The red carpet certainly is no stranger to a bold, statement-making fashion moment, with singers and actors alike dishing out some of their most iconic ensembles. Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's denim-on-denim moment back in 2001 continues to be one of the most referenced looks from the early aughts. At the 2010 Grammy Awards, Lady Gaga's architectural, Armani Privé gown stole the show. And as of Mon. evening, Amber Heard's swim cap at the Aquaman premiere may just be the defining style moment of 2018.
On Nov. 26, Heard attended the London premiere of her latest film, Aquaman (which hits theaters on Dec. 21). For the star-studded occasion, the 32-year-old actor walked the blue carpet in an ensemble that, upon first glance, seemed a bit unusual and, to be quite frank, slightly outside of her typical wheelhouse. But, as it turns out, her eye-catching gown-and-swim-cap combo was the perfect homage to her on-screen role as Mera, an underwater warrior and heroine.
Heard's head-turning premiere look consisted of a green-and-gold brocade gown that was plucked straight from Valentino's Autumn/Winter 2018 Couture collection. It features a plunging neckline, side and back cutout detailing, and a long train. The real, show-stealing piece, though? The coordinating brocade headpiece that was a couture take on your average swim cap.
Heard's head-turning look made its debut on Valentino's runway back in July. And as it turns out, that's the exact moment her stylist, Karla Welch, knew it was the perfect pick for the actor's Aquaman movie premiere.
"When you’ve waited since July to wear a @maisonvalentino haute couture masterpiece," she captioned a photo of Heard on her Instagram. As for her reasoning for adding in the swimming cap-inspired accessory? "And duh, it’s @aquamanmovie, so obviously we went for the swim cap!" she wrote. Makes perfect sense, no?
Heard's look is certain to go down as one of the most memorable premiere fashion moments to date. And while it may not seem like the most likely of outfits to draw inspiration from for your own, everyday ensembles, Heard's look offered up one styling trick that can't be missed: matching your hair accessory to your outfit. The no-fuss fashion hack makes any look appear 10 times more coordinated and cohesive — who doesn't want that?
Next time you find yourself sporting a rugged leather jacket, throw in a matching leather headband to pull everything together. Have a floral-print dress hanging in your closet that you're not quite sure how to accessorize? Add in a matching hair-clip for a trendy yet practical touch. Ahead, shop The Zoe Report's roundup of the best hair accessory-and-outfit combos to try this season.
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Braided Velvet Headband
Headbands are back and better than ever, and this luxe, velvet pick is guaranteed to make a statement every time you wear. Take note from Heard's red-carpet outfit and pair it with a matching velvet top-and-trouser combo for the perfect party look.
Cutout Velvet Turtleneck Top
Meet the most trend-forward top of the season. Not only is it rendered in the most luxe of fabrics (velvet), but the cutout detailing and turtleneck design make it an undeniably cool piece to wear year-round.
Belted Velvet Wide-Leg Pants
These wide-leg pants, from Marques' Almeida fall 2018 collection, are subtly inspired by Renaissance paintings and the movie Shakespeare in Love. Pair them with the matching top, and accessorize with the braided headband for the most expertly coordinated look.
Accordian Hairband Set
Yes, this '90s accessory has officially made a comeback, and Kendall Jenner is a fan. Next time you don't know what to do with your locks, put on the accordion-style hairpiece to add some eye-catching texture.
Pleated Contrast Mermaid Dress
Play off of the accordion motif by slipping into a fun, pleated dress. Style this Milly pick with simple, strappy heels and silver earrings for an easy yet trend-forward look.
Velvet Bow Hairclip
The hairclip craze is showing no signs of slowing down. Not only is it the perfect way to hold those pesky front-layers in place, but it's an easy way to dress up your overall look (and locks) without much effort.
Bow Wrap Dress
Don't yet own a royal-purple piece? Look no further than this silky wrap dress from Mango. Pair it with optic white sneakers and your go-to leather jacket for a casual daytime look. Then, trade in the trainers for metallic heels and add in the bow hair clip when the night rolls around.