The three models on the shoot—Angie, Stacey and Rebecca—do not have attitude. These arc their jobs, they all insist, not their lives, and they would rather talk about what they do during their free time, not about modeling. Angie takes an acting class; Stacey is into yoga; and Rebecca loves to surf.
But they aren't traveling alone. The Winnebago is packed with couturiers whose conversations range from how to serve lamb 50 different ways to the weather, "I think I would take hell over New York," sniffs one PIB. "And London. Yes, London I love, but the weather is too terrifying for words."
As the day progresses, the Winnebago stops at two more locations, the Los Angeles River and the Wells Fargo Building. In front of the colossal corporate tower, Angie wears a short suede dress with spaghetti straps, dubbed The Dress by a second Michael, this one the fashion director.
"What will be The Cost of The Dress?" I ask.
"Oh, $395. We want to make it affordable," says Michael.
"Isn't this dress a home run?" Michael asks the baseball aficionados among the crowd. "We have to send it to Vogue. Tonight."
Lucienne pinches a wad of Drum tobacco from a pouch and, as she does every 2.4 minutes, rolls another cigarette. She lights up, draws deeply and asks which fashion magazine I work for. Before I can get out the "Illustrated"... bells clang, sirens blare....
"I am the world's biggest Blue Jay fan!" exclaims Lucienne, who begins speaking so fast you would think Joe Carter had just hit the Series-winning home run all over again. It seems the Toronto native worked at a concession stand at Exhibition Stadium as a teenager, and she plans her trips home around the Jays' schedule. She watched every pitch of the World Series. "Can you believe the Phillies sent in West in Game 4? The guy had an ERA of infinity! Unbelievable!" Lucienne continues, spewing stats and pitch counts like a Rotisserie geek.
Unbelievable is right. I have found the unlikeliest soul sister in the bunch, the very same snippety eye-makeup-close-to-the-eye-wisecrack artist.