Style Session: Krysten Ritter
Dear Dolce & Gabbana, Have we got a girl for you!
Krysten Ritter is the ultimate "cool girl." Laid-back and undeniably hilarious, we've fallen in love with this 29-year-old quadruple threat (actress/model/screenwriter/producer). So, it’s a good thing that she's currently filming a new series, Don’t Trust The B—- in Apartment 23, because we're having some serious Krysten withdrawals since her role as Jane on Breaking Bad ended.
From adoring classic brands such as Dior and Dolce & Gabbana to fully embracing ‘80s silhouettes, complete with teased hair and shoulder pads, Ritter has her sartorial bases covered. An ex-model, she's maintained a name for herself in the fashion world with a grungy-meets-girly style and appearing as the self-proclaimed “weird and funny” face in Banana Republic’s 2009 ad campaign.
Clearly, weird and funny works for Krysten, who looks stunning. Even next to what she describes as “tall, gorgeous freaks" (aka models).
From an obsession with Clueless to being given the dress off of Kate Bosworth’s back (literally), Ritter shares some of her favorite fashion moments with Lucky.
Were you into fashion growing up?
You know, I’ve had a very specific style ever since I was 14 or 15 years old. I was really into Guns n’ Roses and Aerosmith and Nirvana so I wore jeans and boots. And then when I was a little bit older, like a mid-teenager, I started going a little girlier because I saw Clueless. So basically I merged my grunge look with a little bit of sky-high action, like little skirts. And I’m still the same way. I still keep buying the same staple pieces. All I need is a good pair of jeans, some black leggings, some boots, a good jacket and a staple, uniform dress and I mix and match it. My style has always been grungy girly…and poor.
Still, you are known for your great style. There’s a reason Banana Republic picked you to be in their ads.
That was so cool! When I was a model I was always a little offbeat, a little quirkier, and I always felt like "Oh my god. These women around me are tall, gorgeous freaks of…like aliens from outer space" And then there I was messing around. So when I showed up at the Banana Republic campaign shoot it was me and some other actresses like Lauren Ambrose, some cool people, and then they had a couple of models and they were gorgeous. And I was like ‘Oh no. Here we go again!’ But they ended up liking whatever it is that I do and they made me the sort of center of the campaign and brought me back the next year. I was like ‘Wow, this is so cool! The fact that I’m making funny faces and jumping around and being a goofball is working.’
Do you have a dream brand that you’d like to align yourself with for another campaign?
My god, yes! I could go on and on. I would love to do Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Miu Miu. I mean, that would be heaven. And I would love to do a makeup campaign. Dolce & Gabbana, I swear to God, their fit model must be my size: big butt, little waist, no boobs. Across the board, I can just walk into those dresses and they fit perfectly. Dolce & Gabbana just gets me every time.
In Killing Bono you got to be very ’80s. Is that an era you love or hate?
I love it! You don’t have to twist my arm at all to give me some big hair and a little pencil skirt with a high waist. It suits me! I just love the ’80s. In Killing Bono I think the hair was a little too big because it was really authentic and that’s just wrong. Nobody should ever use that much hairspray. But I love the clothes and I thought that the costume designer just killed it! I thought what I was wearing was pretty spot-on. I love the shoulder pads! They make your figure look so nice because they make your waist look small. There’s something to it.
You’ve written and produced the upcoming movie, Life Happens, in which you co-star with Rachel Bilson and Kate Bosworth. Did you guys get to trade fashion tips at all on set?
It’s funny you ask, because there was a day where Kate Bosworth showed up and she was wearing this adorable dress, I was just like ‘Aw! I love what you’re wearing, where’d you get it?” And she was like, ‘I got it at Topshop!’ We all love Topshop, like we could live in there. And she gave me the dress off of her back. I’m not kidding. She was like ‘Here, you can have it.’ I wear it all the time, I don’t even think I’ve washed it—it still smells like Kate.
What designers are you into right now?
I’m really digging the Material Girl line that Madonna’s daughter did. And MINKPINK has a lot of cute little dresses that are affordable but special as well. I just wore a Christian Siriano skirt in a magazine spread. I don’t watch Project Runway, so I didn’t know anything about him or who he was, but he seems like he’s doing something exciting as well.
Any great holiday gift tips you can share?
I just got this amazing contraption called a SodaStream. I’m obsessed with bubbly water, but I realized that my recycling can was overflowing with bottles and I hate that. So I got this thing, it’s shaped like a penguin and it makes bubbly water, and now my recycling is literally half as full. It’s amazing. I’m getting that for everyone.
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