Fueled by her scorching turn in Oliver Stone‘sSavages, Blake Lively unleashes on fashion, fellas, and her future.
The first time I laid eyes onBlake Lively, she was in a skirt so tiny it could have doubled as a turban. The occasion:Chanel’s resort 2012 show in the south of France. Lively’s impossibly long legs did a great job running distraction, but the skirt flirted with disaster. Another starlet would have been eaten alive by the “What Was She Thinking?” tabloid sharpshooters, but notLively, whoseohmygod good looks—those legs! that hair! that body!—give her free reign to strut what the rest of us only dare to imagine. At 24, she is a red-hot bombshell who knows her power. Who else but she could play the shared girlfriend of two drug dealers (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) inOliver Stone’s violent new film,Savages? Lively’s gritty performance inThe Town was merely a prelude to this dark thriller, sure to crown her one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies.
Always a head-turner,Lively insists she styles herself—no small thing in Hollywood, where celebrity stylists can exert as much influence as top-tier agents. Skeptical, I pressed her on that issue, prompting Lively to open up to me about her deep love of fashion. She was decidedly less forthcoming about herGreen Lantern costar turned boyfriend,Ryan Reynolds—althoughReynolds’ dog, Baxter, made a cameo during our chat, suggesting perhaps that his dashing owner was upstairs waiting. Here, a little bit of girl talk—and a real glimpse of the actress.
Nina Garcia: I’ll be honest, it’s hard to believe that you don’t have a stylist. Is there an adviser, friend, anybody who helps you?
Blake Lively: My assistant will call fashion houses for me, but I always pick the outfit, shoes, jewelry, and a lot of times I do my own hair and makeup for events. Sometimes I think, God, why do I do this to myself? It’s so much extra work!
NG: Exactly! That’s why I’m a little suspicious that you don’t have professional help. Why not?
BL: Because I love fashion. It’s such an expression of self. I often see people and they look great, but I can identify who styled them. Every stylist has a signature. Maybe it sounds jerky, but I’m lucky to be on such a fashion-centric show [Gossip Girl]. There’s no designer I don’t have access to.
NG: Is there anyone’s style you’re currently obsessing over?
BL: I love Florence Welch. She’s pure magic. I always admire people who make really strong choices. When you do something bold, it’s usually because you feel really good in it.
NG:You’ve got the body to pull off some revealing outfits—do you think that shades the public’s perception of you?
BL: People like to draw parallels between my life and the scandalous stories onGossip Girl. I dress the same as my character, so they think, She lives this life on and off set. I recently shared how many boyfriends I’ve had [four], and people were like, “That’s impossible!” But it’s true. I’ve been with very few people. If I’m not with somebody who really excites or inspires me, then I’d rather be by myself.
Dress, price upon request, Marios Schwab;bra, $140, Rituel by Carine Gilson;ring, price upon request, Lorraine Schwartz.
Shoes$3,255, Giuseppe Zanotti; (212) 650-0455.
-Dress, $4,800, Jenny Packham;shoes, $1,295, Giuseppe Zanotti Design;ring & bracelet, prices upon request, Lorraine Schwart
Dress, $4,800, Jenny Packham
Watch price upon request, Chanel Fine Jewelry; (800) 550-0005
Bodysuit, $445, Dolce & Gabbana;skirt, price upon request, Calvin Klein Collection;necklace, price upon request, Lorraine Schwartz
Cuff price upon request, David Yurman;davidyurman.com for stores
Shoes$2,525, Roger Vivier; (212) 861-5371
On eyes: L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Bronzed Taupe
Earrings price upon request, Deborah Pagani;barneys.com for stores
Bag$2,795, Valentino Garavani;valentino.com for stores
The Passionate Fashionista