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As the saying goes, there’s a first time for everything—including major awards shows. Tonight, actress and newly-minted Chanel ambassador Sadie Sink made a splash in a look from the French house’s fall 2022 haute couture collection while attending her first-ever Critics Choice Awards, where the 20-year-old was nominated for Best Young Actress for her performance in Darren Aronofsky’s psychological drama The Whale.
“I’ve never been [to the Critics Choice Awards], so it’ll be a new experience,” Sink exclusively tells ELLE.com. “I always look forward to seeing my cast and crew members. Awards shows can feel a little bizarre, so it’s nice to have familiar faces close by.”
A great outfit probably doesn’t hurt either. Sink chose a black silk radzimir dress with a gold, silver, red, and black embroidered bustier, paired with Jimmy Choo shoes, Chanel fine jewelry, and a Chanel bag. “I think it’s a nice balance between modern and timeless,” she says of the look. “I also love having a full skirt, which is something I don’t normally wear. I actually tried this dress on during the summer, and have been wanting to wear it ever since. I feel like myself in it, which is the most important quality in everything I wear.”
Sink’s relationship with Chanel goes back several years—she first wore the brand to the Stranger Things premiere back in 2017. “Chanel has been there for me since the beginning, which is a surreal thing to say,” Sink says. “That team has watched me grow up, so it’s a pretty special relationship to have with a fashion house. As I’ve matured, so has my sense of style. I feel Chanel has played a big role in that evolution in terms of influencing my personal taste.”
As far as the getting-ready process goes, Sink doesn’t have a specific formula—at least not yet. “I don’t come to L.A. a lot, so I like catching up with my hair and makeup team [makeup artist Nina Park, hairstylist Ryan Richman, and nail artist Ashlie Johnson] while I’m getting ready. I rarely play music because I can’t handle the pressure of being a DJ.”
Click through below to see Sink get ready for the 2023 Critics Choice Awards, sans playlist.
Claire Stern is the Deputy Editor of ELLE.com. Previously, she served as Editor at Bergdorf Goodman. Her interests include fashion, food, travel, music, Peloton, and The Hills—not necessarily in that order. She used to have a Harriet the Spy notebook and isn’t ashamed to admit it.