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Winona Ryder suits up for the premiere of 'Black Swan'

A look at the dress code of Winona Ryder as she suits up for the New York premiere of her new film Black Swan.

Actress Winona Ryder attends the premiere of 'Black Swan' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 in New York.
Actress Winona Ryder attends the premiere of 'Black Swan' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 in New York.

Hair and make-up

A rather balletic bun, suitably centre-parted, plays up to Ryder's role as an ageing prima ballerina in Black Swan, although the slightly bouffant crown makes it a little more Mrs Danvers than Margot Fonteyn. Her dramatically pale skin, perfectly groomed eyebrows and brown-rimmed eyes come complete with manically wide-eyed stare, but luckily a soft red on the lips holds the Sunset Boulevard look at bay.

Clothes

Well, she's on-trend in a way: actresses from Halle Berry to Leighton Meester have been sporting sleek trousersuits on the red carpet recently. But while menswear can be incredibly strong and sassy on women, somehow Ryder gets it all wrong. Certainly the Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci suit itself would have a lean, High Noon look to it on a man, but Ryder's tiny frame is lost. And what is going on with the shirt? Why is it longer than the jacket? What gives with the buttoned-up neck? And where are the fashion police when you need them?

Accessories

And this is where it could have been salvaged. A pair of smoking hot heels under those trousers? Va-va-voom! A pair of slightly battered, round-toed black leather lace-ups that look like Clarks school shoes circa 1984? That spells doom. Add the boring black clutch and it's an all-round lose. Her tux is brightened by a necklace that acts as a shoelace tie, and a pair of earrings keeps things feminine.