It’s not that often that you come across a model who has such a stamp on her own personal style, such a sense of adventure and wanderlust for the world. We were talking about her modeling career and how it has changed since she started coloring her hair (yes, she does it herself!) which she said came about after years of modeling as a blonde and wanting to do something different, wanting to express herself. She was so tired of just being a “Barbie doll” and she thought, “Hey, if it doesn’t work, I’ll just go to art school.” Once she made the change, two modeling agencies dropped her until she found her way to ONE Model Management who totally embraced who she was. Now, especially though the power of Instagram and social media, she is a huge rising star, something so nice to see happen to a really sweet woman who loves to talk about traveling the world and organic human experiences, keeping a journal and lighting up a photoshoot like a rainbow in the sky.
This fall here at the studio we photographed digital assets for a new label called Hanley Mellon, created by Nicole Hanley Mellon, a former stylist for Ralph Lauren (and you know how I feel about RL…)
The above is a cinemagraph of model Chloe Norgaard which is now live as the landing image on HanleyMellon.com. When we shot this at our studio I was looking at Chloe, so famous for her ever changing hair color, and thought: let’s just make it about her hair! After all… you can’t miss it.
Nicole and I have since become friends which is always the best outcome of something that starts as a job, to both like the people you end up working with, and in this case, to love what they have created. I find Nicole’s personal style incredibly inspiring. During our 2nd shoot together she was discussing heel height with one of her partners, making the point that flats were much chicer to wear out at night because you’re not in pain or walking like a dinosaur.
I totally agree.
But when she does wear heels, she does them so well. I also spent the entire day wearing Hanley Mellon when we went on our New York City ‘choose your own adventure’ together because the clothing is made to be simple and chic and above all comfortable.
Nicole interviewed me recently, one of my favorites of all the interviews I’ve done… which isn’t surprising since I seem to heart everything about Hanley Mellon.