Letitia Wright had a standout moment during the 2019 awards season when she scooped up the BAFTA Rising Star Award and used her time on stage to discuss mental health in order to encourage others to talk about their feelings. “A red carpet and a nice dress looks great, but people on the inside are feeling sad and feeling broken, so how can I encourage them?” she asked the audience before stating, “I see you and I understand what you’re going through.”
Fast forward to March 29 and Wright was back on stage at the NAACP Awards collecting the statuette for Best Breakthrough Role in a Motion Picture. Wearing a black Georges Chakra embellished minidress and tulle gown over the top, she thanked her followers and her Black Panther family for all their support.
The confidence boost spurred Wright on to experiment with an alternative style to the one that she and Hollywood stylist Ade Samuel have been honing during her time in the public eye. “We took an extremely different approach for the NAACP Awards,” Samuel told Vogue after the event. “We took a more conservative approach to our normal goal of channeling what we call ‘sexy elegance’. The two-piece element was a great close to a bold and fun season.”
Although the duo knew Georges Chakra’s double dress combo was “the one” the moment they found it, Wright’s decision to shine a spotlight on the Lebanese couturier boils down to her increasing knowledge about fashion. “We now collaborate and have conversations about the story we want to tell,” says Samuel of Wright’s research into designers and silhouettes. “We are still developing and growing, but that’s the beauty of having a client like Letitia,” Samuel muses. As Wright would agree herself, it’s the journey behind the moment that matters.