Abbey Clancy moves from front row to film set with a role in celebrity hairdresser James Brown’s directorial debut in collaboration with Vauxhall
In this world, there are those who win Strictly Come Dancing and those who walk in Giles Deacon’s AW14 show. Rollacoaster covergirl Abbey Clancy has done both. She was also a runner-up on Britain’s Next Top Model, has been shot for Love (she cites Katie Grand as the one who helped her find her high fashion feet), is married to a footballer and has designed a range of dresses for Matalan. Yet, this isn’t all there is to her. For years, she has been somewhat of a groupie, following her brother John to gigs around the country where he sings and plays guitar in indie band The Razz.
When hairdresser James Brown began casting for The Vauxhalls – his filmic debut of a London band getting ready for a gig in collaboration with Vauxhall – she was an obvious choice: “I thought who’s young, who’s cool, who do I love and I thought of Abbey straight away.”
First seen in nothing but a pair of Marks & Spencer knickers, Abbey gets ready alongside her band and – unsurprisingly – puts as much effort into her outfit as rehearsing for their performance. Inspired by the aesthetic of the late Corinne Day, the film also employs the talents of her muse, stylist Tara St Hill. In celebration of British style, Abbey wears labels from Vivienne Westwood to Topshop. A touch of Saint Laurent is also present – she is meant to be in a band, after all.
With the chicest soundtrack (The Kills, of course) and front woman, The Vauxhalls might just make your day a little more interesting.
Words: Heather Gwyther