At a recent event in New York City, the 21-year-old actress-singer-model was nonchalantly decked out in many trends of the moment, including a bold, patterned dress, bib necklace, and, of course, clogs.
"I don't know what's popular," pined Kravitz, when asked about her favorite spring looks. "What's in?"
The response: Um, clogs!
Kravitz's free-spirited vibe is a part of the reason why she was chosen to be the newest face of Vera Wang Princess. The fragrance's sheer, fruity floral blend of lady apples, water lily, pink guava, and vanilla chiffon is a delicious concoction fit for any princess -- even if she has a bit of edge like Kravitz.
StyleList recently attended an editor event in New York City to chat with Kravitz on all things beauty and fashion. Read on as she dishes on her love for Rhonda Allison skincare, idolizing the style of Jimi Hendrix and Carrie Bradshaw, her addiction to tattoos (her next one will feature a Jeff Buckley lyric!) and snagging T-shirts from rocker dad, Lenny Kravitz's closet.
What was your favorite part of the Vera Wang Princess campaign?
Getting to work with Vera. She's an incredible designer and person. And she was there the entire photo shoot -- which was very long.
What about this scent resonates with you?
I don't wear a lot of perfumey-perfumes because I think a lot of them smell like you're wearing perfume. And I don't want to smell like that. But I wear a lot of essential oils and I felt like this perfume had that essence of not being too intrusive. And I really like vanilla and it smells yummy!
Now that you're the face of this mega brand, do you feel more responsibility with your personal life?
No. I feel honored. I suppose though a lot of people see this. I don't have a TV, so I'm getting phone calls saying, 'You're on television.' A lot of my friends were making fun of me. Not until just now [laughs]! Now I do!
Did your parents give you any advice about entering this industry on how to keep your head on straight?
Yes! They were both very weary of me doing it, but supportive because once you make that decision you can't really take it back. Especially my mom. She auditioned for this show ["The Cosby Show"] and she was 15 years old. And that was it. She didn't really realize what she was getting into. Mostly I think they want me to follow my heart. There's a lot of outside forces trying to tell you what you are.
What are some of your upcoming projects?
I just finished this film, "It's Kind of a Funny Story," which was directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who directed "Half Nelson." "Twelve" is coming out. I finished "Yelling to the Sky" with Gabourey Sidibe which has been getting a lot of attention because of how awesome she is. And that was my first leading role which was cool.
Do you have a dream co-star?
Helena Bonham Carter. She is so badass! I would like to be her when I grow up.
Can you talk about your beauty routines for an average day and a red carpet event? How do they differ?
I wash my face [laughs]! I like these products by Rhonda Allison. They're my favorite. She has a lot of serums and stuff. I like the serums for my skin better because they're lighter than the lotions. I try not to wear foundation unless I have a giant pimple which sometimes I do. For the red carpet, I may add a brighter colored lip and darker eyes. But my standard is blush and mascara.
What are some beauty products you can't live without?
Definitely the Rhonda Allison line. She has a pumpkin soap that I'm obsessed with. Coconut oil that you can buy from Whole Foods. You can put it in your hair and on your skin. I use it instead of lotion.
What are your favorite makeup brands?
When it comes to eyeliner and mascara, I totally just go to Duane Reade. But I like MAC a lot and Nars.
Any hair or beauty tips you can share?
If your black, you should keep your edges moisturized. I don't know...brush it [laughs]. It's a different texture of hair.
Who is your style icon?
I love Jimi Hendrix, "The Little Rascals"...like the old school "Little Rascals." When I was little I was obsessed and had to watch. I really like how Darla dressed. And Carrie Bradshaw which is so weird and obvious. "Sex and the City" -- big deal for me when I was like 14 years old.
What's your favorite piece of clothing or accessory that you've stolen from your parent's closet?
T-shirts for sure. They'll be like, 'Is that my T-shirt?' But I wear big T-shirts so he [Lenny Kravitz] can steal mine and then we have a T-shirt competition happening. I'm obsessed with plain, white really good T-shirts. All vintage. Like your boyfriend's T-shirt that you steal and after you breakup you don't give it back.
Can you talk about your tattoos?
I have a lot. I'm kind of addicted. And my mom is like 'Stop!' I can't get a big one because its intense and the film stuff. I have an anchor which is in the campaign. I have 'Moma,' 'R&A' for both of my grandmothers, Roxie [Roker] and Arlene [Litman]. I have this heart which was my first tattoo I got when I was 18. You know in my name how I have the umlauts over the 'ë'? Well, I have them over the heart and that's to remind me to love myself. I have arrows, birds on my back. I'm going to look like a piece of paper soon. I have like 18 or 19 but they're really small. I have my brother's name. His name is Nakoa-Wolf...I have 'Wolf' and my sister's name Lola. I have a feather.
What's the next one?
There's this Jeff Buckley lyric, 'Send whips of opinion down my back.' I think I'm going to get that on my spine. We'll see...I may not get it.