Inside Actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell's California Closet

The “Underground” star has an affinity for Alaïa, Lanvin, and Victoria Beckham.

By: Noah Lehava
Styling: Stephanie Mark

We like to think there’s a very specific formula that makes up a Coveteur closet. The first, more often than not, is that it takes place in one of our favorite cities (being in the homes of each citys most interesting inhabitants makes us fall infinitely more in love with said locales). The second element—the homes which hold the wardrobes we raid are sometimes filled with rarely photographed one-of-a-kind furnishings (you’ll see one below) and things like museum-bound Jeffrey Koons sculptures and Picassos. Lastly, and possibly most importantly, the Coveteurs we feature have to have a certain X-factor sartorial affinity, the “X” being whatever fashion pieces they’ve curated to create their personal style. Which brings us to Jurnee Smollett-Bell—whose California-by-way-of-New-York aesthetic is everything you’d expect from someone who’s been in front of the lens since two months of age. You might recognize her from Friday Night Lights (a serious contender for best show of all time) or Underground, where shes currently starring as Rosalee.

A few weeks ago, when we arrived at the Woodland Hills home she shares with her musician husband, Josiah Bell, and the couple’s newborn, Hunter, it was a family affair. Her mom, sister, and niece were on hand to recount stories of growing up in the spotlight while we balanced gold Nikes on Hunter’s Jeremy Scott stroller and hung Victoria Beckham dresses and Alaïa heels around the space. But it wasn’t until Smollett-Bell told us about her first-ever fashion memory of walking down the runway with Naomi Campbell (!!) that we had to stop and grill her about everything from her most cringe-worthy fashion moment (and how her brothers use it as blackmail) to what we can expect for the second season of Underground coming out on March 8th.

*Caution*: spoilers ahead.


Makeup by Autumn Moultrie for Exclusive Artists Management using Natura Bisse