Hailee Steinfeld might be the star of the Autumn Winter Miu Miu adverts, surrounded by glittery shoes other stuff that girlish teenage dreams are made of, (no surpise to us that Hailee has chummed up with precocious teen-slash-fashionista Tavi) so, in the typical Mrs Prada style, the upcoming campaign – Miu Miu resort 2012 - is a complete change of model mood. We go from the 14 year old True Grit actress to someone completely different. Have you heard of Guinevere van Seenus? Just like grey-haired edgy modelling sensation Kristen McMenamy, she was big news in the Nineties, including the fact she was photographer Paolo Roversi's muse. He even published a book of photos of her; although for Miu Miu, David Sims manned the lens. Was this because fashion fans were unsure that a young teenager was the best person to sell them expensive designer frocks? Or is it a mere coincidence?
Guinevere was born in September 1977 in Washington DC – so she is 34. Her most prolific years of modelling were the late Nineties and early 2000’s, and she was nominated for Model of the Year in 1996. She has always been big stuff with the more directional style magazines, the brilliant French titles Numero and L'Officiel as well as various VOGUES. She has been having something of a resurgence recently with an editorial in LOVE magazine with photography duo Mert and Marcus as well as THIS amazingly creepy atmospheric shoot for Another with none other than Paolo Roversi. AND she featured in the recent W editorial of fake ads too!
Unlike Kirsten Menmenamy though, we don’t think she seems to be flying the flag for older women in fashion. Even though she is 20 years older than young whippersnapper Hailee, she doesn’t have a wrinkle or a grey strand in sight . . . just like she used to, Guinevere has a very other-worldly look, almost like a spooky mannequin come to life. Coo-well.
- Naomi Attwood