12 posts tagged "Penelope Cruz"
“Hopefully, this time my film won’t be banned for being too sexy,” actress and director Penélope Cruz tells Style.com of her latest short for her lingerie line, L’Agent by Agent Provocateur. “But I doubt it, because this one is even sexier.”
Her last directorial outing for the range, which she designs with her sister, Mónica, proved too racy for the Web, and YouTube ended up taking it down. That didn’t stop Cruz from laying on the sex appeal in the newest Fall 2014 film—she turned the heat up to full blast.
“I am a perfectionist, and I obsess about it in the months while I’m working,” she says of the filmmaking process (which included a collaboration with her brother on the music). “I’m involved in every single step. I do the casting myself for every single character, I spend a few months in preproduction and a long time in the editing process.” Cruz not only directed it, she even appears in the film wearing a red leopard-print bra, along with a host of ladies in their underthings dancing across the desert.
That was nothing for this seasoned vet, who once told press that the most interesting love scene she has ever done was with Meryl Streep for an AIDS campaign shoot. She counts her scenes with Scarlett Johansson in Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona as a close second. “Kissing Scarlett in Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona…it was funny for us to see the faces of all the men on set,” she says. “They were all acting very weird.”
Here, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the film before it’s unveiled in its entirety August 1 on lagentbyap.com. Plus, a first glimpse at the lookbook images of the new collection.
If celebrity status is conferred in red-carpet appearances, then no actress today can compete without the help of just the right stylist. As Kerry Washington once told Glamour after she noticeably upped the sartorial ante, “There were a couple of actresses whom I felt were having the upper hand careerwise—because they knew how to work that red carpet.” A carefully crafted collaboration between stylist and client, the perfect look can create an indelible impact on agents, casting directors, and those of us watching from the sidelines. Straight from the epicenter of all things celebrity, we’ve asked some of the industry’s top stylists to share their experiences and impressions from their perch above Tinseltown. With our Dressing for Fame series, we bring you an exclusive, insider look at everything it takes to create those iconic moments captured by a million photo flashes.
She’s put Penélope Cruz’s curves on the map, and done so in the most elegant way possible. She made a sartorial star of Margot Robbie this awards season, and Girls’ Allison Williams can thank her for constantly placing at the top of best-dressed lists. These are just a few of the leading ladies whom Cristina Ehrlich counts as clients. With a unique perspective on how the right look can shape the arc of an acting career, Ehrlich brings nearly twenty years of experience to the table—and a legion of unforgettable red-carpet moments with her. Here, she speaks to Style.com about which dress she’ll always remember, her background as a professional dancer, and the stylist-as-celebrity phenomenon.
How did you get your start?
The first stylist I ever worked with was Irene Albright, before she had the incredible Fashion Library. I was studying to be a dancer in New York City and moonlighting with my second passion, fashion, on the side.
Did your upbringing, family, or experience dancing professionally inform your decision to become a stylist?
Ever since I was a little girl, I was always very visually oriented. There was a dual love in me for dancing and fashion. However, at around 27, fashion took over and became the career path I wanted to pursue.
How do you feel about the stylist-as-celebrity phenomenon?
The business of celebrity dressing has transformed since I started out over twenty years ago. There is a relevance surrounding our job in the media today and with that, a certain cachet comes with working so closely with talent. The importance of my job is to work with my girls and create a beautiful arc in her career through the clothing she wears. At the end of the day, I provide a service, and that is what is important to me.
Is there one red-carpet appearance in particular that you feel has defined your own success?
Penélope Cruz wearing the blush pink Atelier Versace to the Oscars in 2007 was really a defining moment for me as a stylist. This was actually the backup gown I had on hold for her, as she was having a custom gown made by another designer at the time. Unfortunately, the custom piece fell through, and it was incredible to have such a strong “backup” on hold for her.
How would you define your styling aesthetic?
I do not draw my inspirations from trends. I appreciate vintage photography or iconic women from times past. Both lend themselves to creating timeless and beautiful looks that will be remembered.
Is it challenging to work with various clients who have such diverse tastes?
I feel lucky enough that with a high percentage of the women that I work with, it’s a collaboration. They depend and lean on me to help them make the best choices, and when we hit a snag and don’t agree, I try to explain to them that we are creating an arc in the different silhouettes that they wear and are working to cultivate many strong and relevant fashion moments.
Two of fashion’s favorite image makers, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, have always been different from most photographers in their approach to models: “They’re people!” van Lamsweerde told Style.com in an interview about their recent tome, Pretty Much Everything. “It’s an exchange of inspiration, of trust. You spend a day together and definitely anyone that poses for anyone is in a very vulnerable position. It’s not nothing to let yourself be photographed,” she explained. Some of their most trusting subjects are fashion’s biggest names: Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Raquel Zimmermann, and Shalom Harlow. And though the duo generally keeps its lens focused on famous faces of that caliber these days, they have recently found inspiration in a new, unknown face—meet 19-year-old French model LouLou (no last name).
“We saw LouLou on the cover of Treats! magazine and flew her over from Paris (where she studies) to New York to meet us,” the duo, who photographed her for the upcoming Sports Issue of V Magazine, tells Style.com. “Her face resembles a young Penélope Cruz and her body is like that of Kate Moss. Our work is so much about the girl in the clothes and she provides us with so many new inspirations.”
For the editorial, they shot their latest muse (styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele) in a studio and then had their technician drop the images into some of their most iconic images. Before V76 hits newsstands next month, Style.com has the exclusive first look at some of the photos, here. As for LouLou, look out for her in more I&V work soon: “We are shooting her for Bulgari at the moment, and next week we will post a new series with her on our site, InezandVinoodh.com.”
Donna Karan celebrated her recently inked Yankees sponsorship deal with a visit to the stadium for a game on Friday. Hey, there are stranger places to pick up design tips. [WWD]
Vicky Cristina Carine Barcelona? Penélope Cruz is the latest to take the reins at Paris Vogue, guest-editing the May issue, which focuses on Cannes. The cover star? Cruz, of course. [WWD]
Boom Boom Room—or whatever we’re supposed to be calling it at the moment—has received a cabaret license. So much for all those quiet nights there. [Hint Mag]
Rumors are flying that Giles Deacon will be the next designer tapped to helm the troubled house of Ungaro. Our only request: no more pasties, please. [Vogue U.K.]
The feel-good read of the weekend: The New York story of Eddie Feibusch, proprietor of the city’s oldest zippers shop (it opened in 1941). Since then, he’s supplied zippers to just about everyone, including, uh, Bernie Madoff. (A little less feel-good, admittedly.) [NYT]
Here at Style.com, there are few things we like more come awards season than a game of “Which Designer Will They Wear?” Some actresses make it relatively easy—can you remember the last time Renée Zellweger hit the red carpet in anything but Carolina Herrera? Others, like Penélope Cruz and Chloë Sevigny, keep us guessing. With the 67th Annual Golden Globes coming up this weekend, followed by the SAGs, the Grammys, and the BAFTAs and culminating with the Oscars on March 7, we’ve pulled our favorite dresses from the recent collections and assigned them to Hollywood’s biggest stars. We’ll have to wait till Sunday to see which of them are thinking along the same lines.
Click for a slideshow, and tell us if you agree with our picks. If not, what looks would you prefer for these A-listers?