What a cute dress. What a dumb necklace.
Lily Collins covers the April 2014 issue of Lucky magazine in a Saint Laurent dress photographed by Todd Cole and styled by Kathryn Neale.
The last time we saw someone with a padlock around their neck, they were shirtless and wearing chaps. Just saying.
We don’t know… is labeling a bunch of young actresses LUCKY GIRLS really all that great an idea? We’re asking. “TIPS FROM PRIVILEGED PRETTY GIRLS! INSIDE!” Sure, it’s a play on the magazine’s name, but the phrasing sounds a little tone deaf to us.
On her love of tattoos: “I’ve always loved body art,” says Collins. “I remember being with my mom on Venice Beach when I was really young, and we walked by this guy on a Harley who was covered in tattoos. I was this little British girl, and I went up to him and said”—here she slips seamlessly into her usually dormant British accent—“ ‘Your tattoos are so pretty!’ That was probably the last thing he wanted to hear.” In her case, though, it’s true: If it’s possible to characterize tattoos as ladylike, Collins’, in her own delicate handwriting, fit the bill. As for the pain? “Look, women go through worse things,” she says, with a wave of her hand. “Waxing hurts more than tattoos. And tattoos are permanent, so if it takes a little pain to get there, that’s okay.”
On the star’s daring side: “I love pushing the boundaries with fashion,” she says. “I’m feeling a little bit edgier and sexier.” Her movie wardrobe often influences her personal style. During Mirror Mirror, she was all about pretty and princessy looks, but by The Mortal Instruments, in which she played Clary Fray, a demon-fighting, sword-wielding “Shadowhunter,” she’d gone to the sartorial dark side. “It was like, Whoa, I never thought I could wear heeled boots and chains and leather pants and kick ass, but I can. It was empowering.” Reminiscing about the white Cushnie Et Ochs leather dress she wore to the L.A. premiere of TMI, she says, “It had slashes all the way up to the bustline! We had to tape my parts perfectly.” The tiny Houghton gown she wore to the Madrid premiere was another risky pick. “You could roll it up into a ball—that’s how little a dress it was! I had to be so strategically placed. One wrong move would have been a paparazzi’s dream.”
On what the future holds: “One day I would love to be a mom, but right now I’m so excited about my work.” With fashion, as with acting, Collins’ greatest pleasure is slipping into character. “I like disappearing for a little while. I always wanted to be someone who could take other people into a world with me. As an actor, I’m able to jump into a story and become someone else for a time. It’s a beautiful journey.”
We have no thoughts. We’ve seen two of her movies, Mirror Mirror and Mortal Instruments. And while we don’t recall her offending our sensibilities in either one, the fact is, we don’t recall anything else about her either. She’s beautiful, but she doesn’t make much of an impression onscreen, so far as we can see. Are we missing the appeal?
Saint Laurent Spring 2014 Collection
It really is a cute dress. Apparently, you’re supposed to wear it with a really focus-pulling necklace.
[Photo Credit: Todd Cole for Lucky Magazine, IMAXTree]