Penélope Cruz’s love affair with Chanel is well documented, but the Spanish actor seems to have fallen particularly hard for the brand’s couture. While on the promo trail for Parallel Mothers, the latest wildly emotional export from her partnership with Pedro Almodóvar, she has frequently been dipping into the spring/summer 2021 collection. Proving that wearing new-season looks is not always essential, even when you’re a house ambassador, Cruz has been a vision of double C-ed tulle, polka dots and posies.
Who can blame her? The haute edit, dedicated to the familial bonds at the heart of a couture maison, treated each look as if it was wedding guest attire and the show itself was a celebration of love. For her turn on the Goya Awards red carpet, Cruz selected a pearlescent lilac ballgown as sweet as the sugared almonds served as favors. Embroidered with micro beads which shone in the spotlight, the archetypal prom dress silhouette evoked nostalgia while still looking fresh.
Standing alongside her husband Javier Bardem, the picture-perfect double act were not the real romance of the night (in our books). Watching Penélope hug – really hug – fellow actor Cate Blanchett, who glittered in gun-metal tasseled Armani Privé, was proof that you are never too old to wear a princess dress. It’s what fashion fairytales are made of.
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk