Stylist: Shaquille Ross-Williams
Outfit: Off-White
Makeup Artist: Jessica DeBruyne
Hairstylist: Rio Sreedharan

Before the Christmas holidays I’d like to leave you with the cozy feeling of a warm blanket, so I thought about Sabrina Dhowre Elba‘s outfit for this year’s British VogueForces For Change‘ Gala Dinner.

Keep on reading if you want to understand why.

Sabrina stunned in a teal blue Off-WhiteTriple Axel‘ dress from the Fall 2022 “High Fashion” collection, paired with matching gloves.

1st and 2nd pictures are courtesy of Filippo Fior / | 3rd picture is courtesy of Thibaut Grevet x Dazed

For those who don’t know it, in figure skating, the Triple Axel is a jump after a forward-facing takeoff, that involves three and a half rotations. It is considered hard to accomplish, because this move requires an extra half-rotation to land backward.

The model’s makeup artist Jessica DeBruyne, prepped her skin with S’ABLE Labs products and used the ‘Nimya: The Palette‘ palette and the ‘Spill The Juice‘ lip gloss in one of the pinky shades you can see below (the pro didn’t specify) to achieve that fresh-faced look.

Sabrina‘s hair was styled in a sleek blunt bob by Rio Sreedharan.

It was clearly impossible to define if she had her nails done because of the gloves.

It is rare to see Off-White couture pieces ‘in the wild’ but who would have been better at wearing them than a sweet soul and activist such as Sabrina Elba? A phenomenal advocate for rural communities in African countries, she invests and empowers them, especially women and girls, to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Of course, if you think about the late Virgil Abloh (Off-White‘s late creative director), a Black man at the top of the fashion industry, you would understand the importance that such a dress would have for Elba, seen what he did for Black creatives, in the same way she is trying to help her people, but with different means.

Kudos to stylist Shaquille Ross-Williams for making it happen.

I never judge a look only by its appearance, what’s important to me is the intention and the thought process behind it, the inspiration, and many other details.


First launched in the September 2019 issue guest-edited by the Duchess of Sussex, over the last three years, Forces For Change has grown into a fully fledged movement, allowing Vogue to spotlight individuals across fashion, culture and politics who are fighting for much-needed positive change.

The event was held at The Londoner with Vogue’s Forces For Change partners BMW, Nike and YouTube.

The dinner was hosted by Edward Enninful and Vanessa Kingori, who is the Chief Business Officer of Condé Nast Britain and Vogue European Business Advisor. She is also British Vogue‘s Publishing Director. 

From @jdebruyne’s Instagram
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