A press tour wardrobe has limitless potential, if you know the way to decorate the half. Repeatedly, Hollywood stars have harnessed public intrigue to advertise their initiatives by way of their clothes, whether or not it’s Margot Robbie re-creating the outfits of classic Barbie dolls or Jenna Ortega channeling Wednesday Addams’s supernatural goth power. However of all of the cinematic universes to attract inspiration from, there may be maybe none fairly as fantastically modern as that of The Starvation Video games.
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It’s an enchantment that Rachel Zegler and and stylist Sarah Tooley have embraced on the not too long ago launched press tour for The Starvation Video games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, in theaters this Friday. (SAG-AFTRA granted Lionsgate an interim waiver to advertise the movie just some days earlier than the actors strike ended.)
The prequel’s 22-year-old star shortly made headlines on the movie’s Berlin premiere, the place she wore a glamorous Alexander McQueen gown that resembled the flame-engulfing robe worn by heroic protagonist Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in Catching Fireplace, the second set up of the dystopian franchise. And all through the press tour so far, Zegler has relied on corseted silhouettes, flowing materials, and colourful jeweled tones—all of which nod to her character, Lucy Grey Baird, a District 12 denizen who gained the Starvation Video games 64 years earlier than Katniss did.
“I wished a recent tackle appears followers would know from the unique trilogy, on the planet of excessive trend,” Zegler tells Bazaar.
For final Thursday’s London premiere, she and Tooley tapped Dior, a model Zegler has an extended and heat relationship with, pulling a romantic, vampy black robe from the home’s Spring/Summer time 2024 runway. The gown featured delicate floral appliqué throughout the mock turtleneck bodice and the skirt, an allusion to Songbirds & Snakes’ rose motif.
“[Dior creative director] Maria Grazia [Chiuri]’s designs from her newest couture assortment included so many items that made me consider Lucy Grey,” Zegler says. The gown additionally included one more nod to Lawrence’s Starvation Video games heroine, she provides: “It instantly jogged my memory of the ensemble Katniss wears to her second Tribute Parade in Catching Fireplace.”
“We cherished the tactical components and the layering of this gown. There was a sense of deconstruction and optimism that felt very a lot on the nostril of themes within the film,” Tooley says. “There was one thing extremely transportive about this robe that appeared to stream backwards and forwards between the interval of the film and modern-day, providing a by way of line that we couldn’t resist.”
Zegler topped off the look with hanging diamond drop earrings and a diamond-encrusted snake ring from Chopard, in addition to black platform heels from Aquazzura. As for her glam, she relied on Dior Magnificence for a darkish, smoky eye look, which referenced her character’s roots in District 12, a area recognized for exporting coal.
Primarily based on Suzanne Collins’s 2020 novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the prequel tells the story of Lucy Grey’s victory within the tenth annual Starvation Video games, and her mentorship beneath Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth), who will turn out to be the bloodthirsty dictator of Panem by Katniss’s time. Lucy, a charismatic singer who comes from the nomadic Covey folks, without delay touches and torments Coriolanus—her humanity forces him to wrestle with the ethical disaster on the heart of the Video games. The 2 fall into an intense however tenuous romance, born of their mutual want for one another, with a view to survive.
“Lucy Grey’s major aim all through the movie is survival,” Zegler says. “She’s surviving her fellow tributes, surviving Snow, and surviving herself. There’s a degree once I suppose she realizes she’s taken a unsuitable flip, and we see her flinch a bit at Coriolanus touching her chin … these are the moments of sobriety. These are the moments when she wakes up from her personal efficiency and realizes it’s do or die.”
Of creating such a fancy relationship on set, Zegler credit costar Blyth’s willingness to get deep. “Tom is such a wonderful actor,” she gushes. “He’s clever and intentional together with his selections, and he cares a lot concerning the language popping out of his mouth in each scene. I cherished how down he was to rehearse scenes in several methods, with totally different views and approaches to the textual content.”
Within the e-book, Collins obscures Lucy Grey’s destiny—an aching ambiguity the film accomplishes with aplomb. In fact, Zegler has thought of her character’s true ending, too. “I at all times take into consideration what occurs to my characters whereas the credit roll for audiences,” she says. “Relating to Lucy Grey, I wish to suppose she’s free. I hope in the future I’ll get to listen to that from Suzanne, although.”
The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is Zegler’s third launched function movie. She received her breakthrough function—enjoying María in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 retelling of West Facet Story—at 17 years outdated. She has different main initiatives coming down the pipeline, too, like her gig as Snow White in Disney’s subsequent main live-action adaptation.
Zegler has been topic to the sort of high-profile scrutiny that always unfairly afflicts younger, proficient, profitable ladies rising within the trade. Requested how she feels she’s grown since she received her begin in Hollywood, she responds with grace and acceptance of the rising pains which might be nonetheless, inevitably, coming her approach. (“I can really feel it,” she says.) It’s a journey she is aware of is critical.
“I don’t even actually know myself fairly but,” Zegler says. “I hope I like her. I hope we like one another. And I’m proud to be a piece in progress.”