STYLE CRUSH

AC­TRESS EMILY ROBIN­SON TALKS SHOP WITH HER UL­TI­MATE FASH­ION ICON, TESSA THOMP­SON

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Emily Robin­son ♥ Tessa Thomp­son

EMILYROBIN­SON: Tessa, I love your work. And to see your grace on the car­pet—it’s in­spir­ing as I nav­i­gate that my­self. TESSATHOMP­SON: Wow, thanks! The red car­pet is tricky. You want to feel like your­self, but there’s lots of other noise. ER: So how would you de­scribe your style these days? TT: Well, right now I’m at home eat­ing ra­men, wear­ing a bathing suit ran­domly. So there’s al­ways an el­e­ment of cre­ation when it comes to event dress­ing [ laughs]. Over­all, though, I like things that feel clas­sic, with in­ter­est­ing, ar­chi­tec­tural cuts. ER: I like a mix of con­tra­dic­tions too. Soft cloth­ing with an edge. TT: Same. I don’t ever want to be pre­dictable. There’s al­ways new ground to break when you’re get­ting dressed. ER: Yeah, evo­lu­tion of style is re­ally fas­ci­nat­ing. For me, it’s been a jour­ney ex­per­i­ment­ing with new de­signs and fig­ur­ing out what feels right. It’s very self-re­flec­tive. TT: I get that. My early looks areem­bar­rass­ing. In a way, that girl was cooler and bolder than the girl who has a lot of peo­ple fret­ting over what she’s wear­ing . ER: To­tally! What’s been your most mem­o­rable look? TT: Prob­a­bly a Ro­darte dress I wore to the N.Y.C. pre­mière of Selma. Ro­darte has been such an in­spi­ra­tion to me over the years. How about you? ER: I love my white tulle Carolina Her­rera dress [above, left]. It was the start of my re­la­tion­ship with her, so it’s re­ally stuck with me. Who would you say has in­flu­enced your style most? TT: Prince, Grace Jones, Tilda Swin­ton ... peo­ple who play with gen­der flu­id­ity. Cate Blanchett is my style crush too. We did press to­gether forthor: Rag­narok and ended up twin­ning in bright yel­low [above, right]. It was life-af­firm­ing [ laughs]. ER: One thing that’s cool about fash­ion to­day is it can be po­lit­i­cal. Do you feel that’s by ne­ces­sity? TT: There’s a lot of mean­ing in what we wear. Like for the Em­mys last year, I’d been think­ing a lot about the way the LGBTQ com­mu­nity is rep­re­sented in the me­dia. The fact that I wore a rain­bow Rosie As­soulin dress [right] cer­tainly wasn’t an ac­ci­dent. When fash­ion can start a di­a­logue, that’s when it’s pow­er­ful.

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