The story behind the Bones and all the looks from Taylor Russell’s press tour
Fashion nooks on the internet have been full of chatter lately about the “Chalamet factor,” ie whether certain runway looks would make sense in Timothée Chalamet’s style. bones and all press tower wardrobe. But while it’s fun to wonder if the actor’s really good Haider Ackerman blood-red jumpsuit made him look more like Mick Jagger or Mr. TumnusI’d like to suggest we pay more attention to Taylor Russell, her co-star in the cannibalistic teenage romance, who arguably looked even better.
When Chalamet wore this Haider Ackerman look at the Venice Film Festival, Russell opted for look 54 from Demna’s second haute couture collection at Balenciaga, a strapless Kelly green piece that mimicked a front dress and mini- dress at the back. I could have spent hours scrolling through tweets about Chalamet’s look, but instead I felt compelled to find out who Russell’s stylist was.
It took over an hour before I found out it was Ryan Hastings, and it was only because of a rogue hashtag with his name in the caption of a picture of Russell shared by Chanel makeup artist Nina Park. Hastings doesn’t have an Instagram, and when I wrote to him, he said he didn’t do any press. Seems fitting for Russell, who hasn’t even put her Balenciaga look on her Instagram, where she’s only posted 19 times since 2019. past It Girls!)
The idea of a “Chalamet factor” implies there’s something mysterious about what he might wear next, but Russell’s style strikes me as more like a puzzle worth solving. That’s partly because even though she’s been working as an actress for nearly a decade, bones and all seems to be the movie that could propel her to Chalamet-level notoriety. Despite his social media secrecy, Russell has gained more than 30,000 new followers since the press tour began. Honestly, at the BFI London Film Festival, Timmy might as well not have been there.
For the occasion, Russell wore the Daniel Roseberry Schiaparelli’s couture look, a black skirt suit with a jacket adorned with grape appliqués that took more than 150 hours and five fittings to perfect. Looking elegantly emerging from a tangle in a vine, she tipped the pointed boater upside down with one hand; her other fell to the side of her champagne corset, which was adorned with a velvet bow on each hip. A Twitter user captured the general reaction online: “EVERYBODY SHUT UP! Taylor Russell in Schiaparelli Couture!!” Of course, it’s easy to shut up when your jaw is on the floor.
At the New York Film Festival, Russell wore a custom strapless black Prada dress with diamond bow detailing and a diamond Cartier headpiece that looked like a halo on the ground. At the Telluride Film Festival, she wore a more subdued low-rise Balenciaga look with an oversized leather blazer. And after winning the Best Young New Actress award in Venice, she went from couture to a Balenciaga jumpsuit ruched at the neck and thighs. In between it all, she managed to open Jonathan Anderson’s incredible Loewe spring collection in a strapless black velvet dress with a hidden skirt coming out of her hips like a sleek French dress. On her feet: a pair of heels with a single monstera leaf and anthurium that seemed to spring from her toes.
Last weekend, Russell attended the second annual Academy Museum Gala in Los Angeles wearing a backless cutout leather dress from Sarah Burton’s latest collection for Alexander McQueen, which was seen for the first time on the podium four days before. While the internet wondered if Bella Hadid’s Coperni spray dress was an homage to Alexander McQueen’s Spring 1999 collection, there’s no doubt that Russell’s look was. The dress referenced the 20s look from that same show, with pockets that fell just below the chest.
More mesmerizing than Russell’s looks straight off the catwalk, however, might be his archive, which can actually be traced to an equally enigmatic celebrity: Euphoriait’s Alexa Demie.
Demie and Russell have been best friends since starring in A24 Waves together. In the rare photos of them crossing Los Angeles or Paris, they look exactly like Bonnie and Clyde, like Russell and Chalamet in Bones and all. Friends tend to frequent Aralda Vintage, a small vintage archive spot tucked away in the Hollywood Hills that stocks pieces like the Blue Issey Miyake bodice from the fall 1998 collection or the spring 2003 Marigela lace-up bustier Beyoncé wore in her “Fighting Temptation” music video. The store’s easily identifiable red walls and large Hollywood-style mirror often feature in Demie and Russell’s selfies when they pose in ’90s Alaïa.
Shop owner Brynn Jones says she met Russell when Demie (a friend) brought her into the shop to browse. Now Jones often finds himself helping look for Russell. The morning before the actress flew to Venice, Italy to accept the Marcello Mastroianni Award, she even called Jones. “Taylor and her stylist met me early at the store and we dreamed up the 2007 Ralph Lauren dress,” Jones said in an interview. “She’s such a timeless beauty, and it was meant to be with this one.”
Last week, at the press tour in London, Russell wore her second Aralda look, a Vivienne Westwood dress from the underrated Dressed to Scale collection. “It’s not one of Westwood’s most popular seasons, but I love that these pieces are easily identifiable because of the big orb buttons,” Jones said. She added that Russell is a true fashion fan who “knows her stuff” and tends to gravitate to Jones’ personal favorite pieces on the floor, regardless of their cult status. Of course, fashion twitter responded with fervor to this vintage look, with one user responding to the photos with a meme of someone stepping on a man’s head with a black stiletto heel. Felt.
Russell silenced us and walked on our necks because she gave us the kind of red carpet eye candy we craved: looks that represent true fashion knowledge and a willingness to take risks. . Her off-the-runway looks, which look like the holy grail of the future, and her archive looks, handpicked from a fashion nerd’s dream vintage store, show that she can also shop-talk with the best in fashion. between us.
Tara Gonzalez is the senior fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar. Previously, she was style editor at In the stylefounding commercial publisher at Charm, and fashion editor at Coveter.