Meet The Muse: Amber Le Bon

Girl-about-town Natalie Joos spends her days casting for shows like ADAM and Yigal Azrouel and editorials for the likes of Mario Sorrenti and Mariano Vivanco, but her passion is vintage clothing. Joos’ blog, Tales of Endearment spotlights her Muses, impeccably styled girls and guys who share her secondhand obsession. In a new partnership with, Tales of Endearment’s subjects discuss their shoots right here on Style File.

Earlier this week, model Amber Le Bon walked in Karl Lagerfeldís glittering, Indian-inspired pre-fall spectacular alongside her supermodel mom, Yasmin. For both Le Bon girls, however, it was pretty much old hat. My very first show was when I was a very little girl. I did the Chanel show twice with my mama, but I can’t remember them, Le Bon tells The first show I can remember doing was for AllSaints up in Glasgow. While she’s currently focusing her energy on her blossoming model career, she’s also got that itch for music (maybe dad Simon has something to do with it). I love learning new instruments, she says. I started playing ukulele about two years ago, then started playing guitar in January, and I’ve been playing piano since I was little. Music makes me happy. Here, the 22-year-old tells about her role models, what mom and dad taught her about style, and what’s on her Christmas wish list.
-Kristin Studeman

What are you working on these days?
I am currently focusing on modeling but in my free time I play a lot of guitar and piano, and I draw. I generally have a very wide creative streak that I like to entertain. I never really know what’s coming next work-wise until a few days before because everything is booked and confirmed quite last-minute. I think that’s a part of why I like the industry, it keeps you on your toes.

What models do you really look up to?
I obviously look up to my mama a lot, and also the other supers, like Cindy, Naomi, Helena, and Eva. The bond that they all have, that whole generation of models, is very special.

What is the best style advice you have ever received from your parents?
From my mama, comfortable, well-made heels are the way forward. From Daddy, things that might be average, or might not work so well in real life and up close, can sometimes work really well on stage.

What influences your personal style?
My own style and fashion inspiration is drawn from a whole lot of different places; obviously music is a huge part of it. I get very inspired by different musical genres, like punk and grunge, and I get influenced by old black-and-white films, and old-fashioned eras where corsets and lace were normal. It’s a big mix really. Anything I see in life that catches my eye, makes me think, and inspires me.

Do you collect anything in particular?
I collect jewelry. I’m a magpie, and jewelry is something that hopefully youíll keep forever and be able to pass on someday and tell some great stories about the fun times you had wearing each thing, or what it meant to you.

Do you have a signature piece of jewelry you wear every single day?
I generally always wear a necklace that was given to me by my grandmother, who sadly passed away when I was 12. It’s a small gold rectangle with an “A” engraved on it, on a very thin, delicate chain. It’s very sentimental, and I feel safe when I have it on, like it’s protecting me.

What’s on your Christmas wish list?
There’s my fantasy wish list and a more realistic wish list. The fantasy one includes things like a motorbike, a tiger, and a couture ball gown. My real wish list has things on it like a cashmere turtleneck, a diary, some vinyl, and maybe a vintage guitar (if I’ve been a really, really good girl, and am very lucky).

Finish this thought: What’s old is new again when?
You wear it and it makes you smile, or when you listen to it and it takes you to another place entirely.

For more from Amber’s shoot, visit Tales of Endearment.