Attending a big movie premiere and walking the red carpet for it is a pretty big deal in itself. But for In the heights star Leslie Grace, her film debut at the Tribeca Film Festival last night was also the first time she attended such an event, so you could say the stakes were much higher. But despite being a Hollywood newcomer, she definitely made for a fashion moment as an A-lister, with the help of a standout fashion look from Armani.
The movie musical, directed by John M. Chu, is one of the most exciting and highly anticipated of the year, centering on the lives of a tight-knit community in Washington Heights, New York, where it also premiered last. night. One of the predominantly Latinx cast is Grace, who marks her feature film debut as Nina Rosario, a college student who has come home with a secret. Born in the Bronx, the star says the role was a full circle moment for her. “Coming back to my home state to shoot my first movie, right on the blocks where my mom made the most of what she had to open her first salon, that’s what dreams are made of,” Grace says. “Every day was the best day ever, on and off the set that summer. We love each other without words and that is para siempre!”
For the big premiere, Grace needed a standout look, so she enlisted the stylist duo Wayman + Micah to create a look for her. They eventually dressed her in an elegant embroidered dress from Armani Privé with paparazzi flashlights. “It felt like pure magic from the moment I put it on,” Grace says. “The beadwork drew me to the look. You can feel the work that went into the weight of the dress. The colors were stunning and the way it sparkled on the rack was hard to beat.” When it came time for the glamorous dress, Grace also added a more personal touch to the evening: her mother, Elba Martinez, did the slicked back hair, while her aunt, Isabel Perez, did her makeup with Armani Beauty. Products.
Now that the Hollywood newcomer has gotten a taste of the glitzy red carpet experience, she says we can expect her to continue delivering the great fashion moments for the rest of her promo tour. “I love to play. Whether it’s with hair, clothes or makeup, I want it to be fun,” Grace says. “I’m a chameleon, so I love to bring that energy into all my looks and create different moods. Wayman + Micah let me play and introduce me to so many incredible designers and looks on this promo tour. We are having so much fun!” As for her summer plans when she has some free time? “Looking forward to spending some time back in town and the In the heights nostalgia,” says Grace. “I also work on music and celebrate life with family.” It’s clear she has a lot to celebrate.
Below are exclusive preparation photos from Grace’s premiere.