With not one but three films in the pipeline for 2014 and 2015, a game-changing fashion app gaining traction in the iTunes store and a handsome new hubby on her arm, Kate Bosworth has a lot to celebrate this year. That said, the California beauty has been turning heads with her incredible outfits and cool creative projects pretty consistently for over a decade now. Get to know the inspiring, kind and ultra-stylish Kate in today’s Women of Style interview.
EARLY LIFE & CAREER
"I was born in California and moved to San Francisco at age 6, Connecticut at age 11 and the Boston area at age 14. I'm an only child and moving so often was challenging, however, having to constantly meet new people at such a young age helped me to develop socially. It also helped me value my independence."
Her First Job
"Like most small town girls, the first time I made my own money was by babysitting the kids in my neighborhood. The first time taxes were implemented was from my paycheck in The Horse Whisperer. I was 14 years old."
Her Role Models
Julianne Moore in Chanel at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Getty Images
"I look to smart, interesting leading ladies in all aspects of life. Recently I worked with Julianne Moore in Still Alice. I have always looked to her as a role model from afar, however, getting to know her more intimately - watching her perform in a professional forum and observing her as a wife and mother - created an even stronger impression on me. She has a light that is unmatched."
The Best Career Advice She's Ever Received
Her Favorite Acting Memory
Kate with her husband, Michael Polish. Photo: @katebosworth.
"Meeting my husband on Big Sur is my favorite memory!"
Kate in We Shot Ourselves. Photo: @weshotourselves.
"I have some interesting projects coming out this spring! Somnia is a character drama with a combination of magical realism meets horror. Still Alice is a beautiful family drama based on the best-selling novel, with Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart and Alec Baldwin. Unconscious has been one of my favorite roles to date. The character is incredibly complex and truly sociopathic. My husband directed this picture and it stars me and Wes Bentley."
"The project I am most excited about is called We Shot Ourselves, a movie I've been shooting with Michael. It's about the journey of two characters who cross the vast landscape of America. It's taken the last two years to shoot and has taught me a lot about the technical side of movie making. It's sort of like a love letter."
Fashion Industry Lessons
Kate, on the September 2014 cover of InStyle UK. Photo: TomAndLorenzo.com.
"Working within the fashion industry has taught me to understand the balance between art and commerce. That everything surrounds a price point. The fabric, the hardware, embellishments, finishes...where it's made, how it's sampled, turnaround, developed and delivered. The creative vision must be interpreted with these details in mind. It's a constant balance."
Her New App, Style Thief
Photo: Courtesy of Style Thief
"Style Thief is an incredible tool that helps women identify and search for pieces they love in the real world, online. There's also a discovery element that inspires people to try new brands and pieces if they don't have something specific in mind."
"You can never know the success of any endeavor, like how much a film will make or if a collection will take off, so we'll have to see how women use it before we decide where to take the company next. The app is a concept I find both useful and inspirational as a fashion consumer, and I'm proud of that."
The Process Of Developing Style Thief
Kate with Style Thief co-founder Samantha Russ. Photo: Courtesy of Style Thief
"Maintaining simplicity in design is challenging. Users don't register good design but bad design is very noticeable. Obviously, Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ives are heroes when it comes to marrying functionality with great design. We are always striving to improve with this combination in mind."
How She's Used Style Thief Recently
Style Thief's recognition tool in action. Photo: @stylethiefapp.
"I found a great pair of Marc Jacobs pink metallic wedge sandals manually (we don't have digital recognition for shoes now - but we will soon!) and I found a beautiful Isabel Marant minidress by taking a screenshot from a blog and uploading it to the app from my library."
General Goals She Has For Her Career
"Looking for new and exciting challenges in all areas of life is always important to me. As long as I can be creative, I'm happy."
STYLE & PERSONAL LIFE
How She Gives Back
"I Am That Girl: How to Speak Your Truth, Discover Your Purpose, and #bethatgirl", $11.
"As a woman (and a new stepmother), I am very passionate about building confidence in young women. I Am That Girl is a great organization that helps support this goal. They are incredibly inspiring and smart!"
Her Fashion Staples
Kate at the Style Thief LA launch party. Photo: Getty Images
"I live in denim, cotton, silk. Not in that order and not always together. Great shoes are also a necessity!"
When She Wants to Feel Glam
Kate's snap from the fall 2014 Dior couture show. Photo: @katebosworth.
"I have always been attracted to classic elegance with a nod to experimentation. Raf Simmons of Dior, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, Olivier Theyskens, and Joseph Altuzarra are all incredible designers that exhibit this quality."
On Her Fall Fashion Wishlist
Saint Laurent Cat Ankle Boots, $1595.
"A Carven arrow-print overcoat and a pair of Saint Laurent boots."
Her Beauty Must Haves
"SK-II facial treatment essence, masks, and LXP cream. This combo is ideal. Ultra hydrating and divine."
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Her Style Crush
Cate Blanchett at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Getty Images
"Cate Blanchett for her choices, both in film and fashion. She exudes confidence, always pairing elegance with an unusual or unexpected detail."
How She Finds Balance
"Working with my husband has been incredibly fulfilling. We get to be creative all hours of the day, so work becomes a truly inspiring part of our lives. I find so much fulfillment in our dynamic."
3 Things Most People Don't Know About Kate
Kate's summer reading list. Photo: @katebosworth.
1. "I'm an avid reader."
2. "I love to cook."
3. "I drink whiskey."