How mesmerizing is this? Natalia Vodianova working horsey chic atop a gleaming stallion before cavorting on the beach with a Mr Darcy-esque male. It’s enough to make us go all giddy.
You’d be forgiven for thinking this is a sneak peek at Kaiser Karl’s latest shoot but in fact, it’s a scene from the Russian model’s upcoming film, ‘Belle du Seigneur’, which she’s currently filming in the beautiful surroundings of Camogli, Italy. And the aforementioned dashing male is Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, the actor who made a million women swoon with his saucy portrayal of Henry VIII in ‘The Tudors’. Oh yes, this is set to be dreamy...
But forget the film; the sight of the windswept model kitted out in hacking jacket + jodhpurs is the final confirmation Grazia Daily needs to convince us equestrian style is hot to trot. Just last month, Jean Paul Gaultier took the luxurious reins for S/S ‘11, sending fetishistic riding crops down the catwalk at Hermes and Dior’s A/W ‘10 women sported John Galliano’s longtime love for country clothes. As for the high street, American Apparel is flogging jodhpurs galore and we've already gone crazy for walkably-wearable riding boots.
What’s more, is Natalia reminding anyone else of Charlotte Casiraghi? The daughter of Monaco's Princess Caroline and granddaughter of Grace Kelly is the ultimate equestrienne and is currently playing a part in Gucci’s dressing of the horsey set. So we say saddle up, ladies, and clippety-clop onto the bandwagon sharpish.
- Jessica Vince