“My outfit is from 2010, and this is the first bag I ever bought when I was 8 years old,” said 19-year-old actress Kathryn Newton in head to toe, pink Christian Dior. “To see something so nouveau and so modern, it’s really moving Dior forward.”
Following a recent party at Art Basel, the French fashion house brought Dior Lady Art, a limited-edition collaboration (retailing between $4,900 and $11,500) with seven American and British contemporary artists – Mat Collishaw, Ian Davenport, Daniel Gordon, Chris Martin, Jason Martin, Matthew Porter and Marc Quinn, commissioned to reinterpret the Lady Dior bag and various accessories – to Beverly Hills for a two-month-long pop-up shop on Rodeo Drive.
“Their bag shapes are so iconic, so it’s fun to play with the medium, the textures, the patterns, but it’s always so identifiable as Dior, because of that classic shape,” said Gillian Jacobs, as fellow actor Glen Powell cut in.
“I’ll see you at the dinner,” he told her.
The cocktail party was followed by a dinner hosted by Dior a short walk away at Spago, and Jacobs was ready for it. “I’m very hungry!” she said, before making her way out.
Amongst the bunch – a mix of fashion bloggers and faces from the L.A. art scene – were “The Edge of Seventeen” actor Hayden Szeto, Cara Santana with fiancé Jesse Metcalfe, as well as Britt Robertson, Zoey Deutch, Jaime King, Halston Sage, Odeya Rush, Zosia Mamet, Destry Spielberg, Brianne Howey, Shameik Moore, Robbie Rogers, Kitty Cash and Ahna O'Reilly, all wearing Dior and Dior Homme.
“Decked out in Dior,” said O'Reilly. “I’m just walking around in awe of all of these bags. It’s spectacular and fun and fresh and just so eye-catching. That one keeps grabbing my attention,” she said, pointing to the one by Brooklyn-based artist Chris Martin.
While the bag was at the top of her holiday wishlist, O'Reilly's New Year's resolutions were less materialistic. “Sleep more, travel more, maybe learn to cook a dish,” she said of her plans for 2017. “Take a little break from Postmates. I feel like I say that every year.”
19-year-old actress Olivia Holt plans to keep surrounding herself with good people, she said. “Supportive, loving people, who build me up as a person and who are always there for me, and I’ll reciprocate the same love back.” For the Disney star, the evening was an opportunity to catch up with her contemporaries. So, what do they end up talking about at events like these?
“Boys...or boys,” she said with a laugh. “I don’t know. I feel like we’ll go weeks without seeing each other, and then we’ll just do all of our catching up at the events, and then every five seconds we’ll get pulled into a photograph or something.”
Cameras flashed as she posed with Newton, who shared her excitement for the release of HBO’s “Big Little Lies”, where she’ll soon be seen alongside a remarkable cast that includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley.
“Aside from working with people that I looked up to since I was little, I felt like it was real art,” she said. “It was like I was in a play. It was a real true form of acting and makes me want to do nothing less ever again. I’ve grown up a lot. In a scene, [director Jean-Marc Vallée] would do a five minute take, so you’re in a scene for five minutes. I’ve never done that before. I really had to adjust and really develop a character further than a mark that I had to stand on. He really brought to best out of you without even pushing that hard. He just kind of opened up a door and let you do your thing.”
“Having freedom without fear, without any limitations, great things happen,” she continued. “HBO gave us so much freedom. We had days. We could do a scene for a whole day, and no one told us not to. And that freedom really lets your creativity come out with no fear. That’s what I learned. That’s what it takes to make something great. Just like these bags. I mean, who puts a dead moth on a Dior bag?”
She was eyeing English artist Mat Collishaw’s $4,900 creation: “These artists are fearless.”
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