The Maturing Style of Superstar Kate Winslet
Easily one of the most respected and well-regarded actresses of this generation, Kate Winslet has virtually grown up before the eyes of Hollywood. She began her career in the Peter Jackson-directed “Heavenly Creatures” in 1994, and went on to play a supporting role in “Sense and Sensibility” the following year, and of course won the hearts of audiences worldwide in the 1997 megahit “Titanic.”
Since then, Winslet has been seen in such critically and commercially successful films as “Quills” in 2000, “Iris” in 2001, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” in 2004, “Little Children” in 2006, and “The Reader” and “Revolutionary Road” in 2008, all of which have earned her nominations and wins in many of the top categories in Hollywood and abroad.
Her style has also won over critics and fans alike, having matured from choices that were perhaps a bit overdone and overly fussy to sleek and elegant pieces that reflect her true British class and style. As an example, for her appearance at the Oscars in 2008, Winslet wore a very fitting floor-length gown in a green satin with decorative elements at the sleeves and neckline. The dress had a jacket-like collar around the shoulders and Kate’s long strawberry blonde hair was left down and curled. The hair seemed to compete with the overly constrictive dress and the entire look was not flattering to her curvy frame.
At the 2001 premier of “Iris,” Winslet toned down her look and exchanged her long locks for a loose cut that fell just past her shoulders. She opted for a black jacket and pants ensemble that was boxy and fitted and somewhat plain. It was a complete change from her previous look but seemed a tad depressing especially for such an occasion.
Her style seemed to finally come into its own later in the decade. At the Oscar ceremony in 2009, where she picked up the trophy for “The Reader,” Winslet arrived in a gunmetal grey satin dress with black belt and black lace fabric draped over one side and the opposite shoulder. Her hair was pulled back into a sleek chignon. In 2010, she arrived at the Oscars in a long and flowing two-piece ensemble in a pale grey color. The skirt was loose and soft while the bodice was of a metallic material, fitted in the waist and square across the neckline. Her shoulder-length hair was deeply parted to one side and fell softly around her face.
For the Emmy Awards in 2011, Winslet again showed her beautiful and dignified style, arriving in a fiery long dress with loose skirt and fitted top, a deep V-neck showing off just enough of her curves. The piece was simple but form-fitting and flattering, and a perfect choice for such a lovely and talented actress.