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The style highs of SDCC 2018 panels from Doctor Who to Wonder Woman

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Jul 23, 2018

San Diego Comic-Con is over for another year. Trailers and clips have been released, ballrooms have been emptied, and costumes have been packed away. SDCC style can vary from the most detailed cosplay to sporting a T-shirt professing your various allegiances. For actors attending to promote their TV and film projects, attire might be some high end fashion straight from the runway or something much more casual. There isn’t a set dress code. This is not the Oscars or the Met Gala.

What this means is a chance to kick loose, ditching stacked pumps for sneakers or a bold short-sleeve button-down. Alternatively an outfit that wouldn’t look out of place at a film premiere or on a late night talk show sit-down is also fine. At SYFY FANGRRLS we’re taking a look at the sartorial highs from a variety of panels and appearances over the weekend featuring the casts of Wonder Woman 1984, Doctor Who, Riverdale, The Walking Dead and more.

Wonder Woman

It was all fun and games when Chris Pine made a surprise Hall H appearance on Saturday at the Wonder Woman 1984 panel. And while there were no details revealed about Pine’s involvement in the sequel, he does look like he time traveled to San Diego from the 1970s Wonder Woman TV series starring Lynda Carter. The delicious pink/orange sherbet combo is a hard one to pull off, but this is the dude that somehow makes a fanny pack look hot.

Gal Gadot’s purple tassel David Koma mini dress is part superhero, part Greatest Showman. If Diana Prince ever needs a break from saving the world, she is trapeze-ready.   

Aquaman
Nicole Kidman joins the DCU as Aquaman’s (Jason Momoa) mother, Atlanna; this is also Kidman’s first appearance at SDCC. The floral Dior Resort 2019 frock plays into Kidman’s penchant for whimsical romance, but with a leather edgy belted twist that is perfect for this venue of dress-up. Amber Heard’s Feith Club black dress is pretty standard movie star wear for Comic-Con that could easily double up for the red carpet or a spot on The Late Show.

And I have a feeling Jason Momoa wears some version of this outfit no matter the occasion. It is good to have a strong sense of personal style that also works for the movie you are promoting.

Riverdale
Florals were big among the Riverdale crew. K.J. Apa looks like a snack in a bold print shirt, with just the right about of buttons undone. Ashleigh Murray’s pussy-bow blouse is the subtlest of nods to her onscreen band.

And what can we say about Cole Sprouse? Dude looks like he has stepped out of the ‘50s. I know Riverdale has done a fantasy sequence turning to this decade for sartorial tips, but Sprouse makes a case for doing an entire episode dressed in ‘50s period attire.  

Doctor Who

It was a huge weekend for the new cast of Doctor Who and they bought their style A-game. There is style cohesion without looking matchy-matchy. 

At the panel on Thursday, Jodie Whittaker looks part ‘90s witch, part Attack the Block in Anna Valentine. Mandip Gill’s velvet Iris & Ink jumpsuit is a similar level of fun, and the heels and clutch means it can double as a party outfit. Tosin Cole’s got that relaxed vibe down. I am really excited to see their dynamic on screen when Doctor Who returns in the fall.

Doctor Who

The following day, the new Doctor Who crew step it up and there is more of color coordination, but again without looking forced. Jodie Whittaker’s red Sankt dress is my favorite look of hers from SDCC. The blue cuffs and neckline detail ties in nicely with Mandip Gill’s off the shoulder floral cut-out frock by Perseverance. And Tosin Cole proves that stripes are just as fabulous as a botanical print for a casual shirt.  

Women who kick ass
Overall, it was a really busy weekend for the new Doctor; Jodie Whittaker packed well, with an array of outfits for her many appearances. At the Entertainment Weekly’s annual “Women Who Kick Ass” panel, Whittaker switched things up again, all while keeping on trend in a fabulous floral Bozena Jankowska suit. Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D’s Chloe Bennet wears a Gucci mini dress leaning into the playful ‘60s aesthetic and Veronica Lodge herself Camila Mendes mixes casual sneakers and a leather skirt with dramatic blouse sleeves.

Clothing speaks a language — sometimes literally. Amandla Stenberg’s BY Bonnie Young ensemble is part of Young’s Resort and Spring 2019 collection that uses the feminist poetry of Young’s 17-year-old daughter, Celia Babini. Regina King’s T-shirt features Tupac and Aaliyah. This panel is a mix of personal statements, high fashion and personal heroes, the perfect cross section of celeb style at Comic Con.  

Fantastic Beasts
Occasionally a famous person will go all out and completely lean into the heart and soul of SDCC by joining in with the cosplay fun. Ezra Miller is one such individual, dressing as sexy Toadette at the Fantastic Beasts panel. He gets extra points because his costume has nothing to do with the project he is there to promote.

Zoë Kravitz always looks effortlessly cool, even when sporting tiny sunglasses. Meanwhile Callum Turner is wearing the standard uniform of an actor at Comic-Con. The great thing about this shot is that all of these outfits are pretty typical of this event.

Kristen Bell and Jameela Jamil
Sometimes actors will come dressed similarly to the character they play. Jameela Jamil noted on Instagram that she is cosplaying as Tahani, which is the most Tahani thing to do. Also this polka dot strapless dress is summer frock goals. Meanwhile, The Good Place co-star Kristen Bell is also dipping her toe in the current menswear trend in a striking scarlet Anine Bing suit paired with a Naeem Khan blouse.

This is definitely not the Bad Place.

Danai Gurira and Lauren Cohan

The Walking Dead is not a glamorous show. The same outfits are worn across multiple episodes; ending up drenched in sweat, dirt and blood. It is therefore always thrilling to see the cast out and about glammed up at events such as SDCC — and having a blast instead of the perpetual misery of fighting against zombies and the likes of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Danai Gurira in a gingham Rodarte jumpsuit and Louboutins with Lauren Cohan wearing a cobalt Akris frock and Nicholas Kirkwood pumps is a welcome sight.  

Sarah Paulson and Chyler Leigh
Bold block color was on the menu at the Glass and Supergirl panels; Sarah Paulson in candy color Calvin Klein and Chyler Leigh’s pleated teal midi skirt is enough to put a big smile on your face.   

Ruth Negga

It isn’t just Ruth Negga’s Preacher character who is contention for best dressed. Hanging out on a yacht is much more pedestrian than the trials and tribulations of Tulip O’Hare, but the shades are just as vital to the look. As with Tulip, Negga is a fan of florals; here, she sports an Ulla Johnson blouse. At least this one won’t get ruined by gunfights and blood.

Sonequa Martin-Green

It’s not just about fantastic SDCC clothes, because Star Trek: Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green is a metallic eyeshadow and blue eyeliner inspiration. It's a stunning look by makeup artist Agostina that I will try to recreate.   

Bill Skarsgard

Bill Skarsgård doubled up on his patterned shirts courtesy of super-stylist Ilaria Urbinati. It also looks like Skarsgård has been watching Queer Eye as he has mastered the French tuck when walking out on stage for the Assassination Nation panel in All Saints. The following day, while promoting Hulu’s forthcoming Stephen King infused mini-series Castle Rock, he wore Paul Smith with Levi’s. Not a clown suit in sight, thankfully.