Lara Stone’s relationship with Calvin Klein stretches back to the Spring 2007 runway shows, where the Dutch model, in her breakout season, scored a New York exclusive with the house.
Since then, the gap-toothed Stone—now one of the highest-paid models in fashion–has been the face of the brand, fronting everything from jeans and push-up bras to the flagship collection. She most recently leant her pillow lips and well-documented figure (Karl Lagerfeld told Interview magazine: “She made shape trendy and invented a kind of new girly femininity.”) to the newly-refreshed ads for Calvin Klein’s Euphoria fragrance.
We chatted with Stone, who recently announced that she was expecting her first child with husband David Walliams, about working on the Euphoria campaign, her life and style inspirations, and why she never makes New Year’s resolutions.
You’ve been with Calvin Klein for a few years now. What’s that relationship been like for you?
It’s been really great because these days it’s quite rare for a model and a fashion house to work together for numerous years in a row. It’s been really nice, I think for both sides, to be able to really grow into our relationship and to work together like a family. It’s really special.
You’ve been a kind of muse for Calvin Klein Collection creative director Francisco Costa. How is it to work with him?
He’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. He’s also one of the nicest people in the industry to work with. The Brazilian in him really comes out because he’s so warm, and funny, and caring, and all those lovely things. He’s also so great at his job and he’s got such a wonderful vision. It’s very inspiring to be around him.
What was it like working with Mert & Marcus on the set of the Euphoria campaign?
Oh, it was great! I was very, very touched to be offered this job because it’s such an iconic perfume, but I was quite nervous to redo it. The video turned out to be amazing, and the pictures were great so I really love the outcome.
The atmosphere on set was really easy going and we just had fun with it. Everyone was really encouraging and excited about the project. There were a lot of different set options and different lights to help us get the right kind of mood, which was about being sensual, sexy and provocative.
Whether in life or in style, who are the people that inspire you?
I have to say Carine Roitfeld is an inspiration to me because I love her as a person and as someone to work with, which isn’t always the same thing. She’s obviously very iconic with her style and the way she dresses, but she’s also one of the warmest and loveliest people I’ve ever worked with. I really do admire her a lot.
How would you describe your personal style?
I’d say my style is pretty easy going. I’m definitely a more dressed down kind of girl in daily life. Like, I don’t really feel like tottering around in high heels all day long or in dresses, so I’ll usually wear jeans and some flats. I kind of dress for comfort but I’ll try to look nice for events.
The holidays are coming up–what is the best gift you’ve ever received?
It’s difficult because I’ve been really, really lucky with my husband who always seems to know exactly what I love the most. He’s very good at finding really special, personal gift. I can’t pick just one.
What about the best gift you’ve ever given?
Probably when I got our puppy [Bert, a Border Terrier]. It wasn’t a present but it did make everybody really happy.
Do you ever make New Year’s resolutions?
I try not to.
It’s never really worked, the whole New Year’s resolutions, and I’ve already quit everything you could quit so I’m kind of done with that. [In 2009, Stone sought treatment for alcohol abuse.] I’m actually quite happy with where I am in life so I feel I don’t really need any.