Hairstylist Renato Campora gave her a sleek, low bun, while makeup artist Sabrina Bedrani applied a smokey glam using Dior beauty products. “I wanted to give Nazanin a fresh modern look focusing on the eye to give her an edge,” says Bedrani. Stylish Erin Walsh accessorized the ensemble with Andrea Wazen heels and dazzling jewelry from luxe labels such as Anita Ko, Jennifer Fisher, and Mara Paris. “What is interesting to me is the power in sensuality and womanhood,” says Walsh. “I love that really playing with texture and strong silhouette can give a really womanly vibe a bit of badassery.”
As the actor embarks on her press tour for the show, Boniadi will continue this tough, elegant spirit. In L.A., she and Walsh plan to continue with the monochromatic dressing; in Mumbai, they will then incorporate looks with more beads, sequins, and colorful patterns. “New York will continue the power theme with leather and structure, but with more neutral tones, adding some sparkle for the fantasy of it all,” adds Boniadi. “London will be the last stop, and we plan to pull out all the stops.” Walsh hints of the many outfits to come: “Expect some joy, a lot of empowering shapes, color, texture, fun, and a lotta fashion. You have to have fun when you are given a platform like this, no?”
Whatever ensemble Boniadi will slip into next, she says she often looks for the same thing in a red carpet moment. “I look for clothes that make me happy, empowered, and confident,” says the star. “Fashion is a form of self-expression. There are countries with repressive laws—including my homeland, Iran—that forbid women from dressing freely. I never take this freedom for granted and it makes me appreciate fashion even more.”
More important than the clothes, however, is the show itself—and she’s certain diehard LOTR fans find a sense of joy and escapism in it. “Fantasy has the unique ability to cushion us into a world where we can comfortably explore our existential longing, and delve into questions about the human condition,” says Boniadi. “These characters are archetypes of the most basic human dilemmas, and that is both universal and timeless. That is the beauty of this project, and I can’t wait for the world to see it.”
Below, see how Boniadi got ready for the LOTR premiere.