Alexa Chung Just Re-Created Keira Knightley's Iconic Green Dress Look From Atonement, and I'm Speechless

From Andie's yellow satin dress in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days to Cher's iconic checked suit in Clueless, there are countless movie outfits that stay with us well beyond the film's debut. And, even though I haven't seen Atonement, Keira Knightley's iconic green silk dress was the first thing that came to my mind when I cast my eyes on Alexa Chung's outfit from last night's Serpentine Summer Party.

Attending the London event, Chung wore a floor-length gown from Nensi Dojaka in a fluid satin fabric with a rich emerald-green hue. Emulating the sensual design of the dress worn by Knightley's Cecilia Tallis in the 1930s-set film, Chung's 2024 take included a deeper neckline, a front cut-out and intricate strap detailing throughout.

Alexa Chung wears an emerald green dress to the Serpentine summer party

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As the original scene was famously set on the hottest night of the year, Chung's modern-day rendition came at a fitting time, coinciding with London's first heatwave of the season. Styling her summer evening dress in a similar way to Knightley's character, Chung chose to forgo jewellery, letting the elegant dress take centre stage.

Opulent and lavish, an emerald-green dress offers a richer take on summer occasion styling that counters the muted sage shades or pastel tones that typically dominate over the warmer months. Although Chung opted for a look sans jewels, the luxurious colour looks beautiful with both silver and gold accessories.

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I don't know about you, but this is now the direction I'm thinking of taking when it comes to dressing for all the summer weddings and events I have coming up. So, to craft an evening look worthy of both Alexa Chung and Keira Knightley, read on to discover our edit of the best green dresses below.


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