It would seem there are two Cara Delevingnes.
On the cover of Vogue’s September issue, she looks every inch the campaign-commanding model. All eyebrows and cheekbones, Delevingne is polished in fall Proenza Schouler, her collection of tattoos (16 in total) all hidden. Then there is off-duty Cara; free spirit Cara, oddball Cara (her crazy faces on Instagram prove it), the Cara who gets the word “bacon” tattooed on her foot — as she did last week — the Cara who “embraces her weirdness,” as her Instagram bio details. The real Cara (or at least a carefully crafted public persona).
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But when professional and real Cara meet, such as at Monday night’s cocktail event at Mulberry’s SoHo store to toast her collaboration with the brand, the results can be, well, weird. The party itself was perfectly charming. The space was brimming with handbags, gold balloons and hunky waiters. Sartorially, Delevingne looked the professional part: gracious host, elegant in a ladylike blouse, leather leggings and a camouflage-print bag from the collaboration. She dutifully posed with fans for both real and iPhone lenses, making sure the bag was prominent in each shot. But after 15 or so minutes of that, the heels were off (literally). She retreated barefoot to a private alcove toward the back of the store, where she stayed put for the rest of the party to the disappointment of her many waiting fans. There, she pounced on every passing tray of food, making a particularly wild face when a batch of mini hamburgers made its round. When a rowdy friend in her clique spilled her appletini on her pant leg, Delevingne crouched down to lick the soaked fabric. “Yummy,” she said, grinning.
She came back to the party when her sister Poppy arrived, so the two could pose for another portrait session. After several minutes of posing, it seemed that the lady of the evening was finally ready to speak to reporters. “Don’t stick your recorder in her face, though,” a handler instructed before WWD was brought over. “Can you actually just not use a recorder and remember what she says?”
It wouldn’t be all that difficult to recall what Delevingne said, even without a recorder. Asked what the hardest part of the design process was, Delevingne said, “There wasn’t one.” What did she hope to accomplish with the line? “A backpack that was for the modern-day woman.” Hey, what’s more professional than parroting tidbits memorized from the press release?