The New Romantics: Hollywood’s Rising Stars in Fall Fashion

In the world of television and film, these women are the ones to watch.
Photograph by Ben Duggan

Birgundi Baker
“The Chi”
Baker, 28, has always had the performing arts in her blood. Growing up, the North Carolina native often drove to New York with her family to watch her aunt perform in student acting showcases at Juilliard. Through her performance as Kiesha Williams on Lena Waithe’s Showtime drama “The Chi,” Baker hopes to amplify the voices of missing and abused Black women. In the third season, which aired in June, Baker’s character was promoted to a series regular. She’ll also play the main character in the forthcoming short film “Circuit,” which sheds light on human trafficking.

CAFTAN $1,200, Carmen Molina,
DRESS $2,560, Brock Collection,
SHOES $695, Mia Becar,
EARRINGS (right) $595, GLOVES, $495, and BRACELET (right), $1,195, Saint Laurent, South Coast Plaza, 714-429-0101
NECKLACE Audrey C. Fine Jewelry,
CUFF Sofio Gongli
EARRINGS (left) Melinda Maria,

Photograph by Ben Duggan

Auli’i Cravalho
“The Power” and “All Together Now”
Even if you haven’t seen Cravalho in a movie before, you’ve probably heard her: The 19-year-old native Hawaiian actress made her debut as the voice of Disney’s Moana in 2016. Now she’s cementing her place in Hollywood with leading roles in the forthcoming Amazon Prime series “The Power” and in the teen Netflix movie “All Together Now,” which dropped in August. Cravalho also generated buzz in April when she came out as bisexual via TikTok.

DRESS $3,600 and SOCKS Price upon request, Dior, South Coast Plaza, 714-549-4700
SHOES $695, Mia Becar,
RING $1,500, BRACELET (top) $17,000, and BRACELET (bottom) $9,000, Tiffany & Co., South Coast Plaza, 714-540-5330

Photograph by Ben Duggan

Javicia Leslie
In preparation for her upcoming titular role in the CW series “Batwoman,” Leslie, 33, has taken up muay thai. Leslie made waves in the entertainment industry when, after the sudden departure of then-lead Ruby Rose, it was announced that she would become the first Black or bisexual actress to play Batwoman. “I knew that this was something that was just so much bigger, and it made me kind of reevaluate (the role),” Leslie says. “Even though I’m doing something I love, I get to change the world while I do it.” The new season premieres January 2021.

JACKET $1,790, TOP $575, SKIRT $1,290, and TIGHTS $65, Max Mara, South Coast Plaza, 714-754-7900
RINGS $8,500 (index finger) and $1,120 (ring finger) WATCH $31,100, Cartier, South Coast Plaza, 714-540-8231

Photograph by Ben Duggan

Josephine Langford
“After We Collided”
Before Langford, 22, made it in Hollywood, she passed out flyers in a shopping center while wearing an Elmo costume. “It gets really sweaty in the suit,” the Australian actress says. “I think I got in trouble once because a kid dabbed and I dabbed back.” Because of her 2019 breakout performance as Tessa Young in the movie “After,” Langford won’t have to return to the Elmo suit anytime soon. Many say the “After” series, based on the popular books by Anna Todd, is positioned to be the next “Twilight.” The sequel, “After We Collided,” premieres Sept. 2.

DRESS, BELT, and SHOES, Chanel, South Coast Plaza, 714-754-7455

Photograph by Ben Duggan

Ramona Young
“Never Have I Ever”
Young, 22, had a minor role on “Santa Clarita Diet,” and her performance as a deadpan drug store clerk earned her a reputation as a certified scene-stealer. Now Young is receiving praise for subverting Asian American stereotypes in her portrayal of Eleanor Wong—a boy-obsessed, theater-loving teen—on Mindy Kaling’s new coming-of-age comedy series “Never Have I Ever.” The prolific actress says she also wants to write, produce, and make her own movies. During quarantine, she has been working on a 19th-century Western about a Chinese heroine’s journey to rescue her long-lost father.

CAFTAN $1,200 and SKIRT $645, Carmen Molina,
SHIRT $795, Philosophy,
SHOES $748, Tory Burch, South Coast Plaza, 714-689-0450
NECKLACE $2,145, Dru,
RING (right middle) Price upon request, Bea Bongiasca,
RING (left index) $600, Bondeye Jewelry,
RINGS (right index and left middle), Sofio Gongli
WATCH Blancpain Villeret,

Photographer: Ben Duggan
Fashion Director and Stylist: Stefan Campbell
Leslie: Makeup Dion Xu / Hair Sean Fears
Baker: Hair Tiffany Daughtery, Celestine Agency / Makeup Kai Pritchard
Cravalho: Hair and Makeup Kelly Shew
Langford: Hair Clayton Hawkins, A-Frame Agency / Makeup Kristin Hilton
Young: Hair and Makeup Sarah Huggins

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