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