When Alice stumbled into Wonderland's mad tea party, she met The Mad Hatter.
When we found Sunglass Hut's punk tea party—happening in an graffiti-covered London flat off from Piccadilly Circus, not a rabbit hole—Drew Barrymore was there instead.
'This party is the best kind of crazy,' said the actress, who sported black Ray-Ban shades, a Gareth Pugh leather tote, and a '60s bouffant styled by Sheridan Ward. 'Afternoon tea should always have a rock band in residence.' At this one, it was Brix & The Extricated, a growling punk group whose lead singer Brix wears Miu Miu instead of ripped jeans. (Well played…)
We spoke with the actress and Flower Beauty founder just before she hopped on a flight to Los Angeles. 'I have kids now,' she says, 'So I've got to pick and choose my parties.' (We're glad she got to this one—it had amazing cake.)
Welcome to London! Are you going to any fashion shows?
No, I'm literally about to jump on a plane back home. I've got to see [my children], Frankie and Olive. I don't love being away from them, obviously, so I made up a little song for them that I just put on video. It's to the tune of Frère Jacques, roughly. You want to hear it?
It goes, 'Frankie and Olive, Frankie and Olive, we love you! We love you! Getting on an airplane, getting on an airplane. See you soon. See you soon!'
Aww! Now that you have two daughters, are you more mindful about saving all your clothes for them?
I'm really obsessed with saving their clothes. All their little dresses. But mine, I've always archived. You know, most clothes I wear on the red carpet, I don't get to keep. They go back to the designer, and I turn back into a pumpkin at midnight. That's the nature of our lives in fashion and Hollywood, right? But the ones I've been gifted, I have them dry cleaned and archived in plastic bags at home.
Which are your favourite?
That's a great question. The pale peach Monique Lhullier that I wore to the Emmys is one of my favorite dresses of all time. I have a pale blue Dior dress that I wore to the Golden Globes that is breathtaking. Obviously, the girls aren't allowed to play with them yet!
You wore those dresses when you won Best Actress for playing Little Edie in Grey Gardens. Does she ever influence your style?
All the time. Oh my god, I love Little Edie so much. She is such an icon and such a presence… I didn't get to keep any of her costumes from that film, but every time I see a safety pin, I'm like, Edie, where are you? I know you're here somewhere.' Safety pins are her symbol, I think.
You came into this party with Georgia May Jagger.
Circle of life, right?
Do you know Mick Jagger?
The first time I met Mick Jagger, I was seven-years-old. I am not kidding. I was seven-years-old, and I knew who he was, and I thought he was so cool and I couldn't believe I was meeting him. I still remember it so vividly. I would go to Studio 54 back then and he was always there. We ran in similar circles.
You ran in similar circles when you were seven?
Listen. I know. A child should not have been at Studio 54. It was not a good idea. It was so wrong. But you know, wasn't it also so right, at the time?… And now, here's Mick Jagger's daughter. And she's beautiful.
Every girl in London is doing the baby bangs you started in the '90s…
If you only knew how hard it was for me to really have bangs. I have a very stubborn cowlick. I had to really stick those things down back in the day. And I guess I don't see those baby bangs as "my" trend to start. Obviously I have a different perspective on it. But it's incredibly flattering, if that's what's happening.
What would you tell girls copying your old beauty looks?
You look great! And I get that you're not really copying me. I wouldn't ever say that. They're doing what makes them feel cool and beautiful. That's the only important thing.
Words: Faran Krentcil