Apr 14, 2010
The face of Dree Hemingway
Apr 14, 2010
The face of Dree Hemingway
And she wears her It status well. ELLE caught up with Hemingway at Mango’s spring/summer 2010 fashion show in Madrid. A down-to-earth person with a throaty laugh, Hemingway chatted about personal style, Katharine Hepburn and why Oscar de la Renta is the man of her dreams.
What are your fashion influences?
“People inspire me. I grew up watching a lot of old movies — anything with Katharine Hepburn. Her sense of style seemed inherent. To this day, I’m still on the hunt for those perfect wide-legged, highwaisted pants! Fashion is an emotional expression for me — it’s all about how I feel and who I am in that particular moment.”
Your first official ad campaign was with DKNY. Tell us about it.
“I remember thinking ‘Do I really belong here?’ I was such a nerd in front of the camera. I was just so happy for the experience. In the campaign shots, I’m grinning ear-to-ear! After that, I started to buy fashion magazines in droves. I didn’t care about the models in the clothes; I cared about the clothes on the models, the idea of ‘What story is being told here?’”
Who is your favourite designer?
“Francisco Costa [creative director at Calvin Klein]. His clothes are simple, sophisticated and beautiful. He’s a genius.”
Which designer would you like to walk for?
“Oscar de la Renta. I love his work! I have this recurring dream where I’m in one of Oscar’s big ballgowns, with lots of tulle, and combat boots, running around New York City. Oh, yeah, that’s me in a nutshell!”
Find out what defines Hemingway's personal style on the next page ...
Go tribal: Enter the wild bunch... How do you define your personal style?
“I’d like to think that I’m an eclectic mix of street and sass, but I’m no extremist. Circa-’90s grunge isn’t what I’m going for because I never want to take away from the designers’ aesthetic. But I’ll always have my combat boots....”
What is your weekend wardrobe?
“A white T-shirt, jeans and killer heels. It’s quite boring, but it’s my uniform.” What do you do for fun? “I’m not a party girl! Everybody thinks I am, but it’s not true. For me, the ideal evening is going out to a restaurant with friends.”
Do you like living in New York?
“New York is so fast! I always feel very calm in Paris. The first time I visited, I thought it was really strange that people spent hours and hours sitting in cafés where the waiters are just as slow as the customers. But, little by little, I started to understand that French people really know how to enjoy life.”
What is your relationship with Mango?
“I worked with them on an online campaign called whatshouldiwearby Mango.com, where I modelled some of their spring looks. I fell in love with the clothes and asked if I could keep everything after we wrapped. I have a lot of designer clothing, but I love the idea of buying something that looks expensive but isn’t. That way, I can buy a lot!”
Scarlett Johansson is the current image for Mango and has also embarked on a music career. Do you have other creative aspirations besides fashion?
“I love music. I wish I could be involved in that industry somehow. I grew up listening to anything my dad listened to, which was typically rock ’n’ roll. He had three CDs in his car: The Beatles, Jethro Tull and Jesus Christ Superstar. Music is a great tool to get me into character on a shoot. Play Animal Collective and I’m good to go!”
Do you have any interest in writing?
“I don’t have enough experience to write anything. I scribble in my journal, but I am morbidly afraid that someone might read it. If that happens, I’ll just throw the thing away.”
If you weren’t a model, you would be...
“A ballerina, maybe. I studied for 15 years with The School of American Ballet in New York City and then worked with Suzanne Farrell [artistic director at The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts]. She taught me movement and grace, and these are a great asset to my modelling career. Whether you’re onstage, on a runway or in front of a camera, you can portray the most complex emotions in one movement. Modelling, like ballet, is very therapeutic for me.”
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