Keira Knightley Cloaks up for “An Evening Honoring Valentino”

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Though Keira Knightley’s beauty is unmistakable as always, we had to wonder about her decision to cover her Valentino gown in a rather drab black suede cape coat during “An Evening Honoring Valentino.”

Though the cloak Keira chose was designed by Valentino, the combination had the 30-year-old English actress looking more like she was arriving at the set of a new medieval film than at an event honoring the great fashion design house.

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Keira Knightley Valentino 55Keira Knightley arriving at the Lincoln Center in New York for the third annual fashion gala honoring the fashion house Valentino on December 7, 2015

Knightley’s suede overcoat resembled a poncho as it draped formlessly over her shoulders and spilled over arms and the entire front of the gown. We couldn’t even award her extra points for trying something rarely seen on the red carpet, since the cover-up offered little in the way of style to the ensemble. The one-shouldered Valentino gown she chose for the event would have been plain enough on its own, and cloaking it in a shapeless layer of black  seemed to only dull the look further.

The Valentino gown she wore — along with the cape coat — are from the Valentino Fall 2015 Collection. On their own, the pieces have some potential. The black tulle gown features an empire waist with a pleated full skirt of black fabric ruffling to the floor. The top is one-shouldered and gathers across the chest before flaring out in fans of tulle at the side of the chest.

Keira Knightley Valentino 33Keira Knightley at the Lincoln Center in New York for An Evening Honoring Valentino on December 7, 2015

We appreciate Knightley’s natural beauty, and normally we are all for her decision to keep her make-up on the plain side, but this outfit could have used the extra color. The young actress looked washed out as she drowned in black fabric before the fashion gala in New York. In completion of her medieval costume and adding to the ordinariness, Knightley twisted her hair back in a low, middle-parted bun.

What do you think of Knightley’s cloak? Do you think it was a great addition to her ensemble, or do you think it should have stayed in the dress-up box until Halloween?

Credit: WENN

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