My favorite model of all time is Linda Evangelista — and I especially like her Harper’s Bazaar covers from the 1990s, when the late Liz Tilberis was editor in chief. The September 1992 issue electrified the industry.
I still have the January 1995 cover framed and hanging on my wall.
It’s appropriate that the first fashion editorial that Linda has worked on as a stylist is in this September’s Bazaar. The photos star model Raquel Zimmermann, re-enacting Linda’s fashion-obsessed teen years in St. Catharines, Ontario, and her pre-supermodel arrival in New York. There’s even a shot in front of Linda’s childhood home. But way more exciting to me than the photos is the in-depth interview with Linda about those days, which includes this:
“I think I was like 11 or 12 when I sat my mom down in tears, and I said, ‘I need more outfits. It’s so important.’ It sounds silly, but there was no other way to express myself. I needed that blouse with a little ruffle Peter Pan collar to go with the corduroy pants with a wedge. And she was like, ‘I’m on it.’ She did it.”
Good decision, Linda’s mom!
Meanwhile, in Vogue, one of my favorite designers, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, is reflecting on his nearly 50-year career with a book called Fashion, Art & Rock’n’Roll.
I had a WTF moment at this sentence in the article:
The Castelbajac stores I used to go to in London and Paris have been closed. Where are these women getting their new Castelbajacs?
Do I have to launch a singing career in order to shop Castelbajac? Ugh, I have a terrible voice. Tell the Auto-Tune people to prepare to work overtime because I must have my Castelbajac!