In her recently launched self-help book Pretty Happy, Kate Hudson talks about connecting yourself with yourself. How to be healthy both in a physical and mental way, or as she puts it.
“There’s a real misconception of the idea of beauty and trying to attain a look and an aesthetic versus what it is to be healthy”. In other words, beauty and health don’t exist without each other, and one cannot be truly harmonious if one of those is out of balance.
The daughter of Goldie Hawn and her ex-husband actor Bill Hudson, Kate is the mother of two boys, a sought-after movie star, a successful business woman with her Fabletics clothing line, a writer, and a huge believer in family.
“What my mom and Kurt (Russell, Hawn’s long-time partner) really instilled in us was sense and understanding of how we relate to people — to be kind, compassionate, honest, and truthful.”
But all these aside, Kate is probably the funniest and the most easy-going girl in Hollywood — who is just as happy in her sweats and T-shirts as she is glammed up in the most daring Versace number with Forevermark’s most expensive diamonds.
You always look stunning at every red carpet event. Who helps you achieve these looks?
I work with a lot of the same people, like my friend and stylist Sophie and my hair stylist David Babaii. Everyone’s opinion matters. It is usually a hard choice between two (typically totally different) directions. We all weigh in and then really just talk about it.
Sometimes it sort of works itself out, and sometimes we just play. It’s like playing dress up, figuring what makes sense for this look and for you as a person. It has to feel comfortable — that’s the key for me. Sophie picks the gowns, most of the time by Versace, and it’s always a success. Versace dresses fit me so well.
And how do you accessorise? You have not been known as a jewellery fanatic.
Sophie believes every look needs shine, even one with crystal cage detailing hugging a bare waistline. It’s less about the size and more about standout pieces. It’s harder to choose smaller pieces than big ones.
The Forevermark pieces I wore to the Golden Globes, a pair of rare brilliant-cut earrings worth $1.5 million, a diamond ring, and a line bracelet, were alleged to shine better than regular diamonds. I loved them so much that I wore them the next day when I was running errands.
For everyday wear what is you preference in jewellery?
I have a collection which features a necklace adorned with gold shells cast from one of the shells my son Ryder found on a beach. It draws on my own style. Personally, I like wearing big jewellery with a T-shirt. But some of the pieces are finer, like the stackable rings, which come in all the colours of the ocean — in peridot, aquamarine, and yellow sapphire.
What’s your favourite piece of jewellery?
I admired an heirloom choker that belonged to my mom. It was one of the first pieces I ever remembered her wearing, and I hoped one day I get to wear jewellery like that. She gave it to me on my 21st birthday. But the piece meant so much more than that.
In what sense?
It inspired my new jewellery collaboration, CH+KH, a capsule collection for Los Angeles-based jewellery Chrome Hearts. The brand’s co-owner, Laurie Lynn Stark, happens to be one of my closest friends. It occurred to us that we spend all of this time together, why don’t we make something? And so we created a line of 18k and 22k gold rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings set with white diamonds, fresh water pearls, green tourmaline, peridot, citrine, and aquamarine gemstones. Many of the pieces — more delicate than Chrome Hearts’ heavier gems — reference to 1970s vintage pieces that I collect.
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