Jane Fonda Gets Candid On Her 'Woke' History, Celebrating 60 Years Since Vogue Cover

Left: Jane Fonda photographed by Irving Penn,  Vogue , July 1959; Left: Fonda in 2018, photo credit Getty Images.  via Vogue US

Left: Jane Fonda photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, July 1959; Left: Fonda in 2018, photo credit Getty Images. via Vogue US

Bridget Read interviews Jane Fonda about 60 years of activism , looking totally fab in her 80s and her first Vogue cover shot by master artist Irving Penn in July 1959.

We learn that Fonda actually worked for Irving Penn for a year, acting as his assistant at age 19. How thrilling! The Vogue cover shoot was a year before the actor’s first film ‘Tall Story’. She was wearing lipstick-color gloves available at Saks Fifth Avenue and a “spice brown” rinse in her hair.

Jane was studying at the time with Lee Strasberg and assigned to the Eileen Ford Agency as a model to pay for her acting classes. “If you had told me at that time that at age 81 I would again be on the cover of Vogue, I would’ve told you you were out of your mind, that that was completely and utterly impossible,” Jane tells Briget Read. Fonda continues:

My image of women was that they were victims and not very powerful, and my dad didn’t encourage me, or make me feel I was attractive. I mean, everything was a surprise to me. I was surprised that I got cast in a movie. I was surprised that I was ever accepted as a model at Eileen Ford’s agency and surprised that I ever ended up on the cover of Vogue. So my life has just been one big surprise for me.

It fact it wasn’t Jane Fonda’s visit to Angela Davis in the Marin Couny Jail that propelled her into activism. Nor was it her ‘radical’ husband Tom Hayden’s state assembly campaign in California. Fonda became an uber progressive in Paris, hanging with American GIs who had served in Vietnam. They had become resistors and gave the blooming model a book to read by Jonathan Schell called ‘The Village of Ben Suc’. There was no turning back after reading that book.

This interview gets better and better, as Fonda and Read discuss what it is to be ‘woke’. Read on at Vogue.

Chopard Extends Luxury Brand Sustainability Drive To Chloe Sevigny's Handbag Inspo

Courtesy of Chopard

Courtesy of Chopard

Swiss luxury jewelry and watchmaker Chopard has made another advancement in its commitment to sustainability with a handbag designed by award-winning actor Chloë Sevigny.

The geometrically-styled, highly-recognizable evening bag featuring a large heart overlapping the front and side panel, was inspired by “iconic images of the 1940s,” according to a Chopard release on Friday. The bag, sold in three colors, is made from calf-skin leather that is sustainably sourced and “fully traceable,” Chopard said.

For the Sevigny-designed “Green Carpet Collection” bag, which retails for $2,360, Chopard sought to not only trace the leather lineage, but also to work with the tannery on environmental management systems that ensure “all processes and resources, including water, waste, and energy were responsibility managed,” according to Green Carpet, sustainability expert Livia Firth’s Eco-Age. Reinforcement materials on the bag also are made from natural latex and vegetable tanned leather waste.

Actor Chloe Sevigny; Eco-Age and Green Carpet Challenge founder Livia Firth; and Caroline Scheufele, Artistic Director and Co-President of Chopard . Image courtesy of Chopard.

Actor Chloe Sevigny; Eco-Age and Green Carpet Challenge founder Livia Firth; and Caroline Scheufele, Artistic Director and Co-President of Chopard . Image courtesy of Chopard.

Sevigny’s commitment to sustainability is not new, reports THR. During this year's Cannes festival, the actor starred in the opening night film, zombie comedy ‘The Dead Don't Die’ and has her own short film ‘White Echo’ in competition. Disguised as a zombie film, ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ deals with the topics of consumerism and overconsumption.

On a more serious note, living as eco-consciously as possible is a core value for the actor. “It was also the idea of creating a sustainable bag and holding more luxury brands accountable. We have to think about where the products that we purchase are coming from and who is making them,” she told THR in Cannes. “It's a great opportunity to talk about that because we're all in this whirlwind of glamour and film and the bigger meaning of that.”

Sevigny said she regularly commits to six-month “no buy” periods, shopping her own 99.9 percent vintage closet instead. The actor shopped her own selection of vintage handbags for her Chopard bag inspiration.

Lala Rudge, Marina Ruy Barbosa, Belen Hostalet, and Aimee Song showcase the

Lala Rudge, Marina Ruy Barbosa, Belen Hostalet, and Aimee Song showcase the

Elle Fanning's Dior Haute Couture 'New Look' Tribute To ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Cannes Premiere

Elle Fanning wears an updated vision of one of fashion’s most brain-dominating, post WWII iconic images. Image  via W Magazine .

Elle Fanning wears an updated vision of one of fashion’s most brain-dominating, post WWII iconic images. Image via W Magazine.

Actor Elle Fanning was an apparition straight out of old Hollywood glamour, appearing at the Cannes 2019 screening of Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated film ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’, wearing a jaw-dropping tribute to Christian Dior’s New Look.

Fanning walked the red carpet in a white organza shirt, dark blue tulle skirt, and a wide-brim hat. Her entire outfit was compliments of Dior Haute Couture . According to Dior, 450 hours of work went into creating Fanning’s ensemble. 200 hours were spent on the skirt alone — which required 50 meters (164 feet) of tulle — and 150 were spent on the pussy-bow blouse 

The 21-year-old Fanning is the youngest juror in the history of the Cannes Film Festival and doesn’t appear in ‘Once Upon A Time in Hollywood’. The film tackles the summer of 1969, a tumultuous moment of American unrest and the Manson murder of pregnant actor Sharon Tate (played by Margot Robbie). At the time, the pregnant Tate was married to besieged director Roman Polanski.

Cannes’ youngest juror Elle Fanning wears breathtaking Dior Haute Couture at screening of ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’

Cannes’ youngest juror Elle Fanning wears breathtaking Dior Haute Couture at screening of ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’

Dior’s original New Look (l) and Elle Fanning’s updated 2019 Dior Haute Couture tribute worn by actor and Cannes juror Elle Fanning.

Dior’s original New Look (l) and Elle Fanning’s updated 2019 Dior Haute Couture tribute worn by actor and Cannes juror Elle Fanning.