Orange Is the New Black actress Taylor Schilling was the guest of honour last night at the opening party for German womenswear brand Gerry Weber’s new store in Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. FLARE caught up with the star to talk personal style, her prison survival kit, and what season three of Netflix drama has in store for Piper Chapman.
What is it that you like about the Gerry Weber brand?
They offer a really interesting selection of clothing for a wide variety of women. They’re making clothes that are accessible and lovely.
Do you have a favourite Gerry Weber piece?
They have a navy jumpsuit that I really like!
How would you describe your personal style?
It’s pretty simple. I very much gravitate towards a stronger look, and long, cleaner lines. But I have a lot of fun with clothes. On the red carpet, I try to aim for a lot of colour; in my daily life, it’s much more simple, and I definitely stay in the black, navy and grey zone.
If you were an inmate at Litchfield, what beauty products could you definitely not live without?
I think I would need some kind of moisturizer. I would need dental floss, and a toothbrush and toothpaste. And I would probably want to dye my hair at some point. I can’t have roots!
Why do you think Orange Is the New Black has been so successful?
I think that there’s an authenticity and a truth in the show that really resonates with viewers.
What are you most excited about for Piper in season three?
I think she starts to really come into her own a lot more. She starts to discover herself in new ways, and to kind of enjoy her newfound power and her newfound sense of self.