From idea to execution, ten CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists redefine what it means to be an American original. Here, we take a look at where they’re coming from, where they’re going, and the actor and musician muses who inspire them most right now.
“I learned how to shoot a machine gun,” exclaims Brooklyn Decker, the 24-year-old model-turned-actress (and other half to tennis superstar Andy Roddick) who’s just finished filming Peter Berg’s high-octane, alien-invasion flick, Battleship out next summer, in Hawaii. “At one point, I was sticking my arm through a windshield shooting it, and I started bleeding. Everyone was like, ‘Just use it!’ ”
As Decker (pictured above with Ohne Titel designers Alexa Adams and Flora Gill) points out, the rough-and-tumble demands of working on a big summer blockbuster like Battleship are obviously miles away from the more sedate photo shoots she’s used to working on. But now that the former Sports Illustrated pinup has made a commitment to acting—first in this past spring’s Just Go With It, with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, as well as the upcoming 2012 pregnancy-themed comedy, What To Expect When You’re Expecting (“My character basically breezes through her pregnancy, which is really annoying to watch,” she jokes. “If I’m honest, it’s setting an unrealistic standard for myself and every woman out there”)—she’s started to relish the prospect of picking up at least a few bumps and scrapes in the name of getting a good shot.
“It’s fun to bring stuff like that home,” she continues.“They’re like battle wounds. Every time we filmed that scene over the next couple of weeks, they had to add blood and a cut to match me cutting my arm.”