The wait is almost over — Catching Fire rolls out to theaters nationwide tomorrow, with midnight screenings starting in mere hours! But before you line up for tickets, consider accenting your Katniss ensemble with some ultra-hot nail art. We painted up four fun manicures inspired by the film, and while they’re not as intense as Effie’s embellished talons, they’re an easy, stylish way to give your look a touch of fire. See each manicure in our gallery now, with step-by-step instructions on how to nail all four effects.
The Hunger Games’ Costume Designer Trish Summerville Dishes on Dressing the Cast and Shares A Secret About J.Law’s Fall at The OscarsNov 20, 2013 @ 2:47 pm
It’s rare to find fresh-off-the-runway fashion in action-packed films, but, thanks to Trish Summerville, The Hunger Games series plays equally with action and Alexander McQueen. Summerville, who was awarded Costume Designer of the Year at the 2013 Style Awards, has been creating iconic pop culture looks for quite some time, including Christina Aguilera’s leather chaps getup in her Dirty video and Rooney Mara’s eerie-chic style in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The costume designer even told us she crafted the prominent biker jacket Mara rocks throughout the film. Summerville dished to InStyle on how she prepares to costume a blockbuster hit and how Elizabeth Banks morphs into character (above in a red-ruffled McQueen frock). Plus, she shared a tiny little secret on the graceful fall Jennifer Lawrence took in Dior Haute Couture on her way up to the Oscars stage last February.
As much as we love the often-outrageous costumes of the Hunger Games cast, more often than not, the looks don’t exactly translate to the real world. (To get outfitted as Effie Trinket, Elizabeth Banks has said it required a 4 a.m. wake-up call and two-and-a-half hours in the makeup chair every day. Not exactly what we would call a low-maintenance beauty routine.) Still, where there’s a will there’s a way, and so we set out to find some looks from Catching Fire, the series’ second installment hitting theaters this Friday, that we could easily replicate. Click through the gallery to see the outfits we found to fashionably function as styles worn by Katniss, Cinna, and yes, even Effie, no 4 a.m. wake-up call required.
It was a big night for Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as they brought their historic film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom to New York City at the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center with special guest, Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi. For the premiere, Elba, who stars as the iconic leader, was joined by his on-screen wife, Harris, who told InStyle.com that she did her fair share of research in preparation for her role as Winnie. “I interviewed people who knew Winnie, I watched documentaries about the Apartheid era, I read biographies written about her, I watched hours of uncut footage of her being interviewed,” she said. “I also sat down with Winnie herself, which was amazing.” The film is based on the 1994 biography written by Mandela himself, which chronicles his early years growing up in the rural Cape region, to his days as a lawyer and Apartheid resistance leader, his 27 years spent in prison, and finally his election as South Africa’s first-ever democratically voted president. It also touches on the relationship of Nelson and Winnie, who after Nelson went to jail, spent almost a year in solitary confinement, yet managed to express her strength through style. “The fashion is really about self-expression, it’s very colorful and very different,” Harris explained. “They have their own sense of style, almost peacock-like, its vibrancy and the use of colors.” As for Harris’ style on the red carpet, the actress stunned in a black sheer tulle Valentino embroidered gown and admitted that she gets to “have fun, play, and be outlandish” when it comes to her premiere looks. “[Since] you’re actually in the movie, you can go a bit further because normally you kind of feel like, ‘Oh I don’t want to dress up too much,’ but now you’re like ‘oh, well it is my movie so I’m going to dress up!,’” she laughed. Catch Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom out in theaters everywhere on November 29th.
Surprise! Jennifer Lawrence Dons the Same Dior Dress From Her InStyle Photoshoot for a Red Carpet PremiereNov 15, 2013 @ 1:03 pm
It looks like Jennifer Lawrence‘s latest red carpet look may have been inspired by InStyle! Our December cover star stepped out for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere in Italy Thursday night in the same Dior Haute Couture gown she wore in our December issue, on newsstands today. (Check it out on page 440.) For the 13-page spread, InStyle Style Director Melissa Rubini dressed Lawrence in white-hot couture looks from Valentino, Céline, Alexander McQueen, and this gorgeous floor-length Dior silk gown that Lawrence must have loved so much, she wore it twice!
To see Lawrence’s full cover spread and read our exclusive interview with the actress, pick up InStyle‘s December issue, available on newsstands and for digital download now.
In our December cover story, the gorgeous Hunger Games star and Oscar winner opens up to writer Mike Sager about on-set antics, crashing on friends’ couches, and why there’s just no motivating her to diet. But there’s plenty more Lawrence shared with us, including how no one hits on her (say what?!) and her first big splurge (we would’ve opted for a new Céline bag — just sayin’). To read the full interview, be sure to pick up InStyle‘s December issue, available on newsstands and for digital download now.
On being a sex symbol:
“I don’t see, feel or experience any of that. I don’t think about it. And nobody’s hitting on me. And that’s okay. It’s really fine.”
On understanding the male psyche:
“Having brothers turned me into a ‘male sympathist.’ I get where guys are coming from. If a girlfriend says to me, ‘He went to Paris and didn’t call me,’ I’m like, he went to Paris! If it was my brother, I’d tell him not to call, just have fun.”
On being a cheerleader in high school:
“We had a rule in my family that you had to play sports. So for me, cheerleading was a less annoying sport of other options, and in my family it counted as a sport. I ended up doing it for a really long time. It was at a time when I didn’t really like much — sports or school — but in the end, in the realm of what I was doing, I liked it okay.”
On not going to college:
“I was lucky enough to find a job without having to go to college, but I understand that’s usually not the case. It’s interesting to think that if I wasn’t doing what I’m doing, I’d be graduating college about now. In a short amount of time, I’ve lived so much, had so many experiences and met so many different types of people and even lived in so many countries. If I had been in school, I’d be learning about the world from books.”
On her biggest splurge so far:
“I’m saving a lot, but the one thing that was ridiculous but that I could afford, was when I was in Hawaii. I had this coffee that was amazing. It cost like $100 to ship one bag home. I was like, ‘I’m just going to do this,’ and I did.”
The release date for Fifty Shades of Grey may have been pushed back to February 13, 2015, but it’s clear that filming will be starting any day now, as evidenced by Dakota Johnson‘s brunette strands. Johnson, who will play Anastasia Steele in the film interpretation of the steamy novel, unveiled her new look on Monday (wearing Thierry Lasry “Orgasmy” shades) while shopping in Hollywood, only a few days before the Entertainment Weekly cover featuring her and co-star Jamie Dornan arrived on news stands. Fifty Shades of Grey quickly gained momentum after hitting store shelves last year, and despite the hype, the up-and-coming star isn’t intimidated by the risqué plot. “I’m not afraid of this story,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “I understand this girl, and I get it.” We’ve only ever seen Johnson as a blonde, but we have to say, the darker hue is flattering on her and brings a welcome change for the fall season. With production beginning in the next few weeks, we can’t wait to see more sneak peeks at the movie, as well as Dakota’s new brown hair.
Elizabeth Olsen Shines in Altuzarra at FilmDistrict and The Cinema Society’s Screening of Oldboy in New York CityNov 12, 2013 @ 5:40 pm
All eyes were on Elizabeth Olsen last night at New York City’s AMC Lincoln Square Theater, where FilmDistrict and The Cinema Society co-hosted a screening of Spike Lee’s much-anticipated film Oldboy, a modern-day American remake of the cult classic South Korean thriller. The 24-year-old actress proved that sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley aren’t the only ones with fashion chops in the family, showing off her own style in an Altuzarra white silk dress and shimmering silk jacket woven with metallic thread. “If I went through a security thing, it would go off!” Olsen joked to InStyle.com of the platinum-colored piece. “[Altuzarra] was like, ‘Try and get through the airport in this!’” We’ll take all the protection we can get: Oldboy tells the harrowing story of Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin), an advertising executive who is suddenly and inexplicably kidnapped and held for 20 years in solitary confinement with little else than a bed, a TV, and a shower. In the film, Olsen plays Marie, a social worker with a dark past who offers to help Joe after he’s freed from imprisonment, and becomes entangled in his quest to seek revenge on his captor. Catch the film when it opens in theaters on November 27th!