On her first trip down under, Polish-born, New-York-based model Anja Rubik shares her inimitable style.
She’s the kind of girl you’d like to think doesn’t exist. All long limbs, winning smile and flawless golden skin. But, alas, standing in the middle of the Australian outback, happily being snapped without the aid of a hair, make-up and styling team, Anja Rubik is every bit as stunning in real life as she is on the runway. It’s no wonder the 26-year-old is at the top of her game, earning her position as one of the world’s leading models, with multiple Vogue covers and a portfolio boasting campaigns for Lanvin, Balmain, Gap, Giuseppe Zanotti and, for the third season running, Fendi, shot by Karl Lagerfeld.
Rubik, who aside from modelling regularly collaborates on jewellery and accessories ranges back in her native Poland, also happened to be born with an instinctive eye for fashion. “I don’t put any rules to my style; I think fashion is something that you should play with … evening you make a mistake it’s okay, it’s only fashion,” she says. For summer her look leans towards hippie luxe, with long skirts, waisted belts, scarfs and cotton T-shirts, while in the winter she builds a rock ‘n’ roll wardrobe around her favourite Les Chiffoniers leather pants. Refreshingly she works a high-low mix of labels, teaming Isabel Marant and Dries Van Noten with gems from H&M.
Rubik started modelling at 16, but it was only when photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin booked her for a Chloe campaign in 2005 that things really took off. Her fate was sealed soon after when Steven Meisel snapped her for Dolce & Gabbana, a shoot on which she met her fiancé, model Sasha Knezevic. Besides being photographed together, the couple are currently working side-by-side revamping Austrian magazine 25, a project Rubik is more than qualified to undertake after 10 years spent observing the inner workings of the fashion industry. So does this signal a change in career for Rubik? “I try not to make [long-term] plans. Right now I’m basically at the stage where I’m trying out a lot of different things and then I will see what I feel the most comfortable with.”
For now, she’ll continue exercising her formidable eye for a future classic. Take the battered drover’s hat she managed to charm off a local’s head on a recent trip to South Australia’s salt flats with Vogue Australia. “I’ve been wearing it almost every day and I think in New York everyone is going to be jealous, because you know in New York everyone wants a cool item that no-one has – you’ll be seeing me in that hat a lot.”