Even though she's only 11 years old, Quvenzhané Wallis is no red carpet rookie. The Annie actress, who has previously been nominated for an Oscar, dazzled us all at the New York City premiere of her film in December. Luckily, Wallis took InStyle's Editor-at-Large Kahlana Barfield along for the ride as she prepared for her big night, and we're reliving it in honor of her Golden Globes nomination.
Like any big night look, the planning began with the dress. So to start things off, we tagged along with Wallis to her dress fitting at the Armani Junior Boutique on Madison Avenue a week prior. Once in the dress, Quvenzhané showed off her twirling skills in the shimmering pale pink creation that was enriched with rose crystals and designed just for the actress (above). "I love the sparkles, and pink is one of my favorite colors," Wallis tells InStyle. "I feel like a princess."
Once we saw the soft, girly glamour of the dress, we knew exactly what direction to take with her beauty look. Off they headed for a day of pampering, where Barfield took the starlet to two of her favorite beauty spots in the Big Apple. The pair, along with Wallis's mom, Qulyndreia, were treated to manicures at Paintbox in SoHo (she chose a design called "Ice Queen") and then hairstyling by Ursula Stephen at Ursula Stephen The Salon in Brooklyn, where Barfield helped Wallis create the perfect fun-and-funky look for her big night. Their day of fun even ended in true Annie form, with a bit of singing—Quvenzhané broke out into "Fancy" by Drake featuring Swizz Beatz: "Hair done, nails done, everything did."
On the big night, the actress hit the red carpet at the Ziegfeld Theater for the world premiere of Annie in her finished ensemble—and she looked more than pretty in pink! One thing's for sure: We loved the star's cool leopard-print kicks and her wow-worthy dress (below).
To see how the star's full look came together, check out her photo diary in the gallery now. And be sure to tune into the Golden Globes this Sunday (NBC, 8 p.m. ET) to see if Wallis takes home the Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy!
—With reporting by Kahlana Barfield