The Look for Less: Joy Bryant on 'Parenthood'
The actress personifies 'boho chic' on and off the set
After modeling for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren, Joy Bryant got her big acting break alongside Denzel Washington in his directorial debut, the Derek Luke-led film, "Antwone Fisher." Now, a decade later, after a stint on "ER," she's part of the ensemble cast on NBC's acclaimed series "Parenthood." Bryant plays Jasmine Trussell, a dance teacher who, after five years, shows up unexpectedly to confront her former lover and the father of her son, commitment-phobe Crosby Braverman (played by Dax Shepard).
"Parenthood" costume designer Diane Crooke, and celebrity hairstylist Amoy Pitters, who calls Bryant a client, reveal how to get the actress' look on and off set.
Describe Jasmine's style: "Boho casual, Berkeley comfortable, very relaxed, but trendy chic."
What are your favorite brands to use to transform Joy Bryant? "On the higher end, Burning Torch - they mix silk with knit and just have beautiful texture. Also, Tucker and Haute Hippie. For her sweats, 291 Venice. Dresses from Madewell. We also use quite a few pieces from Free People - they always have sales. For the shoes, every now and then, we shop at Target - you can certainly get leggings and little tanks there for a layered look.
What's the inspiration behind Jasmine's look? "We do a lot of vintage hippie, rock and roll-inspired [looks], especially since her now-husband Crosby has a recording studio. We think of the classic '70s genre of rock and roll; a little earlier would be Janis Joplin, but made more contemporary.
How can others emulate her look?
Crooke: "The key is if that if you're going to do a flowy top, then do something more fitted on the bottom and vice versa. You don't ever want to do too much flowiness, it'll just overwhelm a person and be more about the garment than them. And I would say earth colors and textures."
Pitters: "I use my Amoy Couture Pearl Berry Shampoo and Ruby Berry Conditioner. She loves the Ruby Citrus Serum; I put it on before I flatiron her hair, it tames frizz and gives your hair a nice shine without weighing it down. She doesn't like her hair well done all the time, she's very bohemian and free-spirited, so if she wears it in that beachy, wavy way, she puts my Sapphire Pomegranate Curly Balm in it - you just need a little bit, dab it on, scrunch it with your hands, and let it dry natural."
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