GRAZIA – Taking our daily scroll through Instagram this morning, we were delighted to spot some uber-chic snaps of Kendall Jenner. No, we’re not talking another photobooth shot from THAT wedding – but the latest coup in Kendall’s fashion ascent: a shoot in French Vogue. Tres bien, missy! The 18-year-old joins two fellow models in the photographs which were shot by the legendary Patrick Demarchelier and styled by Katie Grand. It’s yet another sparkling accolade to add to KJ’s CV – but what’s the up-and-comer catwalker really like to work with? We grabbed a chat with Katie, LOVE Magazine’s Editor in Chief and a long-time Kendall supporter, to find out…
Grazia Daily: We love the shoot! What was the inspiration for the styling?
Katie Grand: We were shooting Pre-Fall looks – and we shot the day after the Paris shows ended so I added some winter accessories.
Grazia Daily: And why was Kendall chosen for the shoot?
Katie Grand: I’d worked with Kendall on the Marc [Jacobs] and Giles shows and she was such a pleasure. And was also obviously going to be such a “thing”. I also liked her being amongst my other favourite break out girls of the season, it goes exactly against what you would imagine her to do.
Grazia Daily: Indeed. She also seems very open to try new looks – what would you love to see her wearing?
Katie Grand: I’m happy to see her in high fashion, she looks great, she has a great figure and is easy to dress. She has long elegant limbs, she’s one of those giraffe phenomenas who walk in and look they were drawn that way.
Grazia Daily: How did she feel about making her Vogue Paris debut?
Katie Grand: I don’t know really, she sat patiently with all the other girls, waiting her turn, we had nine girls that day and she sat with them, getting her eyebrows bleached (again!). Just normal stuff.
Grazia Daily: What does she do to get in the posing zone?
Katie Grand: I’ve shot her since and we listened to 50 Cent.
Grazia Daily: Amazing! And how did she interact with the other models together on set?
Katie Grand: Just like normal girls. She’s good friends with Hailey Baldwin who’s really fun, we all hung out at Rihanna’s party after the Met Ball. They have a good time but have a really good work ethic – she was up first thing the day after for a shoot whereas we were all destroyed!
Grazia Daily: Kris Jenner is clearly very proud of her, being the first to Instagram the shots. Did she accompany Kendall on the shoot?
Katie Grand: No she didn’t. I haven’t met Kris but I’d love to, I had dinner with Kim right before the wedding and her and Kendall are quite similar, they take work really seriously, they’re fun and have a good time but work comes first, and they have the same gorgeous Bambi eyes.
Grazia Daily: Speaking of which, did Kendall mention anything about THE wedding?
Katie Grand: Kind of. I was such an idiot – I asked her what she was up to in the next few weeks and she said “well I’m off to Monaco, then Paris” so of course I said “for couture?”. And she was like “no, my sister’s wedding”. We couldn’t stop laughing.
Grazia Daily: What is it about Kendall that’s made her the fashion world’s new darling?
Katie Grand: Fashion always wants a new darling! She’s unique in wanting to turn her back on her celebrity when it comes to modelling, she’s with a smaller very respected agency called Society who work specifically with high end designers, photographers and stylists. It would have been easy for Kendall to go with a bigger agency and gone down a celebrity route but she wants to be taken seriously as a model just like the rest of them.
Grazia Daily: How would you describe her natural style?
Katie Grand: Skinny leather leggings, T-shirts, some Givenchy, some [Alexander] Wang. Good teenage style!
Grazia Daily: And what would you love to see her doing next?
Katie Grand: Anything really! As long as it’s good.
Grazia Daily: Something tells us it will be. Thanks Katie!