Zelda Williams is just one those girls you want to hang out with. As evidenced by her twitter account, she has a wonderfully wry sense of humor--inherited, perhaps, from her father, the fiercely funny Robin Williams--not to mention a slew of eclectic interests, ranging from video games to blues and jazz music. But the real reason this up-and-coming actress is on our radar right now is her personal style--and with good reason! Williams has a knack for infusing edgy, sophisticated pieces with a lovely air of femininity, resulting in a repertoire of consistently cool, attention-commanding ensembles. Accordingly, we think she's a prime subject for February's Girl of the Month and we guarantee that by the end of today's story, she'll be topping your one-to-watch list too!
As we mentioned earlier, one of our favorite things about Williams' personal style is her ability to construct unique looks that offer a blend of Gallic chic, youthful elegance, and a touch of tomboyish insouciance. In other words, you are not going to see this young woman on the red carpet in a tasteful-but-dull strapless dress and a classic updo. (For starters, her gamine haircut would not cooperate, thankfully.) Instead, she often opts for modern minimalism, like the look she picked for Teen Vogue's annual Young Hollywood Party back in October (far right). For this event, Williams wore a sheer, sleeveless dress by The Row over a strapless, body-conscious Wolford slip, similar to the Opaque Natural Light Forming Dress ($295). Paired with ultra-high, chunky Chanel platforms, the resulting look is impressively sleek and the antithesis of the girlish, sometimes saccharine, outfits preferred by her peers. A month later, at the 2010 CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists celebration, Williams turned up in another standout ensemble, comprised of a Proenza Schouler circle skirt with a Maria Luisa cropped sweater, gray tights, and Nicholas Kirkwood heels (bottom row, right). We love how Williams subverted the skirt's ladylike silhouette by pairing it with bondage heels and the slightly abbreviated top.
In addition to her ability to pick directional dresses and skirts, Williams also knows how to style a pair of skinny pants in a number of intriguing ways, as demonstrated by the punk rock-meets-post-apocalyptic solider look she wore to the launch party for the Call of Duty: Black Ops video game in Santa Monica late last year (top row, left). She played with proportions by styling her slim black pants with a vintage crop top, Rapscallion by Samantha Pleet for Urban Outfitters vest, and vintage lace-up, knee-high Alaia boots, and we approve of the results. Then, just a few days later at the Vogue celebration for Valentino's S/S 11 collection in Los Angeles, we found Williams in a similar pair of black trousers, but worn in a totally different manner. This time she opted for a more polished look, with Valentino's Floral Chiffon Blouse ($2690), John Varvatos' Bowler Hat ($198, 212.965.0700), and a pair of camel Christian Louboutin heels (top row, right). Her outfit has a touch of Parisian hipster flare, which suits Williams' petite frame perfectly.
And while it's true that our GOTM can work a variety of slim black pants with ease, that's not the only wardrobe essential hanging in her closet. If we've learned anything from our in-depth research on Williams' delightful array of ensembles, it's that a slew of gray basics also play a key role in her day-to-day wardrobe. Take, for example, the charcoal 7 For All Mankind dress she wore to a Vogue dinner celebrating the book launch of the denim brand's book--The Seven Senses--back in November (top row, middle). We love how the frock's asymmetrical neckline adds interest to an otherwise simple silhouette and the way Williams cinched it in with a skinny black belt. Though slightly more casual, Williams also selected gray for her appearance at the Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands video game launch party late last year (bottom row, left). Keeping her look casual and chic, Williams paired a gray 3.1 Phillip Lim sweatshirt-style tee with a black Maison Martin Margiela bandage skirt, ankle boots, and of course, her go-to headwear: a John Varvatos brown bowler hat.
Now that you're familiar with Williams' grounded, refined, and occasionally austere sensibilities, translating her ensembles should be a very simple task--just follow our lead, of course! If you're interested in emulating her fancier fare, you'll definitely want to pick up Cooper's Key Cropped Sweatshirt ($26) and style it with BB Dakota's Clarion Flounce Skirt ($44); the watercolor print and greenish-blue hue make it a spot-on choice! To find something similar to her stunning dress from The Row, try Forever 21's Strapless Ruched Dress ($23), which would look great layered under Nasty Gal's Censored Maxi Skirt ($68) .
Next, you'll want to pick up the basics; just remember to grab a few gray pieces, like Splendid's Merino Wool & Poorboy Sweatshirt Top ($108), which would look great teamed with Soft Joie's Braxton Miniskirt ($80), and Velvet's Nola One Shoulder Dress ($128). After you've snagged those delightful items, we suggest you secure a few pairs of slim black pants. You can always try Paige's Kenya Trousers ($148), which we think would look super cool with a crop top and Lucky Brand's Blossom Knee-High Boots ($189). Of course, if you'd prefer something a little more feminine, Club Monaco's Blair Pants ($129) would look perfect paired with an airy blouse like Topshop's Dandelion Print Open Back Blouse ($75) or American Apparel's Floral Chiffon Button Up ($58). Just be sure to top it all off with Catarzi's Lady Bowler Hat ($43) for a true Williams-inspired outfit!--Jessica Baker
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