Model of the moment Paul Hameline: I dont know why people would want to look at me”
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. Its mens 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, looking bored, in a T-shirt that reads: No Heart Inside. Hes sacked off part of fashion week to be at the private party of photographer Pierre-Ange Carlottis exhibition. The T-shirt is by Carlotti.
Hes 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 deviate from mainstream ideals are even rarer. They tend to be either cartoonish (David Gandy, Lucky Blue Smith) or anonymously good-looking (Sean OPry, Jon Kortajarena). Vanity and grooming dont sit well with smoking, basement parties and insouciance.
So Hameline is a rarity then. Hes the original Vetements muse and the collectives influence makes this significant. His ascent has been exponential he first walked for Vetements in 2014 and has carefully picked every job since. He models for only a handful of shows: Marni, Prada, Balenciaga, JW Anderson.