"It never occurred to me that I looked like Grace Kelly," said Katharina Preser, the Click Agency model whose look has been sought after in New York and Paris as well as in her native Germany. "I never think about it."
Preser -- whose mother Hannelore Preser was a well-known Ford model and whose father is photographer Gerd Preser -- says she's aware of the Grace Kelly look and posture "because I love Alfred Hitchcock movies." And while others boned up on the Grace Kelly look before the shooting session in Newport, R.I. -- which produced the beautiful Grace Kelly-look spread in Mademoiselle, with photographs by Elizabeth Novick -- she purposely didn't. "I didn't want the thing to be fake. I wanted to be myself," she says.
Why has fashion replaced Katharine Hepburn and Greta Garbo with a Grace Kelly look? Perhaps because those classic, clean shapes with a kind of mannish swagger always looked very feminine on Grace Kelly. After disastrous sales of androgynous clothing, designers are apparently attaching themselves to something more feminine without forfeiting the clean, rather simple cut of the clothes.
The interest in a Grace Kelly style has undoubtedly been heightened by the elegant horsy-set spirit of the current Diana Vreeland-directed show at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the recent rush to Hermes and Gucci. Young women who have never owned an Hermes scarf have started wearing them, even collecting them from their mother's closet, secondhand stores and particularly from Hermes shops.