Elizabeth Lavin


Bedford’s Sara Grace Wallerstedt Walked 26 Runways This Season

Fresh out of Trinity High School and now a New Yorker, the model’s free-agent career goes off with a bang.

When I last spoke with Sara Grace Wallerstedt, a shy suburbanite turned international model (read her full story here), she was a few months into a year-long contract with Calvin Klein. The deal essentially kept her on reserve for whatever creative director Raf Simons needed. She walked only in Simons’ shows and appeared in only the brand’s ads, though she was free to shoot editorial features for magazines (she’s been a regular in Vogue).

In the meantime, we’ve all been wondering: how’s she going to fare as a free agent? That question was answered this past month when a newly-independent Sara Grace walked in a total of 26 shows—a solid number considering Cindy Crawford’s progeny, Kaia Gerber, who’s been soaking up most of the fashion industry sun these days, strutted down 22 runways.

For the Fall 2018 season, Sara Grace walked in almost every major show, starting off in New York with Tom Ford, getting dolled up in London to close Simone Rocha’s show, sashaying in Milan for Marni’s new line (a fashion editor fave), and ending the season in Paris walking for Louis Vuitton. In an email, she told me that her favorite show this season was Versace and the look she most wanted to take home was the ground-grazing, buttoned-up number she wore to stroll through Karl Lagerfeld’s autumnal wonderland for Chanel.

Now that she’s free to take any offer she pleases, Sara Grace has left her purple bedroom in Bedford behind and settled in New York. So, as a former Brooklyn resident and current mom, my advice to you, Sara Grace: never make eye contact with passerby, don’t touch subway poles, try to eat in (and something healthy) every now and again, and, of course, keep up the awesome work.

Via Sara Grace’s Instagram feed (yes, her handle is @Walldamort), here are all 26 looks she sported this season:

1. Tom Ford

2.  Tory Burch

3. Jason Wu

4. Victoria Beckham

5. Anna Sui

6. Coach

7. Calvin Klein

8. Michael Kors

9. JW Anderson

10. Simone Rocha

11. Burberry

12. Fendi

13. Prada

14. Versace

15. Ferragamo

16. Marni

17. Dior

18. Dries Van Noten

19. Chloe

20. Paco Rabanne

21. Nina Ricci

22. Haider Ackermann

23. Sonia Rykiel

24. Valentino

25. Chanel

26. Louis Vuitton


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  • @zaccrain

    Holland, I read this.

    • S. Holland Murphy

      But did you look at all her outfits and would you like to power rank them?

      • @zaccrain

        Holland, I did! Power ranking is more of Tim’s bailiwick, as is using words like “bailiwick,” but since you asked:

        1. Paco Rabanne
        2. Sonia Rykiel
        3. Nina Ricci

        And also the Prada is ridiculous so that makes it pretty good, too.

        Holland, I hope you have a good weekend.

  • Happy Bennett

    Why is D magazine doing free advertising for an industry which promotes devastating eating disorders and is rife with female and adolescent abuse?

    • S. Holland Murphy

      You should read the full feature on Sara Grace. She was shamed for being skinny and freckled growing up (two things she had no control over) and then found a way to turn those awkward features into an asset. She’s a healthy, natural beauty, as you can see from the sans-makeup photo at the top of this post. Also, Sara’s mom was very concerned about all they heard about the industry before getting into it, but she told me they’ve had nothing but good experiences; it’s given her daughter a newfound confidence. Now, I for one certainly hope to see more diversity on the runway—all shapes and colors—but that doesn’t stop me from celebrating Sara Grace’s victories.

      • Happy Bennett

        We are just going to have to agree to disagree about this. I don’t see “the runway” as being anything but a bridge to nowhere or worse. I did read the article and I would agree that she looks like a healthy sweet kid but what’s wrong with wanting to be a veterinarian (her original choice–BTW), engineer, mathematician, health professional or researcher? Lots of diversity needed in those fields too with room to grow intellectually and spiritually, while helping others.

        • S. Holland Murphy

          Of course there’s nothing wrong with being a vet. But she’s paid handsomely to travel the world. If, in a year or five or 10, she decides to leave modeling behind, she won’t have to take out $100K in loans to attend a university—institutions rife with binge drinking and sexual assaults.

          • Happy Bennett

            Hmmm and this is the site which featured the Hermes Birkin bag which costs consumers (aka- suckers) as much as four Teslas, has a six year waiting list, and a fashion industry corporate management regularly “guillotining” long time loyal employees for frivolous reasons—criticizing college tuition? (lol). Yes –obviously, the fashion industry like the entertainment industry is a real winner. BTW– Anyone with a decent liberal arts education knows that sex and binge drinking has been an avoidable feature of college life since Faust and Les Contes D’Hoffman.