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August 22 2014

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Blasblog From Paris: Erin Wasson Makes A (Brief) Return To The Runway

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Erin Wasson, the Texas supermodel and current Maybelline spokesperson, is cleverly building a brand for herself. After dabbling backstage for a few seasons, doing a body jewelry collection, and launching her clothing line with RVCA, the one-time model is nearly ubiquitous. Which brings us to Paris. Lest we forget Wasson was first a household name (well, in really fashionable houses, anyway) for actually modeling, her turn in yesterday’s Balmain show—which she closed—was a timely reminder of her humble catwalk beginnings. At the Purple magazine dinner that evening, she divulged she would be making one other strut while in Paris: the Isabel Marant show. “I wanted to get in, and I wanted to get out,” she said. “So I’m launching my collection here on Saturday, and then getting out of town.” Not only does she not miss the panic of a week of shows, but she’ll be heading back to Texas for the SXSW music festival, which she says is like an annual homecoming. Returning to the runway wasn’t that hard, she admitted. “I’ve been to a few shows now, and I still feel weird not being backstage,” she sighed. “Especially at Alex [Wang]’s show. They had Hooters hot wings back there.”

Photo: Marcio Madeira

Her Name Is Rio

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When Caroline Trentini, the long-limbed, freckle-faced catwalker, was forced to choose between yet another runway season or a major role in Carnaval in her native Brazil this February, she chose the latter. (Who says models aren’t brainy?) In between costume fittings and samba rehearsals, Trentini is also studying for her GED—the girl deserves a break, after all. Now 21, Trentini debuted in New York at the tender age of 16 and has been hard at work ever since. Giving back isn’t a pose for the Carlos Miele cover girl: Two seasons ago she donated her New York and Paris fashion week earnings to her favorite charity, the Center of Support of Underprivileged Children With Cancer. Trentini might be a giver, but her agent is a keeper—of secrets that is. What’s next for the beautiful Brazilian? “An exclusive appearance somewhere VERY SOON which she is very excited about…,” he told us via e-mail. But that’s all he wrote.

Photo: Fabio Bartlet

Backstage In Milan

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At the somewhat melancholic Jil Sander show Friday, Auguste Tomasuite cried her way down the catwalk. Was it an allergy? A fight with her boyfriend? Or had she just had it with shoes that weren’t really made for human feet? As we sifted through other backstage scenes we found other models in better moods. Isabeli Fontana, behind the scenes at Blumarine, was thinking about food. “As soon as the plane hits the ground at Malpensa all I can think about is pasta, with a good simple tomato sauce,” the model said dreamily, revealing that her favorite Milanese eatery is La Brisa, a restaurant so in love with celebrities that a photomontage of them hangs in the window like a trophy. At Cavalli, Chanel Iman declared that scooping up discounts is her preferred Milanese pastime: “Dmagazine Outlet on Via Montenapoleone is great. I managed to get a gorgeous military-style Balenciaga jacket there knocked down to €500.” (That price might not be available to everyone—Iman did admit to a little haggling.) And at the Dsquared² show we found CSI actor and heartthrob Gary Dourdan, who, he told us, wasn’t in town for a crime scene but to see the shows and to indulge in his hobby, architectural photography.

Photo: Jasmine Serrurier

Hood Ornaments at Fendi

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Designers often find inspiration in strange places, but the cover of National Geographic is a new one. Was Karl Lagerfeld purposely referencing the infamous Afghan Girl image from the mag’s June 1985 cover when he put Andreea Stancu in this red hood? You be the judge.

Photo: Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse

The Return Of The Supe: London Edition

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We reported on the abundance of familiar faces on the New York runways, and it looks like the trend is continuing in London. Carmen Dell’Orifice, Yasmin LeBon, Erin O’Connor, and Jacquetta Wheeler all returned to the catwalk in goth princess attire for newish-label Qasimi, and they looked like they were having a ball. We also spotted one proud hubby—Yasmin LeBon’s beloved of over 20 years, Simon—beaming in the front row with pride. Awwww.

Photo: Tim Whitby/Getty Images