Style Interview: Hailee Steinfeld
She wore our fave high-street label to the Met Gala, so we had to chat to the budding actress about her love of H&M
Tell us about your look for the Met. What do you like most about it?
IT'S A SILHOUETTE THAT ENFORCES CONFIDENCE AND FEMININITY
How does it reflect your personal style?
I PERSONALLY GRAVITATE TO STYLES THAT ALLOW ME TO FEEL A STRONG SENSE OF SELF BUT IN AN EFFORTLESS WAY. I LIKE TO EXPLORE VARIOUS DESIGNERS AND FABRICS AND PLAY WITH COLORS AND TEXTURES. I'VE EVOLVED AS A PERSON AND I WOULD SAY MY CHOICE IN FASHION HAS EVOLVED AS WELL
Describe how you experienced the design process with H&M...
IT WAS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT THAT BEGAN WITH SOME SKETCHES FOLLOWED BY SOME MODIFICATIONS AND ENHANCEMENTS. THEN WE HAD THE FIRST FITTING AND TOGETHER WE SHARED IDEAS ON HOW TO REFINE CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THE DRESS. THE FINAL FITTING WAS LAST NIGHT. IT WAS A FUN PROCESS AND H&M WAS A GRACIOUS PARTNER.
What makes the Met Gala so special?
IT'S AN EVENT THAT I'VE BEEN TO FOR SIX YEARS AND THE EXCITEMENT HAS NEVER WAVERED. ITS A NIGHT TO TAKE FASHION RISKS AND CELEBRATE ICONS AND ART. THERE'S NO OTHER EVENT LIKE IT.
How do you find this year’s theme? (Manus x Machina – Fashion in an Age of Technology)
IT SEEMS SO APPROPRIATE IN THIS NEW ERA OF FASHION AND COMMERCE. THE DAYS OF NEEDLE & THREAD FASHION ARE OVER IT SEEMS BUT THE AUTHENTICITY AND CREATIVITY BEHIND THE DESIGN HAS ONLY BROADENED. ITS AN INTERESTING DYNAMIC.
How would you describe your red carpet style (not only for Met)
I WOULD DESCRIBE MY RED CARPET FASHION AS COLORFUL AND EXPRESSIVE. I LIKE THE COMBINATION OF THE TWO.
What’s your best style advice for the perfect red carpet look?
JUST DO "YOU." IF YOU'RE FORCING A LOOK OR STYLE THAT FEELS COMPROMISING, THEN FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO WEAR.