3 Fashion Fails From Interview November 2013 With Claire Danes

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Curious and hungry for more Homeland? Hoping for Claire Danes to spill more secrets from the series backstage with every new magazine she’s in?

She’s on the cover of the November 2013 issue of Interview magazine and the inside story was penned by Dustin Hoffman. That sounds promising enough, doesn’t it? Because as far as the fashion quality of her pictorial, I was rather disappointed. Fabien Baron signed the photographs that seem to deliver a new level of glamour for Claire, as styled by Karl Temper. And while everything looks perfect, 3 fashion fails sneaked up in this visual story! Let’s see if you found them as well:

Claire Danes Interview November 2013 golden cover

{3} Out of character

The overall expression is forced and lifeless. Fashion is an art. Photography is an art. When collided, both should trigger feelings. Reactions. Claire Danes Interview cover does neither. At least as far as I’m concerned. And think that her story was brought on by the character she plays in Homeland, Carrie Mathison, a bipolar CIA operative, this entire pictorial is just silly, disconnected and unrealistic.

Claire Danes Interview November 2013 Balenciaga dress

{2} Advertising material

The images are more appropriate for an accessories-focus ad campaign than the general fashion spread they were conceived for. That’s offending for the model and the readers as well. Concentrating too much on delivering a different character than the one she’s so masterfully interpreting in Homeland, the editors pressed on some key fashion buttons offering instant makeover. Losing Claire Danes in fashion translation.

Claire Danes Interview November 2013 Armani dress

{1} Too much beauty

Deep burgundy lips, heavy mascara, golden eyelids and dark nails on top of that! The look is just too strong. Too eighties, too beautifying. Claire doesn’t need that. The beauty is inside her. This is just a bad paint job on an architectural masterpiece.

Claire Danes Interview November 2013 makeup

But considering the bigger picture, as this is a magazine dealing with the visual arts in a more cultural way than, say, Vogue would, I have to observe the fashion level that Claire’s pictorial has been upstaged to. The clothes she’s wearing, they’re not what can be considered routinely style-ordinary. Balenciaga, Armani, Stella McCartney, Narciso Rodriguez: these are all very distinct maisons, with a clearly grownup perspective over fashion and women and general.

Claire Danes Interview November 2013 Stella suit

Distinctiveness is what Claire Danes is about. She’s not your run-of-the-mill actress. She’s been in Television before in a series that would later on become a reference (My So-Called Life) and her character looked like written for her. The introspection and the dangerous levels of honesty and righteousness feel engraved in Carrie Mathison’s personality as well. Claire Danes is putting life in her characters like no other. Like every one of her roles is just another layer peeled off of her very soul.

Claire Danes Interview November 2013 Narciso Rodriguez dress

So what would fashion do with someone so particularly gifted? Have her posing tummy-ache style with a Vuitton across her belly? Nah.. Until they’ll have it figured, they’ll just try new things with her. Like these shampoo-ads poses from this issue of Interview. What’s she selling?

Claire Danes Interview November 2013 heavy jewelry

Jewelry? Anti wrinkles cream? Nail polish? Makeup products? Hair products? Perhaps a new hair salon just around the corner? Awkward. It’s how it is. Claire Danes’ world is made of awkward. And not because of her. She’s giving it all. It’s the others who don’t know how to file her personality type. (her interview with Dustin Hoffman is really a good read if you’re in the mood for 5 pages of acting talk!)


#1 Appollonia on 11.11.13 at 11:15 am

Indeed AWKWARD is the word also because of her. She could have say “no” to all of this right?

#2 kpriss on 11.13.13 at 6:48 am

not if her publicists would’ve advised her to do the piece in any circumstance to help promote the new season of Homeland… plus – Dustin Hoffman conducted the interview, perhaps that was more important to her than the pics?

#3 Appollonia on 11.13.13 at 11:51 am

Probably. I am tired of a certain comment I’d often stated here: I don’t want to think of fashion, brands etc. watching series and movies. Seeing Carrie was Carrie. Now I see this.
Same with Marion Cottillard (and many others) whom I love as actors. Dior always cross my mind watching her. I hate that. It works the other way around for me. But who am I? Most fashion loving people are delighted. I bet Jennifer Lawrence who’s currently on tour to promote Hunger Games would look far more lovely as herself.

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