No one in fashion could have anticipated what would be the smiling, wholesome, healthy recovery success of international supermodels covering the catwalk and the late 1980s and early 90s. The next big thing of the unexpected became very notably British: Bad-Waugh Kate Moss, and the cool Aristo Stella Tennant who hit the pages of British Vogue in 1993, who died suddenly shortly after her 50th birthday.
Tennant’s appeal was released that year of the Sally Potter film of the Virginia Woolf fantasy novel Orlando, played by Tilde Swinton as her hero / heroine (so simple and-so-simple); The pipe-cleaner is thin, tall, pale, uncovered, with body language of both men and women, and sometimes already smiling. Tencent as a whole.
At the time, Tennant himself was a graduate in sculpture from the Winchester School of Art, who, realizing that it was not enough to ask to become an artist, tried to monetize him by 6 feet in modeling and near remarkable bones. And failed. She had a unique feeling since childhood – stripped off her own black hair, took off the punk clothes her older sister had taken from London and wore a nose ring. (His peasant father offered to lead him to his bull pen.)
A friend arranged for Tennant to send passport pictures to an assistant in British Vogue, Plum Sykes, then work with stylist Isabella Blow on a shoot called Anglo-Saxon Attitudes, some ruined-looking English with a US grunge look Modeled with roses. Tennant was summoned to London from the Highlands holiday, traveled by sleeper train, arriving late at the location of Spitalfields, and was immediately seen as the new face by the newest photographer Steven Meisel, although the face was panda’s black-eyed Was obscured by the person – as well as the nose ring.
Meisel and the Vogue team invited the model to a Versace campaign in Paris the following week (Tennant recalled “I felt, well, well, that sounds fun”), and as a result Meisel Schott covered Italian Vogue’s cover Make. Tennant expected six months of profitable work – she was clear about being in modeling for the money, earned because of her tactless slouch, unpublished catwalk locomotive, free-elbow and resting face. (At Art College she mimicked the technique of presenting favorite photographer Cindy Sherman as a stereotype, and excluded them from her system.)
Tennant’s approach was so refreshing that he soon had an unofficial record of being an agent, a flat in New York and 75 of the most catwalk shows a season. They were money generators back then, although Tennent worked just to get out of bed without demanding a supermodel premium. She loved learning about small, close-knit teams of the 90s and fitting in clothing crafts.
Karl Lagerfeld offered him large sums of money to replace Claudia Schiffer in 1996 as Chanelia’s face and slim body. Schiffer looked like an Amazon Brigitte Bardot, bursting with a Barrows bra, and she said of Tennant that being cool now meant looking like heroin chic, addicts. But Channell’s Tencent dropped the nuances of other co-stars besides Sam McKeon.
Lagerfeld had similar resemblance to the young Coco Chanel, who wore real men’s clothes for sports and lehenga, which reflected her femininity. He also liked Tennant’s vigorous inertia in Scotland; In one meeting, Chanel fell in love with her tweeds and woollens and made them a permanent element of her design. Tintant in a Linton tweed overcoat and two-tone Desert boots, rubbing her fingers through her rough hair, was the classic Chanel.
She was always Scottish first, born the youngest child of Tobias Tennant of the Glenconer family, who developed her luck for cotton clothes, and Lady Emma Cavendish (born Deborah Mitford), daughter of the Duke & Duchess. His parents ran a farm in Newcastleton, Scottish Borders, where, like older brother Eddy and sister Isabel, he went to a local primary before being sent to St Leonards School in St Andrews.
He found that he had style, and just that style, wandering the hills in unsuitable footwear and smoking rebellious cigarettes from behind the father’s barn. He said that he grew up in a field, and put him on the ground. “Lambing and Ives, Blood and Dare and Sex.”
Unusually for a fashion star, Tennant remained loyal to his home region. She announced her first retirement from modeling at the age of 30, when she got married (dressed by favorite designer Helmut Lang) to local Kirk without being invited. His groomsmen were David Lasnett, assistant to photographer Mario Testino; They met at a shoot. (Lesnett later retired as an astigmatist.) He briefly lived in Manhattan before returning to Scotland, where he had a miz house in Edinburgh and a botanical garden and a house in Adrin, Berwickshire, with chickens Was.
Tencent did not intend to keep modeling after the birth of his children, Marcel, Cecily, Jasmine and Iris, but taking gigs of limited length proved to be unexpectedly easy, and he spent the rest of his life working for commercials, magazine work. Remained in demand. , Regular catwalk and appearance at the 2012 Olympic event as a distinctly British asset: “I haven’t got a better time job.”
In 2015, London gunmen Holland and Holland, owned by the Chanel Group, asked Tennant to help them design their country’s gear: their own off-duty uniforms, ranging from solid wet heath-proof boots to Shepherd’s plaid wrap Till, he had his ideals. (Although they never went as her heatstroke; she always wore a warm vest under those sweaters and shirts from Paris or Milan.) Tennant called former Vogue stylist Isabella Cavador as a partner, and five During the year he made one. Range: Their criterion, whatever the garment was, “You have to be able to climb a barbed wire fence into it.”
Tencent and Lassenet split earlier this year. He and his children survived him.
• Stella Tennant, model and designer, born 17 December 1970; Died on 22 December 2020