Talented, wildly attractive young people. The unmistakable scent of Abercrombie & Fitch’s “Fierce” cologne. Skateboarding bulldogs. All could be found at Abercrombie & Fitch’s Stars on the Rise party July 11, celebrating some of this generation’s up-and-coming.
Abercrombie & Fitch annually announces who they believe will be the next big thing, and they pose for photographer Bruce Weber. The images of the young stars covered walls in the nation’s largest Abercrombie & Fitch store, located in the Grove, where the party was held.
Their predictions have proven credible in the past. Channing Tatum, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher and Penn Badgley were among those selected by A&F before they made it big. This year, the lineup toted “Glee”’s Jacob Artist, “American Horror Story”’s Lily Rabe, “Texas Chainsaw 3D”’s Scott Eastwood and a slew of other young talent. Some of the most interesting members on the list, though, aren’t even people.
Four dogs were crowned Rising Stars this year, including Jack Russell Terrier Uggie, who rose to fame in “The Artist,” and two skateboarding bulldogs, Popeye and Julio. In the beginning of the red carpet festivities, it was the canines that stole the show.
As the bulldogs showed their shredding skills on the skateboards outside the store, crowds of people at the Grove rushed to the red carpet to see just what was going on. Despite a group of young girls yelling, “Why are there dogs?” they were quick to whip out their cell phones to catch the best shot.
While the night focused on honoring the new Rising Stars, Clint Eastwood’s son wasn’t sure what to make of it all.
“I don’t know what that means,” he said of his Rising Star status. “I’ve just been an actor for the last 11 years and I just want to continue to work. Being a star, I don’t even know what that means.”
Another honoree, Emayatzy Corinealdi, is Kentucky-born, but recently moved to Los Angeles from New Jersey in a ’95 Nissan.
“It was scary and hot, because I had no AC in my car,” the aspiring actress said of her road trip. “I left in August. I didn’t quite think that part through, but I made it.”
She, like many of her fellow Rising Stars, relished in the new-found status, especially with its past credentials of predicting mega-stardom. Ashley Hinshaw, who was in “Chronicle” and “LOL,” joked about how she found out about her new title as Rising Star.
“It wasn’t glamorous at all,” she said, laughing. “I think I was stumbling out of the shower after a run and I was like, ‘What? Why me? Really? Awesome!’”