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Wednesday 1 October 2014

All runways lead to Cara Delevingne

Rebecca Gonsalves

Published 19/02/2013 | 12:04

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Cara Delevingne walks the runway during the Burberry Prorsum show
Cara Delevingne walks the runway during the Burberry Prorsum show
Cara jetted into London straight from New York Fashion Week where she did 13 shows.
Cara Delevingne walks the Runway at the Sister by Sibling presentation during London Fashion Week
Cara Delevingne walks the Runway at the Sister by Sibling presentation during London Fashion Week

Not since Kate Moss’s dominance has the name of one girl been on the lips of so many people in fashion

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And the girl of the moment, Cara Delevingne, has much in common with the supermodel – not least  the agency responsible for her meteoric rise.

 

It was Sarah Doukas, the scout who spotted a teenage Kate Moss in JFK airport, who first saw the star potential of Delevingne, a schoolfriend of her daughter, at a fashion show at their private school Bedales and signed her to the books of Storm Models in 2009.

 

In a few short years, Delevingne has certainly matured.

 

Jetting into London straight from New York Fashion Week – where she walked in 13 shows, including Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta and Diane von Fürstenberg – Delevingne will tomorrow morning make her first London appearance of the season at Sister by Sibling, a show styled by Katie Grand, the editor-in-chief of Love, who has been a hugely influential force on the young model’s career.

 

“Cara is amazing, bright, gorgeous and a joy to be around,” says Grand, when asked to pinpoint why Delevingne is such a hit. “Her energy is infectious and, most of all, she  is fun.”

 

Grand has dedicated a large proportion of the latest issue of her fashion magazine to her prodigy, including a shared cover with Kate Moss.

 

Love is not the only prestigious cover that Delevingne, named the 2012 Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards last November, has landed of late, as she graces the March issue of British Vogue too.

 

A high-profile slot indeed, as it’s the issue in which brands debut their new-season advertising campaigns.

 

In her introduction to the issue, editor Alexandra Shulman hails Delevingne as the model of the moment: “Cara is one of those girls who combine energy, wit, enthusiasm and the kind of edgy beauty that marks her out from the general pool of beautiful models.”

 

On paper, Delevingne does not fit the usual catwalk criteria – coming in at 5ft 9.5in, she, like Moss, is shorter than the average. But her strong – almost kooky – features have ensured that she has achieved success  despite this.

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