Catapulted out of a UTS lecture theatre and straight into the international fashion scene, this model-on-the-rise knows how to make an impact, writes Anna McClelland
Fernanda Ly (pronounced 'lee') isn't your average runway model; nor is she your typical Insta-star. Obsessed with architecture and ice-cream in equal measure, and with a shock of candy pink hair that defies convention, the Chinese-Australian 20-year-old turns heads wherever she goes - and increasingly, she's headed for the highest fashion circles.
Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquière has made no secret of the fact he's captivated by Ly's unorthodox charms - he's kept her for himself for the last two show seasons. But he released her to fly back home to Sydney to shoot Bonds' AW '16 campaign, the brand she first fronted in 2014. This time, she's the face of their new athleisure pieces: black puffer vests and hoodies for men and women that are launching in April. We sat down with the rising star to talk her zany style, New York haunts and what she misses most about Australia.