Cover Liu looking glamorous in grey (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for American Theatre Wing)

This Asian-American actress has always looked sophisticated on the red carpet, and we revisit her best dresses

Happy Birthday to Lucy Liu, who turns 52 tomorrow. This actress has given us legendary performances, from savvy Alex in Charlie’s Angels to savage O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill. She’s a permanent fixture in Hollywood, as cemented by her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In fact, following Anna May Wong who received Hollywood star in 1960, Liu’s the second Asian-American woman to have one.

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Over the years, Liu’s worn a wide range of fabulous looks to red carpet premieres, with saucy numbers in the early aughts to more elegant ensembles today. These are five of our favourite looks that we want to celebrate in honour of her birthday.

Red Hot

This is the quintessential 2000s Oscars look—sparkly gown, sparkly jewels, pin straight hair, plus a French manicure and pedicure. Liu looks phenomenal in red, and this asymmetrical Versace gown with stripe details and sheer panelling is the type of Y2K outfit we want to wear today.

Sleek Black

Simple doesn’t have to mean boring, and this black Naeem Khan gown is anything but. The cut is sublime, and the clusters of jewels embroidered on the dress did all the talking so Liu only needed a gorgeous blowout and a swipe of red lipstick to shine.

Mellow Yellow

Pale lemon creates a beautiful contrast against Liu’s dark hair and complements her fair complexion. This Zuhair Murad Couture gown featured a plunging neckline with silver embroidery, a satin band to cinch her waist and delicate train that trailed behind her in an elegant fashion.

Grey Gardens

This tiered grey dress from Valentino is an ethereal look for Liu. With the invisible neckline, delicate floral embroidered and voluminous ruffle details making her appear like a blooming flower, Liu completed the look with cohesive silver eyeshadow and large pear-cut diamond earrings.

Power Purple

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, purple is the red carpet colour and this Christian Siriano gown speaks for itself. The volume achieved by the layers of tulle create a stunning ballgown effect, and the plunging neckline with a bandeau of tulle layer over top creates an interesting bodice, while large turquoise earrings are a welcome pop of colour that prevent the single shade of purple from looking flat.


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