At the end of the ’90s supermodellerne pops up on the runway these days the fashion equivalent of the surprise concert came, as when Eminem traveled out of the floor to take the scene with Drake in Detroit last year. It’s a moment for the young people who can not see how it is done.
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“When I come in, there is excitement because I lay in my time,” says Amber Valletta, who went to February in Dagsamlinger in Dries Van Noten, H & M, Isabel Marant, Michael Kors and Versace. Hun ligner dette på, da hun først begyndte og ville se stemningen i værelseændringen, så snart Linda, Christy eller Naomi viste sig. “It’s like work when you’ve been there for years. You’ve got seniority and people respect you differently than when you’re an 18 year old boy.”
Snesevis af dæk og mere end to decades later, Valletta, 43, is as busy as ever. Hendes seneste Big Deal annoncekampagner omfatter Loewe, Stella McCartney, Theory og Anthony Vaccarello, før han decamped til Saint Laurent. Hun har også racked up 20 plus action credits, senest for ABC’s nighttime sobe Blod og olie. And i recently she has taken a role as lawyer.
I 2013 sluttede hun sig sammen med Yooxygen for at lancere Master & Muse, en e-handelsplatform med miljøvenlige designere. “I’m trying to educate consumers so they will put pressure on brands and try to get brands thinking of [sustainable mode] in a cool and sexy way,” she says. Valletta mentions Stella McCartney as a designer who gets it right with groundbreaking fabrics and shoes with biodegradable soles. “Hun er meget klog,” siger Valletta.
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Tidligere i år skrev Valletta, en Sierra Club-ambassadør, en op-ed, der modsatte sig nominering af advokatpræsident Scott Pruitt, da Oklahoma, som leder Miljøstyrelsen. She grew up in Tulsa, and she expressed her fear as a mother. Valletta har en 16-årig søn, Auden, med ex-mand Chip McCaw-over Pruitts track record om blandt andet forurening. “It’s not always easy to talk about truth,” she says. “Det kræver mod, men det er nødvendigt.”
Fastness is a family move. Valletta’s forældre splittede op da hun var 2, og hendes mor “arbejdede hendes røv” for at support her and her younger brother, deliver mail and eventually rising through the row at the US Postal Service. She was also an activist and helped stop a nuclear power plant from being built near their hometown and being arrested in the process.
“She is one of the strongest and most adventurous women I know,” says Valletta, adding that her mother made the famous 500 million Camino de Santiago pilgrimsrejse only six months after surviving breast cancer for the second time. “Hun freakin ‘gik denne spor!”
Valletta’s own vandre partners include her two dogs, Nila and Gia, who together with her son and girlfriend, hairdresser Teddy Charles, exude his low key Los Angeles life. Her idea of the perfect day is simple: prepare a nice meal, take a body of Simone class and see a friend. “Det er stort for mig,” siger hun, griner. “Jeg har ikke brug for meget for at gøre mig glad.”
Fashion redaktør: Paul Cavaco. Hår: Teddy Charles for The Wall Group. Makeup: Kate Lee for Starworks Artists. Manicure: Morgan McGuire til The Wall Group. Sæt design: Ward Robinson til træstige.
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