After recently meeting Academy- and Tony Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden at a fashion show, I had a chance to catch up with her later to talk style, fashion and her love for Hawaii. Here’s our chat:
I first met you at the DFS Galleria in Waikiki, where we were both watching a University of Hawaii fashion show. What did you take away from that experience and Hawaii’s budding fashion scene?
The first thing I remember was the moment the two young students created gorgeous dresses out of flowers. I thought it was so Hawaiian and perfect for spring. Hawaii has a lot to offer in terms of fashion.
What’s your own personal style when you’re in a place like Hawaii?
Well we were staying at the Halekulani, which is such an elegant place in itself. So I definitely packed appropriately for that, as well as some of our other night activities, like the Honolulu Symphony concert. I like staying casual but elegant at the same time. In traveling so far to a place like Hawaii, you definitely need to pack items that travel well and won’t wrinkle.
You traveled a lot growing up, with your dad in the Navy. Were you ever stationed here in Hawaii?
We were never stationed in Hawaii, but I felt an immediate connection to it when I first visited as a child. We were on a ship leaving Japan, heading back to the continental United States, and we stopped in Hawaii for a bit before continuing home. I remember loving it so much here.
Did all of your international travels growing up influence your sense of style and fashion?
I would like to think so. I have a very gypsy boho style myself, which probably reflects from my travels. I love the brand All Saints!
What’s been your favorite Oscar’s dress to date?
Of course, the gorgeous Randolph Duke gown (the dress she accepted her Oscar in) has to be one of my favorites. It really doesn’t matter who the designer is, or how much the dress costs. The bottom line is that you need to wear the dress; the dress can’t wear you.
You’ve done it all, Broadway, television and film. What can we expect from you next?
I have a few smaller television projects coming out throughout the year. I also finished a movie, “If I Were You,” which will be released in a few weeks.
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