In our ongoing series, From Nada to Prada, we explore the transformative power of a hair switcheroo, as seen in the competitive world of Model Land, where an agency-mandated bang cut or a bleach job can make the difference between booking a Prada campaign or slaving away in the gray ether of e-commerce for the rest of your livelong days.
One million years ago there was a great movie called Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. For those of you kiddie bitches out there born in the ‘90s who’ve never touched a VHS tape, in a nutshell, the movie’s about a chick that moves from the country to do these horse-jumping tricks on the Atlantic City boardwalk whilst wearing totally unsexy bloomer-esque bathing suits. The goal is to hop on a charging horse and jump from the height of a three-story building into a pool of water and, like, I don’t know, entertain children or something. Anyway, it doesn’t go well and she goes blind. I mean, what do you expect when you strap a half-ton animal to your feet and go diving into a puddle? POINT BEING… the whole horse-jumping thing has gone the way of the dodo (for safety reasons clearly evident in the film), but the hairstyle the horse-jumper sported is back like major.
This prohibition-era haircut was most recently pioneered by the likes of Arizona Muse circa 2009. It’s that purposefully awkward length that makes you think girl went on a speed bender and got cray with the scissors in the middle of the night. While Muse’s own white-hotness has seemed to cool a bit, she’s passed the torch to newcomer Stef Van Der Laan, who, as of August, lobbed off about a foot of hair.
Lady Van Der Laan, with a face that’s a cross between Guinevere Van Seenus and a ‘90s Shirley Manson, isn’t one of those chop chop pity cases – you know, the type of girl who the agency needs to save from a slew of bad gigs or non-existent clients. Quite the contrary. Van Der Laan, with long bleached blonde hair and an on-again, off-again relationship with her eyebrows, was booking Givenchy right out the gate when she started early last year. Since then, she’s walked for the likes of Lanvin, Etro, Nina Ricci, Chanel, Versace, and, you know, that guy Tom Ford or whatever. Having gotten the nod of approval from Carine Roitfeld, this Dutch dream babe has quickly become a CR Book regular. And if you pick up an issue of Vogue anywhere in the world, you’ll probably find her in there, too.
Of course, we’re talking about pre-cut bookings here. As we’ve pointed out over the course of the “Nada/Prada” series, haircuts always flip the script in one way or another, so only time will tell… but we’re pretty sure this story ends up just fine.
Verdict: 110% Prada.