Naomie Harris looks anything but blue in a peekaboo cocktail dress as she poses with Idris Elba at Mandela screening

26 November 2013 8:28 AM

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Leading lady Naomie Harris, who plays Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, looked effortlessly chic at the screening for highly anticipated new film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.

Wearing a sheer ice blue dress teamed with black heels, Naomie - who is already winning Oscar buzz for her role - bared a little skin with a slash at the chest of the Burberry Prorsum look.

And apart from her black Daniele Michetti Prabha heels, the perfect accessory to finish her fashionable look was her handsome leading man Idris Elba, who looked his usual dapper self in a grey suit at the Cinema Society screening in New York last night.

However it was a little more demure than her choice of outfits in recent weeks where she has been snapped out in an array of body-baring sheer creations.

British star Idris - best known for roles in The Wire and Luther - plays Nelson Mandela in the biopic film which is based on South African President Nelson Mandela's autobiography of the same name.

It chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison during the apartheid era before becoming President.

'I discovered that Winnie is probably the feistiest character I’ve ever played,' Harris recently told The New York Daily News.

The screening was attended by the high priestess of fashion, U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who was one of the event's hosts along with U2 and movie big wigs Harvey and Bob Weinstein. The screening was supported by British fashion brand Burberry.

With any luck the talented actress may land the prestigious Vogue cover that has eluded her so far.

The event was attended by over 800 guests including Salman Rushdie, Grace Coddington, Olivia Palermo and boyfriend Johannes Huebl, Martha Stewart, and Helena Christensen. And selected guests then headed to an intimate bash hosted by Harvey Weinstein at Manhattan's Le Bilboquet.

U2 members The Edge, Bono, Larry Mullen, Jr., Adam Clayton and Anna Wintour posed with Idris and Naomie before the film.

Perhaps it was the chiller New York temperatures that did it, but the other glamorous ladies in attendance at Monday night's special Mandela screening chose to cover up.

Sports Illustrated model Anne V managed to outshine everyone, including leading lady Naomie Harris at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City in a stunning bright red knee-length dress.

The 27-year-old star, real name Anne Vyalitsyna, wore her blonde hair loose around her face in tousled waves with subtle make-up highlighting her flawless porcelain skin.

The actress, who has signed on to play Miss Moneypenny in the next Bond film, said she found the role her most challenging ever.

Anna Wintour attracted plenty of models to the event, with Helena Christensen showing the looks which made her one of the world's top supermodels in a black dress, tights and red shoes.

Iman, 58, showed off her stunning figure in an autumnal outfit consisting of a grey coat with furry collar, black knitted sweater and platform heels.

Victoria's Secret star Chanel Iman, meanwhile went for a much more formal look in a sleeveless white floaty fishtail gown.

Olivia Palermo also plumped for white, sporting a chic trench coat over a floral grey and black dress with suede boots.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is released in the US on November 29 and in the UK on January 3, 2014.


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