The best dressed M.O.Ds: Models Off Duty

05 January 2010

So it’s Day Two back at work (this counting malarkey could go on for quite a while we fear). You know you should be productively trawling through your overflowing inbox or making a round of coffees but... well you'd rather check out some seriously hot model style without moving a muscle. Right? Because nothing fascinates us more here at Grazia Daily than seeing what the models wear when they're not working. Having access all areas at the shows, making friends with designers and other fashwan types, donning the latest catwalk clobber before any other celeb – these girls are perfectly placed to make the best style choices. Oh and they have fabulous figures to pull them off, too. So before you rush off into the cold this Tuesday lunchtime to buy some ill-advised lurex jumpsuit in the January sales ‘just because it's half price', check out our top Model Off Duty moments from last season and the tips us mere mortals can apply to our own wardrobes...

Chanel Iman was the toast of the town during the S/S '10 shows after popping up everywhere from Gucci to Versace and she’s long been Grazia’s model obsession. It’s no wonder then that she’s become a muse for Phillip Lim and counts Tyra Banks as a mentor, but it’s not only her future that looks bright. Just check out this uber-cool tie-dye minidress for her pre-show uniform in New York – it’s the perfect showcase for those enviable pins, while the vibrant hue keeps it fun and is the perfect complement to her caramel skin tone. We’re beyond jealous. But when she jetted over to the streets of Paris where she walked for Giambattista Valli as well as Viktor & Rolf, Chanel wisely ditched the brights and opted instead for French chic courtesy of a monochrome jacket teamed with A/W '09’s hottest footwear: OTK boots. Thumbs up for turning to a signature sizeable accessory – the statement bag – to personalise the looks too.

Not only do we heart Freja Beha Erichsen for her fierce catwalk strut and that razor sharp jaw-line that’s recently graced the latest Chanel campaign, the model also has an impeccable sense of personal style. Freja’s dream of growing up to be a rock star rather than a supermodel explains her penchant for leather jackets, biker boots and punky hair do's when she’s off duty. She’s successfully jumped on to the very of-the-moment trend for heavy metal-inspired fashion with this band T-shirt and those studded ankle boots are tres rock'n'roll. We can’t get enough of this Iron Maiden’s androgenous yet wearable wardrobe. More please!

Also working a leather + ankle boots + vintage tee combination is Natasha Poly, whose style cred is guaranteed to get us drooling. It’s no doubt that Nat is one of the hottest names on the catwalk but she also knows how to put her outfits together with ease. Firmly sticking to a black colour palette, the uber-model gives her feminine wiles a serious edge. We adore that fishbone plait too.

It looks like retro tees are the way to go if you’re a model off duty as here’s Hanne Gaby Odiele working double denim along with yet another rock top, this time featuring Nirvana. Team Grazia constantly had its eye on Hanne during the S/S'10 shows and we can’t get enough of her boyish chic that’s feminised here with a tousled Alexander Wang plait not unlike Natasha's. Speaking of models on the rise, meet Abbey Lee, the stunning model with the feline eyes and pillow-like pout. Just as her work profile has been escalating, we’ve noticed her personal style is also on the up and this awesome outfit that we spotted her in is the perfect lesson in how to pull off high-waisted harems with aplomb. Love love love!

- Jessica Vince


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