August 31 2014

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Unleashing Keira Knightley’s Inner Pixie


It was clear and 85 degrees in London last night, not a typical kind of evening to talk about, and celebrate, suicide. But that’s exactly what Keira Knightley, Rupert Friend, and a gathering of their pals did at an intimate screening of The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers at the Soho Hotel. Decked out in a flowy Erdem maxi dress (chosen by her friend, the stylist and Lula magazine editor Leith Clark), Knightley said she was happy to star in the film her long-term boyfriend, Friend, co-wrote: “He cast me because he was trying to get me into bed,” she joked. Friend himself was in an equally playful mood: “I actually felt quite comfortable in lederhosen and a unibrow; I felt it quite suited me.” Academy Award-winning costume designer Michael O’Connor dreamt up the movie’s fantastical looks, including the tattered dress, wings, and powdered wig worn by Knightley’s decidedly spooky Fairy. “I was hand-sewing Swarovski crystals into the outfit at the last minute,” said O’Connor, who nabbed his Oscar for Knightley’s The Duchess earlier this year. “I would do anything with her in it.” As for Friend’s lederhosen, he said, “they’re actually more difficult to wear than you would think. Good thing he has the figure for it.”

Photo: Richard Young

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