When Cara Delevingne declared that she would be transitioning from hugely successful model to Serious Actress, effective immediately, I was as skeptical as everyone else. We've seen many a famous face — from Charlize Theron to Cindy Crawford — make the fashion-to-Hollywood jump, some more successfully than others.
Though Delevingne's IMDb page is filling up rapidly with film roles, she seems to have maintained some of those fashion industry connections. Not only does Delevingne have the world's top designers at her beck and call, but she did, at one time, make a living as a professional beautiful person. In sum: She knows how to get the clothes, and also how to pose in them on step and repeats.
And those hard-earned relationships have provided some truly stellar press junket looks while she's been out promoting "Paper Towns." So in celebration of the film's long-awaited premiere on Friday, I ranked all 10 of Delevingne's looks from the film's major press junket stops. From Alexandre Vauthier Couture to Dion Lee, Dolce & Gabbana to Saint Laurent (and lots of it), no #fashun was spared in the making of this press tour. Read on for my thoughts, ordered from "worst" (i.e., not-her-best-but-I'll-take-it) to "best" (i.e., Jesus-H.-Christ-she-looks-amazing).
10. Paris Photocall, in Jenny Packham
Jenny Packham isn't necessarily a natural fit for someone with Delevingne's easygoing persona. While the sheerness of the blouse and the legginess of the shorts did provide an edge, this look — expansive donut bun, included — was too ladylike for my tastes. That's not to say she and her limbs didn't look excellent in it, though.
9. London Photocall, in Saint Laurent
As the first of many Saint Laurent get-ups on this tour, she looked stupid-cool, per usual, in this casual pant-and-blazer combination. But given that it was late-June, she looked more bundled up than, perhaps, she should have been.
8. YouTube Q&A, in Saint Laurent
My justification for this is as follows: She wears head-to-toe black a lot, and there was nothing very stirring about this skirt and blouse pairing. In fact, it was her accessories — endlessly strappy heels and a plunging pendant necklace — that won me over more than the clothing. A solid, safe effort, in all.
7. Berlin Photocall, in Mary Katrantzou
Finally, we got some color in this houndstooth-printed skirt — or is it a dress? For a photocall, it was slam dunk: The sexiness of the skirt's (or dress's?) mini length perfectly complemented the classic nature of the houndstooth print. That slick of oxblood lipstick helped matters, too.
6. Madrid Photocall, in Vatanika
As the first official look on Delevingne's tour de "Paper Towns," this two-piece Vatanika situation made her look like a bona fide movie star. In fact, it resembled something Diane Kruger, legendary red carpet demigoddess, might wear to a photocall herself.
5. Meet the Filmmaker Q&A, in Femme D'Armes
Delevingne loves a good sheer blouse, a trend she embraced multiple times throughout this press tour. Incorporating both lace and satin, this monochromatic outfit from Femme D'Armes was certainly more feminine than the "downtown" aesthetic we're used to seeing from her. This versatility must have contributed to her modeling success.
4. Taping 'El Hormiguero,' in Dolce & Gabbana
Shortly before her sister wore Dolce & Gabbana to the film's model-packed New York premiere, Delevingne opted for a similar frock from the Italian design duo. Much like the aforementioned Femme D'Armes jumpsuit, this dress — paired with a deep-parted, glamorous hairstyle — deviated from her edgier norm.
3. Sydney Premiere, in Dion Lee
In this slick, mermaid-esque mini dress, Delevingne looked as natural as she might in a beanie or a pair of high-top sneakers. That is to say: She looked fantastically awesome, even with that coral eye makeup. Personally, I would have liked to have seen funkier, statement-making shoes — but today, I shall pick my battles.
2. Los Angeles Screening, in Alexandre Vauthier Couture
And here's where she starts getting Fashion-y, with a capital "F." With its potpurri of straps and harnesses, this look wouldn't have worked on another actress of Delevingne's age. It was made for a model.
1. New York Premiere, in Saint Laurent
Sure enough, she saved the best look of them all for last, looking like a leggy disco ball in this fever dream of a rockstar dress. The cut-out, strategically draped over her bodice, made for a unique silhouette that we expect Nasty Gal to replicate in the coming months. Despite the dress's shimmering boldness, a loose, undone braid and rosy makeup add a certain softness to her overall devil-may-care vibe. That's just the Delevingne way.