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3 posts tagged "Naomi Preizler"

Walking The Walk, Then Sketching It, Too

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“Some girls read books, listen to music, or chat on their BlackBerry. But I sketch backstage and during castings, because we are all bored and anxious and need something to relax us or calm our nerves,” model Naomi Preizler explains. (In the 21-year-old Argentine’s case, those castings are for the likes of Chanel, Alexander Wang, Givenchy, and Balenciaga, and on set for Interview, LOVE, and i-D shoots) Hearing of her hobby, Harvey Nichols commissioned Preizler to do a series of illustrations for its latest lookbook, which the retailer shared exclusively with Style.com.

The retailer suggested Preizler look to Meadham Kirchhoff to sum up the season’s mood. “I played the video of the show over and over again while I was drawing, and probably know all the looks by heart now,” she says. “It was the perfect excuse to indulge in my love for color and listen to Hole on repeat.” The onetime art student created expressionistic versions of Ed Meadham and Ben Kirchhoff’s sugary-sweet teddy bears, kittens, hearts, unicorns, and cake to illustrate the mailer. “Naomi’s dreamy, irreverent style was perfect to portray the trends we loved this season, including under-the-sea aquatic influences as well as the sometimes bonkers creativity of our talented British designers like Meadham Kirchoff, with their explosion of kitsch cuteness and fun this season,” Harvey Nichols spokesperson Victoria Meekings said.

There’s more art to come in Preizler’s future, including a T-shirt collaboration with an Argentine fashion label. “The nature of my modeling work means that I am constantly inspired,” she says. “I’m obsessed with the power of the female body and her stare. I’m often surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful women with these strong personalities—I can’t miss out on having them in my sketchbook!”

For more of Preizler’s artwork, visit her personal blog, The Jerut of Rosa Luxemburgo.

Photo: Courtesy of Premier Model Management; Illustration: Naomi Preizler / Courtesy of Harvey Nichols

Going Haute, Staying Contemporary

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To see Haute Hippie designer and founder Trish Wescoat Pound at a recent lookbook shoot with her wild blond curls, jeans tucked into gray suede Givenchy OTK boots, and topped off with a slouchy embroidered sweater coat, you’d never guess that her nickname was once Our Lady of Wainscott. (The high-decibel soundtrack of Led Zeppelin served to further drive the point home.) But years ago, when Wescoat Pound was president of sales at Theory, her style was everything that position connotes. Still, Pound, who started Haute Hippie in 2008, inhabits her newish look (for Fall 2011, she’s dubbed it “Ro-Bo” for Rock ‘n’ Roll Bohemian) so naturally, you kind of have to believe her when she says it was always a part of her.

Happily, Haute Hippie isn’t overly haute, selling at a solidly contemporary price point. Though with its unabashed use of hand-embroideries from India, hand-knit sweaters from Uruguay trimmed with Mongolian lamb, and fur, fur, and more fur, the moniker doesn’t exactly lie. “I grew up in contemporary,” says Wescoat Pound. “I get the democratization of luxury and how to make the right product at the right price.” That’s evident from her robust sales at Lane Crawford, Net-a-Porter, Mytheresa.com, Bergdorf, and Shopbop.com.

Those sales are what Wescoat Pound, with her strong merchandising background, has been building as she’s flown somewhat under the fashion radar for the past couple years. She’s slowly changing that. But instead of staging a fashion week presentation for Fall 2011, she decided to shoot a lookbook with three of-the-moment models: Naomi Preizler, Mathilde Frachon, and Imogen Morris Clarke. The collection follows in the same vein as she’s been doing. It’s a layered vintage magpie sensibility that has a straight line from Talitha Getty, Stevie Nicks, and Anita Pallenberg through to Kate Moss and Sienna Miller in the early aughts. In other words, clothes that these girls seemed to thoroughly enjoy rocking out in on set.

Photo: Courtesy of Haute Hippie

Is This The Face Of Resort?

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As we run around town (and occasionally aboard yachts) for appointments this Resort season, one model keeps showing up: the gorgeous Argentinean Naomi Preizler, who snagged bookings for three lookbooks (so far): Richard Chai Love, Jenni Kayne, and the big-ticket Alexander Wang. Preizler is not a total newcomer—she walked in a few Spring ’10 shows in Paris, and another handful in the Fall (including Givenchy and Vivienne Westwood), but something’s clicking in New York for the 19-year-old Buenos Aires native right about now. Our bet? Look for her to make a big splash on the Spring ’11 runways here this September.

Photo: Courtesy of Alexander Wang