We have a feeling Candice Swanepoel isn’t the only one who gets tired by Milan Fashion Week. It’s more or less the halfway point of the Spring 2020 season, though the model (and mother of two!) is as calm and buoyant as ever. Vogue caught up with her on Friday at her hotel while she prepared to walk the Etro show, starting her morning off with a cappuccino and an under-eye gel mask for a supercharged glow. Then she showed us the clever way she figures out what to wear: by flipping through iPhone photos of herself wearing the outfits she’d packed. She landed on a simple yet sexy mix of high-rise Levi’s, a cropped Alaïa blouse, and lace-up boots: “As long as I’m wearing jeans, I feel good.”
En route to the show, Swanepoel took selfies with a few fans and opened up about how social media has changed modeling over the course of her 15-year career. At the venue—an outdoor courtyard decorated with massive hot air balloons—she headed straight to rehearsal with Etro’s other muses, including Doutzen Kroes and Adut Akech.
In the hair and makeup chair, Swanepoel stole a few minutes to FaceTime with her kids back in New York, then chatted with designer Veronica Etro about the show’s inspiration. Etro explained how the “courageous women and self-expression” of the ’70s influenced the collection’s prints and silhouettes. “It’s very close to my style,” Swanepoel added. “I love the ’70s.”
Finally, it was time to hit the runway in her first look: a Summer of Love–inspired wrap jacket with Etro’s signature rich embroideries and prints. After her runway turn, Swanepoel ran backstage, changed into another look, and marched back out for the show’s finale: Sixteen models in paisley jeans and Etro’s reissued unisex men’s shirts, each embroidered with her own name. Consider it the new uniform for a modern-day Raquel Welch.
Get a glimpse of Swanepoel’s entire day in the video above.
Director: Talia Collis
DP: John Fisher
Sound: Matteo Bennici
Editors: Sam Norton, Tim Beeston, Theo Rosenthal
Producer: James Graley
Originally Appeared on Vogue