24 posts tagged "Christy Turlington"
Simone Rocha may not have taken home the LVMH Prize, but the 27-year-old designer is in greater demand than ever. This month she’s poised (like Christopher Kane before her) to launch a collaboration with J Brand, and in Love‘s latest issue, she sits down with Comme des Garçons International president (and husband to designer Rei Kawakubo) Adrian Joffe. Joffe has been a staunch supporter since Rocha debuted her first collection with Fashion East back in 2010, and he also happens to have known the designer since she was a child. In the Q&A, moderated by Love editor Jack Sunnucks, Rocha and Joffe talk cultural identity, her “abysmal” academic performance, and the six dearly departed Joffe-Kawakubo cats. Also of note? The possibility that a Simone Rocha scent may just be hitting Dover Street Market shelves in the future.
An exclusive excerpt as well as a Patrick Demarchelier-lensed, Katie Grand-styled portrait of Rocha (sporting her own design) debuts below. To read the full interview, pick up Love Issue 12, as covered by Christy Turlington (shot by Inez & Vinoodh, and pictured above), Adriana Lima, Kendall Jenner, and Amy Adams. It hits newsstands July 28.
When Love joins Simone Rocha and Adrian Joffe, the pair are debating the very important topic of pets: Adrian has just revealed that he and his wife, Rei Kawakubo, used to have six cats at home in Japan.
Adrian Joffe: We liked cats, but there’s none left—they’re all gone. So nothing at the moment. But with traveling and everything it’s sad to leave animals alone, isn’t it?
Simone Rocha: That’s exactly what happened to me. We ended up moving around so much. They really need company.
AJ: Being half Chinese, half Irish—does that influence your work, do you think? Do you feel Chinese or Irish? Or does it not matter?
SR: I think it does matter. They’re so different. But one thing that is very important in both Irish culture and Chinese culture is family. So both my mum and dad have really big families and really important relationships with all their family. I love being Irish and not looking Irish, and I love going to Hong Kong and knowing that my granny lives there and my aunts and uncles, and I can go out and they’ll all speak Cantonese and play mah-jongg.
AJ: I’m guessing, though, that you don’t like to be referred to as Simone Rocha, the half-Chinese, half-Irish designer. That limits you, doesn’t it?
SR: I’d rather just be a designer. But I am very proud. I don’t mind being called an Irish designer, because a lot of people call me a British designer. I can feel the whole Ireland kicking off when that happens!
AJ: Do you remember your first memory of liking fashion? Was there one thing that set your love of fashion in motion?
SR: It actually just felt totally natural being around fashion, being around clothes. I absolutely love the smell of plastic bags—you know, when everything’s being hung up and shipped out.
I decided to do fine art originally, because I thought fashion would be a cliché. But after a year in college I’d done sculpture, ceramics, print—and then the very last discipline was fashion. And then I was like, Oh no, this is it—this is how I can translate my creativity.
I was actually a terrible student. I was abysmal in my B.A. None of my teachers thought I cared. And I didn’t. But I was still producing work, and there was obviously something in it!
AJ: You were having fun, I hope!
SR: That was the problem! I was having far too much fun—far too interested in socializing. But then I got in on the M.A., and around two weeks into it… Well, I’d never cared so much about something in my whole life.
AJ: So now you’ve done three shops with Dover Street. Can we do your perfume, too?
SR: That would be fabulous! I’d love that. I already know what it will smell like. Something real, but something really special.
No one has ever looked as good in their Calvins as Christy Turlington. In this week’s Throwback Thursdays video, Tim Blanks looks back on the supermodel’s trailblazing career and indefinable beauty—and, of course, those sexy Calvin Klein commercials. As one-third of the nineties “trinity” of supermodels (along with Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista), Turlington was, according to Blanks, the “purest beauty” of them all. Was it her slight Latino flavor? Or her versatility, shifting from a Calvin girl one day to a Versace girl the next? More than a decade later, it’s still difficult to put our finger on it. One thing is for sure: Her impact is as strong as ever. You can see the full video here.
The original supermodels are celebrating some big birthdays this month. Kate Moss’ fortieth on January 16 will no doubt be quite the affair—French TV channel Paris Première has already announced that it’s created a fashion-packed documentary featuring Isabel Marant, Paolo Roversi, Peter Lindbergh, and more to fete the model’s four decades, and, knowing Moss, chances are an epic party is in the works. But another supe toasted an important anniversaire yesterday: Christy Turlington, who’s been popping up in campaigns left and right, turned 45 yesterday, and her catwalk BFF Naomi Campbell took to Instagram to wish her a happy one. Campbell posted a vintage snap of the pair sharing a kiss, along with a message that read: “HappyBirthday Wagon Turly @cturlington Love you always Omi ❤.” It’s hard to top a French model doc, but that Insta from “Omi” might just take the birthday cake.
There’s really never been a better time to be a model. Many will argue with me that the pinnacle of the profession was the glory days of Naomi, Christy, Linda, and Cindy. But they never had social media. In 2013, we witnessed the rise of a new class of supers who have since become household names. Cheeky Brit Cara Delevingne has amassed over 3.5 million followers on Instagram and is trailed by paparazzi everywhere she goes. Last week, Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, and Chanel Iman became pop stars in their own right with the release of Beyoncé’s “Yoncé” music video, in which they dance like divas alongside Queen B. Hell, they’re even reclaiming the covers of fashion magazines.
This year, I was also thrilled to see a few of my favorite catwalk veterans make comebacks. Naomi herself had jaws on the floor when she opened and closed the Atelier Versace show—looking fiercer than ever—back in July. After a couple of years off the runways, Catherine McNeil walked in forty-two Fall shows (she’s kept the momentum going with a profusion of ad campaigns and editorials, in addition to an impressive Spring season), and Daria Werbowy had a cameo at Balenciaga. Who doesn’t love @dotwillow? As for the hottest newcomer? That prize goes to Edie Campbell, who was crowned Model of the Year earlier this month at the British Fashion Awards.
Missoni has a bit of a thing for quirky fashion films. If you’ll remember, last season Stella Tennant struck some wacky poses for the Fall ’13 Alasdair McLellan-lensed campaign and video. The house continues in that vein today, with the debut of its Spring ’14 ads and film. Original-supermodel-going-strong Christy Turlington stars in the Spring spread, showing off Missoni’s printed wares alongside model Vincent Lacrocq and some giant, geometric Plexiglas cutouts (which, if you look closely, actually spell out M-i-s-s-o-n-i frame-by-frame). Shot by artist Viviane Sassen in the Canary Islands, the serene but offbeat images and short have a vintage sci-fi edge, and we think that’s somewhat fitting, considering Turlington—who, at 44, has been nabbing a bevy of major campaigns and recently ran the New York Marathon—is nothing short of a modern-day Wonder Woman. Watch her in the film’s debut, below.