Amber Witcomb embodies the kind of timeless beauty that makes you think, like the subject of a portrait. The newcomer’s exotic, wide-set sparkling green eyes, long, regal nose, and chic bob made her an instant favorite of intellectual designers, like Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia, Dries Van Noten, Jonathan Anderson, Miuccia Prada, and Céline’s Phoebe Philo. Basically, her Spring 2017 show list was pristine—selective, exclusive, and top-tier. Plus, as one user on The Fashion Spot pointed out: “I love her stoic look on the runway.” Couldn’t agree more.
We weren’t surprised to see the breakthrough Canadian model land a major campaign. She stars in the new Spring 2017 Céline ads, which were released today. Shot by longtime Céline fav Juergen Teller, Witcomb sits sweetly on a stark floor looking like the muse of a midcentury author in a ravishingly classic red silk shirtdress.
But like so many girls who capture the look of the moment, and are all of a sudden on everyone’s hot list, Witcomb’s career got a jet pack boost when she had a transformative haircut. Backstage before the Prada show, Guido Palau took out his shears to give her a short, ragged bob that felt distinctly modern.
Before the guru took to her hair, Witcomb had the kind of bust-length, ropey waves found in pre-Raphaelite paintings. The resulting crop only accentuated her unique face (fellow Prada muses like Marte Mei van Haaster and Arizona Muse come to mind). Fashion Unfiltered‘s very own Amber Kallor was on standby at Prada moments after Witcomb got her upgrading chop. “I love it. I always had this cut as a child, so it’s like 13-year-old Amber is back,” she said. “It’s got a flirty twenties vibe that I’m digging.” Us too.