North Yorkshire model Fran Summers has become a British Vogue regular in the past months, lending the magazine’s fashion shoots her kindness, humour and universal beauty. For the November 2018 issue, however, Summers takes centre stage as Edward Enninful’s cover star. Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin on a typically hectic afternoon in New York’s Times Square this summer, here are five things to note about the “moment” that turned a 19-year-old into a world-renowned supermodel.
Couture was the character
There was no persona to adopt or part for Summers to enact for the November story. “It was just couture in the middle of Times Square, no character as such,” she told Vogue’s Ellie Pithers of the pre-shoot fitting, where she met Enninful’s team and the rails of couture dresses that would become her uniform. On the day itself, Summers told herself, “Work with it!”
Nerves? No such thing
Far from feeling self-conscious twirling in ball gowns amidst Times Square's tourist traffic, Summers was delighted she could surprise New Yorkers going about their daily routines. “If I saw someone in a huge couture dress, I’d love it!” she enthused. “I can’t feel uncomfortable with people looking at me, because that’s my job, so it was fun to give people a bit of excitement.” A friend’s comment: “You’ll be in loads of people’s holiday scrap books”, was equally entertaining for the model.
Manoeuvring was the word du jour
The biggest lessons learnt from a day dodging puddles and potholes in the world’s finest couture? “Walk with confidence,” Summers noted. “And when you’re not shooting, lift the dress up as high as you can and make sure the dress doesn’t touch the ground!” Ever the professional, even taxi horns stopped honking in sheer awe of Summers’s ability to strike a pose in the unlikeliest of places. Double decker bus? No problem.
The gown of the day was...
Impossible to decide upon. “I just loved everything. It was so otherworldly, being in them all,” Summers told Pithers, before becoming giddy upon reflection of each one. “Oh my goodness! The Valentino! I got so excited.”