Writer / Producer: Dana Poblete // Photographer: Yu Tsai // Fashion Director: Kenneth Goh // Co-Producer: Ashley Heaton / Cool Hunt
When I meet Erin Wasson in the flesh at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, she is just as I had imagined: a tangle of waves, no makeup, baggy white T-shirt under a baggy black sweater, impossibly skinny black jeans, her arms inked almost haphazardly with little tattoos, and her dog Cream basking in the golden Los Angeles sunlight just a couple feet from her cowboy-booted feet. Erin kicks off the skinny brown boots (I think they’re by R. Soles, one of her favourites) and I glimpse silver toe rings and a delicate silver anklet that had been hidden in them and realize that her accessories are simply a part of her. All of it—the hair, the boots, the tattoos, the raspy voice, the cigarette—is an extension of the authenticity of Erin Wasson.
She talks about the Chanel Metiers d’Art pre-fall 2014 show she just walked a few days ago in Dallas. Chanel’s takeover of her beloved hometown was a bit overwhelming for the Texas sweetheart, but in the end she proclaims, “I adore Karl.” After fifteen years in the business she observes, “There was a time when being at a show and being on set and being in that circle of the fashion industry felt very special, and it felt like we all had a secret. It wasn’t until a magazine came out that we shared our secret.”
When Erin first came onto the scene in New York after working locally in Dallas for three years, a meeting with Mario Testino made her career. “I walked in there with a Xerox copy of polaroids, that’s all I had,” Erin says. “I think about a month later I was doing a single girl story for American Vogue with Mario.” It must have been impossible for Testino to resist the dynamic contrast of Erin’s gritty American vibe and her classic beauty. Speaking of her career span she adds, “It’s about finding people that understand who you are and what you will and will not put up with and what’s right and wrong for you. You put a lot of trust into other people’s hands to guide your career into a place to set yourself up for success and to set yourself up for longevity.”
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