The elegant and endearingly goofy (see: her fun Instagram account) Canadian model is the host of Stitched, TV’s new fashion- design competition.
Turns out sometimes it does pay to listen to your parents—at least it did for Kim Cloutier. She was a student in Montreal when her photographer dad suggested she try modelling. Pretty soon, she was starring in the fashion magazines she loved flipping through, with editorials in publications from Cosmopolitan (UK) to ELLE Spain and ELLE Canada. Now, between cover shoots and campaigns with brands including Simons and Lands’ End, the Brooklynbased model is taking over your television as host of the fashion series Stitched. ON WITH THE SHOW “Every episode, there are new designers and a new winner. I think people are going to like seeing the surprise of each creation. I got emotional once. There was a designer who I feel has a promising career, but we had to let her go. The thing is, when you’re filming, you don’t say goodbye just once; you have to do it at different angles. I had to say goodbye to her the most times, and I was like, ‘No, you guys make me want to cry; I don’t want to do it again!’” TEAM BONDING “There was a lot of downtime because the designers had to create their garments, so we [Cloutier and judges style expert Joe Zee and ELLE Canada editor-in-chief Vanessa Craft] ended up getting a TV and we’d watch [trashy movies like] Showgirls. On our days off, we’d all go to a dance class at the Underground in Toronto and blow off some steam dancing to Beyoncé or Britney Spears and then grab sushi.” SKIN DEEP “I could spend all my money on skincare. I use a Caudalie oil at night. During the day, I just wear mascara and lip balm. I make my own natural balm, but I also love Fresh tinted lip balms.”
“Alexander Wang is my go-to. I’m also into oversized dresses. My favourite is Stella McCartney. Mackage does a great moto jacket, so that’s going to be my hero piece this fall.” ®
Clockwise, from top left: silk dress, Stella McCartney ($2,735, at farfetch.com); leather bag, Alexander Wang ($1,045, at shopbop.com); Caudalie Premier Cru The Precious Oil ($110, caudalie. ca); Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal ($29, at sephora.ca); Cloutier on-set for Stitched