LA based actress and singer, Leighton Meester has had a diverse acting career from her iconic role as Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl to films including Country Strong and appearing on Broadway in Of Mice and Men. She recently embarked on a successful singing career with the launch of her record Heartstrings which has a strong folk influence. Citing Diane Keaton and Stevie Nicks as her style icons, Leighton has a bohemian and eclectic approach to putting her looks together with a strong ‘70s influence showcased in her style diary for Jimmy Choo.

Leighton Meester shares an exclusive interview and photo diary including some of her favourite styles from the Jimmy Choo SS15 collection.

Exclusive Interview with Leighton

Tell us about your new music and album?

I just got back from a tour for Heartstrings, my first record. I played in 9 cities and now planning on another leg for more shows. It has been a really great experience traveling with my music. I've been working on the record for over 2 years so I'm really pleased to finally tour with it and I've grown immensely because of it. It's insanely fun performing my songs, and it feels surreal interacting with the people who've heard it. It's a confessional, very personal record and I'm really proud of every aspect of it.


What’s your red carpet style?

It varies, which is what I find most fun about getting dressed for an event. I like to experiment and change depending on mood, but comfort is most important to me.


What’s your off duty look?

Jeans and tees, jumpers, jean jacket, comfortable long skirt and sweater.


Who are your style icons?

Diane Keaton and Stevie Nicks


What is your favourite summer holiday destination?

I love going to my hometown and being with my family in Florida. It's off season in summer when it's hot, so it's empty. We spend time on the boat and cook out, and have beach and pool days.


What is your favourite summer song/tune?

I like Beach House, Mac Demarco and Joni Mitchell for breezy tunes.


If you could be in someone else’s shoes for the day whose would it be?

I look up to Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, who speaks up for all women and their right to health care.


What is your favourite thing about summer dressing?

All the options of different styles, open toe shoes and not having to layer.


What are your three desert island beauty essentials?

Spf (Biotherm Lait Solaire), lip balm (Homeoplasmine or Aquafor), cuticle oil (Nuka or unrefined coconut oil).


What are your handbag essentials?

Reusable stainless steel or glass water bottle, sunglasses, hand cream or cuticle oil, lip balm, hair clips and pins, and current reading material.


What is the most treasured item in your wardrobe?

Jimmy Choo sunglasses, which are also my most often utilized.


Are there any items that you did or would like to steal from any of your character’s wardrobes?

Yes, I was able to keep a lot of clothes from Life Partners and Like Sunday, Like Rain. The characters were both casual dressers so they get a lot of wear.


Piece of fashion advice you would give your best friend?

I appreciate honesty so I would always ask a good friend for fashion advice, and I will give input but I have some very stylish friends.


What inspires you?

Intelligent, passionate women who fight for the education, equality and empowerment of others and the women and men who support them.


Do you have a favourite look that you have been photographed in?

The Jimmy Choo shoot were some of my favourite photos I've had taken. The clothes, and obviously shoes, bags and shades were wonderful, and the photography, styling and atmosphere was awesome. The whole team was such a pleasure to work with and it was the most fun day I've had shooting.

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LA based actress and singer, Leighton Meester has had a diverse acting career