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For Paul Rowland, “pretty” is not enough. Not that he has anything against a good-looking girl—Rowland is, after all, the founder of the modeling agencies Women and Supreme. Over the past 20 years he’s helped launch the careers of models Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Elle Macpherson, and Carmen Kass, to name a few familiar faces. So he sees “pretty” all the time, but it’s the stuff going on behind those cheekbones that gets Rowland’s heart racing—especially when he’s taking pictures. Building on his work as Supreme’s house photographer, Rowland has carved out a second career for himself behind the camera: As well as shooting Supreme’s keepsake show packages each season, his work has been featured in V and EXIT, and in December Rowland mounted his first-ever solo show at Miami Art Basel. Titled Transformations, the show spotlighted his obsession with getting his subjects to tell a story before the lens. “Models can be very hard to photograph,” Rowland notes. “Their job is to make clothes look good, and more often than not, all they can give the camera is a pose. My challenge is to coax a girl into giving something of herself.” Tonight, Transformations takes up temporary residence in New York City, opening at the Women/Supreme space in west Chelsea. In advance of his debut before the hometown crowd, Rowland talked to Style.com about the art that goes into making faces.
I understand you moved to New York city to be a painter. How did you wind up one of the grand pooh-bahs of the modeling business, instead?
Oh, you know how these things happen—you move to the city to do one thing, and then you wind up waiting tables. I wasn’t crazy about being a waiter, so when I got to know some fashion people and the fashion people told me I should model, I jumped. The modeling led to booking, and the booking led to my opening Women, and so on. There was never a grand plan. For a long time I just figured I was stashing money away so I could paint.
Both Women and Supreme have earned reputations as go-to agencies for girls with an unusual look. Was that happenstance, as well?
No, that much was purposeful. I’m not really interested in apple pie, all-American beauty. I appreciate it, but it doesn’t compel me. Whereas I have this art background seared in my head, so when I look at a girl and there’s that instant reference—like, she’s got a Modigliani face—that’s the beauty that takes me in. At the time I launched Women, unconventional beauty needed a champion. Now, I look around at who’s working, and it’s clear that I’ve managed to change our ideas about what’s beautiful, at least a little bit. But you can always push the envelope. That’s why I opened Supreme. We take some very edgy girls there.
They’re the marketing geniuses who brought bewinged S-E-X to CBS, but now the folks at Victoria’s Secret are turning demure with their new Lexington Avenue flagship.
Those crazy lovebirds Kate Moss and Jamie Hince gave each other some early Christmas presents. Namely, a black eye (courtesy of Moss) and some minor flesh wounds (from Hince). Happy holidays!
We never expected Naomi Campbell’s Russian moneybags boyfriend to be the meek and passive type, and we were right.
It’s no wonder that people here at Claro Rio are buzzing about 284. The label is the brainchild of Daslu owner Eliana Tranchesi’s daughters Luciana and Marcella and Daslu director Donata Meirelles’ daughter Helena. The trio launched their first collection yesterday at a club after 11:00 p.m. (That’s still early for Brazilian clubbers, FYI.) As Alice Dellal opened the show wearing an “Obama Rocks” T-shirt, the crowd went crazy, many jumping to their feet. The look could best be described as everything a fashion-crazed teenager would dream of: message tees, tons of ultra miniskirts, terrific denim, and bright neon pieces. The best part? 284 has fast-fashion prices: skirts for around $50.00 and tees for less than $20.00. Even more exciting: Naomi Campbell will be designing a special collection for them sometime in the near future. And clearly, the Tranchesis and Meirelles have fashion retailing in their blood. They’ll open their first store in São Paulo before the end of year—and plan to eventually expand all over Brazil and the world.