Meghan Collison is the epitome of cool. With her perfectly messy hair and big blue eyes that look right through you, she was the only choice for a shoot inspired by iconic Jane Birkin. We had the pleasure of featuring her in this seventies inspired spread, and, boy, does she deliver.

Photography, Geoff Barrenger
Fashion Editor, Fritz

By Lauren Chan

 

 

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Jacket G-STAR RAW. Jeans DOLCE & GABBANA at HOLT RENFREW. Vintage ring CAROLE TANENBAUM. Jacket G-STAR RAW. Jeans DOLCE & GABBANA at HOLT RENFREW. Vintage ring CAROLE TANENBAUM.

 

 

According to her Instagram biography, Meghan Collison has, “Eyes that sink ships.”

By the looks of it, her 20,000 followers agree. Sifting through her selfies, editorial photos, and coffee date snaps, a particular comment from @ nybemotion stands out: “Incredible pupillary dis-tance.” While he seems to have boiled Collison’s ocular look down to a science, the rest of us are ever trying to pinpoint her allure. (Hell, a few users even suggest that she resembles her feline housemate, Penny.)

The 27-year-old model recently told W maga-zine that her look is, “Part tomboy, part girly,” but I’ll argue that her illustrative juxtaposition is something worthy of more than just four words. Sometimes she’s grouped with bombshell su-permodels à la W’s “Supernormal Supermodels” and other times with buzzcutt gender-bending types, like in i-D’s “The Right Face At The Right Time.” Sometimes, she’s advertising Moschino and, at other times, it’s Prada. Sometimes, she’s Jason Wu’s girl and sometimes she’s Lagerfeld’s. See? Four words simply will not do—not for this beauty.

So, what is it about Collison that leaves people in awe, unsure how to typecast her and fe-verishly double-clicking her pictures? She has that perfectly indescribable je ne sais quoi. Her unique look is malleable, but never entirely lost. Her particular beauty and talent is rare, seen only in a limited number of her peers, like Hanne Gaby Odiele, Iekeliene Stange, and her very own icon Guinevere Van Seenus (all of whom have had incredible careers).

Thanks to her inimitable can’t-look-away appeal, Collison’s own career has spanned nearly ten years. At this point, her career highlights include Balenciaga and Proenza Schouler campaigns, as well as many a cover of Harper’s Bazaar, i-D, Numéro, Vogue, and W. In the last year alone, Collison was part of Italian Vogue’s 50th Anniversary Supermodel cover, i-D’s oh-so-cool “A-Z of Beauty” short film, and—likely one of her personal favourites—a Numéro editorial dubbed “Bad Girl” complete with mug shots. In this issue of Dress to Kill, we see her free, in every sense of the word and, here, we chat about all things beauty.

 

 

Dress LACOSTE. Vintage necklace and ring CAROLE TANENBAUM. Belt and bag GUCCI at HOLT RENFREW. Dress LACOSTE. Vintage necklace and ring CAROLE TANENBAUM. Belt and bag GUCCI at HOLT RENFREW.

Dress LACOSTE. Vintage necklace and ring CAROLE TANENBAUM. Belt and bag GUCCI at HOLT RENFREW. Dress LACOSTE. Vintage necklace and ring CAROLE TANENBAUM. Belt and bag GUCCI at HOLT RENFREW.

 

 

What have you learned during your years as a model?

I definitely feel like I’ve grown as a person since I started. I became more confident in my capabilities and myself. I’ve learned a lot about people. I learned how to not be so shy. I learned how to travel on my own. You know, just like normal growing up, life skills that you’re forced to learn when you no longer have family around.

What’s taken you by surprise in the industry, if anything?

I’ve been doing it for a while, so I don’t really feel surprised that often. It takes a lot to surprise me! [laughs] I guess I still love showing up to a job and seeing the art direction and where the creative is going to go for the day. I like doing something different—something that I haven’t already done.

 

 

Jacket MICHAEL KORS COLLECTION at HOLT RENFREW. Jeans CHRISTOPHER KANE at LA MAISON SIMONS. Scarf GUCCI at HOLT RENFREW. Vintage bracelet and ring CAROLE TANENBAUM.

Jacket MICHAEL KORS COLLECTION at HOLT RENFREW. Jeans CHRISTOPHER KANE at LA MAISON SIMONS. Scarf GUCCI at HOLT RENFREW. Vintage bracelet and ring CAROLE TANENBAUM.

 

 

Beauty is a major part of getting into character. What’s your current take on the state of beauty in the industry?

Has it changed your perception of your own beauty? I think beauty is very subjective. I definitely think it’s in the eye of the beholder. For me, beauty is when there is something about a person that holds your attention for longer than 5 seconds. Something that makes you do a double take.

I try to separate how I see myself ideally as far as beauty goes and how someone else will see me. I think this is essential to being a good model and being able to play different characters. It’s really important to allow yourself to be a blank canvas. If you show up and you don’t like the hair and make up and you can’t see someone else’s vision, it’s going to show in the pictures. I use my Instagram account to control how I see myself ideally. I post pictures of my hair and make up how I like it and wearing the clothes that make me feel good. That’s how I showcase my ideal beauty.

Do you think that the industry represents enough diversity in beauty?

I think fashion recognizes a lot of different kinds of beauty—from Eastern Bloc models to All-American celebrities. It’s interesting to watch popular types of beauty come in waves…

I think there’s a spot for everyone in beauty. I think that the industry should continue to push diversity because you need to see different perspectives for things to stay fresh and interesting. If you’re given the same thing over and over again, it’s going to become boring; I think it’s important to keep things changing. I think every person is beautiful in his or her own way. I truly believe that. That’s the thing about humans; they come in so many different shapes and sizes and forms and looks. It’s a good thing.

 

 

Blouse and jeans VALENTINO. Vintage necklace and rings CAROLE TANENBAUM. Heels and socks PRADA at HOLT RENFREW.

Blouse and jeans VALENTINO. Vintage necklace and rings CAROLE TANENBAUM. Heels and socks PRADA at HOLT RENFREW.

 

 

Speaking of shapes and sizes, do you find it difficult to stay healthy when working in fashion?

Fashion or not, health is number one. You are nothing without your health. Take care of yourself. Eat right and move your body. What is right for your body may not be right for someone else’s body. Respect yourself and respect other people’s bodies. I think we sometimes forget that we are meant to come in all different shapes and sizes.

What’s your health and beauty routine?

I walk everywhere in New York City. I live in a walk-up apartment, so I’m constantly going up and down stairs. [laughs] I drink lots of water. I try to eat as healthy as possible. I don’t smoke. I’m a big believer in sunscreen and taking care of your skin. I think a lot of it is about balance.

…and what are your staple beauty products?

My everyday look is really easy. I start with sunscreen, like an SPF 50. Then, MAC Studio Fix powder foundation in NW15, which I love, and tons of mascara on the top and bottom lashes. Right now I really like the L’Oreal Manga one. That’s it!

As if it’s all that easy.

 

 

Jacket and skirt PRADA at HOLT RENFREW Vintage necklace CAROLE TANENBAUM.

Jacket and skirt PRADA at HOLT RENFREW Vintage necklace CAROLE TANENBAUM.

 

 

Shirt, cape and jeans DSQUARED2. Vintage necklace CAROLE TANENBAUM. Booties GUCCI at HOLT RENFREW.

Shirt, cape and jeans DSQUARED2. Vintage necklace CAROLE TANENBAUM. Booties GUCCI at HOLT RENFREW.

 

 

Top, blazer, jeans, bag and booties LOUIS VUITTON. Jacket DIESEL. Jeans DOLCE & GABBANA at HOLT RENFREW. Vintage ring CAROLE TANENBAUM. Heels and socks PRADA at HOLT RENFREW.

Top, blazer, jeans, bag and booties LOUIS VUITTON. Jacket DIESEL. Jeans DOLCE & GABBANA at HOLT RENFREW. Vintage ring CAROLE TANENBAUM. Heels and socks PRADA at HOLT RENFREW.

 

 

Shirt, jacket, jeans, belt, scarf and booties GUCCI at HOLT RENFREW. Vintage ring CAROLE TANENBAUM.

Shirt, jacket, jeans, belt, scarf and booties GUCCI at HOLT RENFREW. Vintage ring CAROLE TANENBAUM.

 

 

Shirt FILIPPA-K. Jacket DIESEL. Jeans CHRISTOPHER  KANE at LA MAISON SIMONS. Booties GUCCI at HOLT RENFREW.

Shirt FILIPPA-K. Jacket DIESEL. Jeans CHRISTOPHER KANE at LA MAISON SIMONS. Booties GUCCI at HOLT RENFREW.

 

 

Jacket and skirt PRADA at HOLT RENFREW. Vintage necklace CAROLE TANENBAUM.

Jacket and skirt PRADA at HOLT RENFREW. Vintage necklace CAROLE TANENBAUM.

 

 

Photography GEOFF BARRENGER. Fashion Editor FRITZ at JUDY INC. Make up NICOLAS BLANCHET using TRESEMME HAIRCARE & MAKE UP FOREVER at FOLIO. Assistant Stylist JOHANNA GRANITCH.

 

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