You might know her as ‘that girl’ from hit comedy Bridesmaids or from her award winning role in cult drama Damages, but Rose Byrne is quickly becoming one of the most stylish actresses on the red carpet thanks to her style choices. Originally from Australia, Byrne’s film career began with her standout role in the gritty crime drama Two Hands, opposite Heath Ledger. She went on to star in The Goddess of 1967, and since then has continued to take on a string of challenging roles that have demonstrated her wide range.
Loved by designers like Jill Stuart and Calvin Klien, and a regular on the Fashion Week circuit at Marc Jacobs and Chanel, Byrne consistently hits the fashion nail on the head. Her style is feminine peppered with vintage inspired pieces and quirky detailing. Pattern, embellishment and a nipped in waist are hallmarks of her red-carpet style, while her ever changing tresses provide constant inspiration. More recently, Oroton has selected her to front their new Autumn/Winter 2014 campaign.
Founded in 1938, Oroton is about luxury and relaxed glamour and is the fastest growing luxury lifestyle brand in Australia. The AW14 campaign was shot in London and directed by Oroton’s Creative Director Ana Maria Escobar.
We caught up with the actress to find out more about her journey from little known actress to style star.
How did you first get into acting?
From a young age I loved the stage and performing so I think acting as a career choice was a natural progression. I started in Australia in the crime drama Two Hands with Heath Ledger. That was an important step in my career. I then landed The Goddess of 1967 and won the Best Actress at Venice Film Festival. That got me into Hollywood and noticed. The rest they say is history.
How would you describe your personal style?
Casual day to day. I always copied my sisters growing up and would often steal their dresses and boots. I believe my own style started to evolve once I moved to London when I was 25. The streets are like a catwalk and incredibly inspiring and liberating. No one ever cares what you are wearing. There is an intrinsic rebelliousness within the London fashion scene that I love.
What has been your most memorable fashion moment?
A crocheted green dress paired with doc martins and corn rows in my hair that I wore to a Lenny Kravitz concert in 1994. Hideous.
Where do you currently live?
What’s a favourite bag that you carry daily?
An Oroton tote – they are big enough to carry all my stuff and if I happen to pick up a little something extra, there’s plenty of room to fit it all in!
Growing up in Australia, what’s your memory of Oroton?
Oroton was always the label of luxury. Their in-store and advertising images were always beautiful, timeless and classy, always hinting at something special. I would see their stores on trips into the city.
How do you see Oroton as unique in a market full of bag designers?
Oroton is especially unique because they’re Australian. To me Oroton says luxury – there is no other Australian brand with the history and distinctive timeless style and quality.