Last week, a virtually unknown Felicity Jones took home the Gotham Independent Film Breakthrough Actor Award for her endearing turn as Anna in Drake Doremus‘ small-budget love story, Like Crazy. Also that week, the British beauty was named the new face of Dolce & Gabbana beauty. The 28-year-old’s sudden entrée onto fashion’s collective radar (along with her affinity for Proenza Schouler, Chloé, and Valentino on the red carpet) feels somewhat indebted to Like Crazy costumer Mairi Chisholm, who created a third protagonist in Anna’s charming wardrobe.
“My approach to finding inspiration for Anna’s style started with reflecting on the main theme of the film: the innocence of love,” Chisholm tells BULLETT. “I wanted her early years to feel playful and young, thus her clothes were carefree in a way, down to the imperfections of how she wore a necklace twisted a bit to the side or the holes in a worn-out field jacket.” As the fairytale fades, however, Anna’s look purges its winsome carelessness. “She becomes more structured, done-up, and put together in her London life.” Anna’s newfound responsibility meant retiring the beat-up Barbour. “There is more detail and awareness about how she pairs her clothing, and who she may need to impress with it.”
To wholly credit Chisholm with Jones’ fashion acumen would be unfair. “Felicity and I sourced from our personal collections of new and old and favorite pieces and accessories,” she says of the film’s collaborative styling effort. The rest of the looks were culled from Los Angeles vintage stores like Jet Rag. While we can’t shake the Hepburn-esque finale outfit—paper bag trousers and a striped tee—Chisholm says her favorite is one that’s quintessentially Anna: “A taupe dolman sleeve sweater by Vince; a floral, vintage skirt; a worn-in men’s leather belt; and a high, soft bun.” It’s that “Anna twist” on something old mixed with new, and “a little something unexpected,” Chisholm says. Not unlike Jones herself.