Look of the week: at 55, Nicole Kidman remains one of the most adventurous fashionistas

Written Leah Dolan, CNN

Showing the good, the bad and the ugly “Image of the week” is a regular series dedicated to the unboxing of the most talked about outfit of the last seven days.

This week, Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman caught the attention of the Internet with a new shoot for Perfect magazine.

Kidman, who turned 55 this summer, flaunts her incredibly sculpted triceps, a cascade of red hair that falls over one shoulder, with a short streak down her chin, on the cover of the magazine. No business suit or black turtleneck: Kidman is dressed in pieces from the fall-winter 2022 collection of fashion brand Diesel, which debuted at Milan Fashion Week in February this year. and a full, belted skirt worn by Kidman.

For the first cover, the actor was dressed head to toe in Diesel. Photography by Zhong Lin, style by Robbie Spencer and creative direction by Cathy Grand. Credit: Zhong Lin

On the second cover, Kidman is shown wearing colossal patent leather thigh-high boots that look like those spotted wearing Rihanna last week — from Y/Project, a label that, like Diesel, is run by Belgian designer Glenn Martens. And throughout the 20-page fashion editorial, Kidman is featured in several stunning looks, including infamous nude print dress and a Diesel double denim ensemble.

This is all in honor of the new award given to her by the magazine. Named an “Ideal Icon” – one of 23 new awards set up in an attempt to bring out industry talent across the board – Kidman has been praised for her relentless curiosity and versatility.

“I make decisions like a teenager,” she said in an accompanying interview. “Don’t play the consequences. I approach things like this: “I want to do this, I will try this. It had its ups and downs.

Kidman won "Perfect Icon" an award recently established by the magazine.  Photography by Zhong Lin, style by Robbie Spencer and creative direction by Cathy Grand.

Kidman received the “Perfect Icon” award recently established by the magazine. Photography by Zhong Lin, style by Robbie Spencer and creative direction by Cathy Grand. Credit: Zhong Lin

This penchant for bold outfits has long given Kidman an edge in high fashion as well. In February, she appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair’s latest “Hollywood Issue” wearing the infamous Miu Miu S/S 2022 microskirt – so popular that Instagram account now diligently records every time it is worn by an influential person or celebrity. (There were 111 posts in six months.) The look was even more dynamic as Kidman “begged” stylist Katie Grand – also the creative director of Perfect Shot – to wear a cropped chino, the actor later said. Director Baz Luhrmann in an interview with Vogue Australia.

During Paris Fashion Week in July, Kidman joined Bella Hadid, Kim Kardashian and Dua Lipa on the runway to model for Balenciaga.

But the actor has long been one of the most astute risk takers in the fashion world. In 1997, Kidman came to the Oscars in a greenish-yellow Dior dress made of embroidered silk. Designed by John Galliano, this look has generated such a buzz that it now boasts of its own dedicated Wikipedia page. The color of the dress was so heavily criticized by comedian and red carpet critic Joan Rivers (who told Kidman that the hue “makes her vomit” and allegedly made her vomit when the actor walked by), some argue this helped to create a culture of careful red carpet dressing that continues today. “John (Galliano) did it for me and I love it,” Kidman said at the Women’s Wear Daily event. “I don’t know if people will understand. But if not, well, maybe they should.”
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman on the red carpet at the 69th Academy Awards, 1997.

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman on the red carpet at the 69th Academy Awards, 1997. Credit: Vnice Bucci/AFP/Getty

Deeply entwined with narrow standards of beauty, fashion is often considered the play of young people, with expectations about what to wear becoming more restrictive with age. But Kidman said that for her, fun is more important than adaptation. “I always say, ‘I’ll do what I want,'” she told Perfect. “Perhaps that’s why I click on photographers, because I’m not here to imprint on you, but rather you imprint yourself on me and so that we grow together. Let’s play!”

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