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Locals Only: Lauren Hutton, New York City


The model/actress/entrepreneur has appeared in the pages of our Style Guide over 30 times—so we definitely consider the fellow New Yorker more like a friend at this point. And when she offered to spend a day showing us some of her favorite spots around her neighborhood in Noho, we said…YES.

Lauren, photographed on the roof of the New Museum on the Bowery. She wears the washed cotton trench coat, classic merino wool long cardigan sweateroversized striped T-shirt and matchstick jean in white.

Checking out the Barbara Rossi: Poor Traits exhibit, which was on view in the Lobby Gallery at the New Museum.

Looking at the collection of art books at the New Museum’s shop.


ON LIVING ON THE BOWERY
“I had a place on the Bowery in the ’70s and ’80s. Everyone had entire floors back then. [Artist] Brice Marden’s studio was right underneath me. Two other painters were above. I was the only one who slept in the building.”
The white cast-iron exterior of Lauren’s old apartment building on Bond Street, which dates back to 1873.

ON WORKING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY GREATS LIKE RICHARD AVEDON AND IRVING PENN
“Getting to learn from Irving Penn and Richard Avedon about life, eight hours a day, over and over, was as nourishing as seeing the world.”
A Vogue story shot by Richard Avedon, June 1968.

Source: J.Crew Archives, 1992

©2009/Paul Wetherell


ON PICKING UP MODELING AGAIN IN HER LATE 40S
“In my 40s, I realized I’d stopped looking at fashion magazines because no model shown in them was over 30 and most were way under. So I called up every editor I’d ever worked with and said, ‘Who is representing women in their 30s, 40s, 50s and on?’ I said, ‘You don’t have to use me, but it’s important you use someone my age.’ German Vogue called me first and J.Crew followed.”
Having lunch at The Smile on Bond Street, where her “unofficial goddaughter” Melia Marden is the head chef.

ON WHY SHE GOT INTO MODELING
“I decided modeling would allow me to achieve all the dreams I had since I was a kid. Modeling paid for my travel. When I started modeling again in my 40s, I made more money than I did as a young model. I modeled on occasion and spent the rest of my time diving, dog sledding and trekking. I’d work for two months and travel for two months.”
Lauren’s travel wardrobe isn’t very different than what she wears day to day: “I travel with one little bag—not a big rolling bag, a duffel. I pack light. Three to four T-shirts, a long skirt, a bathing suit and always a canvas hat.” 

ON THE SECRET TO HER SUCCESS
“Have the talent. Grow it and your opportunities by working four times harder than anyone else. If you also have great luck, you’ve got a good chance. (There are 7 billion of us out there.)”
With model Joan Smalls, on set for the October 2015 Style Guide.

Special thanks to The Smile and the New Museum

Unless noted, photographs by Clément Pascal. Hair and makeup by Roberto Morelli. 

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