For Gina Ro­driguez,

Variety - - Fashion Flashback - BY JAS­MIN ROSEMBERG

as­sum­ing the tit­u­lar role in the CW’S “Jane the Vir­gin” in 2014 was a no-brainer. “It was a story writ­ten for an in­de­pen­dent, ed­u­cated woman who just hap­pened to be Latina,” says Ro­driguez. “And sadly, it’s more rare than you would think.” Four sea­sons — and one Golden Globe win — later, she cred­its long­time stylist Lau­ren Ro­driguez (no re­la­tion) for help­ing her fash­ion­ably nav­i­gate the awards cir­cuit.


Af­ter Ro­driguez won the Globe for best com­edy ac­tress, ev­ery­thing changed for her show. "It gave us a new au­di­ence, it gave us cred­i­bil­ity,” she says. “It didn’t mat­ter that we were on the CW or an all-latino cast; what mat­tered was our tal­ent.” Come Emmy time, Ro­driguez — who pre­sented with John Sta­mos — was well-pre­pared on the style front. “We tried this [Lorena Sarbu] dress on months be­fore and just knew we wanted to save it for the Emmys,” she says. “I loved all the de­tail­ing, the sweet­heart neck­line and soft color. I felt like a princess in this dress.”


“As soon as I walked into Zac Posen’s stu­dio I knew I had to try it on,” says Ro­driguez of the mid­night blue gown she wore as a sec­ond-time Globe nom­i­nee. “Off-the-shoul­der is one of my fa­vorite cuts [and] I ab­so­lutely loved the structure of the bodice. I felt con­fi­dent, re­gal and com­fort­able. And, bonus, it had pock­ets!” Ro­driguez con­sid­ers this “time­less” look her fa­vorite. “That dress gave me life and I should have got­ten mar­ried in it!”


Af­ter don­ning white the year of her third Globes nom, Ro­driguez sought to switch things up. “We wanted to have fun for this Emmys look and do a color we hadn’t done be­fore,” says Ro­driguez, who chose this plung­ing red Naeem Khan dress in which to present. “I felt sexy and el­e­gant at the same time. We knew the bead­ing, se­quins and pop of color would just look so beau­ti­ful on stage.”


“We started our fit­ting for the Oscars ahead of time,” says Ro­driguez, who pre­sented this year. The ac­tress voiced Una in an­i­mated fea­ture nom­i­nee “Fer­di­nand,” starred with Natalie Port­man in Para­mount’s thriller “An­ni­hi­la­tion” and has sev­eral up­com­ing film projects. This Zuhair Mu­rad gown took her breath away. “I loved the sheer­ness of the fabric with the crys­tal de­tail­ing, the beau­ti­ful dra­matic train and the metal­lic belt that tied it all to­gether," she says. "Most im­por­tantly, I felt con­fi­dent in it.”

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