The 22-year-old model Luka Isaac doesn't like to take modeling or fashion too seriously, and yet he recently landed a photo shoot with fashion's ultimate muse, Kate Moss, and is now one of the few faces signed to Moss' newly formed modeling agency.
The pairing is perfect, however, as Moss has made a career out of embodying effortless cool. And when Isaac got to cozy up to the 43-year-old on the set of W magazine's March issue spread, he took her laid-back energy to heart. As a result—despite having only a year of modeling experience under his belt—he makes lying in the lap of the biggest supermodel in the world, who happens to be topless, look totally natural.
Born in Marseille, France, Isaac started modeling about a year ago. One of his first shoots was with Pierre Ange Carlotti for Other magazine, and he's since appeared in PG-13 photographs by Gaspar Noé, which were shown at Art Basel this year. It was Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott who originally passed his name along to Kate Moss Agency, and when he came in for an interview, the team fell in love.
When Isaac is not modeling and getting in touch with his feminine side, he's is riding motorcycles around Paris, planning his annual rave called "Kaliante," and watching obscure art films.
What does being signed to Kate Moss Agency mean to you?
Being with Kate Moss Agency means a lot for me; it happened because of a meeting and a connection, so symbolically it is stronger than just applying and being picked on looks alone, like you would in a huge agency. It really is personal management. What was it like being on set with Kate Moss? What did you pick up from her?
Shooting with Kate was really interesting. At first, when you don't know the person you can always feel way too impressed or overwhelmed. But then you realize how extremely true she is and is never scared of saying too much. I think she is just really natural and of course still as magnificent in person as she is in images.
What was it like getting in touch with your "feminine side" for the W magazine story?
For me, as heterosexual man, I think that it's more honest to be in touch with your feminine side rather than always trying to be so masculine.
How would you describe your personal style?
My style is rather open, even if I'm really picky. I am inspired by the '80s and '90s. I like contrast dressing from the '90s with real big classical pieces like suits. Right now I am wearing a vintage puffer coat from YSL, Adidas pants, an alpaca jumper and some America's Cup shoes from Prada. Most prized possession in your closet:
My most prized possession in my closet is a suit that I designed myself with amazing Burmese tailors in Asia. The cut is really '70s with elephant feet and a big women’s collar. Fashion pet peeves:
I think people in general are too critical with fashion! When you’re not modeling, what do you like to do with your time?
When I am not modeling, I love to experiment with different creative things from music to video. I am also curator. Once a month, I run a big rave in Paris called "Kaliante," which is coming soon to come to New York, London, and Mexico!
Who are some designers and artists you’re inspired by right now?
I love the films of Wong Kar-wai, Chris Marker, Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, and Gaspar Noé. Recently, I discovered Viennese Actionism, which is a really violent and poetic art movement from the '60s that I respect a lot, especially work by Ken Kurt and Otto Muehl. I also love Yukio Mishima or guys like Godfrey Reggio. According to your Instagram you’re super into motorcycles. Do you ride?
I grew up with Akira and similar Japanese anime films, so I guess it comes from that somehow. I've always used to love motorcycle and neon aesthetics. And yes, above all, I think you really feel free when you ride a motorcycle.
Music you’re listening to:
I actually listen to a lot of different music, but if I had to say one artist I would say: Lorenzo Senni. Favorite place on earth:
I love many places on earth ,but right now I would say Los Angeles. Dream job:
To become the full package: A musician, model, and art director for contemporary art projects with interactive spaces and environments.
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