Style Heroine

It's so cliche. We know. But Chloe's just so cool, there's a reason she's everyone's indie style muse. Chloe Sevigny embodies the spirit of downtown New York. She's grungy, but expensive. She's underground, but a household name. She's been an It-Girl since the mid '90s but unlike her peers, the spotlight never seemed to manage to burn out her free spirit and creativity. Particularly in terms of the work that she does. She hasn't sold out. Hell, her first big budget film was only five years ago with Zodiac and only a few years before that she was blowing Vincent Gallo on camera for Brown Bunny. She's an indie dream. She's always gotten attention for her eclectic choices, both on film and in fashion. Refusing to ever be the typical starlet, she's always retained a pronounced edge in her appearance. Fashion forward and ahead of the game, she worked on a 2003 Imitation of Christ collection, serving as Creative Director, and then in 2009 launched her eponymous label with Opening Ceremony. The collection is now in its sixth season and has expanded beyond vintage inspired dresses and killer platforms to include sunglasses, trench coats, handbags, letterman's jackets and more. Selling at hip spots across the globe, her collection has brought platform sneaks and track jackets back into the mainstream. Everyone appreciates her style -- even if they aren't a fan, there's something to be said for standing out from the sea of lookalikes that inhabit the streets of Hollywood -- but they love her for her acting work. Like Parker Posey before her, she's taken on the societal role of Indie film queen starring in independent films like Kids, Party Monster and Boys Don't Cry with the latter winning her nominations for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Her work in the HBO series Big Love brought home that Golden Globe, this time for Best Supporting Actress as she portrayed Nicolette Grant, a fundamentalist Mormon involved in a polygamous marriage. She takes on her roles unselfconsciously and brings an element of gritty realism to everything she's involved in. And this is what she wants to be noticed for -- as she told Playboy Magazine via Vogue UK, "I'm glad I grew up during the last vestige of cool, in the Nineties, when everything wasn't blogged and on the Interwebs, when things were more on the downlow and underground, I guess I am stylish, but I would rather have people come up and say 'I really liked your performance in this or that' than 'I really like the way you dress'. That irks me." You must admit though, that it is hard to ignore her personal style. Lightyears away from the rest of the pack, Chloe most often stands alone. [caption id="attachment_8503" align="aligncenter" width="469" caption="Chloe & Vincent Gallo"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8506" align="aligncenter" width="435" caption="Purple Magazine"][/caption] The films she chooses to grace with her presence are often controversial and avant-garde, and have gained her a cult like following. The epitome of downtown chic, Sevigny comes across as smart, interesting and, excuse my French, fucking cool. It's funny to consider how much is communicated through her style and film choices, and to then look at her Hollywood peers -- pretty actresses who take safe roles and keep their stylist on speed dial -- who communicate so little. Choose to be cool folks, choose to be cool. [caption id="attachment_8476" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="2008 Uniqlo campaign"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8477" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="CS for Opening Ceremony 2011 Pre-Spring"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8478" align="aligncenter" width="470" caption="Party Monster"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8479" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="Chloe perfume campaign"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8482" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="Chloe in her NYC apartment"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8483" align="aligncenter" width="780" caption="Wallpaper for days"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8488" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Dressed as Terry Richardson"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8493" align="aligncenter" width="410" caption="CS for OC"][/caption]