Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Through the Lens: Elizabeth Olsen in W

Little Lamb: In Etro’s wool jacket with lambswool collar.  Photo by Alex Prager, Styled by Lori Goldstein.

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Olsen, younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley, is breaking out on her own, already establishing herself as one to watch with the buzz her independent thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene generated at Sundance and Cannes.  The film centers around Olsen's character, who escapes from a cult and attempts to return to a normal life with her sister and her sister's husband, but cannot seem to shake her past and the abuse she suffered, experiencing flashbacks, paranoia and delusions.

Olsen spoke of the film and her blossoming career with W magazine and was recently photographed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, by Alex Prager (more on Prager's work here) for the October 2011 issue.  The wool sweaters, mohair coats and orange and brown shades of the fall have a retro vibe to it -- some images seem more '20s film star while others are more reminiscent of the '60s or '70s (think Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver).  Prager is great at capturing seemingly flawless beauty in a haunting way.  Her subjects often appear almost mannequin-like.

Read the full interview with Olsen here.

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