“I’M A BIT of a Goth deep inside,” Christina Ricci muses, when asked to describe her personal style. Recalling my teenage icon, Wednesday Addams, I can’t help but smile. While the 30-year-old Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress’ fashion proclivities seem to parallel the darker, more serious roles she’s known for playing, this September marks the turning of a new leaf. Ricci will make her Broadway debut, playing the optimistic (and dare we say bubbly) Mandy Bloom in Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still.
“People I’ve spoken to think this character is very different from who I am as a person, but in many ways, she’s not,” says Ricci. “Mandy is somebody who says, ‘Yes, you have to be aware of what’s going on in the world, but you also have to enjoy your life and find the beauty in it.’” In the show, a photographer-and-journalist couple (played by Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James) returns home after documenting a war. Eric Bogosian and Ricci play their friends, and her character brims over with optimism, a stark contrast to the place the couple has just returned from.
“A theme I identified strongly with is this idea of choosing to be happy,” says Ricci. “Should you suffer for your art, or is it possible to be creative and happy?” With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week upon us, that question seems more apropos than ever. Ricci, as an actress, believes the latter. As a lover of fashion (Goth or otherwise), she recognizes the powerful place art and design occupy in the world today.
“We all have a lot more to be conscious of these days, but at the same time, fashion has always been an inspiration and a welcome distraction,” Ricci says. “When people are having hard times, they want to escape, and that’s why some of the best art, film and fashion have come out of difficult times. People losing themselves in creativity… it’s inspiring.”
New York Favorites
DESIGNERS: Riccardo Tisci, Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs
SHOPS: “Barneys is, like, my favorite store ever. The jewelry department? I’m sorry, it’s just my favorite place.”
NEW YORK EATS: “I love oatmeal for breakfast at Pastis. The Odeon is a place I still really enjoy. And the steak au poivre at Lucky Strike is the best on Earth.”