It’s high time shoppers rediscover the Canadian clothing company Le Château, at least according to actress Lauren Holly.
the Montreal-based company, which was founded in 1959, has done just
that — with a little dose of celebrity style from the star’s capsule
collection, Lauren’s Closet.
“I need people to go and discover Le
Château all over again,” Holly said of the required re-think. “A lot of
people thought the brand had only to do with the prom or young people
... But believe me, I wouldn’t be running around spouting about prom
Now gearing up for the release of her new holiday line,
Holly is looking to draw even more shoppers in to see her carefully
curated womenswear collection, which includes clothing, shoes and
While Holly lays no claim to owning design talents,
she says it’s her unique situation as both a longtime actress and a
mother-of-three that makes the brand partnership work.
one of the reasons they were interested in doing this with me is because
I sort of represented the older, working woman,” she explained.
time out of filming the Vancouver-shot CTV crime drama Motive, which
sees the 51-year-old actress in the role of Dr. Betty Rogers, Holly
chatted about her new collection, her personal style must-haves and her
favourite holiday pieces.
Q You first partnered with Le Château earlier this year. How did the Lauren’s Closet capsule collection come about?
Last spring I made a film called After the Ball, which is a romantic
comedy starring Chris Noth, Portia Doubleday and Marc-André Grondin. And
I’m the evil stepmother. It’s a really good cast. And at my first
fitting for the film — fashion is really important in this movie — I was
told that Le Château was doing all the clothes. I had never really
heard of (the company) but when I went to the first fitting, I loved the
clothes. I became really familiar with the brand ... (and) the people
who run the company. We had a sort of mutual admiration group going on,
and I was laughing because I was spending all my money at their stores.
So I told them they should forget about calling the stores Le Château,
they should just call them Lauren’s Closet.
It has been so
enlightening to me and I’m very thrilled to be a part of this because I
honestly love the clothes so much. It has been an amazing experience
working with them on everything. They really listen to my opinion and it
has been quite exhilarating. I’m proud of the clothes because they’re
so great — and I love the price ... It’s so easy for me to tell people
about it because it’s (accessible). I think the world is sick of excess.
I think it’s fine that there are people touting other brands, but if
you buy one of their bags you might not be able to pay your mortgage.
Q The majority of the pieces from the collection are priced less than $200, correct?
A Yes, it’s crazy! My bags, my boots, my shoes are all leather and Italian-made.
Q As a Hollywood actress, you’re also the perfect role model to elevate the brand.
I think it’s awesome because now, even on (the television show) Motive,
I’m wearing only my Laurent’s Closet clothes. That has been a very
important thing that more people will be knowing about very soon. And
now other people are getting into Le Château on the Motive set, as well.
Q As a Canadian company, the Le Château team must be excited about having their clothes on a television show.
A Yes. We are on in many countries, all over the world. So, when these episodes start airing it will be very exciting.
Q Did you design the pieces in the Lauren’s Closet collection or did you curate from existing designs?
Le Château has an incredible team of designers and they have been so
amazing to me because I can tell them what women want. They’re very
collaborative. But I would never say that I could compete with them in
the design world.
As an example, I really wanted a tuxedo jacket
in the holiday collection because there are so many times that I don’t
want my arms out and I’m sick of those little wraps. They’re not me. So,
they whipped one up that I love.
Q What motivated you when picking your designs?
For me, what’s great about Lauren’s Closet is that I am a working mom
who commutes across the country for my job. My schedule is ridiculous.
And, to be honest, my boys are at that age — they’re all preteens —
where it all of a sudden matters what I wear when I pick them up at
school. Before I could have gone in my Mickey Mouse pyjamas, but now, it
matters. So, it’s like, what can I get up and put on that I feel and
look good in. Because if there’s one thing I don’t have time for is
putting something on that I don’t immediately feel great in and that’s
not easy to wear. I can’t stand things that I need certain undergarments
for, or are too tucked in or zipped up — too much fuss. I can’t handle
Q Do you have a favourite piece from the collection?
That’s tough. But I will tell you what I just cannot stop wearing: my
leggings, my black sweater coat with red stripes in it, black, flat
over-the-knee boots — those are pretty much a constant for me — and even
my blouses. I am so not a blouse person, but the blouses I chose are so
comfortable that I wear them all the time. Lauren’s Closet pieces are
pretty much all I wear now.
Q If you could pinpoint three criteria
an item of clothing must meet before you purchase it — Lauren’s Closet
or others — what would they be?
A The first thing is: can I wear
it a bunch of different ways? For years, I went through a phase where I
would buy things that I really liked but I could only wear them a
certain way. So, if I can wear it a bunch of different ways, if the
price point is correct, and if it’s comfortable.
Q How would you describe your personal style?
A It’s pretty simple. I’m not very ornate, but I also like my presence to be known.
Q Is there a piece in your entire wardrobe that best represents your style?
I would say, from my fall Lauren’s Closet line: A zip-up little black
jacket that has pleather sleeves. It is one of those things that you can
throw on top of anything.
Q If I’m not mistaken, quite a few of the Le Château pieces are actually made in Canada, correct?
A Absolutely. They have a huge percentage of their items that are manufactured in Canada.
The reaction to your first collection has been very positive. Can you
give your fashion fans a sneak peek into the holiday collection?
I love the holiday collection. It runs the gamut — it will take you to
everything that you need. I have a few understated pieces that are easy
to wear to work and then wear out at night, all the way to super-bling
(gowns). It’s really fun and really comfortable ... and it just has a
lot of class to it.
Q Is there one piece you think people are going to crave most?
A People love my jumpsuits. And I have one in holiday that is amazing. Everyone is going to look great in it.
You have done a few personal appearances at Le Château stores,
including one in the works for Vancouver. Why is it important for you to
get out and meet the fans of your Lauren’s Closet line?
I really love these clothes. I think the only thing that Le Château
needs at this moment is for people to re-discover them. If I can be the
one thing to bring a few more people out, then I know they’re going to
love what they see.
Q What’s next for you?
After The Ball is
coming out in the spring and I have another feature film called Hoovey
that’s also coming out in the spring. I’m going to begin promoting the
Lauren’s Closet holiday line... and then I don’t wrap Motive until
March. So, I will be doing the Toronto to Vancouver commute during that