At 19, Hailee Steinfeld Has Already Proven She’s a Red Carpet Pro
Most 19-year-olds are more concerned with class schedules than couture. But Hailee Steinfeld isn’t your average teen.
After her breakout role and subsequent Oscar nom for 2010’s True Grit, Steinfeld followed up her big screen debut with turns in cult classics like Romeo & Juliet and Pitch Perfect 2. Then this summer, she seamlessly transitioned into pop star territory with her first album, Haiz, gifting us with the delightful ear worm that is “Love Myself.” And did we mention she’s also a founding member of Taylor Swift’s squad?
Next up, she’s turning back the clock only slightly to portray a hoodie-wearing high school student in the coming-of-age dramedy, TheEdge of Seventeen. While her character struggles with the cringeworthy ups and downs of adolescence in the film, in real life, it seems that Steinfeld somehow managed to skip over all of those awkward years—at least in the style department.
Stella McCartney, 2015
She may have launched a million squad goals hanging with Gigi, Karlie, and Taylor at the MTV VMAs, but we think her minimalist Stella McCartney jumpsuit is pretty epic all on its own. "I'm always looking to try something new," she said. "I loved it, so I went with it." A Jennifer Fisher choker and Jill Milan clutch also shine bright.
Michael Kors, 2015
"We gave Hailee a few options, and this was her favorite for the Met Gala," says Michael Kors. "She knows how to make a statement without baring it all."
"There is an ease to the way she wears clothes," say Monse designers Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim. "The result is always comfortable, sophisticated, and sexy."
At the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's Hot Pink Party, she accented her velvet Erdem cocktail dress with a Valentino envelope clutch in the color du jour. Her lips and tips followed suit.
Stella McCartney, 2015
The Edge of Seventeen star stunned on the step-and-repeat of our Golden Globes bash in this paisley-printed Stella McCartney gown. And once inside? Madonna's "Like a Prayer" got her out on the dance floor.
Prabal Gurung, 2014
It took a little over a month for Prabal Gurung to create the graphic silk ball gown Steinfeld wore to the Met Gala, and the actress was involved from the first sketch to the final fitting. "She is a longtime friend, so we work really well together," says the designer.
Sally LaPointe, 2015
"I love unexpected combinations on the red carpet," says Sally LaPointe, who designed this sequined sapphire dress with an airy organza skirt that Steinfeld chose for the Streamy Awards. "Hailee is the perfect mix of classic and bold."
The actress opted for smart Prada separates at the label's Iconoclasts show. "[Prada] introduced me to the real world of high fashion," said Steinfeld, who was named the face of sister brand Miu Miu at only 14.
This leather Gucci shirtdress made the cut for our annual Toronto Film Festival fête. A low pony and floral Stuart Weitzman sandals echo the polished yet playful vibe.
Though the 19-year-old describes her style as constantly evolving, one thing has stayed consistent: her dynamic use of color. Here, she layers like a pro in head-to-toe Fendi.