Of all the attendees at last night's CFDA Awards, I was maybe most excited to spot Greta Gerwig. If you've seen her new movie Frances Ha (or really any of her work), you'll understand why--she's whip smart, hilarious, utterly charming and somehow still relatable. (She co-wrote Frances Ha with her partner, director Noah Baumbach, as well as stars in it.) If you haven't seen it, go. Now.
As Gerwig's star continues to rise from indie Mumblecore queen to bona fide Hollywood ingenue, she's showing up more and more on red carpets and in the fashion world. (She attended this year's Met Ball wearing Saint Laurent.)
We chatted with her about braving scary red carpets, hiring a stylist, and getting wasted in the ladies' room at the Met Ball. Just try not to want to be best friends with her after reading this interview.
Fashionista: What brings you here tonight? Greta Gerwig: I came with Scott Sternberg from Band of Outsiders and I love my white tuxedo onesie--it's making me really happy tonight. [She also stars in BOO's latest look book.]
What did you think of the awards? My experience of tonight was that it was really hot when we came in and kind of scary as red carpets are just kind of scary. But I was really moved by the presentation of the awards. It's not very often that I get to hear designers speak because that's not really what they do. And they were just funny and sweet and humble. I was just excited to be here--this feels like their prom.
How are red carpets scary for you? And how do you tackle them? It's been kind of a struggle for me because I don't feel like I have a natural style that translates well onto the red carpet. I just didn't grow up going to a lot of events so I don't know why I would know how to dress for them. But I had a big exciting thing where I hired a stylist whom I really love. Her name is Erin Walsh and she's awesome. [Ed. note: Walsh also styles Kerry Washington.] She's like me but with better fashion sense and she always makes me look pretty. And I feel like that struggle with putting on clothes and getting your picture taken is just... don't feel bad about yourself. It's so easy to because women, we're so self-critical. Erin is like a really great mirror because she only reflects nice things back to me and makes me feel like my best self.
And you were at the Met Ball this year--what was that like? Oh my gosh yes, I was at the Met Ball. It was a mad night. It was so fun. It's kinda my favorite thing. I remember looking at pictures in Vogue and feeling like that was the one to go to. Plus, it's at the Met. When I was at school at Barnard my student ID got me into the Met for free and so I used to do my reading there. Because I was like, 'Well if you're going to do your reading somewhere you might as well do it sitting in front of a fucking Picasso.' So I always get kind of verklempt when I'm there for something like the Met Ball because I feel like, 'How far have I come!' I used to use my Barnard ID to get in for free and now here I am, getting trashed in the ladies' room.
I'm glad you had a good time--Gwyneth Paltrow didn't seem to like it. Wasn't she drunk when she said that though?
I think? Well then, she's forgiven!