Belated Happy Birthday to the beautiful Willy van Rooy @willy_vanrooy (who also happens to be the gorgeous face of my mannequin). Here wearing Gianni Versace and photographed by Francois Lamy. Scanned from Harpers and Queen, May 1976. #willyvanrooy #versace #francoislamy

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Aspire to Inspire presents Willy Van Rooy Earlier this year when I was last in L.A I had the absolute pleasure in meeting Willy Van Rooy. Helmut Newton’s muse, a supermodel of the 60s, accessories designer for Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld in the 70s and my style icon.


1. What is your current inspiration?

My own Vintage Designs

2. What did you aspire to growing up?

To grow up

3. Who is the person you are most inspired by?

Not a person but the whole universe

4. What are you working on right now?

Re-establishing my label to bring my designs back back on the market

5. Tell us a quote or mantra that you follow or live by?

It is what it is and that’s what it is.

Interview and first Photo by Ithaka Roddam