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In recent years, fashion designers, casting directors, and model agencies alike have been scrutinized for using underage models. But while the phenomenon is still troublingly widespread, so is a happier trend from the opposite end of the spectrum: the ongoing prominence of the comparatively mature model—which, in the fishbowl of fashion, means north of (gasp!) 29. But beauty, of course, doesn’t end with your twenties. Who can forget the buzz that Naomi Campbell—looking as good as ever at 43—stirred up when she opened and closed Atelier Versace back in July? Throughout the Couture shows were appearances by Yasmin Warsame and Alek Wek at Christian Dior, as well as 30-year-old Chinese super Du Juan closing at Giambattista Valli.
Veteran models fared well at the Fall ’13 shows, too. Carolyn Murphy turned up at Calvin Klein Collection, and Alexander Wang put Malgosia Béla in the lineups for both his namesake collection and his Balenciaga debut. Meanwhile, Tom Ford brought back Liya Kebede and Julia Stegner for his first major runway spectacle, and Miuccia Prada mixed cult favorites—including Kirsten Owen, Liisa Winkler, and Esther de Jong—in with the newcomers at her Fall show. Going into the Spring ’14 season, here’s hoping we’ll see more of these familiar faces return to the runways. At the top of our list is Christy Turlington, who currently stars in Fall ad campaigns for Prada, Calvin Klein, and Jason Wu. Christy, the catwalk is calling you back.
Matchesfashion.com is paying tribute to strong, independent women this week with “Iron Girl”—a series of portraits shot by Helena Christensen and Jen Carey for the September issue of Rika Magazine. The snaps star Julianne Moore, Dree Hemingway, Caroline de Maigret, Lucie de la Falaise, and, of course, Christensen, sporting “Iron Girl” sweaters, which, priced at about $178, will be sold exclusively at Matches starting tomorrow.
It’s no secret that nineties supermodels are having a comeback, with Christy Turlington, Yasmin Le Bon, Naomi Campbell, and Elle Macpherson fronting a dizzying array of ad campaigns, magazine covers, and prime-time modeling shows. Christensen is no exception. She recently appeared in a seminude spread for FutureClaw magazine (which caused its Web site to crash) and has also been busy as a shutterbug, serving as Oxfam’s global photographer. “I have worked on both sides [of the camera] for over twenty years now and thoroughly enjoy the creative process of either,” Christensen told Style.com. “I have learned so much doing both jobs, and that knowledge has helped me evolve as a photographer and inspired me as a model,” she explained, noting that a Polaroid camera is her weapon of choice.”
Rika founder Ulrika offered that choosing the Iron Girl models was no easy task, but ultimately she looked for women who have “a keen sense of who they are. They have an understated but cool edge and an ageless style; they are the nonchalant women of the world who inspire the people around them.”
Matchesfashion.com will host an exhibition of the photographs on July 18.
This week’s New York magazine is the “Childhood in New York” issue, one close to my heart as someone who spent—and occasionally misspent—his childhood in the city. So did Zac Posen, who is among the natives who shared reminiscences with the mag of growing up downtown. New York then was a place where you could meet Polly Mellen at the Comme des Garçons store (still on Wooster Street!) just by admiring her shoes. It was also the days when Soho was good-old, bad-old Soho, where models lived and everyone else beelined. As Posen remembers it: “I would stare outside and watch all the supermodels living on Mercer and Greene Street and get a peek of Cindy Crawford or of Naomi Campbell. I remember when Madonna would go to the doctor, who was in the ground floor of my building. I mean, the street parted. She shut down Spring Street.”
Informed by the ethos of “him, her, and home,” interior designer-turned-accessory designer Elisabeth Weinstock will bow her first store in West Hollywood on Monday. After years spent working on interiors projects, Weinstock, who counts Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Naomi Campbell among her fans, branched out and crafted an exotic skin jewelry box. It was this that got her into the accessories biz and, with the help of L.A. store Maxfield, she realized there was quite a market for her high end vision of sleek, understated cases and bags. Her collection, which is produced locally, is one that addresses today’s modern needs—for instance, there are plenty of tech accessories. But there are a few kitsch and novelty items, too. “I love creating things that are off the beaten path—a tampon box, a condom box, even a dopp kit as a clutch,” the designer says.
With her interiors experience at play, Weinstock repurposed a 1930s house to achieve an 1,800 square-foot abode for her thoughtful designs. The new store is divided into three sections: The first is a “man cave,” which features Weinstock’s bestselling dopp kits (most popular in boa and watersnake) and humidors, along with a croc football and anaconda boxing gloves—ideal for the guy who really does have everything. “There’s a customer that’s hungry to find something new, something different that’s made like an everyday object,” she reasons. The more feminine “boudoir” area offers an elevated take on the cosmetics case, a crossbody bag, a wallet, and a clutch in a range of skins. Finally, there’s a home, or “living room” section, where shoppers can find custom coffee tables (one of which is shown in viper), stacking boxes, and the jewelry boxes upon which the brand was built. “Without sounding too cliché, it’s modern and edgy but still everyday,” Weinstock says of the space. Not cliché at all—in fact, it mimics the very spirit of the collection.
Elisabeth Weinstock’s new store will open on Monday at 8159 W. 3rd Street, West Hollywood, CA; www.elisabethweinstock.com.