We spoke with Laguine by phone — from her new apartment in New York’s Stuyvesant Town — before she headed home to Argentina for some pre-fashion month R&R.
WWD: Was it a bit of a culture shock when you first moved to New York?
Laguinge: Yeah, my first trip here was a year and a half ago and I didn’t know any English. I could say, ‘Hello, how are you? My name is Magda’ and my height. But I couldn’t say anything else, not even ‘bye.’ Also, it was winter. Where I come from in Argentina, it never really gets that cold. I came here and it was like minus five degrees! Snow was everywhere. So yeah, that was totally different for me, a shock really.
[above: Magda Laguinge in Chanel Fall Couture 2012]
Chanel fall couture