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Meet The Muse: Erin O’Connor


Girl-about-town Natalie Joos spends her days casting for shows like ADAM and Yigal Azrouël and editorials for the likes of Mario Sorrenti and Mariano Vivanco, but her passion is vintage clothing. Joos’ blog, Tales of Endearment spotlights her “Muses,” impeccably styled girls and guys who share her secondhand obsession. In a new partnership with, Tales of Endearment’s subjects discuss their shoots right here on Style File.

“If I look back to my beginnings, my career was born under the wing of Alexander McQueen, who had a disproportionate belief in me before I did,” English model Erin O’Connor tells “I would literally get thrust onto the stage and under his personal instruction, which consisted of ‘Just do it.’ ” Under McQueen and his Nike catchphrase guidance, O’Connor went on to become one of the most recognizable models in the industry, working alongside the likes of Twiggy as the face of Marks & Spencer in 2009. These days, she continues her high-profile modeling career in addition to running the Model Sanctuary (an organization she founded in 2007 to support models with a place to relax and get advice) and serving as a trustee at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Though her busy lifestyle requires her to be an “extrovert on demand,” O’Connor admits, “I think staying in is exotic.” Here, the supermodel shares her style secrets, what she’s coveting right now, and what she does when she’s off-duty.

How would you describe your personal style?
I’m a fan of color in abundance, as it really wakes up my Celtic skin tone. I do love vintage, especially my beautiful black beaded flapper dress. My style is at opposite ends of the scale, from Charlie Chaplin and his natty suits to Isadora Duncan’s free-flowing and contemporary gowns.

How does your work as a model influence your personal style?
It makes me braver in the selection process. Plus, as a model you get the privilege of viewing and trying on a designer’s collection before anybody else even gets a sniff of it—editors and all. Models are known for their off-duty look, but I think that stems from wanting to break away from the strict uniformity and styling of the catwalk. There is a desire to make it less rigid, because I feel like I become a person inhabiting the clothes instead of a walking two-dimensional figure.

Who do you count as a style icon?
Anjelica Huston for her sheer elegance and strength of purpose. Clothing is secondary to her—she is the one that defines style.

Do you have a signature item (or two) that you always wear?
The main signature piece currently in my wardrobe is a black Helmut Lang tuxedo jacket; it works with everything and will never go out of style.

Do you collect certain kinds of vintage pieces?
Outside of clothing, I have a growing taxidermy collection. My favorite piece of furniture in the house is a gothic Victorian glass box full of exotic birds. Continue Reading “Meet The Muse: Erin O’Connor” »