An evening with the Calvin Klein-clad star of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Photography ByANTHONY GOBLÉ
Written By JACK SUNNUCKS
Makeup By LOTTIE S
Hair By TEDDI CRANFORD
Nails By MICHELLE SAUNDERS
Styling By DANIELLE NACHMANI
Laura Harrier is having a moment, both on and off screen. The 27 year-old actress has her first bona fide hit with Spider-Man: Homecoming, in which she stars as Liz Allan, the titular character’s love interest and high school classmate. In real life, the Chicago native has become something of a fashion world darling for her eclectic-yet-classic red carpet looks. Radiant in Rosie Assoulin at the CFDA Fashion Awards. Edgy in a crop top at Louis Vuitton’s Kyoto Cruise show. Playful in neon separates for a Brazil photo call. Some of the credit belongs to Harrier’s stylist, the brilliant Danielle Nachmani. But as Nachmani is quick to note, “Laura and I work together in a super collaborative way. She has a really strong aesthetic, I’m just here to educate her a bit about the world of fashion and the designers that are available to her.”
VIOLET GREY joined Harrier and her team for a Migos-soundtracked evening before the Los Angeles premiere of Spiderman: Homecoming, during which she opened up about everything from portraying a modern superhero’s girlfriend, to the facial spray that’ll make you feel pretty super-powered too.
SUBJECT: Laura Harrier, @lauraharrier
OCCASION: Los Angeles premiere of Spider-Man: Homecoming
VENUE: Chateau Marmont
THE LOOK: Dress by Calvin Klein By Appointment, jewelry by Bulgari, shoes by Manolo Blahnik.
Tell us about your character.
I play Liz, who is the love interest of Peter Parker. It’s exciting because [the film] is part of the Marvel universe, but it explores it really creatively. And the cast is amazing: Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Marissa Tomei, Zendaya.
What’s Liz like?
She’s a senior in high school. Like me, we’re the same age [laughs]. I’m excited to be playing her because she’s super smart and really driven—she’s the captain of the school’s academic decathlon. It’s cool how she was written, and how I was allowed to build the character. She’s definitely not a typical love interest, she has her own storyline, she has a million things going on and she’s not there to be an accessory for the guy. It’s refreshing how the whole story has been updated. It’s really modern—it actually feels like New York City in 2017.
What was the beauty and wardrobe vibe? Did you have any input?
My hair and makeup in the movie is very Liz, it’s not me. She’s someone that is really put-together and controlled. She’s the girl who wakes up at 6 a.m. to get a blowout before school. Which is not me at all [laughs].
But our costume designer was amazing and she let me have a lot of input into Liz’s wardrobe. I was allowed to make her look a little cooler, more like how young people are actually dressing. Like I had her wearing vintage Levi’s instead of basic skinny jeans.
Describe your own beauty routine.
Very low-key. I’m definitely into beauty, but I’m not someone who wears a lot of makeup. I’m into natural beauty, I try and use only clean, chemical-free products on my face and body.
My friend Carrie Lindsey is an aesthetician and she looks after my skin. I wash my face with Manuka honey and then use rosewater spray. Then I’ll either use a Tata Harper moisturizer or this new one I just got by Epicuren, which is also something made out of bees. I dunno—she keeps putting bee stuff on me [laughs]. Honey is naturally anti-bacterial so it prevents breakouts. [Lindsey] told me to stick to ones with KFactors between 12 and 18, because anything above that is hospital-grade! And apart from that, lots of coconut oil.
What are your getting-ready rituals?
Music! And I like when my friends come over, that makes it more fun. Because if I am by myself it’s like, five minutes, that’s it—I’m done. I have no patience, I get super-bored.
But [in this setting] it’s different. I feel like everyone I work with is a friend, so we just chill and have a drink.
So you don’t, like, meditate or something along those lines?
Fuck no! I’m drinking champagne and playing Migos. That is the vibe here.
What are you working on next?
I’m doing a film adaptation of Farenheit 451 for HBO and directed by Ramin Bahrani. I play Michael B. Jordan’s wife, Millie. I’m super stoked about it. I start shooting in Toronto next week.
What’s your getting-ready soundtrack?
Right now, SZA. But it changes [various members of Harrier’s team chime in to say “Laura has the best taste in music”; “She always plays the best stuff”; and “Her playlists are always changing!”]. I’m really across the board. Billie Holiday will come on, then Migos will come on. Who knows what’s gonna happen [laughs]?
Ideal dinner date?
What’s your favorite place in LA?
The Chateau Marmont. I fucking love it.
“[Laura’s dress] is Calvin Klein by Appointment by Raf Simons. We worked directly with the Calvin Klein team on this piece. They showed us a bunch of options, but it was a no-brainer. When we walked in, they said, we already know which dress is the dress. I really wanted Laura to have a moment that glamorous without taking away from her overall aesthetic, which is very simple, cool and timeless. This was going glamorous for the premiere but in a way that felt very us. It’s red, it’s daring—it’s velvet in June!
We’re pairing it with Bulgari jewels: diamond serpent earrings with ruby eyes and a lot of diamond rings. And a pair of Manolo Blahnik champagne satin heels. Super classic. Super timeless. And I feel like it will be a moment for Laura to stand out in a way she really deserves and, I don’t know, just feel like a million bucks [laughs]!”—DANIELLE NACHMANI
“After looking at the dress, Danielle and I decided that we wanted to stay away from color, because it’s a statement. It’s very red. So we did really glowy skin and a clean-but-smoky eye with bronzes, golds and shimmery taupes. Like a wash of a smoky eye. The outer corners are lined for definition and then pulled out, smudged out.
I’m using mostly NARS eyeshadows—I really love them and they work well with [this look]. We used the Dual-Intensity Shadows in Himalia and Ursa Major. And of course it’s all about her skin, because she has beautiful skin. I used all Caudalie skin care—their Beauty Elixir and Premier Cru The Cream—and that’s mostly all that is on her skin. I didn’t use foundation, only a bit of NARS concealer in Ginger sheered out with a little moisturizer. Just a fresh, simple vibe.”—LOTTIE S
“So, you’ve seen the dress: very low neck, really nice shoulders. Plus, she’s wearing all this gorgeous jewelry. So the hair isn’t the showstopper, it’s supporting the rest of the look. We’re doing a low, loose ponytail with some texture. It’s super simple.
I used Oribe Mousse to blow out her hair and to give it a little bit of a grip. With the blowout, I’m being mindful of the fact I’m putting it back behind her shoulders and bringing everything down. I always love the Tigi Bed Head spray but sometimes it can make the hair look a little dry, so I use a bit of Bumble & Bumble Invisible Oil after I blow it out. There’s a fine line between texture and frizzy—for the red carpet, you want that cool girl vibe, but with polish. And I’m eyeballing it with the Dry Texturizing Spray by Oribe, just to support the pony and make sure it stays as-is. That’s the thing with undone hair. People think it’s so simple, but, from the very beginning, every product and every technique is a set-up to the end.
Laura and I have been working together since the beginning—we met through a friend and I started cutting her hair. And I remember the day she came to Los Angeles to do a casting [for the film]. And a month later she came back and casually said, “I got Spider-Man.” I’m like, holy crap, that’s awesome. She’s a dream client because she can really carry a look. I just want my clients to look like the best versions of themselves. That could mean super-polished and sleek, that could mean 1940s-inspired, that could mean Kate Moss vibes. I feel like we work really well together, because even if it’s a full look, she still looks like Laura. Nothing is wearing her. And I’m really mindful of that.” — TEDDI CRANFORD
“On her hands, we have the exact same color as her beautiful Manolos. It’s called Cocktails and Coconuts by essie. It’s a neutral sandy beige with a hint of sheen, as if we were replicating the satin in her shoes. And we used A+ by essie on her toes—it’s the perfect red-blue for this dress. I find more and more, especially when I do red carpet, that everyone wants [their nails] to match their outfit. It’s tonal, which I think is more elegant for the red carpet.
And the nail length is what I like to call an ‘active beauty length,’ meaning it’s still a soft almond shape, but not too long. I always say that nail shape and length has to do with your lifestyle. So if you can rock a long nail, I say go for it, but most of us are really busy with our hands [laughs]!” — MICHELLE SAUNDERS