The motion picture version of “Les Miserables,” one of the longest running musical plays, was just recently released in theaters – with the main roles cast with famous actors. It always seems a bit unfair that when a project goes from stage to screen it’s always recast with famous names to try to garner publicity; but that’s just the way of the land. Some of the lead roles in the movie version are played by Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, and Russell Crowe – Crowe specifically is not a very strong singer; and it does the musical numbers an injustice to cast a “big name” as opposed to a talented unknown who can really sing. But this article is not all about those issues; it’s a peek into a few of the fashions worn at the movie premieres in New York and London, England. It appears that the staples of black and white are what the majority of the actors chose to wear.
At the London premiere, despite the chilly temperature outside, the leads Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried graced the carpet in shoulder-baring gowns. Hathaway wore a white column gown that had half-sleeves that draped down from her shoulders. It had an open back with a small ruffle in the center of the skirt and the entire dress was decorated with little pearls. Seyfried wore a black gown that was made from the same type of material that wetsuits are made from – and gave her a little bit more insulation from the cold. It featured a ruffle at her hips as well as along the bottom of the asymmetrical three-quarter length skirt. The dress was black with white piping and inner layer along the ruffles.
Less attractive black and white dresses were worn by Isla Fisher and Helena Bonham Carter. Fisher wore a white dress with a very low sweetheart neckline; appearing as if it could have fallen down at any moment. The dress also had three odd-looking and pointless cut-outs in the front of the bodice. Bonham Carter wore a puffy-looking black dress with glittery accents; although it looks a lot like the type of style the she usually wears.
At the New York premiere of “Les Miserables,” Anne Hathaway made a poor choice in dress. She chose a tight-fitted black dress that had puffy accents at the back which looked somewhat like trash bags flying at the back of her dress. Actor Eddie Redmayne also made a questionable fashion choice in an all-over blue velvet suit with brown shoes. Amanda Seyfried looked quite glamorous however, in a belted gown with flowing black skirt and fitted gold-decorated bodice. Black and white may have been the majority of the color choices for the New York and London premieres, but at least they were either lovely or interesting/questionable to behold.