If you weren’t there as an invitee, perhaps you nonetheless heard that Hollywood’s elite got together to celebrate Leonardo DiCaprio’s 49th birthday in Los Angeles. As CNN Style reports, it was Kate Beckinsale who stole the show. The actor, renowned for her sartorial elegance—and elegance in general—arrived stunningly draped in a bejeweled mini dress that quickly and deservedly became the talk of Tinsel Town. Its highlight, of course, was an enormous blue gemstone-like accessory (if the accessory is even the word; it was enormous) belted around her waist. You can see the outfit in the image above, courtesy of Kate’s Instagram.
Was Kate Beckinsale Wearing The Heart Of The Ocean From Titanic?
The sparkling accouterment sparked a frenzy of speculation and admiration across the Internet. Beyond its delightful extravagance, the dress seemingly harkens to cinematic history as a nifty homage to an iconic DiCaprio film.
However, the question remains, which one?
The Internet frantically wants to know: was Kate Beckinsale’s gem a reference to the memorable blue diamond from Titanic? Such a connection would furthermore connect to the other significant Kate in DiCaprio’s life: Winslet.
Or The Gem From The Aviator?
However, the specific shape of Kate Beckinsale’s gemstone spurred another theory.
After all, Beckinsale and DiCaprio share a personal and professional connection of their own. Fans of both actors will readily tell you that Beckinsale featured in Martin Scorsese’s biopic of Howard Hughes, The Aviator, a film starring DiCaprio. In the movie, Kate Beckinsale played Ava Gardner; a memorable scene features her character firmly stating to Howard Hughes that she is “not for sale” while rejecting his gift: a square-cut blue sapphire necklace. Could this cinematic moment be the real inspiration for Beckinsale’s accessory choice?
The True Inspiration Behind Kate’s Outfit
Fashion fans have further noted that the statement piece, while not custom-made for the event, was a highlight from The Blonds Fall-Winter 2023 collection showcased at New York Fashion Week. The piece derived inspiration from films like Valley of the Dolls and Hollywood icons like Elizabeth Taylor. The collection featuring Kate Beckinsale’s mini-skirt reveled in Hollywood glamour, showcasing velvet gowns, sequined dresses, and shapely corsets—all adorned with larger-than-life gemstone motifs.
To compliment her mini dress, Beckinsale wore black tights, reflective platform heels, and a sizable black bow Her get-up mirrored the version debuting on the runway during Fashion Week, presented as a top, thus advancing the pantless trend currently common in high fashion.
Star-Studded Birthday Party For Leonardo DiCaprio
The Beverly Hills bash was certainly star-studded, featuring a host of A-listers, including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Salma Hayek, Kim Kardashian, Zoë Kravitz, and Channing Tatum appeared, in addition to Kate Beckinsale and her gigantic gem.
Kate Beckinsale’s Hollywood Career
A prominent British actor, Beckinsale was born in London in 1973 to a family steeped in the acting world. Her breakout role in Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing came about in 1993—when Beckinsale was still an undergraduate at Oxford University. She seamlessly transitioned to Hollywood with performances in 2001’s Pearl Harbor and Serendipity. And her role as Selene in Underworld cemented her status as a household name.
Off-screen, the actor is beloved for her intelligence, wit, and commitment to humanitarian causes. Kate Beckinsale also possesses an impressive background in Russian and French literature from her days at Oxford, demonstrating her intellectual depth.
Her intellect, grace, and sophistication were all on display at DiCaprio’s birthday party, where her knack for weaving narrative and nostalgia into her style marked a memorable moment in celebrity fashion history.