It’s a given that not all celebrities are taken with the clothes they wear on the red carpet. For many, it’s just part of the job.
But for others, it’s a major perk. That’s certainly true for the female stars of the new action-comedy Pixels, who joined Yahoo Style editor-in-chief Joe Zee and designer Zac Posen on Monday at Upland Restaurant in Manhattan for a family-style meal. Michelle Monaghan, dressed in a striking orange-red short suit from Posen’s resort collection, was happy to wax on about all things sartorial. “I live for it. It’s one of the greatest aspects of my job,” said the actress, who’s currently filming Sleepless Night with Jamie Foxx. “Maybe it stems from my beginning in modeling as a teenager, but I consider [wearing high fashion] a great privilege.” Along with Posen, whom she said “cuts beautifully,” Monaghan favors Joseph Altuzarra, Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung for red carpet appearances. Off duty, “I like supporting L.A. designers,” she said. “I’m really loving anything of Raquel Allegra’s right now.”
Monaghan’s tablemate, co-star Martha Stewart, was equally as enthusiastic about her look for the evening: an elegant kaftan from Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen-designed label The Row. “I love it. Look at the stitching!” said the mogul, who also designed the expansive menu, which included burrata, spring peas, two pastas and an irresistible chocolate-peanut butter cake. Stewart’s been the talk of the town this summer, with the sale of her company to Sequential Brands Group in June. Just last week, her frank conversation with Justin Bieber for Interview magazine made Internet waves. “It took two hours,” said Stewart, who interviewed Bieber for the piece and wasn’t afraid to ask the tough questions. (I.e., does he have a girlfriend?) It’s clear from the exchange that Stewart is quite fond of Bieber, which she confirmed to Fashionista. “I never had a son,” she said. “He’s sort of like, probably closer to any son I would ever have. It’s kind of fun.”
Also on hand was Pixels co-star Jane Krakowski, who sung the praises of Posen as he posed with models Liu Wen and Cindy Bruna. “I love Zac, I love his designs,” she said. “He’s very generous and kind. And a true, great New Yorker.”
The model-filled crowd also included Iman, Ashley Graham (wearing a stunning Christopher Kane number) and Andreja Pejic, who just filmed a Ted Talk in Greece. “It’s about me expressing my views on the world, beyond fashion,” she said of the speech, which has yet to be released. As for the effect Pejic’s activism has had on the trans community? “I think it’s incredible what’s happening. The fact that trans talent has a chance of working and being included in fashion is great,” she said. “More stories are coming to life, and I think public consciousness is changing.”
Graham, whose Ted Talk “Plus Size? More Like My Size” was released earlier this year, mentioned an upcoming trip to a weight-loss camp, where she and fellow models will preach the word of body acceptance to struggling teens. The evening might’ve been in celebration of film and fashion, but the theme was certainly female empowerment. The good news is that those things are not mutually exclusive.