Stella Tennent made her name in modeling, adopting a traditionally feminine aesthetic, which left the stars out of her career. With her blunt pixie cut and piercing stare, she was the epitome of 90s fashion.
Vogue reported that Tennant, who maintained his edge during his long career in fashion, died this week at the age of 50. Tennent’s family, which included her husband, David Lassenet, and their four children, confirmed the news in a statement to the fashion outlet.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Stella Tennant on 22 December 2020,” the statement said. “Stella was an amazing woman and an inspiration to all of us. She will be greatly missed.”
Tennant was a genius model in a punkier look than fellow British supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. His hair was often short and pointed, and you could hardly catch his crack in the pages of Vogue.
Stella Tennent, seen here in 2011, was a collection by Karl Lagerfeld, the channel’s late head. Credit: Remy de la Mauviniere / AP
For all the edge he brought to editorial fashion, designers praised him. He was a collection of fashion publishers, like Helmut Lang, whose shows he described walking among his favorites, and the late Karl Lagerfel when he led the channel. She continued to appear on the runway until earlier this year, when she left for Valentino for Paris Fashion Week.
Born in Britain’s aristocracy and on a sheep farm in Scotland, Tennant modeling “accidentally,” told British Vogue in 2018. While many models of his era were discovered as teenagers by scouts, Tennant was still posing photos to casting agents. In her early 20s. She would have graduated from art school and planned to pursue sculpture if she had not done modeling.
A 1993 British Vogue feature called “London Girls” proved to be her big break. Tennant, his eyes ringed with heavy black eyeliner, wore an Alexander McQueen dress and a destroyer septum piercing. Surrounded by experienced models, the 22-year-old was asked to appear in an advertisement for Versace in the shoot.
Soon, she was appearing in a season of 75 runways, she said in a 2018 interview. She was tired of the frantic pace of fashion when she and her husband decided to have children.
“I gave it my all, all my energy and time, and now we are going together and have a family,” she told Fashion Publication to The Document Journal in 2018. And I thought I was signing out. ”
When fashion magazines began to prefer a more traditionally glamorous look to models in the 2000s, Tennant said she felt her lighting was waning.
“The agency didn’t really know what to do with me,” she remembered. “I thought, ‘Well, it’s no surprise. I have my own little moment, and fashion has moved on, and I’ll be together too.”
Tennant continued modeling, even though she was younger than in her 20s. On the occasion, some of his four children will appear in shootings with him, including 2019, when he and his daughter Iris will be promoting an UK ad in a commercial with second hand shopping. (Tencent devoted much of his time to promoting sustainable causes.)
Perhaps the most memorable moment of the last decade came in 2012, when he and the British supermodel were straggling in the closing ceremonies of the London Summer Olympics. Along with Moss, Campbell and more, Tennant donated a Christopher Kane suit – the only woman among them not in a dress. His hair was dyed black and cut in the style of a jagged liquorice. His edge only intensified.
The fashion world mourns
Tennant’s continued costs and colleagues mourn her demise.
Campbell, in an Instagram post, called Tennant “a class act in every way”.
“When we always looked at each other from where we came out,” she wrote. “A symbol of ease and grace, even when you sit in a corner and work your needle.”
On Twitter, Versace said
Tennant was a collection of knowledgeable and “family friends” founders of the late house for many years.
Nina Garcia, Editor-in-Chief of Elle and “Project Runway” Judge, said
Tencent has “an effortless elegance with mixed fragrance and an effortless aura” that inspires the designers’ scores.
With the death of Tennent, fashion has lost one of its favorite nonconformities.