Women of Style: Kate Bosworth

Christian Dior : Front Row - Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture S/S 2014

Kate in Christian Dior. Photo: Getty Images

With not one but three films in the pipeline for 2014 and 2015, a game-changing fashion app gaining traction in the iTunes store and a handsome new hubby on her arm, Kate Bosworth has a lot to celebrate this year. That said, the California beauty has been turning heads with her incredible outfits and cool creative projects pretty consistently for over a decade now. Get to know the inspiring, kind and ultra-stylish Kate in today’s Women of Style interview.

EARLY LIFE & CAREER

02-kate-bosworth-style
Photo: @katebosworth.

Her Childhood

"I was born in California and moved to San Francisco at age 6, Connecticut at age 11 and the Boston area at age 14. I'm an only child and moving so often was challenging, however, having to constantly meet new people at such a young age helped me to develop socially. It also helped me value my independence." 

horses-kate-bosworth
Photo: @katebosworth.

Her First Job

"Like most small town girls, the first time I made my own money was by babysitting the kids in my neighborhood. The first time taxes were implemented was from my paycheck in The Horse Whisperer. I was 14 years old."

"Maps To The Stars" Premiere - The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival
Julianne Moore in Chanel at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Getty Images

Her Role Models

"I look to smart, interesting leading ladies in all aspects of life. Recently I worked with Julianne Moore in Still Alice. I have always looked to her as a role model from afar, however, getting to know her more intimately - watching her perform in a professional forum and observing her as a wife and mother - created an even stronger impression on me. She has a light that is unmatched."

kate-bosworth-we-shot-ourselves
Photo: @katebosworth.

The Best Career Advice She's Ever Received

"To listen."

06-kate-bosworth-husband
Kate with her husband, Michael Polish. Photo: @katebosworth.

Her Favorite Acting Memory

"Meeting my husband on Big Sur is my favorite memory!"

we-shot-ourselves-movie
Kate in We Shot Ourselves. Photo: @weshotourselves.

Upcoming Projects

"I have some interesting projects coming out this spring! Somnia is a character drama with a combination of magical realism meets horror. Still Alice is a beautiful family drama based on the best-selling novel, with Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart and Alec Baldwin. Unconscious has been one of my favorite roles to date. The character is incredibly complex and truly sociopathic. My husband directed this picture and it stars me and Wes Bentley."

"The project I am most excited about is called We Shot Ourselves, a movie I've been shooting with Michael. It's about the journey of two characters who cross the vast landscape of America. It's taken the last two years to shoot and has taught me a lot about the technical side of movie making. It's sort of like a love letter."

08-kate-bosworth-in-style
Kate, on the September 2014 cover of InStyle UK. Photo: TomAndLorenzo.com.

Fashion Industry Lessons

"Working within the fashion industry has taught me to understand the balance between art and commerce. That everything surrounds a price point. The fabric, the hardware, embellishments, finishes...where it's made, how it's sampled, turnaround, developed and delivered. The creative vision must be interpreted with these details in mind. It's a constant balance."

style-thief-app
Photo: Courtesy of Style Thief

Her New App, Style Thief

"Style Thief is an incredible tool that helps women identify and search for pieces they love in the real world, online. There's also a discovery element that inspires people to try new brands and pieces if they don't have something specific in mind." 

"You can never know the success of any endeavor, like how much a film will make or if a collection will take off, so we'll have to see how women use it before we decide where to take the company next. The app is a concept I find both useful and inspirational as a fashion consumer, and I'm proud of that."

kate-bosworth-samantha-russ
Kate with Style Thief co-founder Samantha Russ. Photo: Courtesy of Style Thief

The Process Of Developing Style Thief

"Maintaining simplicity in design is challenging. Users don't register good design but bad design is very noticeable. Obviously, Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ives are heroes when it comes to marrying functionality with great design. We are always striving to improve with this combination in mind."

style-thief-app
Style Thief's recognition tool in action. Photo: @stylethiefapp.

How She's Used Style Thief Recently

"I found a great pair of Marc Jacobs pink metallic wedge sandals manually (we don't have digital recognition for shoes now - but we will soon!) and I found a beautiful Isabel Marant minidress by taking a screenshot from a blog and uploading it to the app from my library."

kate-bosworth-hair
Photo: @katebosworth

General Goals She Has For Her Career

"Looking for new and exciting challenges in all areas of life is always important to me. As long as I can be creative, I'm happy."

STYLE & PERSONAL LIFE

i-am-that-girl
"I Am That Girl: How to Speak Your Truth, Discover Your Purpose, and #bethatgirl", $11.

How She Gives Back

"As a woman (and a new stepmother), I am very passionate about building confidence in young women. I Am That Girl is a great organization that helps support this goal. They are incredibly inspiring and smart!"

kate-bosworth-style-thief
Kate at the Style Thief LA launch party. Photo: Getty Images

Her Fashion Staples

"I live in denim, cotton, silk. Not in that order and not always together. Great shoes are also a necessity!"

kate-bosworth-dior-couture
Kate's snap from the fall 2014 Dior couture show. Photo: @katebosworth.

When She Wants to Feel Glam

"I have always been attracted to classic elegance with a nod to experimentation. Raf Simmons of Dior, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, Olivier Theyskens, and Joseph Altuzarra are all incredible designers that exhibit this quality."

saint-laurent-studded-boots
Saint Laurent Cat Ankle Boots, $1595.

On Her Fall Fashion Wishlist

"A Carven arrow-print overcoat and a pair of Saint Laurent boots."

kate-bosworth-skii-skincare
Photo: @katebosworth.

Her Beauty Must Haves

"SK-II facial treatment essence, masks, and LXP cream. This combo is ideal. Ultra hydrating and divine."

"How To Train A Dragon 2" Premiere - The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival
Cate Blanchett at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Getty Images

Her Style Crush

"Cate Blanchett for her choices, both in film and fashion. She exudes confidence, always pairing elegance with an unusual or unexpected detail."

Kate Bosworth Style Their
Photo: @katebosworth.

How She Finds Balance

"Working with my husband has been incredibly fulfilling. We get to be creative all hours of the day, so work becomes a truly inspiring part of our lives. I find so much fulfillment in our dynamic."

kate-bosworth-books
Kate's summer reading list. Photo: @katebosworth.

3 Things Most People Don't Know About Kate

1. "I'm an avid reader."

2. "I love to cook."

3. "I drink whiskey."

Related Stories

Editor's Picks