The second film adaptation of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” is due to arrive in theaters on Dec. 25, and stars showed up in style for the film’s London red carpet.
This time, the screen adaptation of the 1982 novel is an adaptation of the Broadway musical version that ran from 2005 to 2008, earning 11 Tony Award nominations, with LaChanze taking home the 2006 award for Best Actress in a Musical.
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The 2023 musical adaptation brought in Fantasia Barrino to play the lead role of Celie. Barrino originally starred as Celie on Broadway in 2007 following her win on “American Idol.” Danielle Brooks, well known for starring in “Orange Is the New Black,” plays Sofia. Brooks played the role in the 2015 Broadway revival of the show, earning a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
Barrino arrived on the red carpet for the London screening of “The Color Purple” wearing a white Grecian-inspired strapless off-the-shoulder long-sleeve gown with a cape by Christian Siriano. The gown was from Siriano’s spring 2023 collection, which WWD characterized as a return to the elegance of old. Daniel Hawkins styled Barrino for the London screening.
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Oscar-nominee Taraji P. Henson channeled Barbiecore for the London screening in a terry cloth pink dress with a feather trim skirt from LaPointe’s resort 2024 collection. Stylist duo Wayman and Micah created Henson’s look for the event.
Brooks took a minimalist approach to style for the London screening, donning a black diamond-pattern sweater with a matching skirt from Proenza Schouler. She coordinated her ensemble with champagne-colored glitter peep-toe platform heels and gold statement earrings.
Colman Domingo also took a minimalist approach to style in a head-to-toe gray ensemble, including a turtleneck, jacket, coat and matching trousers. He completed his look with glossy black shoes.
“The Color Purple” director Blitz Bazawule made a statement in a green and purple striped suit with an allover green pattern and a lavender satin lapel. He wore a white shirt underneath with a gold collar bar and completed his look with mahogany double monk-strap shoes.
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