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A Weekend Getaway With Chloë Grace Moretz

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The rays are beating down on yet another Californian day of sun, as 21-year-old starlet, Chloë Grace Moretz, takes residence beside the leafy pool at The Parker Hotel—one of Palm Springs’ iconic properties. But this isn’t Chloë’s first desert jaunt—indeed, the resort destination is, as she explains, the ultimate weekend getaway. “Growing up in LA, I’ve been coming to Palm Springs since I was young. I love the history attached to this small oasis.” Of course, for Chloë, that childhood was somewhat more glamorous than for most. Making her on-screen debut aged just seven with 2005’s Amityville Horror, her filmography, which spans blockbuster hits like Kick Ass & Carrie as well as acclaimed indie titles, is nothing if not prolific. With four films already slated for release this year, if anyone needs some downtime it’s Ms Moretz.

Packing for a weekend jaunt is, she says, about keeping it simple, “All you need are sunglasses and shoes—they’re definitely my statement pieces when I’m on a getaway.” Indeed, footwear is, she explains, a mainstay of her wardrobe. “When I was younger, my mom always had the best shoe collection, so I always knew that’s what I wanted too. The perfect shoes for me are comfortable, but they also have to stand out.” Chloë’s bag requirements are equally specific: “It depends on where I’m wearing it. If it’s a clutch, it needs to be big enough to hold my lipstick, phone, and wallet. And I definitely need it to be a cross-body, just in case the night leads to dancing!”

A long-time red-carpet Jimmy Choo devotee, Chloë’s penchant for the brand is all down to the way the designs express her individuality. “My Jimmy Choos have always made me feel flirty and sexy, while still being comfortable in myself—they make my outfits feel uniquely me, be it for a red-carpet event or Thanksgiving dinner. For example, when I was at Sundance Film Festival, I didn’t take off a pair of perfect gold Jimmy Choo boots. I ended up wearing them to the Women’s Rally and then after the march I wore the same boots with a dress by Vampire’s Wife for the film premiere. In the falling snow, the shoes made me feel like Wonder Woman!”

When it comes to career drive, Chloë explains she’s always been determined to play the industry by her own rules. “It was never a question for me whether I wanted to be the heroine of my own story or the damsel in distress. I always wanted to be the one taking charge instead of riding shotgun. I was raised by a single mother and my four brothers. From the get-go, I was bound to have a strong opinion of who I wanted to be in this world, which translated to who I am in this industry,” she says. “I’d say my drive comes from my deep love of acting, and film making in general. I’ve always wanted to be the best that I could be at my craft, because I truly respect the medium.”

That attitude has also been reflected in Chloë’s take on female empowerment, though she’s keen to point out that the complexity of the problem defies one single solution, “I’ve found that always vocalizing my opinion, while simultaneously listening, comprehending, and learning from others’ has been more beneficial than just having one stance,” she says. “It’s helpful to have progressive debates on subjects; there are so many ways to empower yourself and others around you.” When it comes to female mentors in Hollywood, Chloë counts herself fortunate, “I’ve been incredibly lucky, from the time I was a kid, to have always worked with such supportive women, in front of and behind the camera. They taught me, as did my brothers and my mother, that we are stronger together. Supporting each other will get us further than being so fiercely competitive that you alienate not only others around you, but yourself as well.”

This year, Chloë will continue to champion the causes that most matter to her with the release of The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a film about a young girl forced into a gay conversion therapy centre by her conservative guardians. The script took on resonance for Chloë, not just because two of her brothers came out at a young age, but also, because it was a story about inequality and discrimination which she deeply felt needed to be told. “It’s important to me that I use my platform to create and be part of projects that are progressive—especially considering our country’s current political climate. My brothers coming out showed me at a very young age that we are all equal; that love is love. It also showed me how important it is to stand up for the people whose voices are being taken from them.”

As such an eloquent and confident woman, it’s little surprise that her creative ambitions go beyond just the next audition. As well as photography, a passion which she showcases to her 14.2 million fans on Instagram, Chloë admits that she’s interested in pursuing roles behind the scenes. “I’m excited to try my hand at different jobs in this industry, to really dive into being more of a creator than just an actor,” she reveals, “From producing through my production company, to co-directing with my brother, Trevor, I believe I’ll come in to my own artistic groove over the coming years.” You certainly wouldn’t bet against her.

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Behind the Scenes with Cara Delevingne

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Glitter, glimmer & shine. The holiday season is upon us and who better to showcase Jimmy Choo’s Cruise 2018 collection of party-ready flats, heels and totes than dancefloor expert, Cara Delevingne? Whether she’s wowing the critics in her latest movie or impressing readers with her debut novel, model, Instagram-royalty and campaigner Cara fizzes with fun and good humour. Backstage on the imposing New York city set, the 25-year starlet is full of her characteristic vim on the subject of the holiday season, “I’m very much pro Christmas jumpers – you’re definitely obliged to look stupid because you’re with your family,” she laughs.

Slipping into her favourite MAINE ankle boots ahead of a traffic-stopping scene for Australian filmmaker Lorin Askill’s Shimmer in the Dark film, she starts to reflect on the people that have inspired her multi-faceted career. “There are some people that just have an energy about them like Luc Besson or Pharell. I met Whitney Huston and Mariah Carey at the same time and that completely dumb-struck me. All of those people have really inspired me through how they’ve challenged the world.”

Musing on advice, it’s The Fresh Prince himself who has made the biggest impact, “I was actually just remembering a piece of advice that Will Smith gave me—and this applies really whatever job you do. He said you should treat yourself as though you’re a professional athlete. Look after yourself, sleep a lot and do everything that will help you do your job to the best of your abilities.”

Cara is a New York veteran having spent a substantial amount of time in Manhattan over her modelling career—but she’s not looking to relocate anywhere for good imminently. “I’m a definite traveler,” she explains, “I love to be in different places at different times of the year depending on climate, so I would find it very hard to pick one place to live. If you really pushed me, it would probably still be England, because I love it and it’s my home, but I would love to go to every country in the world. It’s such a vast and magnificent place with so many cultures to discover and understand.”

Next up backstage she’s poised on a city skyscraper rooftop waiting for glitter confetti to explode and photographer Tom Craig to capture the moment. While the wind machine revs to top speed, Cara is entirely unfazed—on-set composure is yet another of her talents. When it comes to dream film roles, she doesn’t hesitate. “I always wanted to be Martha in ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’. I’m too young for it now, but I’d love to do it at some point. Or Julie Andrews in the ‘Sound of Music’. God, I love that movie so much!” Sounds like it’s time to add yodeling to that impressive résumé.

What’s your favourite cocktail?
It depends on what kind of mood I’m in, but I do like something sparkly, maybe with some elderflower. And lots and lots of ice.

What is a song guaranteed to get you on the dancefloor?
Everybody Dance Now just popped into my head. If you put on a classic tune, I’ll probably dance to it, but what’s really guaranteed to do it is anything 90s, old school, disco or funk.

If you could have dinner with anybody who would be your dream guests?
Stephen Fry, David Attenborough and Judy Dench. And Barack Obama. God, that’s a fun dinner. I’ll send out the invites tomorrow.

What would you cook for them?
I like finger food, so a lot of appetizers—get everything in there from all corners of the Earth.

What’s your favourite New York hotspot?
I love being on the streets in New York, because the energy is so amazing. You can see so many amazing things and meet so many great people.

What is your pizza order?
It depends on what time of day it is. Sometimes I like an egg. Olives, bacon, tomato and cheese is a classic order. They do a vodka pizza here in New York which is apparently quite interesting, but I’ve never tried it. But it’s one for my list!

How many shoes do you own?
A lot. I think shoes are really important. I like to get one pair of incredible shoes and wear them to death. I’ll repair them, but wear them until the end!

What’s your tip for taking the perfect selfie?
Just have fun and don’t care too much. And have as many people in it as possible.

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Izabel Goulart’s style rules: From Runway To Red Carpet

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WEAR MANNISH BROGUES WITH A TUXEDO LOOK

As one of the most photographed women on the planet, Izabel is a pro at working unexpected red carpet looks. Here she expertly models a masculine—but still alluring—tuxedo with mannish brogues and a hint of midriff. Captured on set with Jimmy Choo at the iconic Cap Estel Hotel, located just up the coast from Cannes’ famous Croisette, the A-list favourite provided the perfect backdrop for Izabel’s particular brand of sultry glamour. Shoes are, Izabel explains, central to the red-carpet recipe. “It’s the shoes that really set the tone for an outfit, whether it’s heels or lace up flats.” To finish the look, Izabel favours a mini clutch, in which she carries her evening essentials: “lipstick, concealer and my phone. I really try and keep it edited—what else does a girl really need?”

PAIR MOVIE STAR SUNGLASSES WITH A SWIMSUIT

“Nothing beats the Cannes red carpet,” laughs Izabel Goulart, kicking her enviably lithe limbs up in the air. “No matter what your schedule, you know you’re going to leave having experienced magical moments which just don’t happen anywhere else.” Throughout her 20-year career, the Brazilian bombshell, labelled the fittest model in the world, has been famed for her high-octane style—and she’s certainly on rare form this Festival season. Her expertly toned physique and leonine tresses make for a magnetic combination, but she also advises that accessories can make every look striking. “No matter what you’re wearing, sunglasses add that hint of mystery.”

TRY SNEAKERS FOR EVENING

As for exactly what it is that makes France’s premier film event so special, Izabel explains, “it’s the combination of being a pure celebration of film making, the heritage and beauty of the Cote d’Azur and of course the parties.” However, it’s not all play, as the secret to red carpet success is, Izabel reveals, all in the prep. “My Cannes routine always involves some kind of exercise, especially if I’ve come in from a different time zone—nothing beats jet lag better than a good work out. I’ll usually wake up super early and head off to the gym or do sprints to raise my heart rate—you have to squeeze it in first thing or else the day just takes over. When it comes to fashion choices, Izabel is a fan of throw-on chic. “I always opt for something new, simple and sexy. For me, it’s really important to keep things easy and not too fussy—you want to be as relaxed as possible so you can enjoy yourself.” Taking that attitude one step further, the 33-year old beauty was shot in a silk ankle-sweeping gown paired with embellished OAKLAND sneakers.

CHANNEL YOUR INNER MOVIE STAR

Having chalked up a couple of cameos—in 2017’s Baywatch film reboot and an episode of Entourage—has she ever considered any ideal film roles if she were to transition to the silverscreen? “That’s easy,” Izabel grins, “Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman! I’ve always loved both her more risqué looks and the polished, more ladylike style. She looks so incredibly sexy, whether she’s in the bathtub with her natural curls or dressed for the opera in diamonds.”

KNOW YOUR ANGLES

With over four million Instagram followers and counting, Izabel is no stranger to a selfie. But when we quizzed her on her top tips, she explained that there’s no exact science. “When it comes to getting the best shots, whether it’s for an editorial or for Instagram, you need three ingredients: good lighting, good angles and of course, a good photographer! With selfies, you don’t want to try too hard. I always think the best images capture a candid moment.”

GET GLAMOROUS

“On the day of the red carpet I start with a skin glow facial. Then it’s time for hair and makeup. My go-to look really focuses on skin: you want to keep it natural, but radiant. I then keep everything else fairly low-key, but I’ll always have a slick of black eyeliner to define the eyes. You have to remember that it takes a team of professionals to nail a perfect red-carpet look—hair, makeup, styling, it’s a whole process.”
As the heat of the day has passed and shoot is drawing to a close, sashaying out of a gleaming red open top convertible, Izabel checks on plans for the evening ahead. “The red carpet is always the best part of the night—well unless there’s a dancefloor with good music. Brazilian funk will have me dancing to dawn, no matter how high my heels.” We couldn’t have said it better.

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Cruise 2018 with Cara Delevingne

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As the neon lights of another endless New York Saturday night twinkle through the wall-to-wall glass of the studio for today’s exclusive holiday campaign shoot, Cara Delevingne is giving us an enthusiastic re-enactment of her signature dance moves. While she may be dressed like she’s just stepped out of Studio 54 in a foiled halter dress complete, you’ll never find Cara taking herself too seriously. However, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t grown into a woman who can be serious when it comes to the things she’s passionate about.

With her now established career as an actress (her most recent credit was a starring role alongside Rihanna in Luc Besson’s adventure fantasy Valerian), a newly published debut novel, Mirror, Mirror, which addresses issues around teenage mental health and the many causes she’s become involved inthe party-girl image has faded into the background. Though, as she’s keen to show us on set, Cara still knows how to light up a dancefloor in her new season crystal encrusted heels. “If you put on a classic tune, I’ll probably dance to it…Actually, even if there’s no music, I’ll probably dance anyway,” she laughs. As for the perfect party outfit, the 25-year old multi-tasker is unequivocal, “I really love to dress up – and I’m not just talking about looking nice. I do like to put on a crazy outfit and be an elf or a reindeer. Or even if I just wear a nice sparkly dress with a red nose, it’s something different and quirky—it’s not just a normal party outfit. Party dressing is about glitter, sparkles and a feather boa if you’re interested.”

A fierce proponent of a more gender-neutral approach to identity, Cara has also graduated from those sparkly mini dresses to pulling off androgynous tailoring with aplomb. “Being male or female is less ‘opposite’ now than it ever has been. I don’t think mastering androgyny is necessarily about picking something that a man would wear. I think it’s about feeling comfortable whether it is masculine or feminine. If you decide to wear a suit, I don’t think that necessarily has to be a masculine thing to wear. It’s just about being comfortable with whatever you feel that day.” Photographed here in Jimmy Choo’s new dual gender, Borrowed From the Boys capsule (three styles, each available from December in both men’s and women’s sizes), you get the sense of a young women liberated from any constraints.

Indeed, escaping other people’s presumptions of what she is and what she should be doing has been a theme of Cara’s life in recent years. Embarking on a cross-creative career wasn’t something she says, that was ever a conscious decision. “I just think as a kid I grew up being creative and making things I really enjoyed. The thing about labels is that if you are an actress is doesn’t mean that YOU ARE AN ACTRESS; that you can only be an actress. I feel anyone has the right to create whatever they feel. You can have an office job, but one day like to be a painter and that’s totally fine. I think the more people have the freedom to create whatever they want, the more they will be able to express themselves and the more art and light can be brought to the world”.

Transitioning from a career focused only on modeling has, she says, alleviated a lot of pressure. “Now I feel a lot less busy because I’m finally doing all the different things I wanted to do. When I had just one job being a model, it kind of felt quite monotonous—not in a bad way—but it was just a lot more travel and a lot more stress on me,” she admits, “Being able to create more and express emotions are the most important things for me, and it now doesn’t feel that I’m that busy at all because I’m doing what I love.”

As many of her peers are going through their ‘quarter-life crisis’, conversely Cara appears to be grounded and clear-headed about her priorities. That maturity also applies to her nuanced attitude to success. “I think success is more about happiness,” she says, “You know, I don’t think that it’s the best jobs, or the most money or the most friends which make people the most successful. I think success comes from a deep-down happiness about who you are and what you are doing.” Though her hands will be full with another film, London Fields in which she stars alongside Amber Heard, set for release later this year, and two more titles slated for cinemas in 2018, she still has plenty of ambitions to fulfill. “I would love to continue writing whether it’s for a book or to make a film or a TV show and I’d love to get more behind the camera and hopefully be a director one day to give a voice to women’s stories—there are a lot of them.”

For the end of the year it will be all about Christmas back in England. Tradition is, as she describes, something which is important to her. “Usually, because my family is so big we have a ‘fake’ Christmas where we go to a place in the countryside and have our own little celebration before the day itself all together. We love a good Christmas cracker, putting the angel on top of the tree and opening the stockings on Christmas morning with all the kids.” The perfect Christmas, she says, is all about, “Friends, family, food, feast, fiesta and obviously lots of presents. Though my favourite thing about gifting,” she clarifies, “is that it actually doesn’t matter how much money you spend. I think sentimental presents are really special. I like to do a mixture of fun, crazy, whacky presents and then also give something that really means something to someone.” Full of meaning but also a touch madcap; quite the metaphor for the lady herself.

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