Fashion Icon Friday: Lily Cole
We can’t quite put our finger on what’s got us so riveted with this young beauty but Lily Cole has certainly wooed us. Discovered at the age of 14, she made her first cover only 2 years later when she landed British Vogue and has since worked with the likes of Alexander McQueen, Prada, De Beers, Marc Jacobs, and Christian Lacroix, just to name a few.
Her bewitching red hair and her pouty, unconventional appeal is what likely catapulted her to modeling royalty when in 2003 she found the spotlight and became one of the ‘new faces’ of the year in Italian Vogue. In 2004 she was named “Model of the Year” at the British Fashion Awards thereby landing the covers of 4 more international Vogue titles, a leading spot at Interview, and again one at Numéro. After making her name in advertising — by becoming the face of Rimmel London in 2009 — Lily has begun to take over the film scene where you can see her in St. Trinian’s and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, playing Valentina, alongside Christopher Plummer and the late Heath Ledger. She described that as the biggest role she’d ever done.
When she wasn’t too busy being breathtaking, Lily found time to earn a Double First at King’s College, Cambridge in History of Art. And she’s also an ally for Western Shoshone, a group focusing in the work to stop gold and diamond mining, using her weight as the face of De Beers to push this initiative. Today, it’s been noted that she’s cozied up to the likes of Twitter creator and Square founder, Jack Dorsey — that pair surely brings a new element to the term “fashion tech”!
Happy New Year, everybody!