Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara have graced one red carpet after another on their press tour for Carol, a romantic drama that lands in theaters today. And while the actresses’ onscreen personas prove to be a match, it’s their off-screen styles that really complement each other. Both Blanchett and Mara aren’t afraid to play with fashion, and, most importantly, they do so in the most sophisticated, avant-garde way. Ahead, proof that Blanchett and Mara are the most stylish red carpet duo ever. RELATED: Carol’s Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara Say the Movie’s Not a Lesbian Love Story, It’s Just a Love Story
In Carol, the film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price of Salt, Cate Blanchett plays the titular character, a married woman who falls for a shopgirl named Therese (Rooney Mara). One of the things to look out for in this film—other than the beautiful love story at the forefront—is the costuming. Famed costume designer Sandy Powell, who has previously worked on Cinderella, The Young Victoria, The Aviator, and more, turned her attention to this period drama set in the early 1950s and helped transform Blanchett into one of the most fashion-forward women of the time. Powell told us it was a challenge and a thrill to work on this film when we caught up with her for a feature in our December issue, now on newsstands and available for digital download. Because back in 1952, at the time this love story is set, there was no fast fashion. Stylish shoppers, like Blanchett's Carol, relied on custom dresses and statement pieces. “Only someone with means could look as elegant as Carol does,” Powell told us. “Carol is timeless, yet ahead of her time.” Powell’s trick to her look: “Keep it simple,” she said. “Don’t try to over do it. The less there is, the easier it is to get it right.” RELATED: Cate Blanchett's Real Thoughts on Motherhood in Movies Powell did a few more things to help send Blanchett so believably back in time. Scroll down to read Powell's seven secrets to mastering the costumes of Carol, in theaters now.
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Designer: Calvin Klein Location: Spring Studios Notable guests: Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Naomie Harris, Alexander Skarsgard What it was like: Costa used his spring/summer 2014 collection to experiment with different textures, weaving multicolored yarn-like threads through tops, skirts and more. Why we love this collection: Designer Francisco Costa stayed true to Calvin Klein's minimalist aesthetic...to a certain degree. "Elevated deconstruction" was the main takeaway here, which was especially blatant when he wrapped up the show with three finale looks all decked out in fringe. [wrn_button url="https://www.instyle.com/instyle/package/fashionweek/photos/0,,20732286_20734449_30020072,00.html" text="SEE THE PHOTOS!" title="SEE THE PHOTOS!"] MORE:All Fashion Week News: Everything You Need To KnowThe Latest From Marc By Marc JacobsRunway Looks We Love: Ralph Lauren— Cindy Weber Cleary