MODEL ELLA RICHARDS TALKS SHOP WITH HER FASHION ICON SIENNA MILLER
ELLA RICHARDS: Sienna, so we’ve seen each other more often since I’ve moved to New York, and you always look effortless, like you threw something on and it just so happens to look incredible. SIENNA MILLER: Aw, I could say the same thing about you! ER: What are some of your favorite things you’ve ever worn? SM: Gucci made me an amazing blue gown with a leather bodice for Cannes [right], which really stands out. Also my gold Burberry dress [from the 2006 Met Gala; far right]. I have it in silver too, and it’s so festive, I bring it out every year at Christmas. I’ll probably be a granny still squeezing into that thing. [ laughs] ER: Love it! Sometimes when a designer dresses me in a full look, I find it quite challenging to put a personal spin on it. SM: Same. I used to feel the pressure to let people do what they wanted. I remember getting ready for the Oscars one year with my boyfriend at the time [Jude Law], and all of a sudden I had this insane Medusa hairdo. I ended up tying it back and looked like Princess Margaret. Now I’d say, “Hey, not too much hair and makeup.” ER: If you could live in any fashion era, what would it be? SM: I’d go with the ’20s, when women chopped their skirts and ran around getting pissed all night, or the freedom of the ’70s. ER: Yes! Does your style change depending on the city? I’m a bit scruffy in London and much more polished in New York. SM: In New York I kind of dress like Justin Bieber in those geeky beanies and such. In London it’s more country bumpkin. My nature is to trend more bohemian, but I don’t feel like I dress that bohemian now, except in the summer. I guess I could put on a tailored piece and still look a little free-spirited, though. ER: What’s something in your closet you’ll never get rid of? SM: I’ve barely gotten to keep anything! I know your friend Kate Moss has kept all her dresses, and I so wish I had too. I’d probably say my gold Burberry dress again so my daughter can wear it one day. Do you have any great Yves Saint Laurent pieces from your mom [model Lucie de la Falaise]? ER: Yes. And my grandmother [model Anita Pallenberg; Richards’s grandfather is Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones] also had an incredible archive, which, lucky me, I have. SM: Nice! It’s in my contract now that I get to keep some of the wardrobe from my films too. I played Edie Sedgwick [in Factory Girl], and if I had it my way, I’d only dress in her black tights and leotards. I do ballet when I’m in New York, and I have the full outfit. You should come with me sometime. Oh, I would absolutely love to! OK, my love. I’m going to get my leg warmers and text you.