Fashion’s new muses: Elle Flanning, Hailee Steinfeld and more
The fall 2011 season has designers and fashion insiders on the lookout for a new generation of fashion muses.
Image by Juergen Teller (Marc by Marc Jacobs campaign)
THE NEW KIDS
At 13, Elle Fanning already has the kind of career that would make seasoned actresses jealous. After a star-making turn in Sofia Coppola’s film Somewhere, Fanning was offered the female lead in J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. Next up, she will be seen in films directed by Cameron Crowe and Francis Ford Coppola. But it’s not just Hollywood titans who are taken with the teeny-tiny actress. Rodarte cast her in a short film, and she also landed Marc by Marc Jacobs’ fall/winter 2011/2012 campaign. And did we mention that, while other kids her age were heading into junior high, Fanning was Valentino’s personal guest at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala? “It was incredible,” she told Marie Claire about the experience. We bet.
Hailee Steinfeld’s breakout role as Mattie Ross in the Coen brothers’ True Grit nabbed this 14-yearold more than just an Oscar nod. Her elegant red-carpet looks caught the eye of Miuccia Prada, who tapped Steinfeld to appear as the face of Miu Miu for fall/winter 2011/2012. While some critics have dismissed the ads, arguing that Steinfeld is too young to be fronting a label that most adults can’t afford, Steinfeld defends them. “I think the best part about this collection and the campaign is the fact that it’s so sophisticated—it’s timeless,” she told Fashionista.com. “And I think for younger girls like me, it works. It feels appropriate.”
When Vogue asked Derek Lam to pick his favourite style icon of the past year, the designer didn’t hesitate to name Willow Smith. “Talented, charismatic, unblemished optimism, with the whole wide world open to her possibilities and abilities,” raved Lam. No kidding—Smith is 10 years old. After appearing on the big screen in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, Smith set her sights on music. Her first single, “Whip My Hair,” went viral on YouTube and has since been seen almost 58 million times. Smith has also been spotted in the front row—with mom Jada Pinkett, naturally—at Dolce & Gabbana, Emporio Armani and Salvatore Ferragamo shows.
THE SEASONED PROS
When Carine Roitfeld left her high-profile position as editor-in-chief of French Vogue, rumours swirled that she would be reuniting with long-time collaborator Tom Ford or making a move to do some consulting for Yves Saint Laurent. But it was Barneys New York who secured Roitfeld’s first post-mag contract. The French style setter will act as stylist and the inspiration for catalogues and ads shot by Mario Sorrenti. “It’s a new kind of project for me,” she told Women’s Wear Daily. “It’s good to have a new life because now I can do things I never dreamed of before.” Roitfeld also recently teamed up with Karl Lagerfeld to style the Chanel fall/winter 2011/2012 ad campaign.
French-Canadian model Ève Salvail is the original girl with the dragon tattoo. (When she was modelling in Japan in the early ’90s, Salvail shaved her head and had a Chinese dragon tattooed on her skull.) Soon after, Jean Paul Gaultier spotted pictures of her in a café in Montreal and quickly became enamoured with her punk-glam appearance. Now 38, Salvail still acts as muse to fashion’s original enfant terrible. She recently appeared in a shoot promoting the Gaultier retrospective at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and walked the runway for his fall/winter 2011/2012 couture presentation in Paris.
Kristen McMenamy’s muse status is as famous as her long silver hair. The veteran ’90s supe and Karl Lagerfeld bestie (Lagerfeld gave McMenamy away at her wedding to photographer Miles Aldridge in 1997) is the face of the Givenchy and Jean Paul Gaultier fall/winter 2011/2012 campaigns. McMenamy also still routinely walks the runway at haute-couture shows. She closed the spring Chanel couture presentation in a beaded blush wedding gown and told ELLE: “Being here to model with all these 18-yearolds is so poignant. I mean, Karl chose me to be his bride and I’m 47 years old. I guess that means it’s never too late.”