- Hannah Slapper
NAME: Greta Gerwig
SIGNATURE STYLE: Classic, flattering dresses and clean-cut trouser/blazer ensembles. She wore a celebrated white Band out Outsiders tuxedo jumpsuit to CDFAs last week, a gothic-punk Saint Laurent dress to Met Gala, a bold mix of Maiyet and Isabel Marant to the Frances Ha premiere in LA and timeless navy Dior to Oscars in Feb.
YOU MIGHT RECOGNISE HER FROM... the recent influx of mumblecore movement films like LOL (2006) and Nights and Weekends (2008), often partnering with Jo Swanberg. She also had a minor role in Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher rom-com No Strings Attached. Her latest project Frances Ha was released last month, which she co-wrote with her current creative and romantic partner Noah Baumbach, and starred in as the eponymous twenty-something struggling with life in New York.
WE LOVE HER BECAUSE... despite the buzz she's keeping her cool. Everyone seems to have picked up on Frances Ha as being a culturally relevant generational movie that will garner a strong following, much like Girls did a couple of years ago (interesting, as the delectable Adam Driver features in this too). We also love how fashion played a big part in the writing of Frances' character. During the film she seems to be constantly re-wearing items of clothing, to add a slightly more realistic edge to her character, and to burst that industry bubble of protagonists wearing a different outfit every day. Some of her clothes even reflect elements of her character that are important to the story, including an oversized slightly battered, masculine and vaguely unflattering leather bomber jacket, bought from a thrift store. According to Gerwig it was one of the first things they used to paint a picture of Frances.
WE CAN'T WAIT FOR... her next project. Although currently unannounced, we're predicting it will either be another co-written masterpiece from team Gerwig-Baumbach, or possibly a venture into theatre. Right now we feel like she's somewhere between Chloe Sevigny a few films after Kids and Lena Dunham before Girls, i.e on the brink of something huge.
INTERESTINGLY, Gerwig has openly admitted a quasi-ironic addiction to self-help books. She was also in the process of filming an HBO production of Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections before it was (stupidly) cancelled. Finally, before acting she was very serious about fencing. Fencing.