It's four hours before Roma wins Best Picture at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards, but spirits at The London hotel, where stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira are getting ready for the red carpet, are already sky-high. Roma, a black-and-white drama loosely based on the director's upbringing in Mexico City, charts the life of a middle-class family's live-in housekeeper. De Tavira plays the mother of the family, and Aparicio plays the housekeeper.
Born in Mexico City, 44-year-old de Tavira has been acting in Mexico for decades but has never experienced a big American break like Roma, whose Oscar buzz intensifies by the day. Better yet, Roma was not the first-ever acting experience for Aparicio, a 25-year-old Oaxaca native. Afternoons spent beautifying in West Hollywood hotel suites before evenings amid hundreds of A-list celebrities are new to both women, whose humility and excitement fill the suite where we've been invited to capture their getting-ready processes.
Sophie Lopez, Aparicio and de Tavira's stylist, calls the experience of working with clients as green as these two "incredibly refreshing." Aparicio's classically feminine look for tonight consists of an embellished baby-pink Prada gown and silver jewels by Anabela Chan, Marli New York, and Kallati. De Tavira's almost-Victorian ensemble is composed of a navy Vivienne Westwood dress, six-inch black Louboutins, and Kallati statement drop earrings.
Glowing about what it's like working with Aparicio and de Tavira, Lopez says, "The girls are so new to it, they have no hang-ups. Occasionally, you can work clients who will only wear certain shapes or colors. Yalitza and Marina are open-minded and try everything." It's a unique breed of fun learning the personal styles of up-and-coming stars, says Lopez, who describes Aparicio's look as "feminine and ethereal" and de Tavira's as "elegant, sophisticated, but still with that fashion, arty edge." As Lopez says, "Yali herself is a gentle, soft spirit. Marina is also feminine, but she has a more serious side to her. She's very much an actor and has a great appreciation for artistry. So with Marina, the Vivienne Westwood feels right for her."
Scroll on to see the photos we captured from before the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards—and to read our three-way interview with Aparicio, de Tavira, and Lopez, in which we discussed award season excitement, personal style, and tricks for surviving the red carpet.