Forget everything you thought you knew about Blake Lively! Since her days charming audiences on Gossip Girl, Lively has been associated with a girl-next-door accessibility—even when playing an Upper East Sider, she couldn’t help radiating SoCal optimism—but the actress is currently in reinvention mode. Her new film, The Rhythm Section, sees her donning wigs and taking on bad guys as a spy out for revenge, and last night at the New York premiere, she carried that edgy sensibility into the real world. After taking an extended break from public appearances following the birth of her third child with husband Ryan Reynolds in October, Lively arrived at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, looking like a femme fatale. In an off-the-shoulder black velvet gown by Dolce & Gabbana, leather opera gloves, and Christian Louboutin’s over the knee “Fabiola” boots, Lively was sexy and powerful. She was all smiles as she signed autographs and posed with co-star, Jude Law.
Lively, who acts as her own stylist, regularly adjusts her wardrobe to complement the vibe of her latest film. Back in 2018, while promoting A Simple Favor, that meant dapper suits to match the style of her maverick character. So far, the press tour plan for Lively’s spy thriller has kept things sleek and mysterious, but it’s been heavy on hardcore accessories. The Lorraine Schwartz choker detailed with South Sea pearls and a 50-carat Colombian emerald was a statement piece, as were those dramatic leather opera gloves. After the premiere ended, Lively made a quick change into a floral Ulyana Sergeenko shirt dress that skewed sweet but she kept on the gloves and boots, retaining some of the former look’s daring spirit.