We’re calling it now—November is the month of Amy Adams. The five-time Oscar nominee has not one, but two buzzy movies, Arrival and Nocturnal Animals, heading to theaters. And that means she’ll have lots of opportunities to hit the red carpet over the next few weeks.
So what can we expect the star to show up in for her big premieres? Besides one or two pieces from Tom Ford, who directed the drama Nocturnal Animals, Adams will no doubt lean on super stylist Petra Flannery to help her find a few red carpet winners that fit her feminine style. “Amy loves clean silhouettes. So anything really modern and chic is a go-to. And streamlined cuts work really well on her body too,” Flannery.
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And as it turns out, Adams isn’t one of those actresses who will wear just any pretty thing that someone hangs on a rack. She likes to be hands-on during the selection process. “Since Amy is really confident in her personal style, she already knows what will work on her and what won’t,” Flannery says. And her pure enthusiasm for finding just the right dress is a stylist's dream. "We love to get together and go through sketches that designers have sent to her. Sometimes there are as many as eight to ten variations of one dress. It’s nice to be able to sit down with a client, talk it through, and collaborate. We always try to find just the right balance for each event.”
Keep scrolling to see Adams’ 10 best red carpet looks ever. And check out her films, Arrival (out Nov. 11), and Nocturnal Animals (out Nov. 23).
1. Oscar de la Renta, 2013
"I've been to the Academy Awards before, but I've always worn column-style dresses," said Adams, who was nominated for her performance in The Master. "Oscar de la Renta has dressed so many of my idols ... I thought, 'If anyone's going to make a ball gown, he's the man to do it.'"
2. Giorgio Armani, 2012
What does Adams want in a dress? According to her stylist Petra Flannery, "She loves things that are modern, chic, and clean-lined." This Giorgio Armani LBD, which the star wore to the Gotham Independent Film Awards with Brian Atwood pumps, checks every box.
3. Lanvin, 2015
"Even though it's white, there's something really bold about the gown's simplicity," says Flannery of the custom Lanvin look the actress picked for the BAFTAs. "The crystal belt and tassel made it even more memorable.”
4. Valentino Haute Couture, 2014
When Adams took home the Golden Globe for American Hustle, she stunned in this vibrant Valentino Haute Couture number—a nod to the film's sexy '70s swagger. A 30-carat diamond pendant by Lorraine Schwartz played up the plunging neckline.
5. Gucci Première, 2014
"We tried this same Gucci Première gown in red as well, but the navy won out because of its elegance," says Flannery. "She looked like a modern-day Grace Kelly.”
6. Proenza Schouler, 2008
"I was going for fun Hollywood glamour," said Adams of this corseted Proenza Schouler dress and 19th-century gold mesh Fred Leighton bag, which she admitted was actually empty.
7. Atelier Versace, 2015
"Amy loves to experiment with color," says Flannery. "And the icy blue shade of this Atelier Versace dress was spectacular because it matches her eyes perfectly.”
8. Tom Ford, 2016
After Adams wrapped Nocturnal Animals with designer turned director Tom Ford, he made this sleek gown for her Batman v. Superman première. "Whenever she chooses something by Tom, it's special to her," says Flannery.
9. L’Wren Scott, 2011
The thousands of tiny sequins on this L'Wren Scott gown may appear to be the most high-wattage part of Adams's Oscar look. But in fact the emerald and white gold Cartier watch on her wrist is worth over $1 million.
10. Carolina Herrera, 2014
"This Carolina Herrera design was inspired by a dress that Mrs. Herrera created and wore in the '70s," recalls Flannery. "It has that cool Studio 54 vibe, but the silhouette and draping still felt really fresh for an Oscars after-party.”