Emma Stone leaves her funny bone behind and goes Old Hollywood glam in her movie Gangster Squad. Here’s how to get her 1940′s look.

How can you not love Emma Stone? She’s smart, talented and seriously funny. We know she’s got the acting chops and can go from playing a sarcastic teen (Easy A) to a  superhero’s gal (Spider-Man) to a feisty country bumpkin (The Help) with ease.

In her new movie Gangster Squad, Stone leaves her funny bone at home and takes a more serious turn as young wannabe star, Grace Faraday, who plans to rise to stardom by being the arm candy of one of L.A.’s most notorious gangsters, Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn)— all while romancing the cop (Ryan Gosling) who’s trying to bring him down. It’s a risky game to play, but Stone uses her glamorous charms and  drop-dead gorgeous sex appeal as her wild card.

Set in the ’40s, Stone’s look in the movie exudes Old Hollywood Glam.“I think it’s an attraction for actors to sink their teeth into this kind of material, dialogue-wise and action-wise, but also because of the way it all looked. It’s hard to make somebody look bad in those clothes,” says Gangster Squad costume designer Mary Zophres. “Emma’s got a great structure to begin with, but in order to give her the hourglass figure of a Vargas girl, as described in the script and very much in vogue at the time, we manipulated her a bit. We added a more prominent bust line to make her curvier, and put her in a corset that shrank her waist by about three inches. I think she was very happy to take those costumes off at the end of the day.”

When Stone first appears in the movie, she stuns in a long red gown. “I love that red gown; it’s a showstopper,” Zophres says. “Nobody is as glamorous in this movie as Grace, and it was so much fun to see this dress go from the sketch to the finished piece. And Emma truly does it justice.”

Stone credits Zophres, as well as her hair and makeup team, with her glam girl transformation. “We all brainstormed, and came up with a hodgepodge of a lot of `40s movie stars,” Stone says. “Grace has the teeth of Vivien Leigh, the hair of Gene Tierney, Lauren Bacall’s makeup and, well, all of it is Rita Hayworth. But I think that’s what Grace did, too. A lot of those ingénues did it. And since Grace wanted to be a star, I think she pieced together all the women she found beautiful and tried to be all of them at once. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out, career-wise, because she’s not all of them…or any of them.”

Who wouldn’t want to copy this classic look? Toronto-based beauty expert Bahar Niramwalla (twitter: @BaharNiramwalla) gives simple tips on how to achieve Stone’s glamorous look. “This is the classic ’40s look, which was a rather heavy, involved makeup application.” Niramwalla says. “To keep things simple and easier to achieve at home, keep in mind the corner stones of this look: strong brows, well lined eyes, mascara for a thicker look and, of course, the strong, bold, rich lip.”



Of course, fabulous beauty and a great dress can only be tied together with dazzling  jewels. Matching sets of jewellery—known as” Parures,” meaning adornment—were de rigueur in the ’40s because they added a high level of pizazz. In those days, especially with stars like Greta Garbo, going sans earrings, necklaces, brooches, rings  and bracelets were unheard of.

These pieces from Links of London and Folli Follie are perfect pieces to add to your old Hollywood-style glam look.










From left: Folli Follie Fireworks Bracelet, $195 (CAD), and Match & Dazzle Earrings, $140.











From left: Folli Follie Fireworks Bracelet, $350; Links of London Hope Egg Earrings, $540; Folli Follie (thin) Fireworks Bracelet, $90.
















For more info to go Links of London and Folli Follie websites.

Gangster Squad opens Friday, January 11 and stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Academy Award® winner Sean Penn,  Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, Robert Patrick and Mireille Enos.

—Toni-Marie Ippolito


























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