Audrey Hepburn wasn’t the only style icon that got the Tina Fey treatment in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly.
The comedy queen also gives a tip of the (top) hat to Brigitte Bardot, dressed in an ensemble that recalls Bardot’s look in the 1968 British Western film, Shalako. We spoke to Fey’s stylist, Cristina Ehrlich, to get all the details.
“There were two reference shots for this look,” explains Ehrlich, who translated photographer Ruven Afanador’s vision for the shoot into the Fey’s wardrobe. In addition to Bardot’s movie costume, Afanador also referenced a runway look from designer Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 2012 show. “Ruven was like, ‘I’d love to get this suit for Tina,” says Ehrlich. “I said, ‘Ruven, that’s Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture. I don’t know if we can get Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture.'”
Still, Ehrlich submitted a request to the designer’s reps. “I’ll never forget on Wednesday evening my colleague said to me, ‘We’re getting the Gaultier suit.’ I said, ‘You’re a liar.’ She’s like, ‘It’s coming. I swear. It’s going to be sent directly to the shoot. It’s coming from Paris.”
As promised, the ensemble arrived on the day of the shoot, just as Ehrlich was finishing up a run-through of all the looks.
“We took it out of the box and it was just the most gorgeous thing,” the stylist says of the jacket, which fit Fey perfectly. (“If it didn’t fit it was going to be worn as is, because you don’t mess with couture,” Ehrlich says.)
But that wasn’t the only high-fashion moment of the shoot. To create the Audrey Hepburn-inspired photo that appears on the cover, Ehrlich paired a black satin Monique Lhullier gown with a striking vintage headpiece from Lanvin, a Miriam Haskell necklace, and earrings from Lorraine Schwartz.
“It was fun to take Audrey and keep it really classic and authentic to what her style was, but bring some modern elements to it,” remembers Ehrlich, who says that since Fey gave her complete creative freedom to pull together the wardrobe for the shoot, she was, “like a kid in a candy shop.”
See more of Tina Fey’s fashionable photo shoot and read her thoughts on the end of 30 Rock, SNL and more in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands now.