Daily Style Phile: Stella Schnabel

by guestofaguest · April 20, 2011

    Daughter of artist and filmaker Julian Schnabel, Stella Schnabel was listed on WWD’s list of “Arty Party People,” in 2010 and is always at the best events. She is often portrayed as a privileged “scenester;" but don't write her off as a classier Paris Hilton. Stella is making waves in the independent film world, and continually turns heads with her strong and unique fashion sense. 

    [Stella Schnabel in Dossier Journal [via][via]]

    [Stella Schnabel and Margherita Missoni, via]


    • Born: 1983 • Debut: Her first major role was when she was 8 years old in a film by David McDermott and Peter McGough. Her breakout role was playing a 23-year old New York City miscreant and former psychiatric patient Shelly Brown in the film You Won’t Miss Me. • Most Recent Films: Rookie Policewoman in Rampart (in post production), Jewish Israeli woman in her father's controversial new film Miral, and the lead role in the short film, Faro • Relationship: Linked to Olivier Sarkozy, French-American businessman and the half-brother of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    [Stella and Olivier Sarkozy at the Watermill Center Paradiso Benefit, via]


    Stella and her father, Julian, via, Stella and Jacqueline Schnabel with Lauren Hutton [via]



    Stella acted in Basquiat in 1996 playing the role of Stella, and Before Night Falls in 2000 as the role of Valeria. In 2009 You Won’t Miss Me screened at the Sundance film festival in Park City, Utah and at the Cinema Village in Manhattan at the end of last year.

    [Stella Schnablel's Sundance You Won't Miss Me Portrait, via]

    [Stella Schnabel, Julian Schnabel, and Rula Jebreal during the 67th Venice Film Festival at the Sala Grande Palazzo Cinema (2010) via, In 2008 Stella got people talking with her Q&A section and photo spread for Purple. [via]]

    On October 7, 2010 Stella took her passion of poetry to the stage, when she read a poem of hers at the Marble Cemetery in the East Village, where "Oil Kills Poets Spill" took place. The poetry reading was a reaction to the environmental and geopolitical impact of oil.


    On April 13, Stella was spotted as Costume National's first Saks appearance wearing an electric blue blazer, which was the signature color of the S/S 2011 collection.

    [Marina Abromovic and Stella Schnabel, via]

    She also attended Jacqueline Schnabel's Private Dinner at her chic West village townhouse for the F.K Day and World Bicycle Relief in March of this year, keeping it simple and sexy in black. [Theo Wenner and Stella, via]

    Stella showed off her unique sense of style when she posed for Yelena Yemchuk for IMPROVD's Spring/Summer 2011 exhibition photo shoot, pairing a hoodie with a well worn tank.

    Stella Schnabel: Spring/Summer 2011 Exhibition Shoot [via]

    Social Life

    Stella frequents the NYC party scene as a member of the elite coterie of New Yorkers, though she has been quoted saying “New York has become Yupieville and it’s boring.”  Her social circle is tight and includes  fashion designer Zac Posen, who has called Stella his muse in the past, musician Michael Diamond and Ry-Russo Young.

    Stella and Zac Posen at New Yorkers for Children Fall Gala [via]


    Claire Danes and Stella Fall 2009 Zac Posen show [via]

    Stella Schnabel with Chris Benz and Eva Amurri, in his design at the Fifth Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards. [via] Stella at Anna Sui fashion show in 2009 [via] Margherita Missoni, Stella Schnabel, and Carlo von Zeitschel [via] Just like her style, Stella's personality is refreshing. She takes pride in her work and it shows through her expressive roles. "You fill up with all these emotions, and acting is a way to get it all out. I find it very cathartic,” she says. Her passion, outspoken, carefree attitude and natural style keeps us intrigued and excited to see what Stella Schnabel's next move will be.