What a difference a year makes. Since we first named Hanneli Mustaparta “The New Sartorialist,” the former model has become a top street-style photographer and quite the media darling. She’s developed a sharp eye behind the camera, but is also a style icon in her own right, thanks to photobloggers like Tommy Ton capturing her high-fashion-meets-high-street looks in action. And there’s no question that Mustaparta’s career reached new heights when she was tapped by Vogue and CBS to co-host a live webcast of Fashion’s Night Out: The Show, the kick-off event for Fashion’s Night Out—and the largest public fashion show in New York City history. Streamed on CBS.com, she hosted the designer and celebrity arrivals with none other than Vogue Editor-at-Large André Leon Talley, and interviewed the likes of Vera Wang, Donna Karan, and Blake Lively. Landing a role amongst such fashion heavy-hitters seems like a natural progression for the Norwegian transplant, especially now that she’s established a solid American fan base on top of her existing international audience.
And although her face has been immortalized on a Zara t-shirt (see the original image here), perhaps that designer collaboration I suggested will come in 2011. But whatever Mustaparta’s next big move is, we’ll be watching.
Clockwise from left: Artwork by Danny Roberts; Hanneli with Carine Roitfeld; Hanneli with her vintage Nikon camera; T-shirt by Zara; Hanneli with André Leon Talley and Blake Lively; Hanneli in BlackBook Dec/Jan 2010.