Harper's Bazaar April 2003
By Caroline Doyle Karasyov, Photographed by Peter Lindbergh
As a camera crew sets up in a sprawling house high above the Hollywood Hills, the energy level is considerably low until Milla Jovovich bursts in with her pocket-sized Maltese, her mother and her publicist in tow. Although she is just 27, the fashion darling, who is a standout for her cool brand of chic, puts everyone at ease. She knows exactly how she wants to look today: Not too heavy on the eyebrows, thank you; a little more eyeliner, please; and she'll curl her eyelashes herself, if you don't mind. Dressed in Prada flip-flops, a Miu Miu skirt and a diaphanous checkered Chanel top, Milla doesn't just speak fashion -- she's fluent in it.
Harper's Bazaar: Describe your style
Milla Jovovich: My style is usually a direct reflection of the way I feel. It changes depending on my mood. I love quirky accessories, especially hair accessories.
HB: What item of clothing do you wear the most often?
MJ: Jeans. They're very versatile. You can dress them up with an Emporio Armani blazer and a scarf and you're good to go.
HB: Who are your favorite designers?
MJ: Prada, Donna Karan, Armani. Zac Posen is also amazing. And I like vintage. Plus, I always wear things that my friends make. I mix and match. There is a new designer named Carmen Hawk who is the one to watch out for. Her things look elegant and finished. She's really into tie-dye right now.
HB: What are your favorite stores?
MJ: I buy the mass of my vintage stuff at Mary Efron in New York. And Prada, of course, is a favorite. You can always go to the store and find something great that doesn't scream out Prada; [the clothes] are basic enough.
HB: Is there a fashion item that looks great on a woman of any age?
MJ: Skirts below the knee. I've been wearing them since the age of 15, and I think I'll be wearing them until I'm 75. They're classic.
HB: Do you have style icons?
MJ: My mom would have to be number one. Kate Moss always has the coolest clothes. And Cameron Diaz -- she's quirky and always has her own look. Of the older generation, Charlotte Rampling and Lauren Bacall. I'm trying to do my hair like Jane Birkin right now; I'm totally inspired by '60s Jane Birkin.
HB: What are the last items you purchased?
MJ: A red polka-dot DKNY bikini, a vintage blue drummer-boy jacket with gold buttons down the front and back and a brown wintry Prada skirt that's fitted on top and like a bell on the bottom. I like pairing winter skirts with tank tops and flip-flops.
HB: Tell us about your skincare routine.
MJ: I wash my face every night and drink a lot of water. You cannot get a better facial than at Mario Badescu in New York.
HB: What are your favorite beauty products?
MJ: L'Oreal Lash Architect mascara and L'Oreal Endless Lipstick.
HB: Who cuts and colors your hair?
MJ: Oribe. And my color is L'Oreal Couleur Experte in Brioche.
HB: Have you ever received good beauty advice?
MJ: Ten years ago, I did a job with makeup artist Dick Page, and I had brought with me a full bag of products. Dick told me I was way too young to be using all of that and that I should just wash my face with water. I found he was half-right. You need to find the golden middle. Don't overdo it, but do use some products.
HB: What is your diet?
MJ: I eat everything.