The House of Style co-hosts popped up at the cocktail reception for Mario Testino’s first US exhibition “In Your Face” this week, and naturally I had to grab a few moments with them to chat about the new show, now that it has officially debuted, and what it’s like working with Testino.
Karlie is among the models in the exhibition, with a striking image from her 2011 Vogue editorial shot in China. Mario actually led Karlie to what he called “her wall,” an experience which she said gave her goosebumps. “He’s such an icon. I collected his photography books long before I ever worked with him,” Karlie explained. “It’s sort of come full circle: not only have I worked with him on many different shoots around the world, in Peru, in Brazil, in Ibiza, but now I’m in an exhibition of his. That’s crazy!”
Joan joked that she was “bummed” not to be in the exhibition but couldn’t stop talking about how much she enjoys working with Mario. She called him a “total gentleman,” sharing that he makes the woman feel comfortable and empowered, as well as reigniting a passion in his subjects through his own enthusiasm. “You have a good time, you feel like what you’re doing has some sort of importance, and it will be made history in some sort of way,” said Joan of working with the legendary photographer. Karlie also gushed about working with Testino, saying, “Wherever he is, that’s where the party is, believe me.”
Oh, and about that now-infamous House of Style confession by Joan, who shared that she wore multiple pairs of tube socks growing up to make her legs look bigger? Totally true – and totally embarrassing. “Ohh no!” Joan laughed when I asked. “I knew that was going to haunt me for the rest of my life!” Despite feeling a little embarrassed, she’s glad she shared the story and hopes that other girls watching will know that everyone has awkward moments growing up – even models. “You learn with life that you always need to be confident in yourself and love yourself for who you are and other people will learn to love you,” said Joan.
And what’s next for House of Style? The girls are still filming in New York and elsewhere, but Karlie told us they’re still working on ideas for episodes. “If you have any ideas, we can brainstorm and you can help us out,” Karlie told me. “I’ll come bearing cookies!”
Karlie, consider this your open invite to the Fashionista offices! Bring Joan – we would make for a great House of Style episode!