Interview: Actor Zoe Saldana on fall fashion trends

We talked to Zoe Saldana about what she plans to wear this fall, her favorite fall fashion trends and how growing up in Queens influenced her style.

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“Today I’m dressed like a total fucking hoochie mama, and I’m loving it,” says Zoe Saldana on the way to her TONY cover shoot. The native New Yorker, who is costarring in The Words (opening September 7), says she doesn’t like to stick to just one style and doesn’t abide by fashion rules. “Whatever I wake up feeling I want to wear, even if that’s white jeans after Labor Day, I’ll wear it,” she explains. “I follow my heart with everything I do, from the choices I make in films to the books I want to read to the people I surround myself with—and the way I dress.” We asked Saldana to share what she plans to wear this fall. Scroll through our slide show to find affordable alternatives to fall fashion trends so you can snag her style.


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  • Photographs by Randall Slavin; makeup by Vera Steimberg; hair by Mara Roszak; styling by Rachel LeWinter and Petra Flannery

    Saldana loves pieces by Isabel Marant. “She’s a talented and beautiful designer. Last year everyone had her suede boots,” she says. Saldana splurged on the coveted booties when she was in Paris last month with her sisters. “It was the only pleasure I gave myself in terms of shopping,” she says.

  • Photograph: Randall Slavin

    Saldana wears her Isabel Marant boots with a Morgan Carper dress ($550, at Spiritual America, 5 Rivington St between Bowery and Chrystie St; 212-960-8564).

  • SPIN HER STYLE

    Topshop Anarchy Western Chelsea leather boots, $150, at Topshop, 478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-9555, topshop.com)

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    SPIN HER STYLE

    Dots faux-suede Western heel booties, $24, at dots.com

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    SPIN HER STYLE

    DV by Dolce Vita the Java Boot in brown suede, $129, at karmaloop.com

  • Photograph: Randall Slavin

    “I’m a scarf whore; I have way too many,” confides Saldana. She favors this Temperley London style, because it can be worn in different ways. “It’s really beautiful, and it feels really good on,” she says.

  • Photograph: Randall Slavin

    Tibi Lurex jacquard top, $285, at Tibi, 120 Wooster St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-226-5852, tibi.com); J Brand jeans; Christian Louboutin heels.

  • SPIN HER STYLE

    Spun by Subtle Luxury Aztec Paint scarf, $54, at Big Drop, 174 Spring St between West Broadway and Thompson St (212-966-4299)

  • SPIN HER STYLE

    Desigual Annelore scarf, $39, at desigual.com

  • Photograph: Randall Slavin

    “A leather jacket brings a masculine tone to a feminine outfit, so that means I can be prissy and pretty [with an outfit]. But the moment I put on a leather jacket, it balances it out,” she says.

  • Photograph: Randall Slavin

    Saldana favors this Hogan by Karl Lagerfeld leather jacket. “I love the way it fits—the leather is really thin and soft,” she says. She wears it with a metallic top (Ladakh the Snake Shooter foiled-print tank, $39, at karmaloop.com), J Brand gray skinny jeans ($169, at jbrandjeans.com) and Christian Louboutin spiked patent-leather pumps ($1,195, at net-a-porter.com).

  • SPIN HER STYLE

    Mango Zippers leather jacket, $190, at Mango, locations throughout the city; visit shop.mango.com

  • SPIN HER STYLE

    Uniqlo Undercover faux-leather jacket, $99, at Uniqlo, locations throughout the city; visit uniqlo.com

  • Photograph: Randall Slavin

    Saldana goes glam in a Prabal Gurung ivory silk wool sheath dress with gold lamé-and-tinsel panels ($2,395, at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave between 57th and 58th Sts; 212-753-7300). Wear the metallic trend for a fraction of the cost with Streets Ahead’s bronze metallic mesh cuff ($45, at endless.com).

  • Photograph: Randall Slavin

    Saldana models one of fall’s biggest trends with this baroque Clover Canyon dress (Clover Canyon Geo Filigree dress, $245, available November 1 at saksfifthavenue.com).

  • Photograph: Randall Slavin

    “Fall is my favorite season,” says Saldana, looking happy in a long-sleeved knit dress (Emma Cook merino wool–blend intarsia dress, $700, at net-a-porter.com).

Photographs by Randall Slavin; makeup by Vera Steimberg; hair by Mara Roszak; styling by Rachel LeWinter and Petra Flannery

Saldana loves pieces by Isabel Marant. “She’s a talented and beautiful designer. Last year everyone had her suede boots,” she says. Saldana splurged on the coveted booties when she was in Paris last month with her sisters. “It was the only pleasure I gave myself in terms of shopping,” she says.


Time Out New York: How did growing up in New York influence your style?
Zoe Saldana: I follow myself; I have my own voice. I also dress with the seasons. Every three months, I change my closet around. It doesn’t matter how big my closet is, I will always organize it as a Native New Yorker [does], where you don’t have much space and box up big sweaters and switch everything out.

Time Out New York: How is New York style different than the fashion in L.A.?
Zoe Saldana: The styles are beautiful [in L.A.]. People have their own trends and their own authentic swagger, but it’s not what I gravitate toward. Maybe if I was born and raised there, I would have warmed to it. I admire it, but I’m detached from it. I’m very visual. When I’m in New York, I walk down the street and find myself complimenting everybody. I like when people put things together because they felt like it, not because they wanted to impress someone. You can always tell when someone is dressing for other people, but I just love when people dress for themselves.

Time Out New York: Who are some of your favorite New York City designers?
Zoe Saldana: Jason Wu, Olivier Theyskens, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Prabal Gurung and Cynthia Rowley are a few. They all truly represent the many different faces of high fashion. I feel beautiful in each of these designers. They all bring out a different side of me: chic, elegant, sophisticated, edgy, sexy, classic.

Time Out New York: What’s your everyday style like?
Zoe Saldana: I’m a jeans girl. Oh my God, I have way too many! Stacks and stacks. It’s embarrassing, but I just love jeans; I can never have enough. I love Citizens of Humanity, AG Adriano Goldschmied, but I’ll wear anything—I’m not fixated on labels. I don’t have to know the label; if they fit, great, I’m putting them on.

Time Out New York: What are some of your favorite fall trends?
Zoe Saldana: I think pencil skirts mixed with peplum jackets are making a big comeback for fall. I love pencil skirts because they are classic and chic. I think they are complementary on the body and can be worn [in the] daytime or dressed up with a cool pair of ankle boots for nighttime.

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