Step Aside, Pantone: Penelope Cruz Defies Color Trends for Fall

After expressing our opinion over Penélope Cruzred hot mess of a top, we thought we’d cut her a break by pointing out something in her outfit that may be worth saving – her skirt. Fall/winter 2013 predicted a lot of greens and purples, which makes us appreciate the color trend rebels. Penélope is well aware that red is her fail-proof go-to color, and she is not letting any Pantone prediction become the boss of her.

The 39-year-old actress chose a Nina Ricci classic pencil skirt in a shocking red color – always a risky move when going out onto a red carpet (good thing the carpet was blue this time). She paired the skirt with a hybrid cardigan-meets-blazer top from the same designer, a styling decision that has yet to be fathomed by our minds. Penélope put up her hair in a classy loose updo and slipped into a sweet-looking pair of black bow pumps.
'The Counselor' photocall

Penelope Cruz in Nina Ricci Skirt 2

'The Counselor' photocall

'The Counselor' photocall

'The Counselor' photocall

'The Counselor' - Press junket and photocall

'The Counselor' photocall

'The Counselor' photocall

'The Counselor' - Press junket and photocallPenelope Cruz at the press junket and photocall of The Counselor held at The Dorchester in London on October 5, 2013

You can never go wrong with the classics, and this red pencil skirt is no exemption. We have to admit, however, that the elastic waistband on the back makes us a little jittery, but judging from how the skirt hugged Penélope’s womanly curves from behind, we conclude that the elastic detail does its job marvelously. Functionality aside, we think the back center slit is a great way to add a touch of sexiness to a classic.

This closet staple is available at Matches Fashion.

Nina Ricci Virgin Wool Pencil SkirtNina Ricci Virgin Wool Pencil Skirt, $737

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