The Gentlewoman, one of my favorite magazines, profiled Isabel Marant, one of my favorite designers. When the SS13 issue with Beyonce on the cover hit my mailbox, I was overjoyed. If you don’t know The Gentlewoman, it’s published in London and focuses on a wide range of women ‘of style and purpose’.
The current issue is particularly good. And the interview with Ms. Marant is really good. The best take-away for me was, when asked about the long-term future of her brand she responded “Everybody tells me, ‘Ach, you’ll never be able to stop!’ but I think I will. You correspond to a certain time, your time, and you must realize when it’s not your time”. This truly resonated with me.
For over 20 years I cast models for magazine editorials and fashion shows– I was passionate about my work. Then, one day, I didn’t want to do it anymore. My friend Helmut Lang, whose shows I cast, had retired, I was tired of celebs on covers, the endless travel and being away from my family was exhausting– I just knew I was done. Bottom line, it was no longer ‘my time’.
So, I took the models’ cards off my walls, called my agent, and walked away. Do I ever miss it? Nope. I miss my industry friends, but I don’t need to work in an office or on a show to see them.
Isabel is right, life is too short to do something that no longer makes you happy or keeps you relevant, and I am very fortunate to have found a new passion that I cannot wait to work on each day.
Cropped denim jacket with faux fur
Leather-trimmed cotton-corduroy blazer
Leather-trimmed cotton-corduroy skirt
Faux shearling-lined cotton-corduroy jacket
Fona boucle-knit over-the-knee sock boots
Earl Shearling-trimmed suede jacket
Cassidy printed silk-satin midi shirt dress
Shearling-lined cotton-canvas parka
Genie wool-blend flannel straight-leg pants
The Cardigan balloon-sleeved wool cardigan
Telima quilted-velvet jacket