Jeans on the red carpet: Katie Holmes’ choice.
This past weekend, Katie Holmes’ outfit at the 2022 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Awards slowly took the internet by storm. When I viewed a zoomed-in image of Holmes on my computer, I initially saw the radiant actress in a strapless midnight blue bustier dress. Suitable for the red carpet. I kept scrolling, and washed baggy jeans and scuffed sneakers popped up. It was the oxymoron of ensembles: the top worthy of any social event, while the jeans were fit for her runs at Whole Foods.
In a world where single-brand total looks and viral pieces fresh off the catwalk reign, wearing jeans on the red carpet is an unexpected choice.
This hasn’t been my favorite Holmes look, but I love how she often throws caution to the wind when she dresses. (Unforgettable, in this regard, the famous Khaite knit bra and cardigan set). In a world where single-brand total looks and viral pieces fresh off the catwalk reign, wearing jeans on the red carpet is an unexpected choice. Just a few weeks ago, Taylor Russell, the lead actress in Guadagnino’s film Bones and All, to the Gotham Awards she wore a Tom Ford Spring 2004 white fur bolero with light jeans and stiletto heels. Those faded jeans balanced out the glamor of her look.
Jeans on the red carpet: the stars of the 90s and 2000s
In the late 90s and 2000s, the funniest and most casual celebs wore jeans on the red carpet. There was Mariah Carey in a cut-waisted model, Janet Jackson in hipster pants and leather jackets, Cameron Diaz in jeans from the Charlie’s Angels, Halle Berry, Drew Barrymore and more. Typically, they were paired with glittering heels, but sometimes with sneakers as well. Back then, unlike today, the stars in jeans seemed to casually stop by this movie premiere or that award show, on their way to a chic dinner with friends. They all looked fabulous, and not perfectly styled.