On Tues. evening, stars flocked to the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala in New York City in their absolute best cocktail attire. Lady Gaga showed up in the glitziest, crystal-embellished tuxedo dress, complete with a feathered cape and all, while Constance Wu opted for an equally eye-catching, red sequin gown. But the real show-stopping number from the Jan. 8 event? Irina Shayk's red coat dress, an unexpected, though nonetheless welcomed, pick for such a formal-leaning event.
After walking the Golden Globes red carpet on Jan. 6 in an exquisitely designed, gold sequin gown, which featured a super-high slit and thin, '90s-inspired straps, the model swapped the Old-Hollywood glamour and shine for something slightly more retro inspired, as she attend yet another event in support of Bradley Cooper. While the majority of the celebrity attendees at the National Board of Review's gala opted for more traditional attire in the form of elegant, floor-grazing gowns, Shayk proved that with the right styling (and panache), you can make even the most surprising of fashion items a red-carpet winner.
Shayk's getup consisted of head-to-toe Versace, a designer she's frequented in the past. The model wore an '80s-inspired, brick cotton dress that was rendered in a houndstooth pattern and featured bold, structured shoulders, a plunging neckline, and a fitted waist. Gold hardware detailing (namely the statement buttons and zipped pockets) infused the piece with just the right amount of glamour.
The most striking thing about her outfit, though? The fact that her dress wasn't actually a dress at all. In fact, it's technically classified as a coat online, but as Kate Middleton, and now Shayk, have demonstrated so flawlessly, the essential outerwear piece can make for the best frock of all.
Of course, the model's styling choices are also worth mentioning. She grounded her gala look with a pair of belted platform booties and a black handbag, both by Versace. She rocked her new, shiny bob (which she first debuted on Sun.), topping off her look with a leather-trimmed cap that was designed in the same poppy-red pattern as her dress.
Next time you receive an invite to a formal event, channel your inner Shayk and trade in your usual cocktail gown for a trend-froward coat dress. Shop Shayk's exact pick, plus The Zoe Report's favorites, ahead.