Rare is the occasion that the perennial face of the Miss Dior fragrance, Natalie Portman, doesn't look as sweet as can be. But we were particularly charmed by the sequined minidress from the French label's futuristic pre-fall collection that she wore to the UCLA Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies gala on Tuesday. While it wasn't your typical Hollywood red carpet occasion, Portman — who presented an award to Israeli writer Amos Oz — was still able to bring a bit of glamour to the stage with the high-shine dress, which looked just as appropriate for a serious daytime occasion as it would for, say, a Met Gala after-party.
To keep the look from appearing too loud, Portman pulled her hair back into a slick ponytail, only accessorizing with hoop earrings, low-key Dior sandals and a slim clutch. Take a cue from the actress: When it comes to wearing sequins before prime club-hopping hours, simplicity is key.