We haven’t been this excited since model Irina Lazareanu sang at the Chanel Pre Fall 2008 show, accompanied by then-boyfriend Sean Lennon. But this fabulous fash-wan-muso moment may almost have been obliterated because it turns out that Jamie Bochert, the rock chic model who is current Marc Jacob's muse du jour, is actually a bone fide rocker for real...
Jamie took to the stage earlier this week to sing and play the piano as the finale for Haider Ackermann’s resort show in Florence. Not only that, but she was (kind of) modelling as well, walking out onto the catwalk in a gorgeous Haider Ackermann nude backless gown, before sitting down at a grand piano beneath giant chandeliers; where she tinkled away, performing a medley of songs including Bob Dylan’s Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, accompanied on a cello and a violin.
Of course, fashion designers like to be seen to have snapped up the hottest music stars of the moment to play at their after-show parties (think Lady Gaga at the Marc Jacobs after party for his Spring 2010 show; and Amy Winehouse and Beth Ditto at Fendi’s A/W’08 and A/W’09 after-show parties).
But playing ON the catwalk elevates a musician to a whole new level, as Lily Allen told Grazia’s Style Director Paula Reed after she had sung at Chanel’s Spring/Summer ‘10 show “I’ve been to lots of Chanel shows, so I knew it would be big, but when I saw Prince and Rihanna in the front row, all I could think was “sorry, I’m up here guys, and not you.” Quite.
So this weekend it was Bochert’s moment, and she already seems to have quite a following. Ackermann himself referred to her as “my friend Jamie Bochert”, and blogger Garance Dore is a new fan saying “I’ve never heard her voice and I was absolutely blown away. It was soft, suave, and dreamy, like a summer night.”
See below for Jamie’s performance, alongside our all-time favourite catwalk crooner moments And our new hot pick for the one to watch for Spring 2011 ? Model turned Bluegrass babe Karen Elson. Don't all rush the stage at once….
Jamie Bochert Haider Ackermann Resort ‘10
Zooey Deschanel at Erin Fetherston Autumn/Winter ‘07
Irina Lazareanu at Chanel Pre Fall ‘08
Lily Allen at Chanel Spring/Summer ‘10