While we're always happy to have a little relief from the red carpet insanity of awards season, summer can also be a bit dull on the fashion front. Thankfully, one of the season's biggest releases also stars two of our favorite stylish actresses: Up-and-coming Margot Robbie, and erstwhile supermodel Cara Delevingne. While they've both been burning up the "Suicide Squad" press tour with amazing looks, Delevingne's sartorial choices in particular — packed with thigh-high boots and sheer fabrics — have had us swooning.
Delevingne's "Suicide Squad" wardrobe comes courtesy of styling team Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn, who worked with Delevingne on her first proper press tour as an actress for 2015's "Paper Towns." Because she was making her major film debut, the duo focused more on bringing Hollywood glam vibes rather than leaning on her fashion cred. "When we styled the promo tour for 'Paper Towns,' our goal was to maintain Cara's effortless, cool-girl vibes but to add movie star polish," Haenn says. "We kept things whimsical yet intellectual, adding touches of Cara's quirky personality and avoiding anything too high fashion."
Unsurprisingly, a super-villain movie like "Suicide Squad" has quite a different vibe from the kind of teen drama penned by John Green. Delevingne's Enchantress is pegged to be the baddie of the movie, which means Zangardi and Haenn could go for an edgier look. "You want to give a nod to the character without being too literal, so [we did] some darker colors, and the thigh high boots came in to give in a rock and roll, goth type feel," Zangardi says.
They pulled a bunch of options and brought Delevingne in for fittings, where she weighed in on the looks (and was also a lot of fun — Zangardi says there was plenty of dancing involved). Once they had everything narrowed down, they worked to be sure that every ensemble told a cohesive story and that every event had an appropriate look; that meant a laid-back DSquared² look for San Diego Comic-Con, a buttoned up Emanuel Ungaro set for press junkets, and a jaw-dropping Alexander McQueen dress for the London premiere (Zangardi and Haenn's favorite).
Of course, it's not hard to make a supermodel look good. "Wearing a pair of thigh-high boots and a really mini short isn't a look that most girls can pull off, but because she has the exceptionally long legs, she's able to pull off a little bit more than some of the other girls." And Delevingne's day job means she's more open to trying experimental looks, never hesitating to try on things that might look "completely insane" on the hanger. "Cara is extremely open to trying new things. She's basically a dream client," Haenn says.
At the end of the day, though, both Zangardi and Haenn say that working with Delevingne is such a pleasure because of her personality and her own quirky off-duty style. "We don't have to take fashion so seriously," Zangardi says. "It was about giving her a bit of an edge without taking it too far, and letting her sense of style come out."
"She has such a great sense of who she is, both as a person and in terms of her personal style," Haenn says. "As a result, there is a strong point of view but at the same time, she's always open to experimenting and pushing the envelope. It feels truly collaborative with her."
See all of Delevingne's killer "Suicide Squad" press tour looks in the gallery below.