Fernanda Ly is the Pepto-haired Australian model defying convention with her goth style and poker-straight pink locks. Since first spellbinding audiences at the AW15 Louis Vuitton show, she has brought a rebellious youthfulness to the Vuitton girl ideal.
Scouted in a Sydney mall at the age of 16, it was Ly’s hair experiment that caught the attention of the French fashion house, who whisked her away to Paris overnight while she was holidaying in New York. Now with her architecture degree on hold, the model has become a fashion stalwart, with “platform boots and school uniforms” her garments of choice.
After Vuitton cut her Stateside holiday short, Ly flew to back NYC and has since worked industry-wide on campaigns, editorials and features alike. SS16 saw her close the LV resort show in Palm Springs and star in the brand’s AW15 Series 3 campaign. But more than just her work, Ly represents continuing changes in the fashion industry’s diversity stakes. In fact, it’s the “vastly different cultures and people you are able to encounter while casually waiting for a casting” that Ly most enjoys about her work, a positive byproduct of the widening acceptance of both racial and stylistic difference supported by the industry’s biggest houses.
Text Tom Rasmussen