SoHo was cold and packed with Christmas-crazed tourists Thursday night, but that didn’t keep me from scurrying over to the Apple Store and to Anna Sui’s boutique for two really exciting events celebrating two of fashion’s finest (who also happen to be friends.)
First stop? Apple, to see one of my icons (not just in fashion but in life), Sofia Coppola, speak about her latest film Somewhere, as part of Apple’s Meet The Filmmaker series.
And while Marie Antoinette will forever reign as my favorite of her films (okay, maybe my favorite movie ever?), I have high hopes for Somewhere, which stars one of our favorites, Elle Fanning.
After about an hour of camping out in my chair so that no one else snagged it, Sofia finally walked in wearing a heather gray cashmere sweater scrunched up to her elbows, a pair of fitted blue jeans, and what looked like a pair of Chloe wedges. Her hair was perfectly tousled and the only jewelry she had on was a diamond tennis bracelet and a slim black leather watch.
Sofia spoke about the challenges she faced, the similarities and differences between all of her films, and what inspired her to do Somewhere. “All my previous films had been from a girl’s perspective, so I really wanted to do a film from a man’s point of view.” she said.
The result is the story of an actor (Stephen Dorff) who re-evaluates his life after his eleven-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning) surfaces. Filmed at the iconic Chateau Marmont in LA, Somewhere is bound to beautiful, however, Sofia explained that Marie Antoinette was so over-the-top that she really felt like doing a more subtle movie.
Unfortunately, there was no talk about her latest Dior commercial starring Natalie Portman, but that only makes me more excited to see it.
The designer’s store was filled with fans, shoppers, and really helpful sales people.
After submerging myself in the visually rich book, which chronicles Sui’s twenty years in the business, I got a chance to speak to her myself about how it came to be.
“Chronicle Books approached me to do a book and so I thought the perfect person would be Andrew [Bolton]. I’m so happy that he did it because he kind of made it logicial and clear and explained it all–what’s going in my brain all these years because I never had explained myself. All I did was show, show, show–and he wrote it so beautifully,” she said.
The designer also had a few words of advice for anyone wishing to be as successful as she is: “The important thing that everyone should realize is nothing happens overnight, that it’s a process to have a career. A career is not one day, it’s not one year–like this is 20 years of work and this shows a career…it takes time.”
So, despite the freezing temperatures (note: as a Miami native, this is my first real winter!) I felt inspired by two very influential women. So bravo to them!