As we all know, getting ready is almost as good as actually going out. Yellowjackets’ breakout star Ella Purnell agrees. “I love putting on some music, guzzling coffee, catching up with the hair and make-up team (today it was with the insanely talented Min Min Ma and Renato Campora), and just seeing what we come up with that day,” she told ELLE over email.
The “today” she is referencing is the Coach fall-winter runway show, which debuted on February 14. The New York brand is one of the main stops during New York Fashion Week, bringing out the crowds, the spectacle, and an unmatched celeb front row including Megan Thee Stallion, Angus Cloud, and more (global ambassador Jennifer Lopez, however, was not in tow). With the brand’s knack for curating a family of Hollywood’s best, it’s no wonder that Purnell’s rising profile was amongst the familiar faces. Lucky for us, she shared some candid moments of her getting ready for the event, just moments before the catwalk.
For her look, Purnell experimented with something she’s never tried before: unexpected tucking. “I have a ridiculous amount of oversized shirts, but I’d never tried tucking them into a long skirt before,” she explained. “It gave it a more softer, more flirty edge, especially with the colour palette.” Her final outfit consisted of a pink plaid shirt and a ditsy floral skirt, contrasted by unexpected accessories like a navy leather belt, statement sunglasses, and a purple platform boot. It’s quintessential Coach, mashing together soft western details with American prep.
When it comes to Purnell’s personal style, she tends to move beyond both Coach and her character Jackie’s penchant for sweater vests and letterman jackets. “I don’t usually go for preppy or cute unless I’m also pairing it with big boots, or sneakers, or lots of chunky rings,” she said, which made her hybrid outfit all the more cogent. “I think I have a little more edge than Jackie. She’s definitely a little more mainstream. That being said, I’m definitely popping more collars out of my sweaters than before, so maybe she is influencing me subconsciously!”
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