The show-stopping tulle confection drops in two days' time – and could be yours for the holiday season
Suki Waterhouse announced her pregnancy with Robert Pattinson in a sparkly pink dress on stage in Mexico, so her first red-carpet appearance since the happy news broke the internet was always going to be major. With every brand lining up to dress the actor and orchestrate their own Rihanna-esque maternity style moment, Waterhouse threw a curveball by shopping the high street for the Fashion Awards 2023.
Her dramatic red tulle gown from the H&M Studio Holiday capsule is yours to buy (minus the subtle train added for Royal Albert Hall drama) for €299.99 from 7 December. The most elevated edit in H&M’s vast output, the Studio line homes in on “timeless eveningwear pieces – the bias-cut slip dress, the beautifully-cut blazer, the corset – that you turn to time and time again when party season comes around,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, head of design womenswear and creative advisor, who signed Waterhouse after falling for her “generosity of spirit and confident approach to fashion.”
The red carpet is some crazy performative activity, which is very strange and alien – I love it!
Suki, a “high-street girl at heart”, loved playing dress-up with the team – “I think I’m actually wearing four dresses in one,” she shares of adapting the original design to suit her now – and notes her hybrid H&M confection is “incredibly easy and comfortable to wear” in comparison to last year’s silver sequinned number. “I had to be unfastened mid-way through dinner,” she laughs. “This one is breathable.” Some specially designed undergarments added an extra layer of support underneath all that tulle, while Aquazurra heels and a heavy sprinkling of Tiffany & Co. jewellery made Suki feel like the performer she is.
Waterhouse’s €279.99 H&M look is sure to sell out on 7 December. . Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
“The red carpet is some crazy performative activity, which is very strange and alien – I love it!,” says the singer, who flew in from LA to attend the celebration during her favourite time of year in London. “The very English spirit makes me smile, there’s a buzz in the air.”
An appointment with Fatma Shaheen at Skin Design London was an essential pitstop to avoid, as Suki says, feeling like a “fossil” on the red carpet, while a trim from her hairstylist John Nollet, who jetted in from Paris to cut her bangs, and dewy make-up by Florrie White ensured no traces of jet lag were visible. “The anxiety-inducing part comes after,” admits the 31-year-old of watching the photographs filter through social media. For Waterhouse, who has a distinct glow about her, there was never anything to worry about.