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Streets like a symphony: a New York moment with Mali Koopman

HERMÈS dress.

Tall, tanned and achingly cool – ‘Koops’ to her friends – from the first moment we saw her we couldn’t look away. She’s opened for Céline, Lagerfeld took her to Cuba for Chanel Cruise and on an afternoon in Harlem, New York, Blair Getz-Mezibov captured her for the cover of our Rhythm issue.

MIU MIU dress; KATHE’S JEWELRY earrings.

“Music makes me feel mainly, pretty emotional. [My relationship with dancing is] not great, some head-bobbing is probably my limit.”

CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION coat, top and pants; LOUIS VUITTON earring.

Right now I’m listening to … Lizzy Mercier Descloux. My nickname is … Marl or Koops. I was spotted … By my brother when he was briefly a scout. I keep fit by … Bike riding and, especially moving to New York, walking around the city every day can keep you entertained for a long time. My beauty routine consists of … St. Ives cleanser and Embryolisse Lait-Crème. The first album I bought … Toffee Apple by Peter Combe. My star sign is … Aquarius. I’ll always dance to … Got to Be Real by Cheryl Lynn, the Will & Grace version.

On the runway I’m thinking about … Depending on what shoes you’re given … If you’re wearing difficult heels, your only thought is making it to the end but if you’re in flats [it’s] pretty blank up there … Pure focus. My favourite musician is … Leonard Cohen. Sydney or New York? Sydney, since New York doesn’t have RSLs, the L90 or my grandma as my neighbour. The song I wish I knew all the words to … Maybe a song in another language, then I could vaguely get away with telling people I’m bilingual.

“My style icons are my brothers. One shapes surfboards and the other is an architect so it balances out to some good fashion.”

GUCCI jacket; LEVI’S vintage jeans; converse shoes; S-SHIKAMA earrings.
SANDRO jacket and pants; PRADA corset; KATHE’S JEWELRY earrings.
ELIZABETH AND JAMES jacket; THE QUALITY MENDING COMPANY t-shirt; LEVI’S vintage jeans; KATHE’S JEWELRY earrings.

I’m inspired by … A good movie. My friends would describe me as … Very involved with my laptop. My favourite band t-shirt … I don’t actually own this shirt, my good friend does. It’s a Pond shirt from their album Hobo Rocket and it’s definitely a purchase for the future. I can’t help but … Put a ‘thumbs up’ in photos. I sneak one in all the time. The most exciting place right now is … Cyberspace.

The last book I read … Once by Wim Wenders. My childhood was … Filled with pool floaties, icy poles and many sick days on false terms. I’m obsessed with … Checking the weather. To unwind I … Make lists. My proudest moment … Moving to a new country. Music sounds better with … People who also don’t know the lyrics.

CHRISTIAN DIOR coat; KATHE’S JEWELRY earrings.
DRIES VAN NOTEN jacket, shirt and pants.

“The best advice I’ve ever received [is] finish what you’ve started.”

PRADA coat; S-SHIKAMA earrings.
Mali wears CÉLINE top and skirt; S-SHIKAMA earrings. Lucas wears THE QUALITY MENDING COMPANY t-shirt; model’s own jeans, hat and scarf. Will wears stylist’s own top.

PHOTOGRAPHY Blair Getz Mezibov @ Quadriga Agency
FASHION Ilona Hamer
MODELS Mali Koopman @ Chic Management / Women Management
Will Moterlle and Lucas Cristino @ ReQuest Models
HAIR Jenny Kim @ MAP using Oribe and Babyliss
MAKEUP Souhi @ Jed Root
SET DESIGN Nick Kozmin
DIGITAL OPERATOR Chris Luttrell @ Haute Capture
PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANT Jason Geering
STYLIST’S ASSISTANT Maggie Foster