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Rebecca Hall: Fashion Isn’t Superficial

Rebecca Hall is no stranger to a red carpet, or a designer label for that matter. The actress, who is currently promoting Iron Man 3, is a strong advocate of fashion as an “important and empowering” means of expressing yourself – and with names such as Lanvin, Louis Vuitton and Givenchy spanning her impressive wardrobe, she’s demonstrated an ability to express herself in a most stylish manner.

“I love clothes,” she told us. “I’ve never actively followed trends, but I definitely know what I like and what I don’t like. I think fashion is a really important and empowering thing. I don’t think it’s superficial actually, I think it’s very important. I love being able to express myself through what I wear – and for it to be a way of expressing uniqueness and individuality.”

The actress admits that her love of clothes makes for an expensive retail therapy habit when she’s between jobs – using her style as a means of chanelling any untapped creativity.

“Shopping is a bit of a relaxing hobby for me, which is sometimes troubling for the bank balance,” she told us. “My friends have noticed that if I suddenly go through a couple of months’ unemployment, there seems to be a correlation that I don’t ever tend to wear the same outfit twice. There will be such strange combinations of clothes because I’m probably a bit creatively stifled, so it’s coming out in my wardrobe.”

As for favourite brands, the British-born star counts the home-grown Mulberry as one of her preferred labels. She was sat front row during Emma Hill’s autumn/winter 2011-12 show for the brand.

“I like Mulberry a lot – it’s easy to wear and they show humour in their clothes. It’s a very English thing to have a humorous twist even if it’s very classical,” she said. “There’s always something a bit witty about it somewhere. Also, the shows are fun. They always do a big production which is always interesting to watch.”

But don’t expect a celebrity clothing line from Hall any time soon – while she loves to “indulge”, there will be no equivalent of Rihanna’s River Island collection or Kate Moss’ partnership with Topshop.

“For me, it’s a spectator thing,” she said. “It’s not my profession, but it’s something that I love to be a part of. I love that I have access to wearing beautiful clothes that I would have otherwise just admired in magazines.”

© Vogue UK 2013