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Saturday 29 November 2014

Zooey Deschanel slams fashion snobbery

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12:  Actress Zooey Deschanel attends the FOX 2014 Programming Presentation at the FOX Fanfront on May 12, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel thinks there is an audience for "modest clothes".

The New Girl actress recently collaborated with designer Tommy Hilfiger on a clothing line, To Tommy From Zooey. The collection included cute, girly dresses that reflected the 34-year-old's own quirky style.

"There is an audience for more modest clothes," she told the US edition of InStyle. "I hate that fashion could be something that excludes people.”

The Elf actress is a regular hit on the red carpet when it comes to her own look. But she has witnessed firsthand how snobby other famous people can be when it comes to labels.

"I remember I was wearing a cute jacket, and I saw this well-known actress - who will remain nameless - with her stylist,” she recalled. "They said, ‘Oh my god, that’s so cute. Where did you get it?’ I told them, and it was not a fancy brand, and they were like, ‘Oh.’ I just thought, ‘Do you not like it anymore because of the brand?’ That’s so dumb, and you have just made yourself into a cartoon villain.”

Her fashion choices are not the only thing that Zooey is renowned for. She is also known for possibly having the most famous fringe in showbusiness.

"I do see the advantage of having something people can grab onto: ‘Hey, I know who that is! She has bangs!’ she laughed.

It might be surprising for Zooey that she has collaborated with one of America's most famous designers considering clothes were not a big deal when she was growing up.

"We only went clothes shopping twice a year, but every single day of the week I had something else I was learning to do," she said. “Drawing in one corner, writing or sewing in another. I was lucky to have parents who were really, really supportive in terms of creativity."

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