Saturday 1 October 2016

This Kildare model is the toast of Paris Couture Week

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 06/07/2016 | 18:56

Lorna Foran walks the runway during the Maison Margiela Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)
Lorna Foran walks the runway during the Maison Margiela Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)
Lorna Foran walks for Jean Paul Gaultier during the 2016-2017 fall/winter Haute Couture collection fashion show on July 6, 2016 in Paris. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAY
Lorna Foran walks the runway during the Maison Margiela Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)
Lorna Foran presents a creation for Maison Margiela during the 2016-2017 fall/winter Haute Couture collection fashion show on July 6, 2016 in Paris. / AFP / FRANCOIS GUILLOT
Lorna Foran walks the runway during the Gucci Cruise 2017 fashion show at the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey on June 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for GUCCI)
Lorna Foran walks the runway during the Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Lorna Foran walks the runway during the Maison Margiela Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)
Lorna Foran presents a creation by Jean Paul Gaultier during the 2016-2017 fall/winter Haute Couture collection fashion show on July 6, 2016 in Paris. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAY

She may have started out in the Kildare suburbs, but Lorna Foran has come a long way from her humble Irish roots.

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The Celbridge-born beauty just started modelling last year, and she has gone from strength to strength.

With long, flowing red hair and a tall, willowy figure, the 25-year-old (now based in London) has a pre-Raphaelite beauty that has charmed the British fashion industry, landing her editorials in highly influential publications like AnOther, Tank and i-D.

She made her catwalk debut last month, walking for designer of the moment Alessandro Michele in Gucci’s cruise 2017 show.

Lorna Foran walks for Jean Paul Gaultier during the 2016-2017 fall/winter Haute Couture collection fashion show on July 6, 2016 in Paris. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAY
Lorna Foran walks for Jean Paul Gaultier during the 2016-2017 fall/winter Haute Couture collection fashion show on July 6, 2016 in Paris. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAY

In the hallowed cloisters of Westminster Abbey, Lorna donned a high-necked Victorian-style gown in blushing pink.

Today, she graced the couture catwalk at Paris Fashion Week, where she modelled the decadent designs of Maison Margiela and Jean Paul Gaultier.

At the end of a week filled with red carpet-ready tulle and bejewelled gowns, John Galliano’s couture spectacle for the French house offered an eccentric alternative, as Lorna’s thigh-high wellingtons and metallic lips nodded to the creative director’s origins as a club kid in 1980s London.

Lorna’s luminous complexion made a perfect match for the lustrous palette of greens, browns and reds at Jean Paul Gaultier.

Lorna Foran walks the runway during the Maison Margiela Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)
Lorna Foran walks the runway during the Maison Margiela Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

The loosely nature-themed collection saw the flame-haired beauty swathed in a silver fox and a show-stopping, figure-hugging gown.

Lorna said she was “overjoyed” that the legendary French designer featured her in his show, and described him as “a lovely man”.

“It’s been mad, the nerves!” she told Independent.ie.

“I’m super busy the rest of this week, staying in Paris to shoot and then back to London.”

Lorna Foran presents a creation for Maison Margiela during the 2016-2017 fall/winter Haute Couture collection fashion show on July 6, 2016 in Paris. / AFP / FRANCOIS GUILLOT
Lorna Foran presents a creation for Maison Margiela during the 2016-2017 fall/winter Haute Couture collection fashion show on July 6, 2016 in Paris. / AFP / FRANCOIS GUILLOT

Up until recently, Lorna had been working as an assistant retail manager, but after turning down a couple of big modelling jobs because of scheduling conflicts, she decided to go part-time.

Earlier this year, Lorna told us: “It’s a bit scary, because it’s the first time I’ve done a job that doesn’t have a 9-5 routine five days a week.”

Lorna tries to get home to visit her family in Kildare every six months or so, but said her parents are finding it hard to wrap their heads around her new career path.

“I think my mam is slowly getting it, and the more big names I drop to her she’ll be impressed, but she thinks it’s a bit strange. My dad hasn’t a notion, but I don’t really mind it that way.”

Lorna Foran walks the runway during the Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Lorna Foran walks the runway during the Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Lorna says she’s keen to stay out of the spotlight, but now that’s she’s brushing past the likes of Alexa Chung and Anna Wintour in the front row and walking for some of the world’s most iconic designers, she certainly won’t stay that way for long.  

Lorna Foran presents a creation by Jean Paul Gaultier during the 2016-2017 fall/winter Haute Couture collection fashion show on July 6, 2016 in Paris. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAY
Lorna Foran presents a creation by Jean Paul Gaultier during the 2016-2017 fall/winter Haute Couture collection fashion show on July 6, 2016 in Paris. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAY

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