Freja Beha Erichsen, who we always look forward to seeing at Paris Fashion Week (she hasn’t walked the runways in London, Milan or New York in a few seasons), has been conspicuously absent.
Despite being a big-name model who can afford to be rather choosy with the labels she walks for, you can usually count on spotting Freja at a handful of A-list shows during Paris fashion week. For spring 2012 she walked Valentino, Chanel, Lanvin, Balmain and Balenciaga. But so far this season we have yet to spot that unmistakable disheveled mop (and her too-cool-for-school street style) anywhere. Freja was not included in IMG Paris’ show package (posted on Models.com) this season, and she was also conspicuously absent from the haute couture shows (she usually walks Chanel and Valentino). So what gives?
Commenters at the Fashion Spot have supplied a few theories. Some say that Freja is on a self-imposed break from fashion, noting that last summer she told The Times newspaper that she would one day take a break from fashion, “[My goal] is quite visual. It’s a about having a little farmhouse, a couple of horses, musical instruments. I’ll grow organic fruit and vegetables and be self-sufficient.” Hmm…
On the other hand, some commenters are citing an unsubstantiated rumor that Freja was dropped from Chanel’s Spring 2012 ad campaign, and therefore has less incentive to walk for the house–usually one of her staple shows. Sigh. So much internet chatter.
However, fans of the tomboy model can take heart: The Fall 2012 season may not be completely Freja-less. Model Caroline Barcomb tweeted: “Freja Beha was at one of my castings today! Ughh if I were a lesbian…”
Since most of the shows have already happened and we know she didn’t walk any of them, that leaves only big-name shows like Miu Miu, YSL, Chanel and Valentino left–and a little birdie told us to place our bets on a Chanel exclusive. Cross your fingers she makes an appearance!