Only true fashionistas braved the record-breaking arctic temperatures in NYC this weekend for New York Fashion Week. But Hilary Duff wouldn't miss it for the world.
For her role as a junior publicist on the critically acclaimed TV Land series, Younger, Duff is lucky to be styled by the team who dressed Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City – series creator Darren Star and legendary costume designer Patricia Field.
“Pat Field is the most unique person that I know!” Duff told Hollywood Take. “It comes so effortlessly to her, what she does and what she brings to the table. Each one of our characters is so different, and she really tackles them all so well.”
Set in Brooklyn and Manhattan, the clothes are an up-to-the-minute reflection of NYC street style, customized for Duff’s 26-year-old character Kelsey Parker, her co-worker (Sutton Foster), who is 40 but convinces everyone she’s 26, and Sutton’s artist roommate, Debi Mazar.
Duff told us it’s a dream cast. As the relative newbie among seasoned pros, she’s just trying to absorb it all. “They are all so wonderful,” she told us, “and I feel like I learn from them every day.”
Last season, Duff’s character got herself into a series of predicaments, from binge drinking to an affair with a client. All the while, Sutton tried to be the voice of reason. “Oh my gosh, the trouble is neverending!” Duff said. “There are definitely a few big surprises in store.”
Hollywood Take also met up with Abbie Cornish at the Monique Lhuillier show. We're not quite sure how Cornish had time for NYFW. She filmed six movies this year! “I just finished them, and they are all going to come out starting August, for about the next year and a half.”
“I did a movie called Geostorm, which is a really big blockbuster type of movie,” she added. “I played a Secret Service agent to the President of the United States, which was really fun. Then a movie called Solace, with Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell, and Six Days, about the six day siege on the Iranian embassy in London in 1980.”
Cornish loves the tough, political films she’s been doing. “Geostorm was so much fun to make!” she gushed. “I trained hard for that movie and worked with Andy Garcia and Ed Harris. Dean Devlin is an incredible director.”
Speaking of tough, one of Cornish’s early films was W.E., the story of Wallis Simpson. The film was directed by Madonna. We wondered what it was like working with Madonna. “Madonna is tough and really dedicated,” said Cornish. “She’s super-passionate, and she has an incredible design mentality and vision. So everything from the clothes to the air to the makeup to the set to the art on the walls. She’s a very powerful, beautiful woman.”
What did Cornish learn about style and beauty from Madonna? “To always embrace your femininity and to be comfortable with sexuality.”
That's one of the reasons Cornish loves Jenny Packham’s aesthetic. “I had a little sneak peek backstage,” Cornish told us in the front row before the show. “There is something very timeless, very eclectic but from the same place: delicate and feminine, but the colors also show strength in her work.”
Once Upon a Time star Jennifer Morrison agreed. She told us that her favorite style tip is to “always wear something that you feel good in. I think that a lot of times, especially in this business, we get so many things thrown at us. At the end of the day I always have to wear something that I actually feel good in because otherwise it just doesn’t quite work.”
Morrison, who plays Emma Swan on the ABC series, told us viewers can expect more changes for her character this season. “At the end of the first half of the season, Emma went from being a dark swan and has now gone back to what I’m calling ‘vintage Emma’ and now she’s going to Hades.”
Morrison had just arrived in New York and was having a great time at New York Fashion Week. “I love fashion, I always have enjoyed it since I was a little girl,” she gushed. “So I’m very happy to be here and see the shows.”