Greta Gerwig Talks Prabal and Pajamas at Cinema Society's Screening of Lola Versus


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Zoe Lister-Jones, in Peter Som, and Greta Gerwig, in Moschino.

Last night, The Cinema Society & Brooks Brothers with Grey Goose hosted a screening of Lola Versus, the new movie from Breaking Upwards duo Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones.

The titular Lola is played by Greta Gerwig, who was wearing a white Moschino dress with a Peter Pan collar. The getup came courtesy of her stylists Kemal Harris and Karla Welch, who also dress Zooey Deschanel and Hailee Steinfeld. "I can't take credit for their good fashion sense," Gerwig demurred. "Kamil's Canadian, and I think that Canadians are just really pleasant to be around. They're less competitive, and they're just relaxed, and they're very competent, but they don't stress you out in any way." We suggested that perhaps the northern temperatures had bred the hot-bloodedness out of them, and Gerwig agreed.

"I love clothes, but it's hard when you're not a [size] zero. Kemal's great at finding things that work for my body," Gerwig added.

When we asked the starlet about her Met Ball date Prabal Gurung, she gushed, "I love him! I love Prabal! He's my favorite. He's the sweetest man in the world." And beyond Prabal, who are some of her favorite young designers? "I like the way women dressed in the '60's and '70's, so I feel like my tendency veers more towards people who dress women like Anjelica Huston looked, or stuff like that. Actually, this is not, like, "young, cool designer," but I love the big sort of pajama-looking stuff that came out. There's something about it that feels '70s to me, or not part of this time."

Lister-Jones was also clad in white: her on-trend, peplum-accented frock was by Peter Som. “I love a peplum," said the writer-actress. "I think it totally depends on the body type, because if you’re slim-hipped, a peplum is easier to pull off. But I think it’s an easily flattering look because it accentuates your waist."

After one film together, she and her writing partner said the script—about a young woman who gets dumped weeks before her wedding—came fairly easily. “We have friction sometimes in the writing process, which I think is totally standard when you’re working with someone else. It’s tough to craft scenes and sentences together," Wein reflected. "We just argued about which jokes we thought were funnier.”

A bespectacled Jay Pharoah, who plays Lola's bartender friend, told us it was nice taking a break from his signature SNL impressions: "It's easier to pretty much portray yourself or be a normal person than it is to play a character." He has met impression subjects Will Smith and Steven A. Smith, both of whom he described as being down-to-earth and happy with his impersonations. "Nobody's ever been like, 'I'ma kill you, Jay!" he said, laughing.

Post-screening, Gerwig and friends (including Olivia Thirlby, Zachary Quinto, Olivia Munn and SNL cast members Abby Elliott and Vanessa Bayer) repaired to the Top of the Standard for Grey Goose Cherry Noir cocktails, not to mention a spread from Russ & Daughters (the legendary deli is featured in the film.) We have to say, we saw more than one film-industry leading light sneak a chocolate bobka into his or her pocket!