Tessa Thompson’s Style
Every year The Hollywood Reporter ranks fashion’s behind-the-scenes tastemakers who dressed the stars, won awards season and rule the red carpet for its sixth annual list.
The long march from oblivion to A-list isn’t an individual journey. At every step of the way is a stylist who helps craft the look and story of each star.
Stylist Wayman Bannerman, one half of the up-and-coming Wayman + Micah team behind Creed star Tessa Thompson‘s bold looks, was thrilled to be part of the list and the THR power dinner:
“It feels surreal to be here; we are so honored,” he said. Added Micah McDonald: “The list is something as a young stylist you look at, so to be a part of all of this is so cool.”
McDonald explained the thought behind putting Thompson in a bold Prada frock for the event.
“It’s looks like this that got us invited tonight, so we went for it!”
It is true that this year we couldn’t stop Tessa Thompson appearances. The 32-year-old Dear White People and Selma breakout star always made impressive turns on the red carpet this year specially during Creed‘s promotion tour. The actress has become one to watch on the red carpet, especially with stylists Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald, featured as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 5 Rising Stylists by her side.
I guess the idea of being ‘pretty’ and always palatable is just not that interesting to me.” Instead, like the costume and makeup used to develop her on-screen personae, the actress uses her clothing to truly transform for industry events—a practice she’s honed while working with her styling team, or “style sirs,” as she calls Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald.
The duo approached the actress just a year ago as she was being flung into the throes of back-to-back promotional tours for Dear White People and Selma, and imparted on her the importance of culling a dynamic red carpet presence as she made the transition to full-fledged star.“As Tessa likes to say, ‘We like to play,’ ” Bannerman and McDonald write to me. “Meaning, we love to call in a myriad of options ranging from opulent and elaborate to minimalistic.”
“As an actor, when you look at your body of work, you’re trying to just make it dynamic and do something unexpected. If you can do the same thing in fashion, it helps people see you in another light—that you’re multidimensional,” she says
After being approached by Bannerman and McDonald, they immediately took to Thompson’s own fearless approach to fashion and work, inviting her to sit front row at their Fall 2015 show.
“I think we were just mutually interested and attracted to each other,” Thompson says. “Now we have a real rapport and are becoming friends. They are very down-to-earth, cool people.”
Here are our favorites looks. What do you think?
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