Tessa Thompson Proved That This *Extra* Accessory Is Making a Serious Comeback


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While many of fashion's top names were busy either receiving or handing out awards at Monday night's Fashion Awards in London, a select few were holding down the fort in NYC at the 2021 Gotham Awards. One attendee, in particular, was Tessa Thompson, who used the occasion to test out one of winter's most over-the-top micro-trends: opera gloves. 

Thompson, the star of Passing, one of the evening's most-nominated films, arrived on the red carpet wearing a lilac-colored moiré gown from Bach Mai that featured a high-low bubble hemline and a strapless bodice. She paired the dress with the aforementioned black latex opera gloves, also from Bach Mai, and a simple pair of pumps. 

Her stunning ensemble managed to feel both reminiscent of the film's era—it's set in 1920s New York City—and today, when elbow-length gloves and moiré fabric are both spiking in popularity after making waves on the fall 2021 runways in February. Then again, her stylists, Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald, are some of the most renowned in fashion—of course, the look is good.

Keep scrolling to see her bold red carpet look and more ensembles from the 2021 Gotham Awards.


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On Tessa Thompson: Bach Mai gown and gloves

See more stunning red carpet looks from the 2021 Gotham Awards:


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WHO: Dakota Johnson

WEAR: Schiaparelli dress


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WHO: Kristen Stewart

WEAR: August Getty Atelier gown


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WHO: Zazie Beetz

WEAR: Christopher John Rogers dress


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WHO: Jeremy O. Harris

WEAR: Gucci suit


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WHO: Hoyeon Jung

WEAR: Louis Vuitton gown


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WHO: Maggie Gyllenhaal

WEAR: Rodarte dress


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WHO: Thandie Newton

WEAR: Oscar de la Renta dress; Cicada jewelry

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Senior Fashion Editor

Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.