left: full look Chanel
right: shirt Margaret Howell; trousers Barbara Casasola
Tallulah Harlech grew up in the Wales countryside, far from the stylish epicenters of London and Paris, but hardly removed from fashion’s influence entirely.
After all, her mother is Amanda Harlech, the celebrated model and muse to Karl Lagerfeld and a legendary stylist in her own right. When asked if the distance from the fashion- conscious urban centers has affected her style, she muses, “Possibly because of my childhood of being kind of rough and ready, climbing trees and such, there’s a semi-athleticism or semi-practicality I’ve noticed within my fashion choices that I carry to this day.”
She elaborates, “Loosely there’s some kind of ‘90s minimalism that I’m attracted to, in that “90s androgynous way, that Calvin Klein from way back then.” And these fashion choices are significant, as she has entered the family business so to speak, having styled several covers and editorials for avantgarde fashion magazines such as Pop and Garage.
“It’s almost like I was an apprentice in fashion since I was really young,” Tallulah explains, “because I would be with [my mom] at the studio and shows.”
A self- described late-bloomer to styling, Tallulah explains the shift, “by the time I got into my 20s, I began to fall in love with fashion. I needed to have a bit of time and a maturity to come to grips with it.” Eventually, she came to realize that she could overcome the inevitable comparisons to her mother and create a distinct style that reflected her own aesthetic. In fact, Tallulah has decided to take the experience of following in her mother’s footsteps as the jumping-off point for a larger discussion.
She is currently working on a documentary that explores a subject that has for better or worse affected her own life and career: nepotism. She’s fascinated by the idea of how one’s surroundings and influences shape career choices as opposed to innate forces. “This documentary is about different people that are emulating what one of their parents did.” She wants to investigate the “psychological questions about why each and every one of us got into the industry because of nepotism,” and how it has been painful or successful. “Because there are pitfalls for everyone – whether they talk about it or not.” Over the next two years, she hopes to expand her story to include others with undoubtedly insightful perspectives – Sofia Coppola and Sean Lennon, for example. “I don’t want it to be glossy. I’m interested in the fragility, the toughness, the judgement, the fear, the shame, whether or not it was something about pleasing our parent.”
Tallulah speaks most passionately about acting, which she calls her number one love. “Acting is what I’m trained to do,” she notes of her studies at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. She plans to balance her acting ambitions alongside her budding fashion career, though it’s clear that acting has been in her heart since childhood. “I wasn’t like my mom, who from the age of 11 was cutting things out and making patterns in designs. I was far more interested in being characters, acting.” She reveals that “Independent cinema is where I want to be,” and dreams of working on challenging projects for directors like Lars von Trier. With her hands deep in several creative pots, Tallulah is forging her own path.
left: coat Margaret Howell; shirt Copson; trousers Barbara Casasola
right: jacket Copson; trousers Hugo Boss