Grazia has made no secret of being utterly enchanted by model Irina Lazareanu over the years. With her doll-like face, kooky style, constant hair reinventions and endlessly watchable love life (Sean Lennon? Pete Doherty?) she is one of favourite style icons du jour.
So imagine how very much it was a dream come true to hear that Miss Lazareanu has just finished designing her first line of clothing - Rini by Irina.
So far the only images out on the web show the up-and-coming designer on a shopping blitz at her favourite New York vintage store What Goes Around, Comes Around, looking for inspiration for her new line.
Judging by the crazy juxtapositions, - a (leather aviator helmet with a ruffly floral tea dress), tough girl cool (a sleeveless studded black leather biker jacket with snakeskin collar) and quirky elegance – an oversized beaded flapper dress; a bias cut evening gown made of bright rainbow-hued fringed Navaho blankets, ... the collection is totally going to reflect Irina’s own off-the-wall style.
Blog site Tales of Endearment reports that the range “will include urban-bohemian staples like flapper dresses, floral skirts, and fitted, shrunken jackets”. It won’t be available until September, and initially will only be on sale in Japan. Grrr.
So in the meantime, enjoy these awesome pics of ‘Rini herself, and these fun facts…
TEN THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT IRINA
She was born in Romania in 1982
She moved to Canada when she was 5
She studied ballet in London before injuring her knee
She started modelling at 17
She met and started dating Pete Doherty at a party when she was 15, touring with him and his band Babyshambles in 2004, but was never their drummer as is often stated.
She was engaged to Doherty before and again after he dated Kate Moss.
In 2007 at a Chanel Cruise show in London, Lazareanu debuted four songs off her own album. Sean Lennon accompanied her on guitar.
She modelled Kate Moss’ first collection for Topshop
Both Nicolas Ghesquiere and Karl Lagerfeld have named her as their muses.