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Liv Tyler Models Diamonds and Talks Undies with Stella McCartney
Vanity Fair, August 2014. Photos by Paola Kudacki
Liv Tyler lets her hair dry, models some luscious jewellery and chats about work, style, motherhood and undies with her pal Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney: Do you remember when we attended our first Met Ball, wearing those "Rock Royalty" T-shirts? Liv Tyler: How could I forget? You called me up and said, "Liv, will you go to this little fashion party at the museum with me?" And I said, "Sure!" You said, "OK, I'll pick you up on the night, be ready, I'll have your top with me."
The event was "rock style" and you went to the Filth Mart on the Lower East Side and had T-shirts made that said Rock Royalty. When you showed up with them, I thought, "Really, are we going to wear those?" I felt a bit embarrassed. I knew you were rock royalty but I felt like I was just a rock kid. It was funny because the event was about rock style but we were the only ones dressed in a rock'n'roll sort of way. I felt like people were judging us all the time.
It was one of the only times I ever related to how our parents must have felt in the 60s and 70s, being different from everyone else. There's a lot of judgment when you have a sort of "Fuck off, I don't care what you think, I'm going to celebrate my own individual style" rock'n'roll attitude. The amazing thing was when we woke up we were on the cover of WWD, just the two of us, hand in hand in our Rock Royalty Filth Mart T-shirts and I felt quite proud, like maybe just maybe we were rock royalty in some way. It was one of my favourite nights because it was so pure and so spontaneous.
Stella McCartney: What inspires you to take certain roles? Liv Tyler: I try to only take the jobs and parts that I truly fall in love with. My character, Meg, in the TV show I'm doing now, The Leftovers, was only in the script of the pilot for one scene. Anyway, I fell in love with her in an instant. It's like something bigger than you is speaking to you. Like it was meant to be.
SM: We both have children. How do you combine work with family life? How do you establish balance? LT: Oh, boy! A lot of work. A lot of help. I'm so lucky I have a lot of support. Really it just takes a ton of planning. My priority is Milo and his security and happiness, so I plan everything around that. Sometimes when things get really busy I don't get much sleep, but I feel so lucky to have a job that I love, that keeps surprising me and rewarding me with the little gift of connecting to characters, actors and film-makers I love and respect, and I am fortunate enough to spend a lot of time with my son too.
SM: Are you more of a clothes or a jewellery girl? LT: I love jewellery. Diamonds are a girl's best friend! I mostly love vintage. I love to go to Fred Leighton and try everything on. It's so fun to get dressed up and wear major jewels. In my everyday life I don't wear much, just simple diamond studs, a vintage ring or two. But when you have an amazing piece of jewellery on, you really do feel like a million bucks.
SM: How important is escape for you? What's your dream night out? LT: I love to escape. Just getting away from all the madness and people makes me happy. My idea of heaven is to be away with my family and the ones I love in the country, by the fire, laughing and playing. My dream night out is any dive bar with a great jukebox and my friends, where we're free to drink and dance.
SM: I always think of you as a sensual and sexy woman. How do you reflect that in your choice of lingerie? LT: Ah, thank you, Stell Bell, that is so sweet of you to say. Can I tell you the truth? And I'm not blowing smoke up your pretty little heinie! I love your knickers. They are my absolute favourites. Every time I buy a new pair, I'm in heaven and I think, "How the eff does she do it?" I just went to the store to do a fitting for your resort presentation, but secretly all I had my eye on was the undies. They feel so good and look so feminine.
For me, lingerie has to feel good against your skin and to the touch. If it doesn't feel good when I touch it with my eyes closed, I'm not wearing it.