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Tali Lennox May Be “It”—But That’s Not All

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Tali Lennox has the blessing and the curse of being saddled with that name (Lennox, as in Annie’s daughter) and that mantle (It girl), but the London-based model is ascending the ranks on her own steam, booking campaigns for Burberry and Topshop and catwalk appearances for Prada, Missoni, Miu Miu, and Christopher Kane, among others. “I love adventure, how you can end up in completely unexpected places each week,” Lennox says of the draw of the industry—and case in point, this week found her in Paris, where she walked the Mango runway as the label’s new global ambassadress. Lennox spoke with Style.com about her adventures in the (artificial) forests of fashion, her love of vintage, and her conflicted feelings on It-dom.

Have you always set your sights on fashion?
I never really planned to be a model, but it’s a pretty amazing thing to be able to do. I’ve always been really into fashion—I studied it a lot by myself, reading books about different designers since I was young. And I love playing with personal style; that’s what makes the Mango job fun because you can really enjoy the clothes. Plus, I get to see the collections take shape; then with a show like the one in Paris this week, you learn firsthand what goes into marketing a brand and actually launching a collection. It’s an amazing insight.

What are your latest adventures in modeling?
I had an editorial shoot the other day with a boa constrictor, a skunk, a tarantula, an owl, and a hedgehog, in an artificial forest. It’s amazing—you get to really adopt a character. Being backstage at a show is amazing, [too], it’s just everything in fashion, intensified. But in day-to-day life I’m just a normal person in the street.

Though unlike most normal people on the street, you’re often called an It girl. I’ve heard you don’t like that term.
I honestly don’t think of myself that way. I guess—I hope—it comes from having a bit of character, but as far as modeling goes, I worked really hard for it. When I started I made a point of not actually using my name. That’s why doing well in the show season is so important to me, because people don’t know who you are. I want to do what the other girls do; I don’t want to fake anything. But I also don’t get paranoid—I think it’s important to just be yourself.

How do you approach personal style?
I like to be really eclectic and also I just like to wear what makes me feel good. Fashion can say anything you want it to. Some people use it to feel powerful, or to show themselves off, but for me it’s just about being inspired by a character and pieces I love—I love finding something vintage and bringing it to life again. I wear my own vintage belt with a blue Mango dress, which is cool because there’s an element of glamour in the floral print, but then the belt keeps it grounded. I have another white maxi dress from the summer collection and that works well, too. I don’t like sticking to one thing, I like being quirky. It changes and develops all the time.

What are you into now?
Hats—loads of them. And I just found this jacket at a vintage fair that’s just amazing. It should be worth £300 but I got it for £50 because its fur was molting, but I cleaned it up. Everywhere I go people comment on it. Once you find a great vintage piece, you can’t help but have a sentimental attachment to it. I love it when style has a little nostalgia to it. But ultimately it has to feel like a second skin, like a part of you.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com

Nicholas Kirkwood Sets Up Shop On Mount Street

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“We felt that the time was right for the brand to open up a shop,” Nicolas Kirkwood said last night. So he did, and to judge by the crowd that flocked to London’s Mount Street for the opening, the world had been eagerly waiting. “We looked at a few places, but not that many because as soon as we saw this space we knew the search was over.” It doesn’t hurt that Mount Street could rightfully claim to be one of the planet’s chicest shopping streets: Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin, Lanvin, Azzaro, Balenciaga and Stephen Webster all call it home, and Stella McCartney and Matthew Williamson are kitty-corner on Bruton Street. The allure is made even more irresistible by the elegant, red brick, Queen Anne-style buildings; Kirkwood’s store itself is in a grade two listed building, which to the uninitiated, means it’s of historical interest.

The exhaustive laundry-list of attendees, on the other hand, is of contemporary interest: Freida Pinto, Roland Mouret, Katie Grand, models Tali Lennox and Sara Blomqvist, designers Roksanda Ilincic, Peter Pilotto, Messrs. Meadham and Kirchhoff, Charlotte Dellal, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and boyfriend Robert Konjic, Nick Knight, Mary Charteris… All were oohing and aahing over the space’s spectacular refit, especially the mismatched wood floors designed by artist Richard Woods, which Kirkwood describes as “block-y, random, odd-shaped”—in a word, “very different.” Displays featured Kirkwood’s Keith Haring collection (made in collaboration with the late artist’s foundation), and a show-stopping pair of thigh-high, Swarovski-crystal-encrusted roller skates. “I don’t know if anyone would wear them,” says Kirkwood, “but we will custom make them if anyone wants them.” Also glittering in crystal: his first collection of jewelry, made in collaboration with Aterlier Swarovski.

Afterwards, many of the crowd decamped to 5 Pollen Street, one of London’s best kept secrets: a restaurant with a Michelin starred chef and walls covered in Gary Hume artwork and wallpaper. There, co-hosts Nadja Swarovski and Kirkwood held a private dinner, with the likes of Dinos and Tiphaine Chapman, Shaun Leane, Mat Colishaw and Francesca Versace. A Pilotto-clad Freida Pinto (left, with Kirkwood) was decked out for the occasion in cherry-red NK sandals from Spring ’11. “I’m working on two projects, Rise of the Apes and Immortals, and in town to do a photo shoot for Interview magazine,” the actress said. But she’d made time for her footwear designer of choice. “I’ve been a fan of Nicholas’ for a long time now, and I especially love the Keith Haring collection, so that’s why I am here!” And comfortable in her five-inch peeptoes? “Yes,” she replied, with no hesitation. “Amazingly so!”

Photo: Courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood

Heeeere’s Johnnie
(A.K.A. The Virgins’ Donald Cumming)

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Club Monaco continues its streak of high-profile lookbook and campaign shooters this season, hiring Ryan McGinley to lens its Spring 2011 ads. It’s tapped top talent, too: Lauren Hutton, Lou Doillon, Tali Lennox, and the Virgins’ Donald Cumming all appear in the spots. But they’ve also got starring roles in the behind-the-scenes video by Tracy Antonopoulos debuting exclusively here on Style.com. Cumming stars not as a rocker frontman or a model, but as a wayward videographer named Johnnie who, while napping during a shoot, dreams of a Doillon romance. And when he wakes up…well, let’s just say dreams can come true.


Tali’s On Top, Theyskens’ Theory Is Online, Daphne Loves Sarah, And More…

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2011 is shaping up to be a good year for catwalker Tali Lennox, the daughter of Eurythmics front woman Annie Lennox and Israeli film producer Uri Fruchtmann. The Telegraph traces her career from the Dolce & Gabbana catwalk way back in Spring ’10 to two Topshop campaigns and her latest coup, the Acne pre-fall lookbook, shot by creative director Jonny Johansson himself. [Telegraph]

Loved Olivier Theyskens’ first collection for Theory? Bully for you: It’s now available online. [Fashionologie]

Daphne Guinness was one of Alexander McQueen’s best friends, but according to British Vogue, she’s happy with the direction his successor, Sarah Burton, is taking the collection. “Sarah’s brilliant,” she told the mag. “She worked with Lee for so long so she knows what to do. She’s not Lee but I think he’d be happy with her doing it.” [Vogue U.K.]

In advance of New York fashion week, the CFDA has released its latest health initiative guidelines. They encourage everyone in the industry to encourage models with eating disorders to seek help, to provide healthy food and water at shows and shoots, and raise awareness about the dangers of smoking. [Racked]

Photo: Courtesy of Theory

She’s Walking, And Not On Broken Glass

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Move over, Georgia May Jagger. There’s a new rock-scion catwalker in town: Tali Lennox, daughter of the iconic Eurythmics’ songstress Annie Lennox. (Annie’s never far out of style, but her star is particularly high at the moment, too: She played Dolce & Gabbana’s 20th anniversary menswear show in Milan this summer.) The younger Lennox’s surname undoubtedly greased the wheels a little, but it’s her strong brows and prominent pout that have landed her runway bookings at Prada (where she was the second girl out), Burberry (left), and Christopher Kane, to name a few. The 17-year-old London native is already comfortable in front of the camera. She’s been snapped posing with model pals Daisy Lowe and Alice Dellal around town, and recently appeared alongside older sister Lola for Topshop’s “Freedom” jewelry campaign. Expect more from her in Europe and in the future—Lennox told Style.com she plans to stay in the fashion industry, and has dreams (sweet ones, presumably) of designing.

Photo: Yannis Vlanos