While you truly can't go wrong with an Old Hollywood-style look for a red carpet, there's something about it that can feel a little stale (perhaps because it's been around for over 60 years?) and obvious.
Leave it to new red-carpet darling Alicia Vikander to breathe new life into the aesthetic. The current face of Louis Vuitton wore an ultra-glam white dress from the brand to the BFI London Film Festival Awards on Saturday, but instead of playing up the simple gown with jewels and a red lip, she went in the opposite direction. Pared down with just a deep, Gothic statement lip and a simple, no-fuss updo, the look feels fresh but still formal, and really allows the dress's structured bodice to shine.
So a tip to other starlets, or even soon-to-be brides: Sometimes less really is more.