Rooney Mara’s sense of style is intense and uncompromising, and for that reason she is our latest fashion obsession.
If you look back on Rooney Mara’s start on the silver screen, you’ll notice that her early look was docile and dainty. She was the girl-next-door in loose, wavy brown locks and saccharine-sweet frocks. After her turn as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, Mara’s star began to shine brighter. She transformed before our eyes into one of the most stylish and fearless stars on the red carpet. When she is in front of the cameras, strength radiates from her small frame. She favors dark dresses, slicked-back hair, and plunging necklines – she is both vixen and muse. Her bold fashion choices have made her a favorite of fashion designers like Dior and Givenchy, and she continues to gain a reputation for severe, luxurious looks. In this edition of Style File, we take a closer look at the confident cool of Rooney Mara.
Givenchy Couture looks slick and futuristic when Mara styles the gorgeous gown with deep-purple lipstick and a sleek up-do.
With her hair sporting an extreme side part, Mara cleverly echoes the plunging neckline of her purple J. Mendel dress.
Clever opaque panels take this sheer Calvin Klein dress to a more modest realm, but that doesn’t stop the look from being sultry and domineering.
Mara looks graceful and serene in a textured Alexander McQueen dress and tan Nicholas Kirkwood peep-toe heels.
Mara’s sensual Nina Ricci gown bares flesh in all the right places, while strategically covering up the necessary bits.
Leather and lace meet in a kind of fetishized version of a traditional red carpet gown, but this updated take on tradition flies in the face of the ‘status quo’.
The silhouette of Mara’s Prabal Gurung dress is similar to that of a figure skater’s dress, but cutouts and frothy tulle accents make it stylish and alluring.
This is one of Mara’s more delicate looks. The sleeves, texture, and handkerchief hem create an Old World feeling - a feeling that Valentino excels at crafting.
Though this dress is wedding-gown-white, the color belies how sensual the gown really is with its side cutouts, sheer sleeves, and body-skimming silhouette.
Calvin Klein provides Mara with one of her more traditionally sophisticated looks. She shines in a sparkling dress that looks like it emerged from the fashion plates of the 30s.
Christian Dior’s black-and-white contrasting-silk dress gives Mara a sophisticated edge on her red carpet competition.
Paillettes resemble armor on this shapely and stunning sleeveless dress by Louis Vuitton.
Mara’s black hair and red lips contrast perfectly with this diaphanous and ephemeral Givenchy Couture gown.
Rodarte’s soft-grey gown, trimmed in gunmetal fabric and finished with a crisscross neckline, adds a lovely, feminine dimension to Mara’s look.
Jumpsuits are hard for most women to wear, but Mara looks casual and chic in this version by Giambattista Valli.
A simple beige slip dress by Calvin Klein reveals Mara’s dancer-like frame. She juxtaposes the sweetness of the look with dark, intense lips.
Mara embraces menswear in an avant-garde look by Balenciaga.
Mara mixes high fashion and high street with a Givenchy jacket, ASOS playsuit, and heels by Louis Vuitton.