Silvia Morres’s face is familiar to anyone who loves fashion. As a model, She hit every milestone, from working with the best photographers to serving as the face of major luxury brands like Chanel and Prada.
Words & Photographs by Philipp Jelenska
Thanks to the revival of brands like Paco Rabanne, chainmail has been given a whole new life since it made waves in the futuristic Space Age–inspired collections of the 1960s. In The Row’s stately minimalist attire, Van der Wal looks worlds away from the femme fatale she once played in VS’s catalogs, but the new look suits her current status.
“Evolving in fashion has made me realize the power of images.”
In the mid-2000s, “model off-duty” meant a standard uniform: A leather jacket, white tee or tank top, skinny jeans, and biker boots. It was slightly grunge, seriously no frills, and easy for pretty much anyone to pull off. Fast-forward almost a decade later, and thanks to the surge in social media, most models take every opportunity to taut their personal brand with attention-getting ensembles.
And as the second age-appropriate model turned savvy businesswoman to grace The Row’s collections—former model and present beauty entrepreneur Linda Rodin fronted their Pre-Fall 2014 lookbook—Van der Wal represents much more than a “where are they now” moment.
Now they gleefully cast off their garter belts, their bullet bras, their nasty sheer stockings, and popped into Mary’s minis, bloomers, baby dolls, shiny flat boots, see-through raincoats, removable plastic collars, crazy pj’s, and cardigans long enough—but just barely!—to double as dresses.
In The Row’s stately minimalist attire, Van der Wal looks worlds away from the femme fatale she once played in VS’s catalogs, but the new look suits her current status.