We're going to go ahead and say it. Kristen Stewart has always felt like a bit of an enigma to us. She's an actress in a huge obsessive-screaming-fans franchise who doesn't seem to care for the limelight; she's guarded with her personal thoughts and feelings in a way that makes reading and writing about her a little maddening; and she doesn't seem to be particularly interested in beauty — yet, she's the face of one of our favorite new fragrances, Balenciaga's Florabotanica.
So, we set out on a fact-finding mission to learn a bit more about the On The Road (and yes, Twilight) star and gossip-rag fixture. And we kinda fell in love with her. Here's what we learned: She's thoughtful and willing to explore when it comes to personal style and she's pretty freaking smart and self-aware when it comes to everything else. And really, that's what we look for in our friends.
Not sold? Read on for her thoughts on everything from grandma florals and getting to know yourself through fashion that challenges you to all of those verbs in Kerouac's writing and of course, that ubiquitous hand-on-hip celeb-on-red-carpet moment. We dare you not to be a believer by the end.
Kristen at the Balenciaga spring '13 presentation, in Paris.
So, you went to the Balenciaga show on Thursday. How was it?
"So sick! It really was incredible."
Did you see a standout look in the collection that really spoke to you?
"There was this small bustier in white that's typically worn with nothing under it, but they put a T-shirt under it, and it was sick! A few of its skirts, too, and the shoes — they were crazy! I feel like I don't need to think about what I'm going to wear for the next six months because it's pretty much handled."
When you see looks on the runway like that, do you immediately know which ones you'll want for the red carpet?
"All the stuff I see is definitely for the carpet. Any of the looks I saw today, I wouldn't want to waste on something that wasn't important because this round was really, really impressive and super-fance. Balenciaga is so particular, and I don't want to make it sound exclusive, but I mean, you need to know yourself to recognize yourself in the clothes; you have to really own it.
"What I love about fashion is that you find things that surprise you, that can uncover what's buried, that unleash certain aspects of yourself. Balenciaga does this like no other and I have a great time sifting through the stuff. Nicolas [Ghesquière] always picks the most fun things ever!"
On a more surface level, how is the Balenciaga aesthetic reflective of your own? What do you love about Ghesquière's designs?
"I think it's the balance — you can look really pretty, depending on what you decide to wear with a piece, but you can be really hard as well. It's rare to find a brand that's not one, or the other. I know it seems like I just wear simple shit when I'm dressing normally, and a lot of black, but I like colors! I mean, Nicolas is really out there and he really pushes it with patterns –– his patterned jeans are better than anyone's."
Photo: Joseph Kerlakian/Rex USA
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