When we're not actively posting items here at Scoop, part of our job is sorting through photos of celebs ... lots and lots of photos of celebs. In doing so, we're largely saving your eyes from the many dreadful promotional pics that fall under the category of "C-lister drinking X-brand vodka at marginally popular nightclub Y." Once in a blue moon though, the myriad photos yield a pattern we have to share with you. In this case: the impeccable style of Rooney Mara.
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Actress Rooney Mara, walking the red carpet and doing publicity around the world for her new film.
Weeks into her global publicity tour for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Mara continues to brandish one perfect outfit after another. Perhaps some looks are catching our eye because they're in such stark contrast to her "Dragon Tattoo" look of leather and rage (but if that's the look you're after, check out H&M's "Tattoo" inspired clothing line). On the other hand, they could be the result of good taste and a fantastic stylist.
Mara in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
Robert Verdi, a fixture in his own right in the style world, agrees that Mara's look is near perfection. "She has what people in fashion and who love fashion, love: 'it.' And it's not necessarily just what she's wearing," Verdi tells Scoop. She has her own canvas: the sharp black hair ... a nude lip or red lip. She, and her canvas, is consistent. I think that has something to do with it."
Verdi said Rooney's own personality and place in the showbiz scene has something to do with how she pulls off these looks, too. "When you see her there's a little bit of innocence and nervousness. When she becomes more comfortable, she's going to be like Angelina Jolie -- pretty and edgy. She will either take the time to talk or blow right past you because she can. She's got that right balance of badass and girl next door. But the choices of clothes are fabulous. These aren't choices about looking pretty, these are choices about being cool and unexpected," Verdi said.
But not everyone agrees. Over at Huffington Post, one of their bloggers claims that Mara should take a page from the Kristen Stewart book of fashion, because Stewart "merges vampire-bride edginess with couture that's fun to view on the red carpet."
On which side of the debate we fall on is clear (and on that note, we'll take anything you're not going to wear again, Rooney). But if you want to sing Mara's praises or defend HuffPo's (ridiculous) notion, take it on over to Facebook, friends.