Last night I was at the launch of the latest Silhouette Futura sunglasses and if you have read my review then you probably know I am a huge fan of the range and cannot wait to wear my pair out and about! For this campaign Silhouette chose Tail Lennox to be the face of Futura 2014. Recognise the name? Sounds familiar? Well that is because she is the daughter of British singer and song writer Annie Lennox.
Tali was chosen by Silhouette because of her young spirit and she really shows off the futuristic yet retro style of the Futura well. The campaign was shot by possibly one of the most famous photographers, Peter Lindbergh. Peter has shot for Vogue, Vanity fair, The New Yorker and has made portraits for Mick Jagger, Tina Turner and John Travolta just to name a few. During the photoshoot in LA the Silhouette team had a quick chat with Tali and asked her all things fashion, her mum Annie and of course eyewear. Heres how it went…
How many big campaigns have you been involved in so far?
I don’t really count the big campaigns that I’ve done, to be honest. There have been quite a few… the first big campaign that I did was Topshop, and then I’ve done campaigns also including Burberry, Club Monaco and now Silhouette. It’s kind of hard to keep track. I’m not very good at keeping track of everything I do. I just go with the flow. But then sometimes you have to stop, and it’s nice to look back at old photos and be grateful for all the different experiences you’ve had. It’s quite surreal.
Is this the first campaign you’ve shot with Peter Lindbergh?
It is. I was so excited when I found out I was shooting with him, he’s such an iconic photographer, and I think he just gets such an amazing aesthetic of femininity and woman and nature. It’s such an honour, really. Sometimes I have to remind myself how lucky I am.
Does any particular moment stand out for you from today’s shoot?
It’s a magical moment to be at this seafront, with these space-age mirrors, and grass and water; you kind of feel these elements come in. I think what’s also magic is that you can work with someone who’s done really, really well for such a long time and they’re so modest, and he laughed so much, and he’s got such a youthful soul and character that it’s inspiring. I hope that if I continue to work so much and if I can retain that sense of youthfulness that he has then I’ll be happy.
And do sunglasses play a specific role in your life?
Yes, I’m getting more and more into sunglasses. I like how sunglasses can add a lot of quirkiness to an outfit. That’s why I love the Futura sunglasses, because they’re different and they’ve got character. I’m a big fan of very thin lenses, and I love tinted lenses too. My favourites are pink-tinted sunglasses, and I have yellow tinted ones too. What I love about these sunglasses is that they’re so light to wear. I don’t like to feel like I’ve got something heavy on my face. These feel comfortable, and add a whole different element to an outfit. It’s great and it’s good to dress differently with them.
Would you wear them out and about?
I will be wearing them in my private life —I love this whole style, it’s futuristic yet retro space style. I’ve been very inspired by the styling and the sunglasses in this shoot. It’s bad, I’m going to go and buy more clothes . . .
Whose style are you inspired by?
I live in the east village in New York, and what I love seeing there are the elderly people. People in their seventies or eighties, who are often the best dressed as they maintain their style. I love this style from a while back. So for me, those are the people I actually see with the best style: people who just have integrity, know who they are, and have got confidence.
And how would you describe your own style?
It changes a lot, it’s pretty eclectic. I love to buy vintage clothes and second hand clothes. I like to mix it up. I like retro dressing, I kind of like Lolita style. I like to wear a big range of colours. Recently I’ve really liked Americana style. It changes all the time, I don’t like to stick to one style. I don’t really know exactly what my identity is every single day. I go with my mood.
You are one of the new IT girls aren’t you? How do you handle that?
I don’t think about it to be honest. Most of my friends aren’t in any kind of scene. I don’t look at myself as an ‘It Girl’. As long as I’m seen in a good light, and I come across as a nice person and people can know that I’m genuine, that’s about it. Apart from that, I don’t think about it.
Who taught you how to handle success?
I always look to my mum for advice. She’s always very, very encouraging and she’s very grounded, so she’s the person who encourages me even when I feel insecure – which everyone does at some point.
Did your mother tell you about the ‘70s when the original design of the Futura was made?
Yes – I guess because she lived through that time – my mum has always encouraged us to push style out a bit and being quirky and experimental. She’s definitely taught me a lot about personal style and second hand clothing.
You have a certain idea of 70’s style?
love it! I wish I could go back in time. For me, my favourite style times are the late 60’s, early 70’s style.
What do you think eyewear could look like in the near future?
I love the glasses, I think it’s great if you can have sunglasses that give you a new perspective – that’s why I love coloured lenses. I was just at Burning Man, and they were handing out these glasses that, when you put them on, all the lights suddenly go ‘phshhhhhh!’ It’s really visually exciting. I think it would be really cool if you could buy sunglasses and choose to put slots in to see certain things. You could put in different frames to look at life differently, and see things differently. I think that would be really fun, and pretty futuristic. That’s a good idea, I should do that.
Your personal plans for the future?
I have a lot of different plans for the future. I model, but also do a lot of painting. That’s a big passion of mine that I definitely want to do more and more of. I’d love to do a bit writing, maybe try journalism. I do some acting classes that I enjoy. I’d love to do some charity work. I want to do as many things as I can, so long as I can do them well and be passionate about them.
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