Hailing from Holland, Marte Mei van Haaster is an international catwalk regular, appearing on runways for the likes of Versace, Miu Miu, Valentino, Miu Miu, Lanvin, Céline, Rick Owens, Stella McCartney, Nina Ricci, Sonia Rykiel, Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière and Chanel. A couple of months after the latter's A/W12 show, Karl Lagerfeld has made a repeat booking, casting the model in this week's special croisière 2013 presentation at Versailles. Dazed Digital caught up with van Haaster to learn more about her experience.
Dazed Digital: How excited were you before the Chanel show?
Marte Mei van Haaster: Versailles is a really special place to be, and this was such a unique event to be part of. I was counting the days actually! I had never been to Versailles before so I had that, plus the actual show to look forward to. I didn't end up seeing the palace but the gardens were breathtaking. I will go back again to take a good look, for sure.
DD: What about the look you wore? What would be the ideal situation in which you'd wear it?
Marte Mei van Haaster: I loved this collection, especially my hair and make-up. Myself and my friend are not afraid of dressing up crazy when we go out in Amsterdam. As long as we are together we feel like we can pull it off! If I owned a pair of those hot golden platforms and a Chanel symbol face tattoo I'd wear them for sure when I got home.
DD: Did you feel good walking to MIA's "Bad Girls"?
Marte Mei van Haaster: That was great! I'm a fan and that music video is too good to be true. I was still waiting in the line-up when that song was being played, so myself and the girls around me did a little dance before we walked.
DD: Was there more dancing afterwards?
Marte Mei van Haaster: This is a very boring and disspointing answer(!) I was shooting in London the next day so I had to take the first Eurostar from Paris in the morning the next day. And I always choose a good night's sleep over a party the night before a job. Dull, I know! It was very fun in general to be together with all the "show" girls again. Especially because it was 23 degrees out and we could have watermelon chill-out breaks in the garden of Versailles. One of my favourite moments was seeing Tilda Swinton in real life. I knew she was sitting front row so I looked for her when walking the finale and when I saw her sitting there so close it was quite magical.
Photography by Marte Mei van Haaster