‘Big Little Lies’ takes aim at typical female roles in Hollywood

Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz are teaming up for a new HBO miniseries that challenges the typical roles reserved for women in Hollywood.

Their new show “Big Little Lies” —  an “adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel, a murder mystery wrapped up in a story about five women, all moms of first-graders,” according to USA Today — provides not only what’s sure to be an interesting plot, it also provides complex female characters that the actresses hope will influence future roles for women.

“The real amazing part was really digging deep into the lives of women,” Witherspoon told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour, according to CNN. “It wasn’t about [the characters] being good or bad, [the script] showed every spectrum and every color of women’s lives.”

For Kidman, a co-producer on the series with Witherspoon, says the project has a strong theme of “women helping women,” something that CNN says is just as important to Witherspoon.

“I’m passionate [about producing] because things have to change,” Witherspoon said, according to CNN. “We have to start seeing women as they really are on film…We need to see things because we as human beings learn from art and what can you do if you never see it reflected? I feel like women of incredible talent [are constantly]playing wives and girlfriends … I’ve just had enough.”

“Big Little Lies” premieres on HBO on Feb. 19.

She Leads, You Follow: ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards Edition

Some of our favorite leading ladies took to the red carpet at the Four Season Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, California on Oct. 19 to attend the 2015 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards. And of course, the awards were filled with several eye-catching looks, making it difficult to choose just a few of our favorite ensembles.

One favorite of the night came courtesy of Amy Schumer, who opted for a bright red Calvin Klein Collection dress, says InStyleMatching her dress with an equally bright red lipstick, Schumer capped off her look with otherwise natural makeup and loose sultry waves.

Following Schumer’s eye-popping ensemble was a simple black and white jumpsuit number worn by Shailene Woodley. According to InStyleWoodley paired her one-shoulder Calvin Klein Collection jumpsuit with nude pointed-toe Kurt Geiger pumps.

Although these starlets are dressed for an awards ceremony in the heart of Beverly Hills, there are certain things that we can learn from their glamorous ensembles and apply to our everyday style.

  1. Less is more – While it can sound like a cliché, it cannot be overstated. Both Schumer and Woodley wore very simple looks, but both of their outfits were equally stunning. How could this be? Consider these two points when mulling over a simpler piece while shopping:
    1. Fit – Schumer’s dress and Woodley’s jumpsuit both fit like a glove. The garments are tailored perfectly to their bodies, and when garments fit properly, it not only enhance the inherent style in the piece, it also plays up the wearer’s best assets. Not to mention a well-fitting garment gives you a nice confidence boost, and isn’t confidence the most important part of an outfit anyway?
    2. Timelessness – Both of these pieces are timeless; they are just as fashionable now as they would be in 20 years. Although simple, pieces like this never go out of style and are always ultra-flattering.
  2. Shine through – This follows from point one, but is just as important, if not more so. The real reason why these outfits are so eye-catchingly beautiful is because we actually see the women wearing them. We are not distracted by loud beading or a sea of material; we instead just see Schumer and Woodley’s naturally beautiful selves. Their simple, yet stunning red carpets looks allow us to not be distracted by busy outfits, but instead focus on how truly beautiful they are on their own without all the bells and whistles. And that’s what we are supposed to see — the woman, not the dress and then the woman.