Florence Pugh’s Corset Dress Features This Controversial 2000s Trend
Florence Pugh had a stellar 2022 when it came to red carpet style, and now she has wowed again with her first look of the year. The actor stepped out at the 43rd annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Sunday, Feb. 5, wearing a stunning red strapless gown complete with peplum, proving the divisive fashion detail is officially back.
The look, put together by longtime stylist Rebecca Corbin-Murray, was from Robert Wun’s spring 2023 couture collection and was certainly an outfit to turn heads. The structured column gown was corseted at the waist before fanning out into a peplum waist to add drama to the sleek silhouette. The peplum became popular in the early 2010s but has been cause for debate among fashion enthusiasts ever since. Nonetheless, Pugh proves it’s a chic addition when done right. The back was laced up, while layers of gold necklaces, hoop earrings, and bangles from Tiffany & Co. were the perfect finishing touches.
The 27-year-old, who won the best actress award for “The Wonder” at the event, further added theatrics to her look by taking inspiration from another of her films: “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.” She added a wide-brimmed red hat, with long-stemmed feather and floor-length red veil attached, reminiscent of the titular character’s attire in the animated films. In fact, Pugh even joked during her award acceptance speech, “this year I came dressed as a Tabasco bottle and wearing a Puss in Boots hat.”
Leaning into the retro Hollywood glamour feel, Alex Babsky added long lashes, winged eyeliner, and a deep pink lip, while Hyungsun Ju swept her bob hair into a side part with a structured wave and the ends tucked underneath.
Pugh attended the prestigious event with her brother, musician Toby Sebastian, and was spotted rubbing shoulders with a range of Oscar nominees. Pugh was laughing and joking with Cate Blanchett, who was wearing a voluminous puff-sleeved suit, and Michelle Yeoh, wearing a chic mesh black coat dress, both of whom are nominated for best actress in a leading role. Pugh was then seen with Paul Mescal, the surprise nominee for best actor in a leading role at the upcoming Academy Awards.
Pugh, who celebrated her birthday on Jan. 3, ended the year with some award-worthy looks. She was a Victoria Beckham muse in a white sheer frock in November, stunned in a pink Rodarte cape at the Independent Film Awards in December, and sparkled in gold Valentino sequins at the Fashion Awards afterparty. If this red look is anything to go by, Pugh’s style trajectory is continuing on a sharp incline for 2023. Read ahead to see all angles of her outfit.