It seems like every day there’s a new designer x celebrity collaboration, but less ubiquitous are the moments when a star takes the backseat and serves as the creative inspiration and, in return, the promotional vehicle for a line or an individual piece. Such is the case with Emma Roberts and the limited edition sunglasses Nanette Lepore designed for her. Last night was the official launch of the Emma-inspired shades, and Roberts, Lepore, and Vogue Eyewear celebrated in style with an intimate party on the VIP floor of the 5th Avenue Sunglasses Hut. (Yes, that’s a thing that exists, and we have the pictures to prove it.) We caught up with Emma herself to get her reaction to the finished product and serving as Nanette’s design inspiration.
MTV STYLE: What exactly does it mean to be Nanette Lepore’s sunglasses muse? Were you involved in the design process at all?
EMMA ROBERTS: It was awesome to be the muse because I didn’t have to do anything, and I got a really great pair of sunglasses out of it! Nanette Lepore designed them for me, and she did such a good job because, literally, I’ve wanted a pair of glasses that look like this forever. They’re, like, glamorous but a little ’90s. And I love the cat eye — that’s all I wear. I love these, and I can’t wait to wear them.
What an honor! Did you already have a relationship with Nanette before these namesake shades?
Well, I wear her clothes, and I’m a huge fan. I think she does such a great job of doing clothes for young people and older people. I love the way she uses color and prints, and I think she really knows how to capture femininity. I’ve just always been a fan, so I was really excited to get to meet her and see the sunglasses she designed.
When Emma Roberts won the role of a bratty pop star in Celeste and Jesse Forever (opening in August), she was thrilled. Of course she was delighted to be playing opposite Rashida Jones, known for her roles in NBC’s Parks and Recreation and The Office. But Roberts was also pretty excited about playing dress-up.
“This character is the combination of every pop star we could think of, so my makeup, hair, and wardrobe were so much fun,” Roberts says. “I wore a rainbow faux fur vest and super-long blonde extensions. That’s why I wanted the part so bad. Because I knew I’d never be able to be like this in real life!”
In real life, the 21-year-old actor habitually hits snooze on her alarm clock, oversleeps, and rushes out of her Los Angeles apartment in the least time-consuming outfit possible. Today she’s wearing polka-dot jeans, a T-shirt, and flip-flops (she’s about to get a pedicure). But when she’s on the red carpet, she’s all girl. “I try to wear dresses,” she says. “I feel like it’s such a fairy tale.”
Emma Roberts’ Childhood
It may seem that Roberts’ life has been one big fairy tale. Her very first audition yielded the role of Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz’s daughter in Blow, she became a tween star as Addie Singer in Nickelodeon’s Unfabulous, and she has polished her acting skills in a number of films, both independent (Lymelife) and blockbuster (Hotel for Dogs). This summer, she’s been shooting Dito Montiel’s heist drama, Empire State. Last but not least, she is the niece of actor Julia Roberts and daughter of actor Eric Roberts.
Growing up, Roberts visited Aunt Julia on shoots and, she says, was so dazzled by the behind-the-scenes magic that her parents had to drag her away at night. Even now, she says, she cherishes every moment on the set, where she is endlessly inspired by experienced actors and directors. After working with Jones, who not only starred as Celeste but also wrote the script for the new film, Roberts started thinking about writing and producing.
Earlier this year while shooting the comedy Adult World, in which she co-stars with John Cusack, she got to know director Scott Coffey really well and is now eager to do more comedy — maybe something of Bridesmaids’ ilk, she says. And her onetime dream of starting a girl band was reignited when she got to sing in her Celeste and Jesse Forever pop star role. “The acting part is fun,” she says, “but there’s so much more to explore.”
Last week on Pretty Amazing TV, the five finalists had their Seventeen cover shoots, and one of the photos taken during that shoot will end up on the cover! In this week’s episode, judges Emma Roberts, Just Jared founder Jared Eng, and Seventeen editor-in-chief Ann Shoket all meet to decide who they think should be on the cover. All the girls are so different from each other, so it’s really tough! Eavesdrop on their conversation below and tweet us who you think they’ll pick with the hashtag #prettyamazing! The winner will be announced in two weeks, so be sure to tune in to see who it is!
Written and directed by Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”), “Virginia” stars Jennifer Connelly in the title role as a beautiful yet unhinged single mother who struggles to raise her son Emmett (Harrison Gilbertson) while dreaming of escaping her small Southern boardwalk town. Her long time affair with the very married, Mormon Sheriff Richard Tipton (Ed Harris) is thrown into question when he decides to run for public office. Things are further complicated when Emmett begins a romantic relationship with Tipton’s daughter (Emma Roberts). Virginia and the townâ€”populated by Amy Madigan, Toby Jones, Yeardley Smith – are full of secrets and everyone knows Virginia can only keep things together for so long. “Virginia” is a funny, touching drama that looks at the American Dream and what it takes to keep it together.
Subtitles: English SDH (Subtitles for Deaf and Hearing Impaired).
NANETTE’S MOMENT: Luxottica and the Council of Fashion Designers of America have tapped Nanette Lepore as the latest designer for the 2012 Design Series for Vogue Eyewear, its third designer collaboration to date. The designer chose actress Emma Roberts as her muse when creating the cream-colored cat-eye sunglasses. “I looked to glamorous actresses from the Twenties to the present while I was designing and fell in love with Emma,” said Lepore. “She’s chic, youthful and confident in her style. I really wanted to make every element of my sunglasses unique, from the metallic cyan packaging to the inlaid gold filigree on the frames.” The limited-edition frames (only 1,200 have been made) will be carried at select Sunglass Hut stores and sunglasshut.com for $129.95 in October. Past CFDA collaborators include Rebecca Minkoff, Monica Botkier, Yeohlee Teng, Devi Kroell, Kara Ross and Matt Murphy.