Jennifer Connelly on Working With Balenciaga

As if being a respected Hollywood actress wasn’t enough, Jennifer Connelly has also served as muse to creative director at Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquière, for the last 13 years. The duo first met while the designer was at Balenciaga—he made her dress for her 2002 Oscar win. And because they’re fashion soulmates, Connelly wore the designer's first custom gown for Louis Vuitton in 2014.

Keep scrolling for a first look at Connelly’s cover for The Edit and a sneak peek of her interview and shoot.

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Victor Demarchelier, courtesy of The Edit, net-a-porter.com

On working with Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga…

“We instantly hit it off,” she says, “and stayed in touch over the years. I was drawn to him as a person, but also to his designs. Nicolas makes it really easy. He makes me far more fashionable than I am.”

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Victor Demarchelier, courtesy of The Edit, net-a-porter.com

On preparing for her upcoming role as a homeless woman in Shelter

“I spent time at a needle exchange and outreach facility on the Lower East Side. I walked through the city at night, and spent time with a woman who’s now recovered, but who had been using and living on the streets for many years.”

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Victor Demarchelier, courtesy of The Edit, net-a-porter.com

On balancing the filming schedule with home life…

“Because it was low-budget with only a few days to shoot, we really couldn’t leave it all behind at the end of the day. We had to prep each night for the next morning. Although it was probably somewhat miserable for the kids, it actually helped that the film was being made on such a short schedule. If it had been longer, it would have been more miserable.”

To see The Edit’s full interview with Jennifer Connelly and to shop what she's wearing, go to ww.net-a-porter.com/magazine/323/8 or download the free Edit app.

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