Agyness Deyn’s catwalk comeback.
After four years since the last time Agyness Deyn strode down a catwalk with her peroxide pixie cut, punk edginess and rebellious attitude, the British fashion muse is back.
In 2012 the British fashion model, dubbed the XXI century’s Twiggy, officially announced she was swapping modelling for acting, and abandoned the runway to step on stages and sets. The 32-year-old finally re-emerged at Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent Paris Fashion Week show in a grunge-era Courtney Love tiara and ripped stockings. Her new look sees Deyn ditch her signature crop in favour of her au naturel caramel waves.
Deyn was discovered browsing in London’s Kentish Town district in 2006 with childhood friend Henry Holland and not long after made the cover of Vogue Italia. She was catapulted into the spotlight and has since starred in campaigns for Armani and Burberry and walked in countless catwalk shows. A Vogue favourite since day one, Deyn proved herself capable of bringing both rock ’n’ roll edge and an element of timeless elegance to her editorial work. The world instantly fell for the former chip-shop girl from Rossendale and eventually crowned her Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2008.
That same year i-D magazine featured her on its cover with the simple word “icon”; Zara commissioned mannequins inspired by her body and the tabloids couldn’t get enough of her. When she wasn’t on the catwalk, she was being photographed on the fashion week front rows, behind DJ decks with Alexa Chung or in the back of black cabs with Pixie Geldof.
In recent years, Deyn has avoided the media glare, choosing to quietly work on personal projects like her clothing line, Title A, an amalgamation of eclectic basics, uniforms and classic suiting for women available on Net-A-Porter. She also concentrated on her acting career, with roles in independent films rather than blockbusters. In 2012 she played a heroin-addicted stripper Pusher, and moved onto take the lead role in Electricity, based on the bestselling book by Ray Robinson, where she plays Lily, a young woman with epilepsy who is dealing with the fallout of a troubled family life.
Deyn might be about to make a serious comeback in both the fashion and acting worlds, with modelling work on the horizon and a role in the Coen brothers’ much-awaited forthcoming movie Hail, Caesar! opposite Channing Tatum, George Clooney, and Scarlett Johansson.