Complex News’ Tamara Dhia got a chance to crash supermodel Bella Hadid‘s Nike Cortez campaign shoot in Hollywood and the two talked about her newly-found sneaker obsession and what it’s like always hanging with Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin and sister Gigi Hadid.
Bella Hadid is sitting cross-legged in her private bungalow—a sanctuary of sorts for the model, amidst a packed day of shooting the Nike Cortez campaign around Hollywood. “If I overwork my body, I can tell almost instantly,” Hadid divulges as she sweeps her dark hair to one side. “I used to just blow it over and keep working, but now I know I need to take a break. I need to be able to take some ‘me’ time throughout the day, because it can get hectic.”
Hadid’s been on a seemingly endless world tour—always on a runway, starring in infinite campaigns, baring legs on the red carpet of Cannes, and peppering in much-needed paradisiacal vacations with her equally clouted best friends. And while she’s always does overtly glamorous things, she almost always rather be in sneakers. “I love wearing a pair of Levi’s with a t-shirt. The [Nike] Cortez is amazing on its own, but to be able to put it with any outfit is so cool. You can mix and match it with a black dress or Levi’s or sweatpants—whatever you want,” she tells us. “I probably have fifty pairs of sneakers. I need to start donating them, I feel bad having that many.”
It only feels a bit ironic that we find ourselves talking about balance with the model during the few minutes she has for lunch between shoots. But it doesn’t seem to phase her. “Right now I don’t have a lot of time to do anything,” she laughs while twirling the gold signet ring on her finger. “I used to love going to yoga on Thursday nights to just chill and breathe, and have an hour to not think about anything but myself.”
While she claims to not be “really big on exercising,” Hadid tries to stick to a few healthy habits nonetheless. “When I first wake up in the morning, I always have my lemon water. It just feel a little healthier than drinking regular water,” she says. “I feel better when I have a lot of greens and drink juices. When I eat badly for a while, I need to do a Monday-Wednesday cleanse to be able to flush everything out and detox.” But extremes aren’t really her thing—although she does confess to trying out a particularly intense cleanse once, “I’ve done some crazy shit. This lemon cayenne juice cleanse is next level. It doesn’t sound crazy and then once you’re in it and you’re like, ‘What is life? What is going on?’”
Hadid openly struggles with Lyme Disease, an autoimmune disease, which she’s said often leaves her bedridden. She credits a healthy lifestyle for giving her the energy she needs to make it through her day. “My body can’t handle aggressive workouts. [For me] it’s more about being the best I can be, not about losing weight. [Weight-loss] comes naturally, but it is about being fit and feeling strong. When I wake up in the morning and I don’t feel strong, I feel like I shouldn’t even get out of bed.”
The 2017 Cannes Film Festival red carpet continues to heat up with Rihanna and Bella Hadid making their way up the Palais des Festivals steps tonight for the première of “Okja” starring Tilda Swinton — both dressed in Dior. (The night’s leading lady opted for a custom gown by her go-to designer and bosom buddy, Haider Ackermann.)
“Cannes is where all of fashion and entertainment comes together,” said Hadid, fresh from the makeup chair of Dior’s Peter Philips. “It’s one of the most beautiful red carpets in the world, but there’s also the most incredible light here,” added Hadid who wore a quilted red gown from the house’s spring couture collection.
Her favorite movie is ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ she said, adding “It’s generic, but such a beautifully made movie.” So does she have any acting aspirations? “For sure, one day. I’m really bad at memorizing words, so that’s something I have to figure out,” said Hadid. “But it’s such an incredible career, and if I’m lucky enough to get into it eventually, I’d be so happy.”
One look at model Bella Hadid‘s Instagram account and you’d be forgiven for feeling a bit dizzy with jet lag, such is her enviable lifestyle traveling around the world every other week. In recent weeks, the 20-year-old has been spotted driving sports cars in Dubai, posing for photos on a yacht with her friends off the shore of the famous Atlantis the Palm hotel, doing promo for her latest Dior make-up collaboration in London and storming the Met Gala runway in a see-through Alexander Wang catsuit in New York.
Just last week she was seen posing on a jet ski alongside her BFF and fellow model, Kendall Jenner, during a quick getaway to an undisclosed exotic location, before flying back to London to celebrate the launch of her clothing line, Chrome Hearts +Bella, at Selfridges. However, if Bella’s Instagram has you thinking she spends the majority of her time on flights across the world, dressed in figure-flaunting bikinis and catching the sunrays with her famous BFFs, think again. It’s all a ruse, according to the Californian model.
‘It’s crazy because it looks like I have a lot of downtime and vacations, especially when people look at my pictures online,’ Hadid told Compelo.
And there’s us thinking she’d acquired a Harry Potter-inspired Time-Turner type device, helping her flit between time zones and golden sandy beaches.
The New York-based star also revealed her ‘real intense’ work ethic, that sees her working flat out for several months, with barely anytime for rest and relaxation.
‘People think that in between I have so much time off but I only ever take two days off every two weeks, at the maximum.
‘I’m a workaholic. I will go somewhere so that I can breathe and really take a break and get my thoughts back together before I have to go back to everything,’ she admits.
While it’s a wee bit hard to sympathise with someone whose job sees them traveling across the world to the most luxurious spots, dining in the best restaurants and meeting some of the world’s most important power-players, you have to hand it to Bella, it sounds like a pretty tiresome lifestyle.
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Last week’s Rei Kawakubo-themed Met Gala prompted numerous stars to eschew the safe confines of mermaid dresses and Disney princess gowns, including Bella Hadid – whose Alexander Wang bodysuit was one of the night’s most talked-about looks.
The sheer piece featured all-over beading with a plunging back and an off-the-shoulder neckline. However, Hadid says it didn’t come without its challenges.
“It was nerve-wracking,” she told us. “I couldn’t pee because I was sewn in from the top. I put my foot in the wrong part of the leotard at one point, so I had to take it off and put it back on again. It was hassle, but worth it.“
The model – who today launched her debut fashion collection for LA label Chrome Hearts – says she handled the piece with understandable trepidation.
“Alex [Wang] made just one piece for me and didn’t really give me a choice,” she laughed. “Once I put it on, I loved it. He knew I’d be worried to wear it, but he wanted to put me in that piece so I obviously wasn’t going to say no to him. I trusted him and we worked it out together. It was definitely a moment for me because when would I have thought to wear a catsuit on the Met Gala red carpet?“
Nerves aside, Hadid is pleased that she didn’t play it safe. Ultimately, it was the perfect occasion, given the event and the theme, to go bold and experiment.
“If there’s any event that you’re going to be daring at, it’s the Met,” she said. “I was worried because it is a very prestigious carpet and a lot of fashion people were going to be there. I was worried about wearing a catsuit when other people were wearing full gowns, but fashion is about taking risks and I wore a crystallised full bodysuit to the Met Ball. I guess that was the risk that I took and it was really fun.”
The advantages of wearing a catsuit on the red carpet (aside than looking incredible in front of your ex and his new girlfriend – always a plus regardless of whether you’re on good terms or not) is that, unlike more rigid gowns, you can actually move in it.
“It was also really comfortable,” she said. “When you watch videos from the night, I’m literally skipping on the red carpet – I was the one person who could actually sprint on the red carpet, so that was pretty ace.“
As for the night itself, it sounds pretty unforgettable. Hadid found herself at the head table in front of the stage (“I don’t how it happened”) with Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky, Alexander Wang, Amy Schumer, Jake Gyllenhaal and Madonna.
“I had so much fun from the moment I got on the red carpet until the moment it all ended,” she said. “I was with the best group of people. I talked to so many people… I laughed for four hours straight. It was just the most amazing night.“
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Bella Hadid has got the Midas touch. Everything the supermodel turns her hand to seems to be an instant success, whipping her 12million strong Instagram army into a frenzy. It’s no surprise then that Los Angeles-based brand Chrome Hearts have tapped Bella for their latest collaboration. But this isn’t a case of a celebrity just putting their face to a brand, the supermodel has been firm friends with the owners and designers of Chrome Hearts – Laurie Lynn and Richard Stark – since she was a child, and counts their daughter, fellow designer Jesse Jo Stark as one of her best friends.
This much-hyped foray into design feels “natural” says Bella, designing clothes was always at the back of her mind. And as time went by she got more confident with it according to Laurie Lynn Stark. “I remember she brought in a sketch and was like, “I don’t know if we can actually make this” but then bam! – it got made. Bella really worked through the whole process, from the sketching to the fit to the business side.”
The collection, drawing from Warhol muses, the New York art scene in the 60s and 90s movies, features leather mini skirts, cropped hoodies, PVC hats, black cashmere skinny cardigans and a standout leopard print bondage inspired coat – a piece that was dreamt up by Bella but one that she never thought would make it to the shop floor.
And this first step into design is just the beginning. “Now it’s about Bella watching people’s reactions and seeing what sells and improving upon that for next time,” says Laurie Lynn. “We always hope that she stays and isn’t too busy to not move forward! Bella and Jesse bring a lot of attention to Chrome Hearts that’s needed, it keeps our legacy going.”
Bella, how did this collaboration start for you, what was the design process?
We’ve been family friends for a long time and Jesse and I have always had the same style, we’ve been wearing items like this since high school. She’s been perfecting this style since then and I’ve always looked up to her for fashion advice so once we started throwing ideas back and forth we realised that it would be amazing to do a collaboration together. I love designing, I always have. I love making pieces for friends and family and then seeing them wear them.
Did design feel like a natural progression following your modelling career?
I’ve always loved designing, so yeah it did. A couple of dresses that I’ve worn in the past on red carpets have been pieces that I’ve helped to design but having a collection like this feels incredible. The Starks are so lenient with me too, they’ve given me room to grow and I’ve learnt so much about the process behind a collection. Plus I’ve always loved Chrome Hearts, the designs are iconic.
What are your earliest memories of fashion?
My mom has always been a fashion inspiration for me and she’s always loved clothes but it wasn’t ever about how much she had or what she had, but the pieces that she kept – the special ones. She always told me that she was keeping the best stuff for me and my sister and that’s made me do the same, I always keep beautiful pieces. I love collecting. I never want to put out anything that I don’t fully back and trust and love, but I’ve always worn Chromes Hearts and loved what the brand stood for, that’s why this feels so natural for me
The collection is inherently sexy, did you want to celebrate female sexuality with your designs?
I don’t think it’s so much about female sexuality because what I think is so great about the collection is that a lot of it can be worn by men and women. It’s a women’s collection but guys love the bombers and the hoodies. The skirts are definitely sexy but that’s an ode to the 90s and old school Chrome Hearts. The bondage jacket was more of a thought I had that I can’t believe made it into production! It’s not so much about sex though, it’s a powerful, statement piece – being cool and comfortable in yourself but being a badass at the same time.
You’ve said that the collection combines strength and femininity, two traits that haven’t always been considered mutually exclusive. Why did you want to play up both?
With everything that is happening now with feminism I think it’s ridiculous for people to say, “oh that’s a boy’s hoody”, or “that’s a girl’s hoody” – if you’re a guy and you want to wear a cropped hoody then go for it. But that’s also Chrome Heart’s legacy – they’ve been fluid for thirty years. It’s about a women being able to put on a tough men’s leather jacket but still look sexy in it. That’s the best part about Chrome Hearts and that’s what we’ve really tried to keep within the collection.
And you’ve referenced the 90s and 60s too, what was on your mood board?
It was a wide variety. Jesse and I love movies – Jesse constantly has Breakfast At Tiffany’s playing on the TV and we watch a lot of 60s movies. It’s all about the details though, we might pick out a collar on a jacket from (90s movie) Cry Baby or a tiny detail from a ’96 Alaia collection and be inspired by that. Then we put all of these points together and try and create something different.
Does being old friends add a point of difference to the collection, a personal touch?
Definitely. Chrome Hearts is family to me, and growing up we were all so close – Laurie is like my second mom. I think if someone else came in and asked them to make this crazy expensive jacket they wouldn’t necessarily listen to them but with me there is trust there, and we can then talk about it and expand my ideas. There’s really no boundaries of what we can do together – and that’s because the trust is there.
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If you were proud of yourself for hitting the gym yesterday, Bella Hadid is here to one-up your New Year’s resolution. The model rang in 2017 by landing her first Fendi campaign, shot by none other than Karl Lagerfeld, of course.
The younger Hadid sister debuted the new ad on Instagram, writing, “what a dream come true to start off the new year!”
Featuring a muted color palette and romantic florals, the Spring 2017 ad is quite a contrast from Fendi’s previous campaign starring Kendall Jenner in bold colors and colorful furs.
After having an incredible year as one of 2016’s most in-demand models and closing Fendi’s 90th anniversary couture show last July, Hadid landing her first campaign for the fashion house hardly comes as a surprise. Looks like she has no signs of slowing down in 2017.