OK, so we all recognize the opening lines of Charlie’s Angels — or at least those of the savvy 2000 cinematic adaptation that recast the crime-fighting trio of hot babes from the 1970s TV series into a power brand with considerably more feminist appeal, especially for a younger generation more familiar with Alex, Dylan, and Natalie from the movies than with Jill, Kelly, and Sabrina from television. “They had a real sisterhood between them, and at the same time they were kicking ass,” says Laura Harrier, explaining the Angels’ enduring allure as well as the inspiration for this InStyle shoot, which brings the actress together with her friends in real life, Chloë Grace Moretz and Sophie Turner. “And the Destiny’s Child song from the first movie was epic,” adds Harrier.
“The relationship between those three girls was the strongest thing about them,” says Turner, who first met Harrier at a Vuitton fashion show and Moretz at a Met Gala after-party. As ambassadors for Vuitton, the three women have formed bonds of their own, with an easygoing camaraderie that has not gone unnoticed by the house’s artistic director, Nicolas Ghesquière. Reflecting on the zeitgeist of today’s newly awakened Hollywood, the designer says they represent exactly the types of fierce, outspoken individuals who inspire him. (He appears here as their elusive Charlie.)
“I’m lucky because I get to watch two sides of them — the side where they portray different characters, like a romantic heroine and then a serial killer, and at the same time I get to know them in real life,” Ghesquière says. “I love the fact that these young women are not afraid to cross boundaries and express themselves in many ways.”
For such a prominent designer who has long been revered as an innovator — at Balenciaga for 15 years and now at Vuitton for five — Ghesquière has always allowed an element of popular culture to enliven his work, sometimes making abstract references to his love of music and sports and other times nodding more obviously to science fiction.
And while he is not primarily a designer for the red carpet, he is very much attuned to that world and fascinated by its characters. He asked to meet Harrier just before she appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming and came to know Turner, of course, through her role as the not-to-be-underestimated Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones. Ghesquière has known of Moretz the longest, ever since her performance as a potty-mouthed preteen vigilante in Kick-Ass. Speaking on the phone a few days before the Venice première of Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, one of three films she has out this fall, Moretz described how Ghesquière custom-made a poetic, floor-length floral silk gown for her to create a specific impression.
“He wanted to see me, in his words, in a more romantic light that could lend itself to the landscape of Venice, and to offset the movie, which is this really dark, twisted horror film,” she says. “It feels like a special little moment.”
Full interview: instyle.com