Ella Hunt is spending this sunny spell promoting her new film Anna and the Apocalypse at the Edinburgh Film Festival, and while we might be struggling to dress through the heatwave – even without the added pressure of stepping out in the public eye – this 20-year-old is proving triumphant.
With looks created by Erdem and Chanel making up the majority of her red-carpet wardrobe, it’s a million miles away from her day-to-day. “I grew up in Devon where every outfit by necessity is finished with Wellington boots or Dr Martens, and a waxed or waterproof jacket,” she explained to Miss Vogue. “So much has changed, I now get to wear the most beautiful creations like Chanel for the Serpentine Summer Party and it’s a dream come true.”
Ella is not only aware of the change in look, but is also clearly embracing it. “Well, choosing what to wear on the red carpet is a little different: it has to photograph well and have good detail in the top third for headshots,” she explained. “I recently wore Erdem to a red-carpet event and really let my hair down, it broke all my usual personal dressing fears of long sleeves and pattern, yet I felt amazing in it!”
It’s not only fashion that’s pushing Ella out of her comfort zone, these events altogether are a new experience for her. “At red-carpet events I’m not in my comfort zone, but with the opportunity to wear beautiful empowering clothes, I’m able to trick myself into believing I belong,” Ella explained. “I believe that inner confidence is the most important thing, but at 20 I’m still working that one out.”
The looks she has chosen begin with the characters she has recently been playing. “Whilst promoting Anna And The Apocalypse, and The More You Ignore Me, I have wanted to reflect in my personal style what drew me to the characters; they are both dynamic young women but neither are defined by their sexuality.” It’s these roles that will go on to define Ella as her star continues to rise.
With all this fashion chat and enjoyment of dressing up, it might be a surprise to hear that Ella is not a shopper. “I actually don’t enjoy shopping: it makes me dizzy, shop assistants scare me, and I am very frugal,” she laughed. “But in Barnstaple, our local town, there is an amazing boutique called Private Collection and I do enjoy going in there.”
While it’s Chanel dominating her choices of late, there’s still something resolutely British about the way Ella puts her clothes together. Describing her look as always “feminine not girly”, one of her biggest sources of style inspiration is her own mother’s wardrobe of Vivienne Westwood and Katherine Hamnett. This is most obvious in her off-duty choice of Dr Martens, which she says make her feel “the most British”.
The other? Audrey Hepburn, which is no doubt not a surprise. Ella’s poise and elegance do have an Audrey quality about them.
Here, we asked Ella to keep a 24-hour style diary from the Edinburgh Film Festival: