A continuation to our previous post, on Lily being on the cover of the Global Winter 2020 issue of L’Officiel ART, it has been released by L’Officiel the interview, where Lily speaks to Alber Elbaz and Joshua Glass about Emily in Paris, Mank and the future. You can read the full interview below, and our gallery’s been updated with new outtakes!
When Lily Collins arrived in Paris over a year and a half ago to start filming Emily in Paris—the unsuspecting Netflix feelgood that became an overnight fame monster—the city was not as she’d expected. Born in Surrey, England but raised in LA, the daughter of Phil Collins has long been a Francophile, but upon returning to the French capital as Emily, an American hopeful trying to infiltrate the world of high fashion, the city’s volume seemed softer. With August’s heat seducing most Parisians to Biarritz or Provence for holiday, Collins and crew found themselves almost in a world of their own—that is until the rest of the world took notice.
Signatured by his oval-shaped frames and unperturbed glee, Alber Elbaz had a similar experience when he first immigrated from New York. “I was like, where is everyone?” recalls Elbaz, who moved across the Atlantic to work under Guy Laroche in the mid ‘90s. The fashion designer, who would later go on to Yves Saint Laurent before forging his legacy by reshaping the house of Lanvin—and contemporary women’s fashion as we know it—was, however, home that summer. Fate in the form of a mutual friend brought Elbaz and Collins together, and the two continued to run into each other in the weeks that the Darren Star–created series filmed. “At one point I was like, am I in this show?” he laughs. Elbaz was, in fact, not, but the pair’s parallelity was sealed in more ways than one.
Many months of Internet memes and record-breaking numbers later, Collins, with her beret temporarily retired, is no less Emily today as she is no less her old self, either. Newly engaged, the actress is embarking on what might be the most important phase of her career with Mank, David Fincher’s new biographical drama about Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and his notorious feud with director Orson Welles. Demure but biting, Collins plays Rita, the wispy secretary to Gary Oldman’s Mankiewicz and voice of reason to the overlooked writer’s domestic chaos. The black-and-white film was written by Fincher’s late father, Jack, and glorifies Old Hollywood drama through the director’s masterful style. Nine hours ahead in France, Elbaz is tiptoeing on the cusp of newness, too. Since his departure from Lanvin in 2015, the influential designer has purposely kept himself out of the fashion arena, collaborating instead on beauty, footwear, and even cinema projects—that is, until now, with the slow launch of his largely secretive, Richemont-backed fashion startup, AZ Factory, which debuts in January. Displaced from the cobblestones of Paris, the actress and the designer reconnect to discuss their shared excitement for one another, creativity in quarantine, and joy ahead.