Catherine McNeil: Web Designer
We go backstage at Isabel Marant every season not so much to see the beauty look—which is a reliable mix of cool girl with a hint of natural grit—but to actually see the cool girls; the casting at Marant’s show is some of the best in Paris. Aymeline, Kati, Kasia, Nadja, Iselin—the gang was all present and accounted for on the runway there earlier this month, as was Catherine McNeil. McNeil is one of our all-time favorite models (that face!), and after a two-year hiatus, she returned to the catwalk with a recently trimmed, chin-grazing bob for a limited engagement at the Spring shows, where she walked at Saint Laurent, Kenzo, and Hermès, to name a few. But it was at Marant that we spotted her latest acquisition: an impeccably placed new tattoo. “I got it about six months ago,” the Australian stunner told us of the spiderweb inked onto her inner ear, which plays a starring role in her new, Benny Horne-lensed Vogue Australia cover shoot that also happens to feature the rest of McNeil’s, um, body of work (at last count, we tallied ten visible pieces of skin art). Needless to say, the story’s white wardrobe needed little accessorizing.
Photo: Benny Horne for Vogue Australia, November 2012