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What’s the secret to flawless style?

Naomie Harris has the answer.

There’s no denying it — Naomie Harris knows how to choose the perfect red carpet dress (trust me, I’ve witnessed it first-hand). Her critically acclaimed role in the Oscar-winning film Moonlight in 2016 resulted in a Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG, and Academy Award nomination for best-supporting actress, and a parade of impeccable red carpet looks from Raf Simons (his debut red carpet look as creative director of Calvin Klein), Giorgio Armani, Gucci, and others. (It’s worth noting that she was honored with an Officer of the Order of the British Empire from her Majesty the Queen that same year). But, Harris’s red carpet style is about more than good taste.

At the 2013 Oscars, Harris wore a stunning golden dress designed by then 20-year-old Ghanaian designer and winner of Suzy Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress Award, Michael Badger. The gown was an impressive feat of circular design made of certified organic crepe de chine, vintage glass beads, and chocolate candy wrappers. After our photo shoot in LA, Harris shared with us the inspiration behind her incredible style, and why she supports conscious fashion.

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CLOTHING CREDITS
DRESS BY TOME
PANTS BY FILIPPA K
SHOES BY RAFA
RINGS BY ALICE WAESE

Naomie, thank you for being here with us today. We just did a beautiful photo shoot so I’d love to start by asking, how would you describe your personal style?

I would describe my personal style as colorful, playful, with a bit of sex appeal.

Is there anyone whose style you admire and why?

I really admire Zendaya's style. It's so her — it's reflective of her personality: super fun and playful.

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CLOTHING CREDITS
BLAZER BY GABRIELA HEARST
TOP BY TOME
SKIRT BY STELLA JEAN

What item of clothing can't you live without?

I can't live without my trackie bottoms. Because I'm all about comfort at home. Not very glamorous, but it's true.

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CLOTHING CREDITS
DRESS BY TOME
TOP BY ARCANA NYC
EARRINGS BY MERCEDES SALAZAR
RINGS BY ALICE WAESE
SHOES BY RAFA

How do you decide what to wear on the red carpet?

I am looking for what's gonna look great in a photo. And, what makes me feel beautiful, what makes me feel attractive, what makes me feel confident, strong, and is reflecting my personality.

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CLOTHING CREDITS
TOP BY TOME
PANTS WITH BELT BY EDUN
PANTS BY IRWIN GARDEN
EARRINGS BY MERCEDES SALAZAR
RING BY ALICE WAESE
SHOES BY RAFA

In 2013, in collaboration with Suzy Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress organization, you attended the Oscars in a dress by designer Michael Badger made from certified organic silk crepe de chine, using recycled zippers, was hand-embroidered by the royal school of needlework with vintage glass beads and chocolate candy wrappers. And it was dyed with a dying process that used goldenrod and chamomile. The byproducts of which since they contained no chemical pollutants went straight into the compost heap. Super incredible. What inspired you to team up with him and them for that look?

What inspired me to get involved in 2013 in wearing this kind of consciously designed dress for the red carpet was because I wanted to make a statement which said that it's possible to make clothes consciously, and they can be just as beautiful as any other amazing dress that you wear on the red carpet. I wanted to show what's possible for everyone else.

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CLOTHING CREDITS
JACKET BY TOME
VEST BY TOME
T-SHIRT BY EDUN
PANTS BY LAURA SIEGEL
SHOES BY BROTHER VELLIES

Do you have or what advice would you give women who feel pressured to look or dress a certain way or maybe just a little shy in exploring their personal style but they wish to be more authentic or adventurous in their style choices?

For women who are struggling to find a kind of style voice, I want to be completely honest, I struggle as well. In my everyday life, I really struggle to find what suits me, that is reflective of my personality. What's so great about when you're on the red carpet and when you're doing a photo shoot is you get so much help. It takes a village to create this look. I don't think it's realistic to find it on your own. But I think if you are going to try — and I think everyone should try because you want to reflect your personality — then realize it's just clothing after all. It's nothing serious. If you mess up, no big deal. You wore one awful dress, you'll laugh about it and get over it. Just have fun with it.

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CLOTHING CREDITS
BLAZER BY FILIPPA K
SHIRT BY PATAGONIA
KNIT BY IRWIN GARDEN
PANTS BY STUDIO 189
SHOES BY 
RAFA
EARRINGS BY 
MERCEDES SALAZAR
RINGS BY 
ALICE WAESE

Final question: What does healthy or conscious fashion mean to you?

Healthy or conscious fashion means clothes that are made in a way that doesn't harm our environment. We know that the fashion industry is hugely polluting to our environment. It's one of the most polluting industries, and that's incredibly sad. What's wonderful about sustainable fashion is it shows what's possible that you can make beautiful clothes in a way that isn't harmful to our environment.
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Photographer: Guy Lowndes

Fashion Editor: Ryan Lobo

Make Up: Fiona Stiles

Hair: Larry Sims

Nails : Millie Machado using OPI

Creative Director: Laura Jones

Video Production: Douglas Emerson @ C49 Productions

Video Editor: Cal Laird

Sound Design: Chris Marino

Photo Assistant: Vince Perini

Fashion Assistant: Jane Steele

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