Creative Impact Awards in Palm Springs, Calif. The actress donned a delicate top, satin belt, and sequined skirt (all from Erdem), which she paired with a set of metallic Nicholas Kirkwood pumps (shop here for a similar pair: $650; saksfifthavenue.com).
7. Jan. 2, 2017
Negga arrived at the Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala looking radiant in a plunging sheer Valentino gown with intricate embroidery.
8. Dec. 6, 2016
Negga flaunted her sartorial skill in this pleated, bell-sleeve Valentino gown at the Paris premiere of Loving.
9. Nov. 28, 2016
Negga shone in this sleek Givenchy Haute Couture LBD at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.
10. Nov. 12, 2016
The Loving actress rolled up to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 8th Annual Governors Awards in a fabulous reptilian Gucci gown. For a pair of matching loafers, shop here ($1,190; shop.nordstrom.com).
11. Oct. 26, 2016
Negga stunned at the N.Y.C. premiere of Loving in an eclectic off-the-shoulder Rodarte gown.
12. Oct. 20, 2016
She made a strong case for wearing white after Labor Day in this incredible Victorian-inspired frock from Valentino.
13. Oct. 13, 2016
Negga made us green with style envy last fall when she arrived at People's 'Ones to Watch' event in a pleated and bedazzled ankle-length Prada gown.
14. Sept. 7, 2016
At Cartier's Grand Reopening in N.Y.C., Negga combined two of 2016's most prominent trends in one gorgeous Valentino gown: velvet and knife-pleats. Upping her sartorial relevance even more, the actress topped her look with the ultimate It-girl accessory, a gold choker (shop a similar style here: $500; shopbop.com).
15. June 6, 2016
Once more, Negga opted to walk the red carpet in black lace. The actress paired her asymmetrical Rodarte gown with on-trend velvet pumps (shop a similar pair here: $437; mytheresa.com).
16. May 16, 2016
Negga first displayed her love of metallics in this Suno gown she wore during a photocall in Cannes.
17. May 16, 2016
The floor-length black lace Marc Jacobs gown Negga wore to the Cannes premiere of Loving is the perfect blend of prohibition-era glamour and contemporary finesse. We're calling this look a definite Cannes Do.