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Model-Slash: Dirt Biker Rainey Forkner

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Named after Formula One Grand Prix racer Wayne Rainey, fresh-faced model Rainey Forkner (pictured) was born to be an adrenaline junkie. When she isn’t skateboarding to and from castings in New York, you’ll likely find the 19-year-old up-and-comer zooming around Los Angeles on her Honda CBR sportbike or taking a spin around the dirt bike track in nearby Oak Hills, California. Forkner’s father wanted to be a pro racer his entire life and dedicates nearly all of his time and money to fixing engines and getting faster, so it’s not surprising that he made a racing protégée out of his daredevil daughter.When Forkner was just 13, her dad took her to a local course and put her on an entry-level bike with manual transmission for the first time. “I just popped the clutch and took off. Even though I was running into everything, my dad said I did great, and afterwards he bought me my own bike, a Kawasaki KX 100,” Forkner told Style.com. “After that, I began going out to a big open lot near my house with jumps. I’d spend about seven hours a day—split up into three sessions—out there, and after a lot of practice and coaching from my dad, I got really good at it, so competing was the next step.”

Despite wearing a chest guard, elbow pads, rubber pants, knee pads, and obviously a helmet every time she gets behind the wheels, Forkner has had her fair share of injuries. “I’ve got many, many scars, which comes with the territory. My agencies are really on my case about not riding because they don’t want me to get hurt or, even worse, look busted,” she laughed. “The scariest time was when I highsided the bike. It’s basically when the front tire dips under and you get pitched over the handlebars. I landed really hard and popped out my shoulder.”

Forkner leads a fast-paced life, and that need for speed has helped her with modeling, too. Although she’s walked in a few runway shows including Mark Fast and Math Collective in London this season (and Cushnie et Ochs’ Fall ’12 show), Forkner is still a catwalk novice but is racking up editorial and commercial work in the meanwhile. She appeared in a beauty spread shot by Raymond Maier in the August issue of Teen Vogue and will star in the forthcoming Bruce Weber-lensed Abercrombie Holiday campaign. Forkner explained, “I’ve had kind of one foot in and one foot out of modeling for a while, but think I’m finally ready to be full-on committed to it. I’ve been practicing my walk all day every day and am getting feedback that it’s really strong.” So what’s next? “I’d love to do Ralph Lauren, and obviously Victoria’s Secret would be a dream. It’s like the Super Bowl for modeling.”

Photo: Courtesy of New York Model Management

Jewelry Fit For The Stage—And Elsewhere

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DLC Brooklyn is a far cry from your average rock ‘n’ roll-inspired jewelry line—no skulls, safety pins, or punk totems here. But that’s not to say music hasn’t inspired designer Susan Domelsmith’s statement creations. “It’s very intertwined,” Domelsmith says of her line and her band, Open Ocean. Take, for instance, the guitar charms featured in DLC Brooklyn’s current collection: “I would never have thought of that if I wasn’t playing music. It takes things a bit further and helps me understand jewelry that’s good for the stage.” Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Open Ocean is basically a fashion-world super-group. Domelsmith plays keyboards alongside Bodkin designer Eviana Hartman, Teen Vogue accessories editor Sarah Kuhn, and Jill Bradshaw, the former owner of beloved NYC boutique I Heart.

But for non-rockers, DLC Brooklyn—whose pieces are all crafted from vintage and deadstock materials save for their clasps—offers plenty of looks equally befitting the office or after-hours at Le Bain. Domelsmith moved to New York in 2006; she launched her line two years prior, while working at an Austin boutique. Since then the line has grown immensely, with placement in boutiques like the Lower East Side’s Kaight. She’s also signed on to curate a selection of vintage jewelry for the online retailer Market Publique, which debuts September 1. “I’ve collected a lot of pieces I can’t deconstruct or pieces I wouldn’t want to take apart because they’re so beautiful as is,” she explain. “So, I’ve just been holding onto them. I hate to let it go, but it’s nice to think someone else can wear and enjoy it.”
Frequency bracelet, $140, available at www.dlcbrooklyn.com.

Photo: Courtesy of DLC Brooklyn

The Kids Are Alright

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Teen Vogue‘s pages are chock-full of standout wares, making issues a must-read even for those who, ahem, might not exactly fit into the target demographic. That’s why we’re psyched for the magazine’s latest incarnation: iPhone app. In the newly launched Haute Spot application—available free of charge until January 22—users can scroll through editor-picked clothes and accessories illustrating the season’s top trends, and create and share lookbooks to show off their unique style. That’s great for the Facebook-mad social networkers of the teen and tween set. But the real benefit for more mature fans: The ability to get a teen-mag fix from the privacy of your phone, safe from the curious stares of fellow subway riders. Not that we would know or anything.

Teen Vogue Wants To Give You Your Big Break

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“Are you sure this world is for you? And are you sure you are the right person to survive in this world—the world of fashion—a world with no rules, no laws? Answer that question honestly for yourself. Are you ready to accept injustice? The idea of the fashion industry may look better from the outside. It can look like the world of dream jobs—for a very happy few.”

Trust Karl Lagerfeld to tell it like it is. The designer is one of many high-profile fashion types offering advice on breaking into the industry in editor in chief Amy Astley’s new The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion. “Insider” is the operative word. Astley recruited designers like Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney, photographers like Patrick Demarchelier and Mario Testino, and models Chanel Iman and Caroline Trentini, along with a slew of top stylists, beauty gurus, and editors to participate—and happily, not all of them are quite so blunt as the Kaiser. Astley’s former boss at Vogue, Anna Wintour, counsels, “Don’t go too fast. Because of reality television and all these celebrities thinking they can be designers, everyone imagines that they can just become a designer, photographer, or model, but that’s not the way things work. People have to go to school, learn their craft, and build a brand—that’s the right, healthy way to do things.” Astley calls the book a no-brainer. “Not a day goes by when I’m not replying to e-mails from young girls asking how to get started in fashion,” she says. Her most important tip? “I tell our interns to network as much as they can. And don’t impress me, impress the person they’re reporting to.” But people firmly ensconced in the business will enjoy this photo-packed volume, too. A compendium of the almost seven-year-old magazine’s greatest hits, it is, as Astley calls it, “a love letter to our contributors.” The book will be released on October 5.