On Monday night, we attended a cocktail party at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles to celebrate Kate Mara’s 2015 Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award. Freshly shorn with a Mad Max-ian pixie cut and sheathed in a stunning red jumpsuit, Mara was accompanied by Jena Malone, Lydia Hearst (with dreamy boyfriend Chris Hardwick), Julie Bowen, Eva Amurri, Max Minghella and Jenna Dewan-Tatum at the intimate event, where everyone seemed to — unsurprisingly — be wearing their best Max Mara, and toting their favorite stylist.
The Italian label partners with Women in Film annually to award the Face of the Future title to an actress with great style who is at a turning point in her career (Mara usurps last year's recipient, Rose Byrne). “I feel extremely lucky and very excited about my career right now,” Mara told us.
The actress doesn’t shy away from risks—both in role selection and style choices. She is perhaps best known for playing the ambitious and morally ambiguous journalist Zoe Barnes on Netflix’s "House of Cards," before her character had a, um, turning point of her own with a train.
Mara will next don superhero tights in Marvel’s "Fantastic Four," due out in August. And about that shocking new do: “I actually chopped all my hair off like a month ago for a sci-fi movie called "Morgan," but no one has seen it here yet because I’ve been shooting in Belfast.” While a killer set of cheekbones are sort of the best accessory to make the cut work, Mara told us, “with short hair, you want to wear things with more detail or an interesting collar.”
The actress, who spent much of the evening chatting with bestie and super-stylist Johnny Wujek (his all-star client roster includes Mara, Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian), told us that when it comes to personal style inspo, she shares a style icon with most of us. “I think Diane Kruger is amazing.”
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