Kate Winslet has been busy working her sexy side as the new face of luxury knitwear brand St. John and as a special treat, the company has released a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot for the actress’s fall 2011 advertising campaign. In the clip above, shot at the historic Loew’s Theater in New Jersey, a sultry Winslet talks about wearing clothing that simply feels good — and looks good, too. “The clothes are cut beautifully, the fabrics are elegant, you can look extremely chic without trying too hard,” she says in the clip above. “You don’t feel that the clothes are something that only a model would be able to wear.” And with her own children to raise, Winslet said she feels inspired by fellow mothers and other women who give their all, one of the many reasons why she loves the ease of the brand. “The St. John collection is effortless and chic, and I think speaks to how real women live and dress today,” she shares in a statement. Catch Winslet’s ads when they launch in print in September. –Kim Peiffer
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Kate Winslet has bared it all for the cameras before, even coached others through the process. But the star explained recently just how photographer Mario Testino got her to strip down. “You know that his biggest strength without fail is making women look beautiful,” she said at the El Museo del Barrio gala Thursday evening in New York City, as she presented the celebrity favorite with an award honoring his career. “When Mario turns to you and says, ‘It’s beautiful, but I think it would work better naked, no?’ How can one refuse?” Winslet, who has talked openly about issues with her body, explained, “No matter what insecurities about oneself a subject may have, Mario makes them go away like a magician.” She continued, “One moment you are in the hair and makeup chair fully clothed and wishing you had smoother skin, longer legs and smaller feet and then Mario comes in and in that charming way he takes you by the hand and says, ‘Don’t worry it’s going to be amazing.'” Testino, who also shot the famed engagement portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, says convincing Winslet was as easy as she claims. “I said to her, I want you to pose nude for this exhibition,” he said of the “Todo o Nada” exhibit that will open in Rome in July. “And she was like, ‘Oh, okay, Mario.’ She said yes right away.” That didn’t come as a surprise to Testino. “Most of them I think trust me. I would never let them down.” –Kim Peiffer, with reporting by K.C. Baker
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She’s earning raves for her performance — and her period costumes — as a Depression-era single mom in the HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce, but you won’t see Kate Winslet wearing those on-screen outfits again anytime soon. “Under no circumstances,” she told StyleList when asked if she’d revisit her character’s wardrobe, which spanned the 1930s. Why the aversion to the clothes? Winslet’s co-star (and onscreen daughter) Evan Rachel Wood offered a clue: the film’s costume designer, Ann Roth, was a stickler for period detail, down to the restrictive undergarments. “It was uncomfortable. Oh, absolutely,” Wood said of the girdles and garter belts. “It was tight, it was hot, but you have to do it.” Despite the discomfort, Winslet said she really appreciated how much the clothes helped tell the story of Pierce’s life. “I loved watching each shape change … based on the period, but also based on Mildred’s success and her own sense of confidence and her own sense of style as well, which really does seem to develop.” Catch the next episode of Mildred Pierce at 9 p.m. Sunday on HBO. –Alex Apatoff