And so in May she hired Cristina Ehrlich, power stylist to old pros like Tina Fey, Penélope Cruz and Allison Williams. Ms. Larson, a native of Sacramento, has been praised for her leading role as a captive mother in “Room,” for which she has been nominated for Gotham and Spirit awards (though she lost the Gotham award to Bel Powley).
At this year’s Met Gala, where the theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass,” Ms. Larson wore a dress by Dolce & Gabbana made from an Italian version of chinoiserie.
Ms. Ehrlich said that Ms. Larson is not a hard-core fashion fan, but more “cool girl when it comes to personal style.”
“She’s the one who’s wearing the T-shirt with a leather jacket and a pair of Doc Martens,” Ms. Ehrlich added. Wear that to the Met Ball, of course, and Anna Wintour is likely to whomp you upside the head.
In September, at the Toronto International Film Festival, Ms. Larson and Ms. Ehrlich began to hit their stride, with choices like a Wes Gordon slip dress in autumnal orange. “I’ve gotten really obsessed with finding colors and textures that really match my clients’ skin tones,” Ms. Ehrlich said, noting that the shade here was neither “too melon-y nor too pumpkin.”
An abbreviated Valentino shift dress with intricate embroidery that she wore to a “Room” screening was full of flirty insouciance, punctuated by a pair of cameo earrings from Fred Leighton. “I pulled the earrings with another safer option and let Brie choose,” Ms. Ehrlich said. “She’s an all-in kind of girl.”
The golden-haired Ms. Larson seems to shine brightest in simple cuts like a dazzling Rodarte dress for the “Room” premiere in Los Angeles, although Ms. Ehrlich had her hesitations. “Every actress you ever work with will end up in a black dress at some point,” the stylist said. “But somewhere in the back of my head, I hear the whispers of Anna Wintour: ‘Anna doesn’t like black.’ I was so paranoid that the sequins and details wouldn’t show on Brie, but it really did.” Again, whomping escaped!
A cutout in the back kept a lace Gabriela Hearst design for a 92nd Street Y appearance from feeling too prim, Ms. Ehrlich said.
And for an Academy of Motion Picture photo session, Ms. Larson showed sex appeal in a halter neck creation by Calvin Klein cleanly cut from what the fashion house calls “fire silk crepe.” Sophisticated, but not too, too.
“I see it all the time: What happens with a lot of these young girls is that stylists will dress them too old,” Ms. Ehrlich said. “What you often see on the runway, there’s a sharpened and defined feel to the pieces, whereas I want to capture Brie’s innocence and freshness.”