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Emma D’Arcy dripping in gold for ‘House of the Dragon’ premiere


At this point in their career, Emma D’Arcy has only walked two red carpets. Relatively new to acting, the 30-year-old had a handful of small roles in various TV shows before landing the role of blonde princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in Dragon House, the prequel to Game of thrones. But the looks they wore to both events were unequivocal style wins, meaning D’Arcy’s red carpet fashion track record is near perfect.

Of course, a first can be overwhelming for the uninitiated. And when D’Arcy stepped onto the carpet in Los Angeles last month, they were initially overwhelmed. “The red carpet, in particular, is a very unnatural environment,” they said. O by email. “It’s not normal to have so much attention focused on you, and there are a lot of cameras if you’re camera shy.” So it helps that D’Arcy brought in reinforcements in the form of “armor and mask,” or the looks put together with the help of their stylist, Rose Forde.

It’s easy to see why D’Arcy describes their outfits using militia terminology. The Los Angeles premiere last month saw D’Arcy in an all-black look: an oversized Vetements suit paired with chunky steel-toed sneakers, an outfit fit for modern battle. For London, however, D’Arcy explains that they were dressing more for a party. While the second look has that edge that D’Arcy managed to do her signature thing with just two red carpets, it’s more, “consciously ‘dressed up’ and dripping with romance in equal measure”, as they described it. .

The romance is evident in the rich lurex waistcoat that hung low over D’Arcy’s striped chiffon shirt. The piece almost looks like protective chainmail from afar, but up close summons bright, cheerful Christmas garlands. A custom look from Acne Studio’s Spring 2023 collection, D’Arcy was drawn to the brand because of the “playful theatrics in their design”, a notion that is evident in D’Arcy’s choice for the event. .

Here, D’Arcy (and their glam crew) shares with O a glimpse into their preparation process for the London premiere, and reveals what it was like to step into the world (and fan base) of George RR Martin.

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“I think I need different types of armor for different occasions,” D’Arcy said. The occasion of the London premiere (and after party), however, called for a slightly more romantic approach to this idea.

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“We bleached the hair a week before the premiere, so we got some roots that added depth and texture,” said Jody Taylor, D’Arcy’s stylist. “The style is very much inspired by the children of Blitz, but with a stripped down, modern approach to make it believable, not like a caricature.”

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After D’Arcy bleached their hair, makeup artist Justine Jenkins decided that bleaching her eyebrows was the obvious next step. “No mascara and the faded brow kept the look otherworldly,” Jenkins said.

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“There’s a ‘found object’ quality to their work that I love; each individual piece feels like it has a story,” said D’Arcy of Acne.

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“[Acne Studios’] the clothes seem performative, like the child who has raided his parents’ closet and comes out wearing a satin dress and his father’s oxfords.

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“I don’t want to assume that we automatically inherited anything from game of thronesD’Arcy said of existing in the hit show’s universe. “We are following in his wake, for sure, and there is a lot of pressure to live up to the huge expectations. But Dragon House must be its own thing.

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“The screening was fun. I loved watching it with a full audience for the first time. I’m not into the first episode either, so that’s the one I can watch as a fan.

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