Tuesday, December 23, 2008

VOGUE: Anne Hathaway - The Awakening

Anne in a Marchesa organza-and-lace dress

Anne Hathaway is Vogue's January 2009 cover girl and feature editorial. Newly single, a vision of loveliness celebrating life and shopping until her heels can take no more, Sally Singer catches up with Hathaway in Oxford Circus, London; photographed by famed photographer Mario Testino.

"Look, she's buying cheap knickers!" somebody says. And, indeed, Hathaway is in the lingerie department, surveying the three-for-£7 panties in polka dots and funny florals—girly things. She's also interested in camisoles, jumpsuits (she tries on a strapless black corseted romper), and things that in her mind fall into the "lounge around" category. "No one lounges around cuter than Kate Hudson," she says. Hudson is her costar and a producer of Bride Wars, which opens this month. (Hudson says, "Annie would show up to work in the indie-mod thing that is her go-to. My go-to is jeans, Rick Owens, a blazer, and lots of bracelets. Hers is red sunglasses, tight black skinny jeans, shirt off the shoulder, cute beanie.")

Meanwhile, her ex is in the process of having his forthcoming look decided for him. The very next day, in fact, he will be sentenced to four and a half years in prison for conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering. He can expect a lot of lounging around in orange jumpsuits or gray scrubs. Hathaway is not interested in rehashing this chapter of her romantic life; she made light of it on Saturday Night Live, and that was all the public catharsis she needed. "I was a 21-year-old kid when I met him," she says. "It wasn't a huge, dramatic breakup. We were in the process of winding it down when he was arrested. I don't talk about this, except when I'm asked. It's not a part of my life anymore." She adds, "It's a complicated situation that has the ability to define me in ways I am not comfortable with."

Like pretty much anyone who emerges from a long relationship, Hathaway is in the process of redefining who she is. In the past few months (the split occurred last June), the actress has quite self-consciously sought to reimagine almost every aspect of her 26-year-old self. There's her new, stringier physique, achieved through strength training ("I'm proud of myself when I'm deep in a squat, pulling from my core"), dietary supplements, and kickboxing with David Kirsch, the maestro of celebrity slimness. There's her rediscovered commitment to vegetarianism—"I don't eat anything with a face" is her way of putting it—a pre-Raffaelloite choice she ditched because it was "easier for the lifestyle at that time." There's her new love of live music and festival-centric bands such as Death Cab for Cutie and TV on the Radio ("After my breakup happened, I thought, Concerts until the end of the year"). And there's her new quest for a better understanding of what is valuable: "I realized that the past five years of my life had been spent accumulating things I like but never asked if I love." Although she's referring specifically to her wardrobe, Hathaway exemplifies the notion that the material and the spiritual are far from distinct. What we buy and what we wear express otherwise intangible states of mind. "I'm looking for a pared-down truth," the actress says apropos of her wardrobe, and she's fully aware that her words have a wider resonance.

When Hathaway talks, her face talks as well. She has startlingly expressive eyes and an XXL mouth that flitters between the comic and the tragic in a single utterance. Jonathan Demme, who directed Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married, her most compelling dramatic performance, says, "She's like a human lava lamp. She makes you stay in touch with what's in her mind by what's on her face." Meryl Streep, her costar in The Devil Wears Prada, is "surprised that anyone was surprised by Annie [in Rachel]. To me, the immediacy and the freshness and the special quality of being reactive to all stimuli, blushes to bruises, was apparent in Prada, also in the Princess movies. She is also maybe the most beautiful creature on film right now. That's not her fault or her doing, but she does seem uncannily unaware of the fact, and you never catch her working it. That's just perfectly disarming and rare."

Hathaway herself is increasingly confident in her abilities on-screen. "Somewhere between Brokeback [Mountain] and Bride Wars, my learning curve became quite sharp." In Rachel Getting Married, she plays Kym, a charming, drug-addicted narcissist who almost derails her sister's wedding.

For Bride Wars, Hudson picked Hathaway as her matrimonial rival and BFF. "Annie walks this fine line between being unbelievably intelligent and well read in her manner and being this wild little girl," she says. "She's a mix between a thoroughbred—totally focused, on it, and in it—and a platypus, this quirky, funny, simple animal."

L-R: Prada dress and JANIS by Janis Savitt earrings; Versace strapless dress; Thakoon sheath dress.

Will she find the right man? You live and you learn. Last spring, Hathaway bought branches of cherry blossom at the Union Square Greenmarket. "They lasted a month and were beautiful even as they died." She came back from a weekend to find that Follieri, who always liked things "fancier and perfect," had instructed the maid to throw the branches out. This was the moment when she knew that "we saw things differently."

After Topshop, it's off to Dover Street Market. Hathaway loves London, where she once spent a summer and "discovered the wonderful country of Mango." But Dover Street Market is new to her. It's the Comme des Garçons-owned, hypercurated acme of high fashion and high miscellanea. Hathaway is blown away: "I am really going to embarrass myself today! I'm treating myself to something I should have treated myself to a year ago." The salespeople want her to try on a high-collared, full-skirted leather Alaïa coat: "Meryl would love this," Hathaway says, grinning hugely.

Then we come to a vintage Diane von Furstenberg sleeveless wrap dress in aqua jersey with shoulder ties and fluttery edges; it and she look adorable and flirty. "I can go on a date in this," says Hathaway, giving a little twirl. "Oh, my God. That's such a weird thought."

~excerpts from Vogue magazine, January 2009 (style.com)

On a sunny, mid-November day in downtown Los Angeles, photographer Mario Testino, Vogue fashion director Tonne Goodman, makeup artist Gucci Westman and hairstylist Bob Recine set out to capture actress Anne Hathaway for their January cover. They scrapped their original styling plan and opted for a cream Prada halter dress, sheer toffee toned lips - a sfoter side of Hathaway to contrast with the graphic urban backdrop.

Westman blended foundation with an illuminator to enhance Hathaway's already perfect porcelain skin. She blended a little soft, brown cream blush under her cheekbones to add a bit of countour to her face. On Hathaway's eyes, Westman used a palette of creamy bones to rich chocolate dusting the lightest shade closest to the lash line. She applied a darker tone on her lids to shape her eyes. She calls the look 'transparent smoky'. She rimmed her eyes with a black pencil liner for extra definition and coated her lashes with black mascara. To soften Hathaway's naturally rosy-red mouth, Westman swiped her lips with sheer chocolate brown gloss. Westman credits her inspiration for the look as smouldery-eyed British actress Charlotte Rampling.

For the January 2009 cover look, Vogue used products from Lancôme:
  • Lancôme Le Crayon Kohl in Black Lapis - $23.50
  • Lancôme Photogenic Lumessence Light-Mastering and Line Smoothing Makeup - $40
  • Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick in Voile de Rose - $29
For a light swipe of chocolate gloss to finish the look, consider Lancôme's Color Fever Plumping Gloss is Souffle' or Juicy Tubes Chic Delights in Crème de Cassis

Vogue also recommends these products for a similar look:

  • MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder - $14.50 and Mark Eyemarker in Jet - $5.50
  • MAC Studio Fix Liquid - $26 and Mark Face Xpert Flawless Touch Makeup - $8
  • MAC Satin Lipstick in Brave - $14 and Mark Dew Drenched Moisturlicious Lip Color in Pink Posy - $6
For more of the story on Anne Hathaway, the Vogue photo shoot, her video diary and more, visit Style.com. Pick up the January issue of Vogue magazine for even more.

source: style.com

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