For me, the first names that always pop into my head are fashion related....I've reveled in the idea of being Anna Wintour, Coco Rocha or one of the Olsen twins. Another fashion legend on my list is supermodel and designer, Erin Wasson.
Last year I was lucky enough to meet Erin at a casting for the s/s 2010 show of her clothing line, RVCA. I remember walking into the casting on Chrystie St. and seeing her sitting on a couch, holding my comp card in her hand. She told me that I had "the body of a fourteen year old black boy." I know she meant it as a compliment (and I gladly took it as one), but looking back on it I'm thinking, wtf (what normal girl wants to be called that)? Either way, it's an interesting story nonetheless.
For those of you who don't know much about her, she's done work for Maybelline and Victoria's Secret. Since her start in the early 2000's, Erin has landed on the cover of several Vogues and has strutted down the runways of nearly every designer from Chanel to Ralph Lauren. Her edgy, California-meets-New York style has made her a style icon within the industry and even served as an inspiration to designer Alexander Wang's "model off duty" style phenomenon.
At the casting, Erin's hair was pulled back and she was wearing a tank top paired with black and white, acid washed jeans. I was somewhat starstruck at first, but she was very easy to talk to so I was able to relax. I remember she complimented me on my Steve Madden heels, which my agency had spray painted black (no color allowed on Megadeath). I showed her my walk twice and then left the casting, passing Chanel Iman at the elevator on my way out. I must have made a good impression on her because I was confirmed for the show that same day. Here is a picture of me from her show....no worries, I don't recognize myself either.
Getting the chance to be in the RVCA show was one of my favorite parts of New York Fashion Week. Not only was it my first show in the tents but I was walking alongside models like Lily Donaldson, Irina Lazareanu and Freja Beha Erichsen. Backstage, it was like a party. Everyone was in a celebratory mood and there was great energy. The models got to keep the shoes (score!) and take home some Low Luv jewelry. (double score!!) Low Luv is Erin's jewelry line...it has a hardcore, Aztec inspired feel. I read in an interview that "Low Luv" is the motto that Erin lives by.....it's all about spreading love on the down low. Very cool, no?
Here are some pieces from the Low Luv line! I was given a silver version of the necklace on the bottom left of the image.
One thing I am dying to own from the line is this piece of body jewelry.... I need to save up and get me one of these!
I am very aware that this post is very scattered, but I just have so much to say about Erin Wasson. Bottom line is that she's just the coolest, and that's that.
Have a wonderful day!