Outfits that would have otherwise made dazzling debuts on the red carpet have instead been “lost to Covid,” as Lambert puts it. Impromptu Instagram shoots have offered an alternative way for the pair to deliver looks with considerable wow-factor – the most recent being a stringy sheer ’90s-inspired LBD courtesy of Charlotte Knowles.
“I’ve always wanted to put Emma in Charlotte Knowles,” Lambert tells British Vogue of his styling choice. Pre-awards season, Knowles’s PR shared a fitting video of the innately sexy dress, after which Lambert “immediately knew it was right for Emma.” Rather than scaling a Hollywood carpet, Corrin wore the look to designer Harris Reed’s birthday dinner, subsequently posing for pictures in the lift of The Standard in London. Another one does not bite the dust.
Fellow celebrity fans of Knowles, including Bella Hadid, Beyoncé and Sophie Turner, have chosen her printed second-skin tops, but Emma is one of the first to endorse the designer’s after-dark threads. With the autumn/winter 2021 rebrand of her label – which now exists as KNWLS – and restrictions easing, Knowles and her partner Alexandre Arsenault felt it was “the perfect time to introduce eveningwear into our dialogue,” she told British Vogue. “We wanted to create something sleek and dramatic – for people to dare to dream about going out again!”
To complement the striking gown, Lambert enlisted Roop founder Natasha Fernandes Anjo and Tabitha Ringwood to supply the accessories. The former provided her signature “Diana” satin scrunch pouch; the latter created a pair of custom leather and suede sandals. “The look was supposed to be for a British red carpet, so Emma and I thought it would be really nice to showcase three female British designers,” Lambert said.