One Dress To Wear, Four Screenwriters To Admire

It’s official: Layering season is here. Our Ponte Screenplay Dress is the perfect starting point—just add tights and a cardi. Cute (cap sleeves, twirly skirt) and comfortable (loads of stretch), this new-for-fall style has a name that’s got us thinking about our favorite female screenwriters. Read on for our top four picks and the films they scripted. We’ll be (re)watching them for our next few at-home movie nights.


Sofia Coppola

It’s no surprise that this cool-as-a-cucumber writer/director has the magic touch when it comes to both eye-pleasing and heart-wrenching films (The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette). Her lesser-known debut is also a must-see: 1998’s Lick The Star was shot on 16 mm black-and-white film, is just 14 minutes long and makes seventh grade seem downright cutthroat in the best way possible.

Elizabeth Meriwether

A Yale alum who tells it like it is, Meriwether creates sharp, funny takes on real-life scenarios that translate equally well to both the big screen (No Strings Attached) and small screen (New Girl), for double the viewing pleasure.

Diablo Cody

This Oscar-winning maverick spins out quote-worthy gold (“Honest to blog?”) as she reveals her tongue-firmly-in-cheek expertise on the teenage mind and the grown-up who can’t grow up, perfectly captured in our two faves, Juno and Young Adult.

Leigh Brackett

What do the classics The Big Sleep and The Empire Strikes Back have in common? The genius writing of the groundbreaking Leigh Brackett, who covered all kinds of genres (mystery, Western, science fiction) in all sorts of mediums (film, television, novel).

It’s Fall Preview Time (Yes, Really!)


Not to state the obvious, but it feels like we’re living in the tropics lately, no? On steamy, sweltering days such as these, fall can’t come soon enough. We’re already thinking ahead to more temperate times when we’re all about adding layers as opposed to peeling them off. With that in mind, here’s a sneak peek of our new fall preview collection; take a look and just imagine a cool, crisp breeze coming your way…

A Madewell Girl We Love: Model Liu Wen

Model Liu Wen is by far one of our favorites. Born in Hunan, China, the 25-year-old beauty is known for her outgoing and funny personality (not to mention killer cheekbones).  

But what we love most about this girl is her impeccable personal style. Her knack for mixing denim with designer duds and streetwear constantly provides us with style inspiration. The cover star of our first-ever Madewell catalog, she’s back in our latest spring edition modeling black and white fashion, one of the season’s biggest trends.

We caught up with the whimsical, globe-traveling Wen to find out about her denim choices, her styling tips and what she can’t leave home without. (Spoiler alert: It may include a cookie or two.)


You have such incredible off-duty style—who else do you admire for their sartorial choices? 

Kate Moss!

Where do you look for fashion inspiration?

My work is the best inspiration! Every makeup artist or stylist with whom I work has many special ideas, tips and creations. I can always learn so much from them.

What did you like about this shoot? 

Striped shirts and printed shorts, jeans and trousers are all items I buy and wear a lot in my private life. They are very easy to mix and match and they’re must-haves to create many different looks.

How would you describe your denim style?

I prefer skinny jeans. I’ll wear simple, tighter clothes on top to make a sexy look and when it’s colder outside I wear a big jacket over them.

You’ve said you would like to be a stylist. Do you offer advice on shoots?

Ha, ha—actually, I rarely offer my opinion on shoots. After all, I am working as a model now and think it’s more important for a model to let others be creative and realize their ideas.

How will you wear graphic black and white this spring?

I’m thinking of using a bright solid-colored bag to contrast with the black and white. 

When you have down time, what’s the first thing you want to do?

I let myself wake up naturally, do a manicure and my hair-care routine and cook for myself.

Is there anything beauty-wise you would never try? Say, with your hair color?

I wish to try everything beauty-wise (except plastic surgery), although sometimes I’m just not brave enough to take the plunge and do something that makes a big difference.

Since you are constantly traveling for work, what are you packing musts? 

I collect a lot of eco-friendly shopping bags that serve to separate my shoes and other small stuff in my luggage. For skincare, I always pack facial masks from Estée Lauder. There are always candies and very often a half a pack of cookies in my bag.