Last night at the Beatrice Inn, we crashed into model Leah De Wavrin, whom we try not to feature on the site too much because... well, she's just too beautiful, and it gets a little difficult for us to breathe. True to form, she was perched underneath the disco ball wearing a giant floppy hat that everybody wanted, and pointing a massive fish eye camera at her friends. We said hi, and couldn't resist asking: What was it like to open and close the Hussein Chalayan show... nude? "It was really cool!" She told us. "They asked me at the casting to do it - they said, Leah, you are the youngest girl, you are the bravest girl, can you do this? And I love Hussein and so I said, sure, why not? But then on the day of the show, I got so nervous! And you know, they put the crazy hat on me for rehearsal, and I thought, oh no, I cannot do this. But everyone backstage started screaming my name and the dressers just pushed me out there, and I thought, okay, well, here I go! And Carine Roitfeld stood up and started cheering, and I felt great. It was pure, it was beautiful, I'm glad I did it." But what did her mother say? "Oh, she told me never to do anything like that again!" (That's Leah, fully clothed at right, with Paris Vogue's Michaela Dosamantes).
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Get to Know Madewell's New Campaign Girl, the Effortlessly Cool Caroline de Maigret
A couple of weeks ago, when we sat down with Madewell's new designer Somsack Sikhounmuong, we asked him if there was a particular girl her had in mind when dreaming up new collections for the label. Ultimate French cool girl Caroline de Maigret's name immediately came up. "She’s almost like the perfect [Madewell girl]--she’s a woman who’s artistic; she loves fashion but doesn’t live for fashion; she wears it in a sort of personal way." So it makes sense that the brand would tap de Maigret for their new fall campaign.