Tavi Gevinson snagged yet another dream interview with an icon from her favorite decade (the ’90s). A photograph of Chloe Sevigny with hearts around it is currently on the homepage of Rookie, with a headline that doesn’t really do the interview justice: “Chloë Sevigny Makes Really Cute Clothes.”
While true, Sevigny also proves that she’s undeniably cool (which we of course already knew), a little troubled and surprisingly relatable. She chatted with the 15-year-old editor at Opening Ceremony in NYC (her resort collection for the retailer just hit stores) about designing clothes, teen angst and being an outsider. Here are the best bits:
Chloë has a good girl side and a bag girl side (a classic Scorpio trait!), as does her Opening Ceremony collection:
I was very troubled, yes. Me and my brother both—we were troubled and troublemakers. But I kind of wanted to mix that stuff with some sort of finer pieces: all of the eyelet white cotton, and the leather laser-cut pieces…Most of the pieces will come either in leather or in the white. So yes, it’s very much that angel or devil on my shoulder. You can go either way.
She feels S&M is a classic look:
To me that S&M influence is kind of a timeless thing. That leather-daddy look is almost like a classic look now.
She wasn’t really into the swimwear she did for OC:
A lot of the time Humberto [Leon, of Opening Ceremony] convinces me to do stuff that I’m not really even that excited about. He’s like, “Oh, you should do swimwear! We’re doing swimwear now!” And then it’s like, this was supposed to be red, and it’s obviously orange. A lot of the time it can be a little frustrating the way things don’t turn out the way you exactly want them to. Swimwear fabric is so difficult. I don’t know if you wear swimsuits.
Humberto’s always trying to push me to do more and more product, where I would like to less and less so I can have everything really perfect. And then something like the swimsuits happen, where it’s not exactly something that I think is the perfect swimsuit.
She thinks animal print is a mainstay even though she hated it until a few years ago:
Actually, growing up, I only thought crazy people wore animal print. Until a few years ago, I never wore animal print. I hated animal print. And now it’s a mainstay.
Chloe confirms, again, that she is indeed a hoarder:
I’ve kept everything. I have everything that’s ever been on my wall from junior high through this year. Even when I go in different movies, I notice I’ll collect certain things, and put certain things on the wall or in my trailer, and then I’ll keep them all, like, per year, so I can remember what I was going through or what I was into that year…
Tavi: Oh my god!
Yeah, I’m a little bit of a hoarder.
She thinks she’d be more confident if she had focused more on academics, gone to college:
I wish I had focused on school more. I was really not into academics. That was part of how I rebelled. And I think that if I had stuck with it, and then gone on to college—I started working right after high school—I think I probably would be a more confident person right now. Which is a boring kind of thing your mother would say to you! [Laughs] But it’s honest.
One being a fashion insider, but a Hollywood outsider:
I feel like I was always embraced by fashion. Fashion embraces the weirdos….There are always young people that people in fashion are interested in. You know, youth and vitality and energy—it brings something different. But I never felt like an insider in Hollywood in any way, shape, or form…You know, I live in New York, and I don’t really hang out with a lot of actors. It’s not really my world. But I do feel a lot of the perks of being a celebrity, like getting a table and stupid shit like that. [Laughs] It’s just the way it is.
Read the rest of the interview here.