Kristen Wiig Covers Elle and a Grey Gardens Fashion First

16 Jul

Kristen Wiig’s Elle cover for the August issue is relaxed cool (with a slight hint of cleav) in a Balenciaga leather jacket, grey tank, jeans and a funky bob.

Kristen Wiig Elle coverIt’s a shot that might not scream summer – particularly the jacket – and it is the editorial inside this edition that breaks ground with a fashion first as the shoot takes place at Grey Gardens; home of socialites Edith and Edie Beale (or Big and Little Edie). Mother and daughter earned icon status thanks to a 1975 documentary that showed their eccentric and reclusive side as they barely left their East Hamptons estate, even as it fell into ruins (HBO made a biopic of the same name in 2009 starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore).

This is not only the debut of Grey Gardens as a fashion shoot location, but also the first time it has been shot at since the ’70s documentary. In a billowing Vera Wang Collection Georgette evening robe the first photo below really captures the wistful and eccentric qualities of the former inhabitants.

Kristen Wiig GGIn the interview Wiig talks about comedy versus drama and it’s probably a topic she will be asked about more frequently thanks to her forthcoming films The Skeleton Twins and Welcome to Me (also starring other notable SNL alum Bill Hader and Will Ferrell). Wiig discusses the notion of being pigeon holed and stepping outside of this comfort zone “But I’ve always wanted to do dramatic stuff, to write and direct, do a lot of different things. Comedy is where my heart lies, but there’s also something really satisfying about being able to step away with a small crew, become a character and get to know her for a few months at a time.”

Kristen Wiig Grey GardensThe interview which you can read a longer excerpt here and on newsstands in full (both digital and print) from July 15 goes into more detail about The Skeleton Twins – you can see the trailer below – and her career before and after her seven year SNL stint.



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