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Backstage at the Calvin Klein Collection fall show on Thursday, a few of the models readying for the runway sported severe black bobs that had clearly been inspired by “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” It made for a nice lead-in for Rooney Mara, Lisbeth Salander herself, and one of the brand’s two big front-row gets this season, who suddenly appeared to pose for pictures amid the preshow chaos.

“I wear a lot of black,” the actress said with a laugh as she looked down at the dress she was wearing from the line’s pre-fall collection. “You know what, black’s easier. The more color you have in your wardrobe, the longer it takes you to get dressed. When you don’t have that much color, you can put anything on and it will all go together.”

Though they may share a preference in tones, Mara proved more affable than the character she has rocketed to prominence portraying. She and row-mate Emma Stone were getting a look at the collection from designer Francisco Costa ahead of the show. Before the models started walking, Mara talked to WWD about her evolving style, which has gotten “more streamlined and utilitarian” along the way.

“I just love the simplicity of his clothes,” she said of Costa. “One of the first things I wore through this whole press thing was one of my favorite looks…the thing I wore to the CFDA[/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards]. I love how simple his clothes are and comfortable and beautiful and just classic.”

With Mara nominated for a best actress award, and the Oscars a little more than a week away, there was one question that needed to be asked.

“I can’t tell you about it,” she said of her dress selection for the big night. “It’s a secret.”

Stone, dressed in a bright red Costa concoction, offered up her own approach to the carpet, where she’s become a steady presence the last few years.

“Now that I’ve been more exposed to it, I know what designers I like, or who I respond to,” she said. “It’s not too much pressure,” she said. “It’s fun. It’s fun to get to dress up.”

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