02.07.13

Emma Watson for Teen Vogue August 2013

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Emma Watson appears on her fourth Teen Vogue cover for the mag’s August 2013 issue, which hits newsstands today.

The British 23-year-old ‘Bling Ring’ actress was given an au-natural look for the cover – a look we haven’t seen before as I didn’t know she had such cute freckles – wearing a navy sweater with slicked-back hair.

Her editorial, shot by Boo George, sees her wearing Toga Pull, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Etoile Isabel Marant and Saint Laurent.

She talks to the mag about her early success, her fashion faves, shooting ‘The Bling Ring’ and how she still gets nervous when stepping onto the red carpet.

Here are some extracts from her interview.

On her early success: “I think, in a way, I was very protected during Harry Potter, because I was working all the time. I would get in the car, go to the studio, and go home… It’s past the point now. Harry Potter was so massive, I don’t know if [my other projects] would even touch it, honestly, even make a dent.”

On walking the red carpet: “Every now and again, I feel a bit wobbly before hitting a red carpet. So it’s always nice to bring friends, especially because I love to see their reactions. It’s not normal to get out of a car and have, like, 80 people screaming at you, and so when they say, ‘This is crazy,’ it makes me feel slightly more sane.”

On her fashion faves: “I shop at Aritzia and Topshop, and I also love A.P.C. and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Chanel is amazing, and I wore a really beautiful black Dior dress recently that I thought was really cool. And I love Christopher Kane, Peter Pilotto… I’m always keeping an eye out for people who are new or up-and-coming.”

On her future plans: “I wish so badly that I could have a plan. I’m someone who likes to be organized and know what she’s doing, and this industry just does not permit that in any shape or form. You never know when a movie is going to start, if it’s going to get financing, where it’s going to be.”

For more from Emma, visit TeenVogue.com.

Credit: Boo George for Teen Vogue

19.06.13

Katy Perry For Vogue US July 2013

Katy Perry for Vogue US July 2013

Katy Perry looks beautiful gracing her first ever cover for American Vogue – shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz – wearing a Rodarte Fall 2013 floral dress.

The 28-year-old singer can be seen in a slew of beautiful looks, including a remarkable red lace Valentino Haute Couture gown (you may remember Adele wore the short version to the Grammys), a floral Dolce & Gabbana gown, a red satin Zac Posen strapless gown, a black-and-red Prada look, plus a Michael Kors floral bustier and ball skirt.

Throughout her shoot, the one thing that remains constant is her Revlon red lip colour, a trend we’ve seen on the red carpet.

In her interview Katy talks about making music, Russell Brand and John Mayer.

On making music: “When I am in between records, sometimes I doubt myself. I’ll be like: Did I just get lucky, or did I mass-manipulate the world into thinking that seven songs were worth a number-one position? And then I go back into the studio and I start writing, and the true essential oil of who I am comes bubbling back up and reminds me that it’s always been inside of me, that nobody can take this away no matter what comment anyone makes. It’s going to be there because it’s what I was born with and it’s what I’ve worked on my whole life.”

On Russell Brand: “He’s a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him. Let’s just say I haven’t heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011. At first when I met him he wanted an equal, and I think a lot of times strong men do want an equal, but then they get that equal and they’re like, I can’t handle the equalness. He didn’t like the atmosphere of me being the boss on tour. So that was really hurtful, and it was very controlling, which was upsetting.”
On what caused their breakup: “I felt a lot of responsibility for it ending, but then I found out the real truth, which I can’t necessarily disclose because I keep it locked in my safe for a rainy day. I let go and I was like: This isn’t because of me; this is beyond me. So I have moved on from that.”

On her on-again, off-again relationship with John Mayer: “I was madly in love with him. I still am madly in love with him. [...] Beautiful mind, tortured soul.”

Credit: Annie Leibovitz for Vogue

07.06.13

Emma Watson for W Magazine June/July 2013

Emma Watson W Mag June July 2013

Emma Watson looks very grown up and gorgeous on the cover of W magazine’s June/July 2013 issue wearing a Louis Vuitton grey jacket with floral appliqués which was shot by Michael Thompson and style by the brilliant Edward Enninful.

The 23-year-old actress, who has seemingly made her transition from child actress to a adult star, was also captured wearing Chanel, Erdem and yet more LV inside the mag.

Emma talks to W about her childhood, her character in ‘The Bling Ring’, her Hollywood crush and her first movie memory.

On her childhood: “I’ve always been a very serious child. I remember being 13 and girls in my class saying ‘So-and-so is going to kiss so-and-so on the school fields.’ I said, ‘That’s stupid. They’re too young for it to matter—he doesn’t even love her, and that’s just a waste of time.’ It’s amazing that I had any friends!…I’ve never wanted to grow up too fast: I wanted to wear a sportsbra until I was 22! The allure of being sexy never really held any excitement for me. I’ve never been in a terrible rush to be seen as a woman.”

On the first movie she remember’s seeing: Pretty Woman. I was 7, which was way, way too young. That was when I started loving Julia Roberts and American movies. As a child, I loved being onstage. I loved singing, I loved the lights, I loved the adrenaline. I even loved learning lines. I was completely obsessive. A friend of my mother’s found a tape of me auditioning for Hermione. I wanted to get really, really good at my lines. There was reel after reel, take after take, of me doing the same thing over and over again.

On her character in Bling Ring: “Nicki is so different from me. How do I try and understand a young woman who loves these things so much that she is prepared to commit crimes to have them?…With Nicki, I was really taking on a character. Some of her lines are so crazy and absurd—making sure she wasn’t a parody was a challenge.”

Her Hollywood crush: My cinematic crush has been pretty much the same since I was 12: Kevin Costner. I met him in an elevator the other day, and I couldn’t even speak. He said hello, because he is lovely like that, and I couldn’t say anything back.

Credit: Michael Thompson for W Magazine

03.06.13

Helena Bonham Carter for Vogue UK July 2013

Helena Bonham Carter for Vogue UK July 2013

Known for her love of wearing Marc Jacobs and Vivienne Westwood, often wearing odd shoes on the red carpet, and her signature birds-nest hairstyle, Helena Bonham Carter graces the cover of Vogue UK’s July 2013 ‘Ageless’ issue.

The eccentric star was shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott wearing a Ralph Lauren black-and-white dress with organza ruffles, with the rest of her editorial seeing her wearing more Ralph Lauren and some Vivienne Westwood pieces.

The 47-year-old ‘The Lone Ranger’ actress talks to the mag about playing different roles, her character research and acting since becoming a mum.

On playing different roles: “I learned how to be a southern belle, which I’ve always rather wanted to be. And how to be a w***e, which I’ve also rather always wanted to be. And I learnt how to fire a double-barrelled shotgun from a prosthetic leg. It’s frighteningly empowering firing a gun, you know? I’m afraid I learnt that too…”

On doing character research: “The research is what I get off on. My mom is a psychologist and I’m very similar to her. I love the challenge of working a character out. Ultimately, I don’t agree to do a film because I think it’s going to be a success. I do it because I think I’m going to learn something from the character I’m playing. I’m not sure what yet, but I know I am going to learn something from Elizabeth [Taylor, in an upcoming BBC film]. I know that, somehow, I’m going to grow as a soul from playing her.”

On acting being less of a priority since becoming a mum: “It’s not my sole purpose so there’s less pressure on it. Which, of course, means I do it better. But I also find it’s less important to me now whether I’m c**p or good. I take myself so much less seriously than I used to. I used to be so self-critical, it was painful. Now I think, ‘OK, so I acted badly today. I’ll try and act better tomorrow.’ I mean, for God’s sake, it’s not like I’m a surgeon or anything. It doesn’t really matter, does it?”

Credit: Vogue UK

01.06.13

Kerry Washington for Elle US June 2013

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It’s surprising to learn that Kerry Washington’s Elle US June 2013 cover is her first for a major title despite having a very successful career, with recent achievements including her blockbuster ‘Django Unchained’ being nominated for an Oscar, and being the first black woman to be cast in a lead role in a network drama for ‘Scandal’, which was just renewed for a third season.

For someone who has such amazing style on the red carpet, I feel she was let down with this editorial.

The cover shot by Horst Diekgerdes which sees her wearing Marc Jacobs is just OK, but inside the mag her Tom Ford, Balmain and Armani looks could’ve all been much better.

Kerry opens up to Elle about her early years, her career success and, of course, fashion.

On her current success: “I’m the luckiest broad in Hollywood now. To be the lead actor on ‘Scandal’ and to be in the highest-earning Tarantino movie – I don’t get to ask for more.”

On getting red-carpet ready: “I found out I enjoy the process. All these people show up at my house, they all have kits, someone has dresses. And it’s like, let’s have fun. It’s not all about me. We’re able to create stories on the red carpet.”

On the career Washington thought she’d pursue: “I imagined I’d be a clinical psychologist, with a focus on how performance shapes identity. I’d figure out ways to use role-playing in the healing of people.”

When asked if as a girl she thought she’d ever consider modelling or becoming a film actress: “I was not that girl. I was a kooky theater kid, silly and goofy and academic.”

Credit: Elle US

01.05.13

Carey Mulligan for Harper’s Bazaar UK June 2013

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We are going to be seeing a lot of Carey Mulligan this month, with her eagerly anticipated movie ‘The Great Gatsby’ due for release.

Gracing her second major title, the British actress is the June 2013 cover girl for Harper’s Bazaar UK, which hits newsstands today.

Her fresh springtime shoot sees her, not surprisingly, wearing Prada on the cover, paired with her husband’s Hunter wellies, with an additional 10 pages of glorious summery looks by Fendi, Bottega Veneta and Erdem.

Carey talks to the mag about her drive, which has seen the Londoner progress from low-budget British films to a lavish Hollywood production of The Great Gatsby. She also talks about working with Leonardo DiCaprio and her marriage to Marcus Mumford from Mumford and Sons, plus she explains how she keeps her feet on the ground.

Here are some extracts from her interview. The Full interview appears in the June issue of Harper’s Bazaar, on sale Wednesday 1 May 2013. Also available as a digital edition.

On playing Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’: “Daisy was difficult to work out, but so fun to play… Baz also gave me about seven biographies of Zelda [Fitzgerald] and a stack of love letters from Ginevra [King]. You can so easily see where Fitzgerald has taken Daisy from. Just the way Zelda and Ginevra wrote – there were lines we stole for the script.”

On Michael Schumacher vs Leonardo DiCaprio: “Well, he [Leonardo DiCaprio] wasn’t my pin-up, but he was for a lot of my girlfriends. Michael Schumacher [was my pin-up]. I used to watch Formula 1 with my dad when I was little. When I did the audition [for the role of Daisy in ‘The Great Gatsby’] with Leo in New York I walked away grinning. Just the idea that if I never got any further, I had just spent an hour and a half acting with Leonardo DiCaprio.”

On why she chose to marry in a Prada wedding dress: “I have worn a lot of Prada and always loved their clothes. I always felt very comfortable. They were the first designer house that ever lent me anything; I wore Prada to the Oscars. The people who work there are so lovely and really just non-scary fashion people.”

Credit: Tom Allen for Harper’s Bazaar