Kristen, Woody Allen, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, and cast attend the NY premiere. Kristen's Equals co-star Nicholas Hoult and friend Dakota Fanning also went to support.
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Kristen Stewart refuses to fit the red-carpet-look mold. The reluctant fashion icon has been taking big risks by combining her offbeat style with elegant Chanel looks, and it’s landed her on many best-dressed lists. For the New York premiere of her latest movie, Café Society, on Wednesday night at the Paris Theatre, Stewart stepped out wearing a ruffled, sheer, long-sleeved ivory Chanel gown that featured leather cuffs and criss-cross ribbing at the waist. With her platinum-blonde undercut hairstyle, how does Stewart describe her fashion-forward look these days?
“It’s fucking dope!” Stewart proudly told Vanity Fair at the screening presented by the Cinema Society. “My style is a little edgy and different. It’s fun to wear clothes that show off my personality, and I feel way more comfortable and confident when I do. It’s boring if I look like everyone else. I like to be different, even if other people don’t like what I’m wearing.”
After the screening, the 26-year-old ditched her Chanel frock and changed into a casual ensemble for the after party, which was at the Carlyle hotel. She wore a black leather jacket, a sheer gray T-shirt, distressed skinny jeans, a bright-orange beanie (despite the 80-plus-degree weather), and a pair of Vans sneakers with white stripes on the side.
Director Woody Allen is a big fan of Stewart’s fashion and aesthetic. When he first saw her in the 2014 drama Clouds of Sils Maria, he knew she would be perfect to play a 1930s secretary torn between two men in Café Society.
“Kristen had the right qualities for this story, and there were very few people who did,” said Allen. “She has a very beautiful look that could be a girl from Nebraska—simple, corn-fed, and naïve—and could transform easily into a very sophisticated and elegant woman. Not every woman can do that. And there are some that could play one and not the other. I needed someone like Kristen to play this kind of character, and she was ready to do it. She’s really great.”
“I never saw Twilight. I saw [Kristen] in the movie [Clouds of Sils Maria] that she won the French Oscar for. She was great in it,” said Allen on selecting Stewart for the lead role. “She had the right quality for this part and there were very few people who did. She had this very beautiful look that could be a girl from Nebraska—simple and naive—and could be transformed easily into a very sophisticated, elegant woman. Not every woman can do that. Some women can play one and not the other, and I needed two actors. I needed Jesse and Kristen to play those kinds of characters, and they were both able to do it.”
A little intel on the film: The 1930s romance flick follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Eisenberg) to Hollywood, where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he becomes obsessed with the high society nightclub life. The film shows the 1930s in full-force, showing what movie stars, socialites, politicians, and even playboys were like—and of course the glamour, too. Stewart, who confessed that Vicky Cristina Barcelona is her favorite Woody Allen movie, broke down what it was like to work with the writer/director. “He directs so little considering how particular his films are! Not to diminish his process—I just think there’s this intrinsic natural thing that happens.” The actress wore Chanel and shared what she thinks of her personal style these days: “It’s f*cking dope.”
“That was the era where you’d go out at night and pop Champagne corks,” Woody Allen began to explain. “And go to nightclubs, and socialites and actresses and producers and politicians would all be at these supper clubs and nightclubs.”
The director was reminiscing on the Café Society culture of the Thirties, the milieu for his latest film of the same name. He’d stepped out for the movie’s New York City premiere on Wednesday night at the Paris Theater, hosted by Amazon Studios, Lionsgate and Cinema Society, which was beginning to resemble his description.
His leading ladies were all in tow: Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively and Parker Posey, as well as Heidi Klum, Dakota Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Patti Smith and Barbara Walters.
“I’ve always felt period,” Posey declared on her affinity for her role in the film, before waving to a few women entering the theater. “See you at the Carlyle later,” she called out in a sultry voice.
Stewart walked by donning her typical edgy-romantic carpet look, this time a flowy white Chanel gown with leather accents, and briefly stopped to discuss Allen’s directorial style with reporters. “How little he directs considering how particular his films are. It really all goes into the writing — not to diminish his process, because I think there’s this intrinsic natural thing that just happens, and his faith in that process and how casual it is actually is what makes his movies so poignant.”
After the screening, the crowd leaked out of the theater to head uptown to the after party at the Carlyle Hotel, a difficult trek for Fanning as she was repeatedly mobbed by fans asking for selfies — requests she reluctantly agreed to despite her visible grimace. A short while later, Fanning finally made her way into a corner booth at the party, where she hung out with Stewart. The leading lady had ditched her Chanel for a more casual (and very her) ensemble of ripped black jeans, leather jacket, sneakers and an orange beanie — a reminder that yes, the Café Society era is officially a thing of the past.
A star-studded crowd gathered at The Paris Theatre in New York City Wednesday night as Amazon and Lionsgate collaborated with The Cinema Society for the U.S. premiere of Woody Allen‘s “Café Society.”
The film, which has an ensemble cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, and Corey Stoll, originally bowed at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in May. The 1930s-based romance follows New York native Bobby Dorfman (Eisenberg) as he travels to Hollywood and back only to find himself in a love triangle with his uncle, played by Carell, and his uncle’s secretary, portrayed by Stewart.
According to Allen, the film was marked by the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood and was intentionally scripted to feel like a book. “I wanted to write a novel on film and I wanted it to have a novel structure,” he said.
Stewart, who had to audition for the part of bright-eyed Vonnie, a departure from her more dramatic romantic roles, said that she was surprised by Allen’s laissez-faire directing style “considering how particular his films are.” “It really all goes into the writing,” Stewart told reporters. “Not to diminish his process because I think there’s this intrinsic natural thing that just happens, [but] his faith in that process and how casual it is, actually is what makes his movies so poignant and rhythmic.”
Stewart was not the only actress in the film who was drawn to Allen’s relaxed direction. Parker Posey, who plays the owner of a modeling agency, said she jumped at the chance to take the part. “It’s a Woody Allen film! He’s a great writer,” she said before adding, “and I love the 1930s and 20s.”
Post screening, Posey and Stewart snapped photos at The Carlyle Hotel while enjoying shrimp tempura, sparkling white wine, and jazz music. Other celebrity attendees included Heidi Klum, Anna Wintour, Dakota Fanning, and Stewart’s “Equals” co-star Nicholas Hoult.
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