When It Comes to Fashion and Work, Actress Lily Rabe Is a Fan of Repeat Business

You don’t seem to let virtual press days deter you from a statement fashion moment. I loved your looks from The Undoing tour, which included a few whimsical The Vampire’s Wife numbers. How are you approaching the press for Tell Me Your Secrets?

Hamish [Linklater] was working on something in Canada, and we were there for a large part of The Undoing press, and listen, I love clothing, and I think the clothes are such a big part of doing press. I think Jess [Paster] and I felt like we should do what we would normally do and find things that we love. I guess, probably the first day, it did feel strange not leaving [the house], especially because I don’t think I wear shoes anymore, let alone heels. That piece of what it is to promote something and the fashion part of it is something that I really love. So that felt right to not be dressing for waist-up Zoom and just think, What would I wear? So we’ve been doing the same thing here [in Los Angeles]. Last week, we started, and there was beautiful The Row and Oscar de la Renta and Christian Dior and Sophie Buhai, who I love. I wore some of her stuff last week. And then, we’ll do a whole other bunch this weekend. But yeah, I have designers that I love and am still very loyal to. Again, I’m such a fan of repeat business in fashion as well. When you find something that works and that you love, I love going back for more. It’s always so great to discover new designers as well. That reminds me, on The UndoingJane Mayle is a designer that I’ve loved personally for years, and she has become a friend. She is someone I sent Signe, the costume designer. I said, “Hey, if you have time on a weekend, I think you personally will just fall in love with her pieces.” So she went to Jane’s shop on a weekend and bought some pieces for herself but then came back with some pieces for Sylvia as well. I’m definitely wearing some Jane Mayle in the trial, and my bag is Jane’s as well. 

You mentioned your stylist Jessica Paster. What do you enjoy most about working with her?

There are so many things that I love about Jess, but my favorite thing I love about her is that I know she’ll always be honest with me, and I can be completely honest with her. I don’t have to mince words if I don’t like something. I always really appreciate that direct honesty. I also think she’s so supportive and so full of love. Jess has a really big heart, and that’s how she approaches fashion in my experience. And she loves what she does. But I do really love that there’s no skirting around anything. And she’ll say sometimes, “You know, just do it. Just try it and send me a picture. I know you are going to hate it.” And then, sometimes, I don’t. She can be really direct with me, and it’s a two-way street, and I really love that. 

I can’t wait to see the looks that you put together. Hopefully, you will document it on Instagram.

I remember Hamish was taking some pictures for Jess of a Vampire’s Wife dress when we were in Vancouver, and I think he said something like, “Well come on, this isn’t for Vogue. Just take the picture.” And the picture he took ended up in Vogue. But he actually is the greatest photographer. He just never likes to do it. I have to sweet-talk him into it because no one else is in the house!


Tell Me Your Secrets is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. 

Photographer: Tiziano Lugli

Stylist: Jessica Paster 

Hairstylist: Bradley Leake

Makeup Artist: Jenna Kristina


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