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.
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.
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.
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.
Could there be any better revenge than looking good? When the very publicly dumped Jo Wood—ex of Ronnie-
with-a-Russian-Wood—took to the catwalk in a golden dress at the Vivienne Westwood Red Label show, her newfound weight loss, smoldering eyes, and Bardot hair were not lost on anyone. “You go girl!” the crowd shouted in the back as she took two triumphant turns on stage. But Jo Wood was not the show’s only star. Kanye West, David Walliams, VV Brown, Cecilia Dean, Cecilia Chancellor, Andrea Dellal, Jaime Winstone, Nicola Roberts, Erin O’Connor, Lily Cole, and Siouxsie from the Banshees all showed up. “Wow wow, how much fun was that?” said a breathless Jo Wood after the show, being hugged by model du jour Jourdan Dunn. “Just what the doctor ordered!”