Ana de Armas has been on a sartorial roll promoting her new film Blonde. And for her latest stop on the press tour circuit, the Cuban-Spanish starlet stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday evening shining like a disco ball in her shimmering charcoal three-piece suit from Italian fashion house Brunello Cucinelli’s Fall/Winter 2022 collection.
Styled by Samantha McMillen, de Armas wore a double-breasted jacket featuring wide lapels with a matching sequined vest underneath. The Gray Man actress styled her brunette tresses in a wispy, high ponytail and teamed her gleaming ensemble with a Logan Hollowell Reverse Water Drop Diamond Tennis Necklace and a pair of classic black stiletto pumps.
When GRAZIA USA previously caught up with co-president and co-creative director Carolina Cucinelli earlier this year, she explained how the brand has been expanding into the Hollywood style sphere. “We like the idea of mixing and matching pants and a jacket with other pieces, like a very funky T-shirt, or with precious shoes. We like the idea that women can adapt the look for a special event,” she shared.
In keeping with Cucinelli’s sentiment, de Armas later swapped out her vest and jacket with a simple black tee, for an effortless, yet equally chic look.
On the show, the actress discussed her portrayal of the Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. “I think we all have our public self and our private self. With Marilyn, you know, everything gets amplified because [of] the star that she is,” de Armas said of her character’s duality. “For her, it was something that, you know, was something that she kind of had to turn on and off whenever she needed it. It was kind of like a survival thing.”
The actress went on to explain that Blonde began production before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic back in 2019. de Armas also revealed that she started shooting the James Blonde flick No Time to Die just two days after wrapping Blonde, revealing that her character Paloma is sprinkled with a little bit of Monroe. “This character was so bubbly, and so bad-ass, and a completely different energy,” said de Armas. “But if you really look at it there is some kind of Marilyn in her.”
During her late night appearance, the actress also addressed her triumphant 14-minute standing ovation at the premiere of Blonde at the 2022 Venice Film Festival. “It was just very emotional. You’re there with the audience, and the best thing that can happen is that you get that reaction,” she said. “You just don’t expect that it’s going to be that long—but the audience doesn’t lie. It’s just happening for real, that’s what they’re feeling. It’s very moving.”
During other stops on her press tour, de Armas has been embodying Monroe’s iconic style. For the Los Angeles premiere of the film, de Armas donned a gilded, paillette covered Louis Vuitton gown with a plunging, halter neckline, resembling one of Monroe’s iconic style moments — her gold lamé gown from 1953’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
The Knives Out actress channeled her character on the 2022 Venice Film Festival red carpet as well, choosing a pretty pink hand-pleated Louis Vuitton gown for the evening. The creation’s silhouette mimicked that of Monroe’s legendary white dress from The Seven Year Itch, which has the famous scene of her skirt blowing up in the wind as she stood over a New York City subway grate.
The gown’s color and de Armas’ substantial diamond necklace seem to reference Monroe’s costume in the “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” sequence in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Both scenes are recreated in the forthcoming dramatized biopic.
Based on Joyce Carol Oates’s bestselling novel of the same name, Blonde is set to drop on Netflix on Sept. 28.
Known for its rare rating of NC-17, the fictionalized film “boldly reimagines the life of Marilyn Monroe, exploring the split between her public and private selves,” according to the streamer’s official synopsis. Starring Bobby Cannavale and Adrien Brody as her ex-husbands, baseball player Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller respectively, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams round out the cast.
Born Norma Jeane Baker, Blonde chronicles the Some Like it Hot star’s tumultuous childhood, through her meteoric rise to fame, and subsequent troubles. “I read Joyce’s novel, studied hundreds of photographs, videos, audio recordings, films—anything I could get my hands on,” de Armas said in an interview with Netflix’s Queue.