Style history: Naomi Watts
Academy Awards nominee Naomi Watts sets the red carpet on fire...

Feb 15, 2013 01:46
by Angie Fox

She wore Gucci to the G’day Australia Gala, Zac Posen to the Golden Globes, Marchesa to the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Alexander McQueen to the People’s Choice Awards. And that was just in January.

Naomi Watts has become the darling of the red carpet defying fashionistas and fashion police alike to find fault with her looks. And although, despite her acclaimed performance in The Impossible as a Spanish woman caught in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, she hasn’t been bringing home any award season trophies as yet (Academy Awards pending); in the fashion stakes she’s a winner.

It’s all too easy to dismiss Watts, 44, as slightly beige and far less stellar than her Aussie friend “Our Nicole”. But her low key, casualness is more a testament to her acting chops; she is truly a blank canvas that comes to life when she inhabits the characters she portrays.

A troll through the Internet reveals the yummy mummy – she has two sons with actor Liev Schreiber – is just a stylish off-duty as she is on. On the red carpet she wavers between classic blacks or subtle skin tones and pinks, but always in a sleek, slim line, strapless or with a retro flourish. She’s old school Hollywood personified. If she does venture to bold blues or stunning burgundies her knack for knowing when enough is enough with regard to accessories and styling means she almost always pulls it off.

Yet, catch her back at home in Sydney, where her career began on soaps like Hey Dad and Home and Away, in the playground or at the supermarket in Los Angeles, where she now resides, or in true jetsetter style on the streets of New York and London, Watts always displays an effortless cool. She’s a jeans girl, but she’ll go for a colour or team them with a classy Breton stripe t-shirt, an oversized scarf and some grungy biker boots. She has an international aesthetic with a casual sensibility that belies her Australian roots.

What do you think is Naomi's best look?

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