Models Off Duty: Kel Markey x Suno
ABOVE: KEL MARKEY IN NEW YORK, MARCH 2014. ALL CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES: SUNO S/S 2014. PHOTOS: VAN SARKI. STYLING: SIMON RASMUSSEN. STYLING ASSISTANT: KEVIN HUNTER. SPECIAL THANKS: SUPREME MANAGEMENT.
In the fashion world, the term “model-off-duty,” is shorthand for casual, informed cool—girls in the know looking chic in emerging downtown designers. We asked some of our favorite New York-based models to list the one designer dominating their off-the-runway wardrobe.
HOMETOWN: Gainesville, Florida
WAS IT FASHIONABLE? Not particularly. It follows trends like much of America, but comfort is more important in the heat.
DID YOU GROW UP READING MAGAZINES? Yes. When I was young, I found my mom’s subscriptions to W and Vogue fascinating.
WERE YOU ALWAYS TALL? Yes, I was especially gangly when I was young.
DID THAT SET YOU APART FROM YOUR PEERS? It was difficult in my younger years, always being taller than the boys and feeling like I was out of place. I got over it though as I got older, and everyone else caught up, which helped.
HOW WERE YOU DISCOVERED? I wasn’t. I came to New York and met with a few agencies myself.
DREAM CAMPAIGN: I tend to enjoy the people I work with more than the actual jobs, so anyone creative, thoughtful, and fun will fit the bill!
PERSONAL STYLE: Comfortable and eclectic.
STYLE ICON: This is always a hard question for me, as I don’t really have any. I’m surrounded by style so much that I feel I take a bit from everywhere and don’t look to one person in particular.
FAVORITE YOUNG LABEL: I first discovered Suno in September 2012, when I did their show for the first time. I love Suno’s prints and materials, but most importantly everything is very wearable. It’s exactly what I look for when I buy things for myself— practicality with a bit of funk.
FAVORITE ITEM: I don’t own nearly enough of Suno’s things, but the jumpsuits and rompers they did for Spring/Summer 2014 were great!