Irina Lazareanu: The Latest Major Model Turned Designer

The roster of models-turned-designers just got longer. Mannequin-cum-musician Irina Lazareanu is finally launching her clothing line, which Derek Blasberg spilled the beans on back in March. Called Rini, the line is slated to be “launching in September in Japan under the Baroque umbrella,” says casting agent Natalie Joos, who got the latest scoop on Lazareanu’s line. “The collection is primarily based on vintage and will include flapper dresses, little jackets, seventies flower skirts and shirts,” Joos added.

Considering Lazareanu’s rock ‘n roll appeal–skinny jeans and leather are everyday staples–she’s likely to garner a similar reception as fellow self-styled models-turned-designers like Erin Wasson and Kate Moss. Whether or not Seibu, the Japanese department store with whom Lazareanu has partnered on the line, will stock the wares outside of Japan, however, remains to be seen.

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