For the February InStyle cover feature, Drew Barrymore has recreated some of her most iconic childhood looks in perhaps one of the most interesting celebrity shoot I’ve seen a fashion mag run. The American viewers have come to love Barrymore since her childhood E.T. days to her latest Santa Clarita Diet, as a genuine optimist who walks to the beat of her own drum.
With a penchant for vintage, Drew says she’s drawn to the romantic draping of 20’s, 40’s, and 70’s, even creating her own fashion line around the romantic movement of those eras. But when it comes to her films and TV shows, it’s not a simple romance story and happy endings she’s looking for, and I think that’s why so many of us are drawn to her. She always has a brightness, but there’s a complexity and a realness to her outlook at the same time.
“I’m very conscious about the way people feel,” Barrymore says of how she looks at her growing empire. “When I was making movies, I just didn’t want to tell a depressing story; I wanted to tell one about some type of self-improvement. I thought, ‘There’s enough shit in life. I want optimism and joy.’ At the same time, I don’t like magic-wand happy endings.”
Sweater: Michael Kors Collection
And for the cover shoot, she’s not just wearing simple clothes, either. She’s telling the story of her childhood. Emancipated at 14, working in an industry that tends to gobble you up and spit you out if you aren’t driven and ready to work long hours and in sometimes bizarre conditions. Barrymore was exposed early to things many of us would be horrified if we imagined our kids, or nieces and nephews were exposed to at such a young age. But somehow, she came out of all of that well-adjusted, an optimist, a loving mother, a success in every sense of the word. I’m not so sure what the odds of that happening are. But I’d say she beat them.
Dress: Carolina Herrera // Stole: House of Fluff // Shoes: Gianvito Rossi
The looks chosen are absolutely adorable – playful and a major flashback to the 1980’s. She looks fantastic in the black Celine dress on the cover. And all of the looks are toned down with the makeup to show her natural beauty. But the Chanel look is absolutely killing it from the 1983 Mother-Daughter fashion show. And little Barrymore looked super cute back then too. Adorable!