Camille Rowe kept the first skinny jeans, which she bought 11 years ago, in top condition. She wears them to this day. The model, who grew up in Paris before moving to New York in 2010, laughs as she remembers the story – how she came to the east coast at the age of 20 and immediately bought the super tight pants. They come from Seven For All Mankind – a coincidence because Rowe is now the face of the brand’s latest campaign, shot by photographer Dan Martensen in Los Angeles. Rowe, who says she was lucky enough to return to France “for a minute” over the summer and vacation, spent the entire pandemic in Los Angeles after plans to film a job in New York were postponed . “I was on my way to the airport when it started getting scary,” she recalls. “I received a call 10 minutes before I arrived in LAX. So I turned around and stayed in LA. “
Since then, she has been working with Seven, a company that she says corresponds exactly to her stylistic sentiments. Jeans are a big part of their regulated daytime uniform, which consists of pants and a cashmere sweater. (She adheres to it religiously.) “I’m a big denim person,” she says. In her Style Notes interview, Rowe talks about wearing tortoiseshell glasses as a kid, her deep love for Faye Dunaway’s fashion sense, and why she saved up to buy a house instead of fancy clothes.
Tell me about the filming of the “Seven for All People” campaign. Was it done remotely?
No, the photo shoot was in person – obviously everyone had a Covid test before, and there are a lot of safety measures in place. But I enjoyed shooting in person again. We were shooting in the middle of nowhere, about an hour from my current location in LA. I’m good friends with Dan Martensen, and I’ve been shooting with him since I was a teenager, so it felt like friends hanging out.
Do you have a favorite pair of jeans that you will remember all your life?
A couple of couples. I’ve had denim for a long time. I’m always looking for another perfect pair, but I think if you can find a good vintage cut that suits you, you’ll keep it forever. Denim really adapts to your body – the longer you have it, the more special it becomes. So I held onto my jeans for a long time.
What’s your outfit for a day off?
I like pants more than anything – either good denim or pants. I like men’s pants very much. I walk on the cold side so I always wear a sweater and I like nice cashmere.
Describe your style in three words.
Oh boy. My style in three words … shit. Oh excuse me I would say “timeless”, but I don’t want to sound pretentious – but really, I don’t like anything that is too trendy. And I want to say “comfort” but I don’t necessarily think you should always be comfortable in your jeans … and I want to say “chic” but it isn’t – higher up if that makes sense.
Courtesy Seven For All Mankind
What was the last fashion purchase you made?
I bought a black cashmere sweater from The Row. I’ll wear the same sweater until he retires and then I’ll buy another one.
What’s the best fashion tip you got on set?
I would never think about layering: a shirt that pokes out the bottom of a sweater, or a color from a pair of socks. But the stylists on set showed me the different ways to wear clothes, which made me think about the layering aspect. Otherwise I wouldn’t have thought of it.
Do you have a favorite pop culture fashion moment?
My biggest inspiration when it comes to clothing is often movies. I especially love Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen on The Thomas Crown Affair. Actually, they in everything: Network, Chinatown, Bonnie and Clyde. Musicians are also a great inspiration for me: whether The Factory and The Velvet Underground or David Bowie or Mick Jagger. And not that I was there when they were together, but Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston, their attitude together.
How was your style as a teenager?
Frankly, not too far from how it is now. My dad is a huge vintage fanatic so he really enjoyed dressing up his daughters. We always wore vintage Levi’s and lots of Army shirts. I remember when I needed glasses, my dad said, “Oh, we’re going to get you these cool turtle shells, big, oversized glasses.” I’m 13 years old and people are like, “What’s your business?” At the time I thought these suck – but I looked damn cool! And although I now wear a lot of pants, I feel a bit more feminine today than I did when I was a teenager.
What did the other children wear when you were growing up?
You wore a lot of Miss Sixty. And Avril Lavigne was popular, so I saw a few people in ties and white tank tops. I also remember a friend of mine wore these little pink ballerinas with cherries and huge bell bottoms.
To be honest, that sounds really fancy.
I think we did well somehow. At least when it came to my pals, I wasn’t too shocked by what people were wearing. Maybe I just didn’t think about it.
What style of friend or designer do you admire most?
I think my friends and I have really different styles. In general, I admire someone who just sticks to their thing – I’m really happy with a uniform. I think my friend Brett is dressed well.
What is he wearing?
Jeans and a t-shirt [laughs]. But, you know what? He’s going to rock a western suit which I think is pretty strong. To someone whose life isn’t that pieced together, it really looks pieced together, and I respect that.
Do you remember your first big fashion purchase?
I bought a vintage Chanel wallet and it was a big deal. But honestly, I was good with money – I saved up and bought an apartment, not too much expensive clothes or luxury goods. But I remember buying a vintage Chanel was a big deal. I still have it, it’s burgundy and gold. It’s really big – I don’t wear it that often, it’s a bit noisy.
What’s your biggest fashion regret?
I don’t regret too much. I think, if anything, I always played it safe. I was a little louder when I lived in New York just because my friends and I were out and about doing things so much. Since moving to LA, I just don’t do as much as I used to. Maybe it’s also because I’m older; I don’t have that many excuses for wearing an extravagant outfit. Maybe I just regret that time has passed.