At first glance those cheekbones don’t appear real – almost otherworldly, so chiseled are they on her face. Then there’s the eyes, light green and piercing. But Rayner is as real as they come, residue of a youth spent “out in the sticks of Essex. It’s not all as bad as it sounds. Had a solid childhood, playing in the woods ’til about 14 … that kinda thing,”. It’s this upbringing that’s gifted our January muse an undeniably British aesthetic: those Jagger-inspired heavy bangs and layered chestnut locks, an androgynous personal style and distinct devil-may-care grin. Here, on the coldest day of the year in a London studio, we got to know our first Face of 2018: Lorelle Rayner.
With a look that makes us wonder where she’s been all this time, Rayner was discovered comparatively late at the age of 21 “at V Festival in Essex when it was a semi-decent line up.” She quickly caught the eye of Louis Vuitton’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, who booked her exclusively for his AW 15 and SS 16 runways. It was during these shows that she forged a connection with three other “truly wonderful ladies”, fellow models Heather Kemesky, Rianne van Rompaey and Tamy Glauser – with the group going on to get matching ‘LV’ tattoos in commemoration. In the years since she’s appeared on runways for Céline and Jacquemus, and posed before Juergen Teller’s lens.
For Rayner, it’s all about that easy living. Her beauty routine involves showering and little else, and her approach to personal style is “minimal effort where possible, a bra if you’re lucky”. What gets her smiling? “Many a thing. I really like driving my van,” and her personal mantra is equally low-key: “breathe”. With a Face forever on our minds, and a healthy dose of that British cheek, this is a muse we’re sure to share – though her future plans echo her decidedly laid-back approach to life, simply to “keep on keepin’ on”.
“[I] always tried to make ‘Lozza’ work [as a nickname] but it never really caught on ’til Sam [Hendel] made it happen on the day of the shoot. Thank you Sam!”
“[I’m a] Taurus. Pretty happy with that. We’re reliable folk, can’t argue with that.”
PHOTOGRAPHY Sam Hendel
FASHION Bridie Gilbert
MODEL Lorelle Rayner @ Select London
HAIR Blake Henderson using Bumble & bumble
MAKEUP Martina Lattanzi using M.A.C Cosmetics
STYLIST’S ASSISTANT Giulia Berretti and Luiza Cirico
Photographed at Darnley Road Studios.