Bella Hadid Revisits Her Best Street Style Looks and Introduces Her Va-Va-Voom Alter Ego

Bella Hadid Revisits Her Best Street Style Looks and Introduces Her Va-Va-Voom Alter Ego

Bella Hadid’s outfits aren’t merely outfits, but rather a glimpse into her life. The September cover girl’s Life in Looks video is a mini autobiography, chronicling her entrance into the industry as well as the emotions that come with it. Following in her mother, Yolanda, and sister Gigi’s footsteps, Hadid started modeling and signed with IMG at the age of 16. Though it wasn’t until 2015 that Hadid truly began to blossom and become a household name. That year, Hadid attended the “China: Through the Looking Glass” Met gala with Topshop, a standout moment in which she wore a “short little dress.” Even early on, it was evident that Hadid would stand out from the fashion pack. Those vertiginous gold heels she wore with her Met gala dress? Hadid picked them out herself. “I had no shoes and I went to the Saint Laurent store and got them myself,” she says. “I still have them today.”

The supermodel considers the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 the beginning of her (still very much ongoing) bombshell streak. There, she walked the red carpet in an Alexandre Vauthier red silk slip dress with a thigh-high slit. “I look very sexual. I was still nervous about cameras and having a lot of makeup on and nervous about this slit,” says Hadid. “This was the start of the Bella persona that everyone sees in me.” She has named that alter ego Belinda. “I am just so the opposite of her,” she says. “She is very va-va-voom.”

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Hadid’s time on the runway is also iconic. A standout moment was when she closed the Fendi fall couture 2016 show at Karl Lagerfeld’s request. “I miss Karl a lot, but these moments are the reasons why I am so grateful I was able to meet him and have those moments with him,” she says. “I’ll have them forever.”

Hadid is also a street style star, with each look more midriff-baring and vintage-infused than the last. Fun fact: Hadid styles much of these very paparazzi-worthy moments herself, including the time she wore a Louis Vuitton monogram men’s cummerbund as an itty-bitty top. “I love to show a little skin,” she says.

Hadid is also known to trawl the Gen Z–beloved site, Depop. “I can buy things that no one else has,” she says. One recent find was a pink plaid Burberry skirt suit that she wore to the Cannes Film Festival. In the photo, she’s in full Cher Horowitz form posing in front of a picturesque sunset. “It makes me emotional because I am so happy in this picture. For the first time, and in my whole adult life, I feel at ease,” she says. “Compared to the girl who I saw in the beginning, she is so sad, and [now] she is so content and happy and I love to see that progression. I feel blessed that I made it out of that mental state that I was in for so many years, so it feels good and we love her!”

Director: Rom Bokobza

Director of photography: Emmanuella Zachariou

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Editor: Michael Suyeda and Daniel Poler

Producer: Naomi Nishi

Producer, on-set: Jordin Rocchi

Associate producer, on-set: Cecilia Sallusti

Hair: Evanie Frausto

Makeup: Miguel Ramos

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AC: Dan Stebbins

Gaffer: Devan Davies-Wood

Sound: Gabe Quiroga

Set design: Alice Martinelli

Production manager: Marilee Hodge

Senior director, talent casting: Helena Suric

Postproduction manager: Marco Glinbizzi

Shop Giambattista Valli’s Just-Released Beachy Capsule Collection

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How to gain access to the brand-new Giambattista Valli Beach Club? Well, with no actual location it’s not a club-club, per se; and admittance is really more about the adoption of a philosophy than the submitting of an application. All one has to do is shop the French couturier’s first-ever beach capsule collection, which drops in stores today with the help of Valli’s muse—and the beach club’s founding member, if you will—Bianca Brandolini.

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“A contemporary nomad, with her feminine, almost goddess-like appearance, juxtaposed with a tomboy attitude, she travels from one place to another, always equipped with a swimsuit in her suitcase, regardless of the season or destination she is traveling to next,” Valli says in describing Brandolini—a Parisian-born jet-set girl about many towns who hails from the aristocratic Italian Brandolini d’Adda clan—and the ideals possessed by her fellow club members.

Good thing Monsieur Valli is equipping her with six bathing suits–both bikinis and one-pieces. On these suits, and throughout the collection, is a lovely blue and white floral pattern and a logo that reads more like a motif than a monogram—scrolling V’s evoke the “beautiful iron-wrought gates of Southern Italy’s villas as well as the enameled flower prints, an echo of the Amalfi Coast ‘Maiolica’ terraces,” says Valli in a release.

The Amalfi is a great place to debut any one of the pieces in the collection, which includes straw bags, floral bucket hats, and flowing shirt dresses that can take you from the pool deck to a cocktail party with a swipe of lipstick. It’s a tight edit that could store easily in someone’s carry-on and outfit them completely for their next holiday in the sun. Sport the elegant black one-piece, cut in a boat neck, beneath an unbuttoned caftan swirling with florals; and when you get to the beach, toss your dress off and into your straw bag. It all arrives just in time for the announcement that vaccinated Americans should soon be able to travel throughout Europe this summer.

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As for Brandolini, dressing for holidays is more a state of mind than a reality at the moment, but the pieces are so transportive it’s the next best thing. She loves a midi-length white dress (on top, it looks like a T-shirt with rolled-up sleeves; at bottom, it’s a full skirt evoking Audrey’s in Roman Holiday). But what Brandolini appreciates most, and what draws her to Valli, is the seasonless-ness of it all. She first met Valli years ago, when he was dressing her mother; it wasn’t long before Brandolini the younger was fit for her own couture pieces. “You know those statement pieces that you have in mind and you can say, OK, that’s summer 2021, or that print is resort?” she asks. “Giambattista was never into that. He really has his point of view and his own way of seeing fashion.”

What’s been the highlight of Brandolini’s campaign process? The shoot itself, which took place back in November in a studio in Paris. Venturing to the beach itself wasn’t feasible (due to COVID restrictions and the time of year), so the team made do and Mr. Valli was on hand to splash Brandolini with water to mimic waves. “He was splashing me with buckets of cold water,” Brandolini recalls, “I almost think he was enjoying it!” But soon enough, she reassures Vogue, she’ll be able to get back to a beach—and when she does, she’ll be wearing Valli.

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