The actress and her business partner celebrate the launch of their new accessories line in Los Angeles.
Photography By ANTHONY GOBLÉ
Written By JACK SUNNUCKS
Makeup By CHAUNTAL LEWIS
Hair By SHANE O’SULLIVAN
Stylist ALEXANDRA MANDELKORN
“We met in a nightclub, Teddy’s at the Roosevelt,” laughs model, actress and now designer Suki Waterhouse, reminiscing about the notorious Hollywood hangout where she met her best friend and business partner, Poppy Jamie, four years ago. “I think we had some sort of spiritual connection, and knew we wanted to come together and do something, and be in each other’s lives quite permanently.”
That something is Pop&Suki, a youthful accessories line centered around a petite but perfectly sized handbag. They found the prototype, a vintage camera bag, shopping at Bustown on Melrose. Seeing a gap in the market for a small over-the-shoulder bag, they decided to replicate it. “I’m obsessed with it,” Waterhouse declares, “because I haven’t really needed another bag.” It comes in just three colors–blush pink, burgundy, and black–and you can have your name printed on the bottom (a particular hit with famous fans like Lady Gaga and Lena Dunham). For the pair, it’s exactly the right unobtrusive proportion. “I hate going to a festival with a bag,” says Waterhouse, miming being knocked over by someone’s oversize sac a main.
This evening, they’re getting ready to launch their line (it also includes a tote and jewelry) at the one-night-only Pop & Suki diner on Highland Avenue. They’ve decided to dress the part in Grease-era pink – Poppy in a pale MaxMara pant suit and Suki in a tutu and leather jacket emblazoned with ‘Bowie’ on the back. “We’re an LA-London brand,” Waterhouse says of their aesthetic. Sipping a Diet Coke, Jamie muses that any beauty look should begin with “a good dewy base, even if you’re desperately dehydrated.” For said base, Waterhouse recommends a variety of products. “I really like Tom Ford foundation mixed with a Chantecaille cream — that makes your skin look really dewy,” she says. For makeup, she prefers products from “Kevyn Aucoin, one of the most legendary artists. Laura Mercier concealers. Charlotte Tilbury beauty pens. And more Tom Ford for contouring!”
Both Waterhouse and Jamie are ferociously busy, the actress having recently finished filming Billionaire Boys Club with Emma Roberts, and Jamie about to fly to Harvard to give a speech on entrepreneurship. Awaiting their hair and makeup team at a friend’s Hollywood Hills pad, Waterhouse admits that she’s useless at doing her own ‘do. “I get two or three blowouts a week, she says, wearing an achingly cool pre-tutu ensemble of Vetements hoodie and jeans. “If you’ve got your hair sorted, you can get away with everything else.”
SUBJECT: Suki Waterhouse / Poppy Jamie
OCCUPATION: Actress / Entrepreneur
OCCASION: The launch of Pop&Suki at Mel’s Diner
TEAM: Chauntal Lewis, makeup artist; Shane O’Sullivan; hairstylist
GETTING READY SOUNDTRACK: K. Flay
PRE-GAME BEVERAGE: Amaretto Sour for Suki, Margarita for Poppy
HEELS OR FLATS: “Flats. I feel like I’m more able to bomb around” – Waterhouse.
IDEAL DINNER DATE: “Each other.”
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