As the new brand ambassador for Reef, Hailee Steinfeld is currently starring in the brand’s spring ads, with another campaign set to launch in early summer.
FN got an early look at the new campaign, which features Steinfeld in ripped jeans, a pop-art-print jacket and the new tortoise-shell flip-flops launching this fall as part of the Reef Escape collection.
Recently, FN chatted with Steinfeld about partnering with Reef and how she puts together those great looks for her red-carpet and onscreen appearances.
What made you want to work with Reef?
One thing I find super-important when it comes to any collaboration is having a personal connection. Being born and raised in California, I grew up wearing the sandals, and as long as I can remember, multiple pairs have been at the bottom of the staircase, right by the door.
How would you describe your personal style?
It’s evolving, and I feel like it will continue to do that forever. Especially in the past two years or so, I’ve been getting into the music world and finding my identity in the music space versus being on a red carpet. For my own very personal style, I like to keep it comfortable and simple.
What’s it like collaborating with your stylists, Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haemm?
I’d been a huge fan of them for a very long time. We’ve been working together for a little while now, and they helped me find my confidence in the music space and the red-carpet space, and how I can make it seem like they’re not two completely different things but they do have a separation. I trust them a lot.
How do you put together your red-carpet outfits?
It’s based on how you feel in it. I love taking risks. I love that fashion has become such a huge part of my world. [With Rob and Mariel], I don’t have to say anything to them because they’re so amazing at what they do. I’ve been on the road a lot lately, so it’s been hard, but we’ve sent each other references. And our conversations are sometimes based around certain designers or shows that are happening and collections that we love.
Out of all the characters you’ve played, whose style did you connect with the most?
For my movie “The Edge of Seventeen,” I was very involved in the wardrobe. It was very hard to find her because here we have a character who was verbally called out in the movie for having a bad style. So we wanted her look to be quirky and different but still aspirational, where anyone could look at her and say, “I don’t see what’s wrong with what she’s wearing; it’s who she is.” It’s fun to go that extra mile and make a conscious decision to wear shoes that had dogs on them with socks that had cats on them. I wouldn’t necessarily wear an outfit the way she wore it, but I admire her ability to not care what anyone thinks. I relate to that.
Picture 01: Half way through this thing! 🦄
Picture 02: So great visiting my buds @haileesteinfeld on set of her new film @pitchperfectmovie! Extremely proud of dis one! We did however miss my boy and her bae! @cameronsmoller you were with us in spirit pal! #lol #friends #family #pitchperfect3 #onset #proud #love #atlanta 😎 🎬 ❤️
Picture 03: Had so much fun in NYC this weekend at the #ReefEscape event pretending it was much warmer than it really was. 🌞🌴🌺
Picture 04: There was a minimum height requirement to fly one of the planes so I did what I could to give my sis a little more height. #justbrotherthings #family
Around this time of year, most 20 year-olds are gearing up for spring break. Hailee Steinfeld, however, is not a typical 20 year-old. While many of her peers are taking off to Mexico, the multi-hyphenate star is in the midst of filming Pitch Perfect 3, and balancing her pop music career. Should she ever need a beach vacation–or rather, have time for one–the actress is not lacking in the proper footwear department: Steinfeld was just named the face of REEF sandals. Here, the actress and singer shares her top warm weather travel tips, as well has her upcoming summer plans, and the eternal debate of to Coachella or not to Coachella.
What is your favorite warm weather vacation destination?
I was recently in Barbados for a job and I definitely hope to go back soon. The weather was perfect, the people were inviting, and the food was amazing.
What is your favorite mode of travel?
I happen to love driving. There’s something about hopping in your car that gives off a choose your own adventure vibe. It’s more on your own terms than other forms of transportation and I love an opportunity to be spontaneous. I do also love flying because I can catch up on movies and sleep.
Who is the best person you’ve ever been seated next to on a plane?
I love sitting next to my mom whenever I’m traveling. We laugh ourselves to sleep pretty much every flight.
What do you always pack for a day at the beach?
My headphones, a gigantic bottle of water, plenty of sunscreen, a comfy blanket, and my REEF Escapes.
What is your current beach read?
I wish I could say I was currently reading a book but I find that when I do have downtime to read, I’m catching up on scripts or reading the latest breaking news online.
Are you planning to attend any musical festivals this season?
I hope to be attending Coachella this year but it will all depend on my work schedule. I remain hopeful because some of my favorite acts are performing…
What is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled?
There are too many to choose. Paris and Tokyo both have special places in my heart for different reasons but I also know there are so many places I haven’t even yet gotten to visit. I’m so lucky that my job takes me all over the world. It’s surreal.
What is on the top of your vacation bucket list?
Great question. I’m currently trying to figure out where my next vacation will be. Tulum seems to keep resurfacing…
What is the best souvenir you’ve ever picked up on a trip?
I can’t pinpoint just one. Whenever I’m visiting a new place I always try to grab something that will always remind me of the trip. I’ve got a great collection of memories that includes even the smallest items like match books or postcards.
“Pitch Perfect 3” is actress Hailee Steinfeld’s latest project and probably one of her tickets to her current popularity. In the musical film, she portrays Emily Junk, the daughter of a former Bella, Katherine Junk, making her a “Legacy Bella.”
During her recent visit to New York, the 20-year-old American actress opened up about her wardrobe for the upcoming “Pitch Perfect 3.” Speaking to FN, Steinfeld said her character has changed and developed in two years’ time.
“We’ve had a great time finding her [Emily Junk] cool and her style, even though it’s a little quirky,” Steinfeld said. “[Emily] is still the young, fresh one in the group, and you can see that especially in her clothes.”
In a separate interview, Hailee Steinfeld also shared what viewers can expect from “Pitch Perfect 3.” Aside from the wide range of acapella, the highly anticipated sequel will also feature tons of dance moves.
“I’m in the middle of it now and it’s going great,” Steinfeld told The Daily Front Row. “We’re at the halfway mark now and it’s awesome. The choreography is amazing. The music is so fun and it’s a great storyline. It’s going to be a good one!”
“Pitch Perfect 3” will see Anna Kendrick as Beca Mitchell, Mitchell Rebel Wilson as Patricia “Fat Amy, Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Junk, Brittany Snow as Chloe Beale, Elizabeth Banks as Gail John and Michael Higgins as John Smith. The upcoming sequel will also see rapper Trinidad James as an individual from a contending singing group and “The Accountant” actor John Lithgow in a top-secret role.
Directed by Trish Sie, “Pitch Perfect 3” is scheduled to be released on Dec. 22.
Machine Gun Kelly may hardly be a part of the typical “rap” conversation among millennials but many also do not understand his fan base. His latest single ‘Bad Things‘ featuring ex Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello ended up being a Billboard smash, peaking at #4 on the Hot 100 charts.
As he prepares to release his new studio album, the Bad Boy signed rapper is back today with a follow up single ‘At My Best’, this time collaborating with actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld. Once again, MGK goes for a eclectic sound with high-pitched vocals and plenty of guitar riffs. Hailee’s voice seems to be the right fit for the song as well.
Time will only tell if ‘At My Best’ is able to repeat the success of ‘Bad Things’ but we won’t be surprised if it blows up on Pop radio. Stream it below:
Hailee Steinfeld and Lily Collins were both nominated for their first Golden Globe award this year, but that’s not the only thing they have in common: They both work with power styling duo Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn (No. 7 on The Hollywood Reporter’s 25 Most Powerful Stylists list this year).
During a game of “Fishing for Answers” with The Hollywood Reporter, the quartet were asked to describe their lives right now in three words. “Honored” is a common word shared between the four.
In addition to being “honored,” Collins adds, “Honest, because I’m at a point in my life where I’m just putting everything out there and just being very raw and honest about myself. And spontaneous, because I’m living in the yes.”
Steinfeld shares a similar sentiment. “I really have to agree with honored,” says the “Starving” singer. “Insane, honestly, this last year of my life has been complete madness with diving into the whole music world and really sort of finding my identity in that world and having you two [Zangardi and Haenn] help me with that because that was a massive challenge.”
Lastly, she shares, “I’m going to say thankful to be in this world that I get to do what I love every single day.”
She may only be 20 years old, but Hailee Steinfeld already has an Oscar nomination (for her breakout role in 2010’s True Grit), a Golden Globe nod (for last year’s Edge of Seventeen), and a pair of platinum pop singles (“Love Myself” and “Starving”) under her belt. Add to that her key role in the lucrative Pitch Perfect franchise — the third flick hits theaters this December — and it’s a wonder the born-and-bred California girl has any time to just, well, chill.
Luckily, her new role as an ambassador for the sandal brand Reef is giving her a chance to kick off her heels and slip into something a little more comfortable. Below, Steinfeld defends fashion’s most divisive footwear style, discusses how her music influences her style, and waxes poetic about the good old-fashioned American shopping mall.
So Hailee, we talk about flip-flops a lot at Racked. And I hate to say it, but a lot of folks don’t care for them. Why are you such a fan?
Honestly, they’re just without a doubt the most comfortable shoe. I’m currently in Atlanta making Pitch Perfect 3, and I think I’ve got about four pairs in my trailer at the moment, plus another pair in the pocket of my set chair. When I’m going to and from hair and makeup, they’re all I wear.
I feel like my connection to them stems from growing up in California — and Reef has always been my go-to, I’ve known the brand for as long as I can remember. In my house, we keep this big pile of shoes at the bottom of the staircase, right by our front door. There are always a bunch of flip-flops in there, and they’re always the ones I reach for when I’m running out of the house.
I’ve noticed that your style shifts depending on whether you’re promoting your movies or your music; you’ll wear fishnets and crop tops for performances, but go super-feminine and almost demure for certain red carpets.
Yes! That’s a very conscious decision, and there’s a lot of freedom in being able to discover what I’m most comfortable in when it comes to both spaces. I’m having a lot of fun with it. But yeah, being onstage is very different from walking the red carpet at a movie premiere in some beautiful, amazing creation.
I feel like my stage attire is an amplified version of my personal style. It’s fun to go that extra mile. With [my costumes], the music itself 100 percent dictates what the vibe and the look is — and that’s changing! And with that, the wardrobe will change.
Sounds like we can expect some new music from you soon… ?
Very, very soon! I’m so incredibly excited to release what I’ve been working on for so long. And yes, the crazy thing about it is that it’s constantly evolving; just when I think it’s ready and I have it, I find something I want to change.