Style Transformation: Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams has been a red carpet regular since her early days as Dawson’s Creek’s obligatory blonde bombshell and even earlier days as a ’90s television regular on Baywatch, Lassie and Home Improvement. Now she’s shifted from the small screen to the big and, as is Hollywood custom, has also evolved her fashion style to match her new A-lister status. The journey has been a long, ruffled road with more frills, bows and headbands than that illusive little celebrity we know as Bo Peep…
Her breakout role as Jennifer Lindley in Dawson’s Creek (alongisde Katie Holmes) portrayed Michelle Williams as a slightly rebellious, promiscuous, albeit considerate small time girl. Her style is that of a country mouse — practical comfort — and her hair and makeup is simple to the point of zero effort. Who needs blush when you have the fresh of Capeside to give you a rosy glow?
Michelle’s character Jen evolves into even more of a sex ba-omb! Her hair gets shorter, as does her skirt length, and she ends up nabbing Dawson’s virginity. But we can forgive Jen and her she-devil ways as the girl has an incredibly tough life that ultimately ends with… well, we all knows what happens in the flash-forward. Poor girl.
Branching out from Dawson’s Creek, Michelle Williams appears in the 1999 American comedy Dick with Kirsten Dunst. Here they both are in a photo I’m sure they wished was erased from the internet for good. Stars and stripes forever?
For a brief period in 2004, Michelle sported brunette locks, which, it seems, she is too keen on as she swiftly covers them with a brown knit cap at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Making the move back to platinum blonde, Michelle Williams attends the Land of Plenty Premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2004. She wears a silk blue dress (with brown tights) that showcases an unfortunate bunching around the crouch area. Moving swiftly on…
After meeting on the set of Brokeback Mountain, Michelle began dating hunk-of-the-moment Heath Ledger in 2004. In one of their many red carpet appearances together, here they are at the premiere of The Brothers Grimm in August 2005. She wears a lace and maroon babydoll dress that showcases her womanly cleavage and, yet, gives the impression of a little girl playing dress up.
Playing on her baby face features once again, Michelle discovers sweet headbands and they live happily ever after. Here she is wearing a navy velvet headband at the Australia premiere of Brokeback Mountain in 2006.
A cool couple looking mellow in yellow, Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger attend the 78th Annual Academy Awards in March 2006, for which she wore a beautiful Vera Wang gown.
The hairstyle that made heads swivel. At the 2007 Spirit Awards, Michelle Williams showed off her adorable pixie crop, proving that short hair can look sexy.
At the same event, she teamed her boyish crop with a heavily-embellished, retro Chloé dress. It includes a ruffled collar, the inclusion of which was to be the beginning of a long-term fashion relationship for Michelle and bows…
The Tuxedo Dress
Attending a photocall for Shutter Island at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival in 2010, Michelle experiments with a half tuxedo/dress combo and gets confused for “the help.” Not really, but this outfit doesn’t really scream A-list to me.
Shapeless in Satin
What’s pink, satin and shapeless all over? Michelle Williams 2010 Cannes Film Festival dress for the premiere of Blue Valentine.
Michelle continues with her trend of dusky pink and bows, but this time, at the Meek’s Cutoff premiere at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, she opts for something a little more fitted. That something was a Jason Wu dove grey silk chiffon embroidered gown with jabot collar. She accessorized with Louboutin slingback shoes, Cecelia bag, Bulgari jewels and her signature platinum locks.
Coming out of her shell (and moving away from pinks and washed out pastels), Michelle Williams brings her A-game to the 2012 Critic’s Choice Movie Awards as she dons a monochrome Chanel gown, teamed with a Chanelbag, Fred Leighton for Forevermark jewelry (which was created especially for her), and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. The belt emphasizes her petite waist and the bold black pops against her dewy skin.
Michelle won big at the 2011 Golden Globes, taking home the prize for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) for her titular role in My Week with Marilyn. Looking just as much of a screen siren as Ms. Monroe, Michelle enlisted the help of a trusty headband, which she paired with another Jason Wu creation (a velvet navy blue number), Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, Fred Leighton for Forevermark jewelry, and a Judith Leiber bag.
Pretty in pink? Michelle Williams attends the Paris premiere of My Week with Marilyn in February 2012 wearing head-to-toe Dior.
Get red-y to turn heads! Usually one to shy away from red, Michelle Williams became a scarlet woman for the 2012 Academy Awards, opting for a red tulle gown with a very of-the-moment peplum detail by Louis Vuitton.
After her red hot Oscar outing, Michelle returns to her youthful girl-next-door style with a retro Giambattista Valli dress at the premiere of her film Take This Walt, during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. It’s a sweet little number that matches her demure persona and angelic appeal.