The original Vetements muse, Paul Hameline is a blank canvas who can look like Marc Almond one minute and Charlotte Rampling the next. Here he talks blueberries, boredom and Balenciaga
A hot, sticky June evening in Paris and model Paul Hameline is at a party, drinking warm wine from a plastic cup. It’s men’s fashion week and Le Marais is thick with models fresh off the Dries Van Noten catwalk. Not Hameline, though. Blue-eyed, with echoes of Richard Hell, this model is alone, seeming borne, in a T-shirt that reads: No Heart Inside. He’s sacked off part of fashion week to be at the private party of photographer Pierre-Ange Carlotti’s exhibition. The T-shirt is by Carlotti.
He’s not actually bored. The coolest models tend to emit a certain ennui and Hameline is probably the coolest in fashion right now. Male supermodels are rare, and famous faces that departed from mainstream ideals are even rarer. They tend to be either cartoonish( David Gandy, Lucky Blue Smith) or anonymously good-looking( Sean O’Pry, Jon Kortajarena ). Vanity and grooming don’t sit well with smoking, basement parties and insouciance.
So Hameline is a rarity then. He’s the original Vetements muse and the collective’s influence constructs this important. His ascent has been exponential- he first strolled for Vetements in 2014 and has carefully picked every undertaking since. He models for only a handful of indicates: Marni, Prada, Balenciaga, JW Anderson.