I literally locked myself in the movie room for five hours. I’m not talking about a wedding any time soon, but you’ve inspired me. What are the other looks?Lisa: It’s Herve Leger, Alaïa, Gucci, Vera Wang. Harry [Hamlin] bought it for me. I reached out because I wanted Vera to do my [wedding] dress. That was my dream: to either get a new Vera or to wear yours. It’s so great, isn’t it? When shopping for Mother’s Day, what do you get the woman who has everything?If you’re model Amelia Gray Hamlin and your mother is actress/Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Lisa Rinna, you get her an original photo shoot dressed in her likeness, complete with the original designer gowns we all first saw in Us Magazine.Related | Even a Pandemic Can’t Stop Lisa Rinna’s Signature LookAmelia and her photographer friend Amaury Nessaibia came up with the idea to shoot the 19 year-old in some of Rinna’s most iconic fashion looks, including her Vera Wang wedding dress. That’s it.So, Amelia, what does it take to recreate the perfect Lisa Rinna ’90s look in a photo?Amelia: I feel like people don’t really realize it, but my mom and I are spitting images of each other. My mom has had so many iconic eras and phases. I would love that.Amelia: I would love that, too. I worked with Tory and Vera sent me 20 drawings.Amelia: Side note: one of the photos that I took is in this hallway in her wedding dress in black and white. I have none anymore. And around me, you can see are all these sketches of my mom’s wedding dress that Vera made for her. I don’t even know how it came together, but it did. But you can do that with Alaïa.Amelia: You honestly shouldn’t have worn it again and you should have just captured that moment, the iconic moment.Lisa: I think it’s kind of cool that it goes in decades.I agree. Mom was thrilled with the results — and so are we.How did this all come about?Amelia Gray Hamlin: My mom has always been kind of crazy about her Mother’s Day gift. So I began to love Herve and I must have bought myself that one.Amelia: Oh my God. The possibilities are endless. And when I met Harry, we went in there one day and I tried the dress on. It was just such a heartwarming moment. One year I forgot to write her a card and shit hit the fan. So we wanted it to be like a story series of my mom before she went out of the house on those nights or on her wedding day — glam photos around her home that nowadays we take to post on social media. I do think that growing up with all of those sketches and all of your fashion got me to my love of fashion and modeling and to where I am in my career. I just got really into Herve because Harry had bought me a really cool Herve in the early ’90s. I snapped it right up because I could afford it at the time. She had shown them to me a few months ago and that stirred up the idea. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to top that with my next Mother’s Day gifts. What would get her sentimental?So I went through her dresses and picked out the ones that I really thought she would remember wearing most, one of them being her wedding dress, which was like the weirdest thing ever to put on.It fit you like a glove, it looks amazing.Amelia: When I went to put it on I was like, “There’s no way I’m going to get this on.” And it fit perfectly, so it was definitely meant to be. It’s like, Holy shit, how fabulous is this?I only wish you had done a Billie from Days of Our Lives look!Lisa: That can be another time when you do Billie and Taylor McBride from Melrose Place.Photography: Amaury Nessaibia It’s so funny because they shot it here on a Sunday. Ever since I was a little girl and walking down that hallway with the Vera sketches, I knew that I’m going to get a dress from Vera or I’m going to wear your dress. I got rid of all of my thoughts towards what other people would think of me recreating my mom and thought, What would my mom love the most? Like, that’s crazy.Fabulous.Lisa: And now that you’ve worn it, you can, if you want, pick one of those pictures on the wall or have Vera create a new one. And the red one was an Herve Leger, like original Herve Leger before we lost Herve Leger. It’s one of those dresses I’ve worn out on the red carpet I think two or maybe even three times now, which, of course, is taboo and you never do that. They were all synthetic, so it was hard but I made it work. When you think of my mom, you think of the crazy dances and the lips, but I wanted to go more old Lisa Rinna/ vintage high-fashion.My mom has so many dresses in her garage saved up from over the years. But here I am also in fashion, trying to achieve a spread in my mom’s wedding dress, which is kind of what inspired me. And so I got this dress at Decades, probably only 10 years ago. Then I just googled, “Lisa Rinna ’90s red carpet.”My mom had all these red carpet photos, but she didn’t have any photos getting ready. I’m going to have to wear it. Of course, I could never afford it, but I’d go in there and look at things. When your daughter’s 19 and is recreating your looks, I try to think what my mom would feel like if I wore her looks and recreated her looks. I think it’s amazing because it’s really timeless.Lisa: I think there’s maybe five of those dresses out there in the world. It was a full circle moment. Next, you’ll have to walk in Vera’s show. I stole it. You don’t know that.Lisa: You better be careful. I bought one Lisa Rinna-looking wig and then I got one long black wig and cut it and curled it. And he bought it for me. Recently, Amelia, Delilah and I sat front row at Vera’s show and they got to meet her. And you know what? The Alaïa is the first designer dress that I was given. It’s at the top of my dream list. Someone could steal it out of your car! We look like twins, but different. When it came out, I couldn’t afford anything, nothing. Since I didn’t have time to do all of that before Mother’s Day, I gave them to her unpublished. I mean, it’s such a moment. All I was thinking about was, I need to get my ass to a wig shop. I literally almost started to tear up because I was also wearing your veil.This is everything that created me and why I’m here right now. It’s so beautiful, that red one. So that was just a very surreal moment for me because it was the start of everything.Lisa: Yeah, wow.Amelia: Who gets to wear their mom’s wedding dress? And I think it can take a minute to process it. The budget I spent on this was probably $200. I think I wear it every 10, 20 years. It’s so surreal. And, you know, we love Vera. And they’re all the sketches of the wedding dresses.Lisa: Vera sent all those sketches back in the day and a sample of a dress. Putting it on was the most it was the most surreal feeling. I was going through [my mom’s] closet and I picked out a few dresses that really rang true to me. It’s one of the reasons why I started to want to model. I messed and played with it until I finally resembled the absolute perfect look of her in the Alaïa dress. She just gave me the pictures on Mother’s day and yet I keep looking at them. Not only did I get that black one, but I have a white one, too.Wow.Lisa: That dress is so sick and it looks so sick on Amelia. So this Mother’s Day I was like, “I’m going to do something so unique and cool that she’ll forget about that time I forgot to write her that card.”My photographer friend and I were thinking, What should we do? So there’s that one. That one is like a real moment, a Tom Ford moment.Amelia: Oh my God.Lisa: The one with the belt.The belt is insane.Lisa: It’s insane. And Lisa, what did you think when you opened the present?Lisa Rinna: I was just blown away. And then she loved them so much. I just wanted to have a different take.It’s brilliant. But we have all the pictures lined up in this hallway framed of all the dresses, because they’re all Vera’s drawings; they’re beautiful, they’re insane. If you remember, there was a store called Madeleine Gallay in LA on Sunset and it was the coolest designer store. And, of course, I was home at the time. The great story about that is Tory Burch was working with Vera at the time. You know, it really is one of the iconic Alaïa dresses from the ’90s. I’m going to move on to the Tom Ford Gucci.That’s a classic, too. I feel like she’s in one now. This is probably the last one you’re going to get.Lisa: No expectations! And by the way, I put it on in your bathroom and had a moment to myself. I don’t think it’s completely hit me. That’s a real one and I don’t remember where I got it. All I did for the shoot was buy two wigs and then I went into her bathroom and stole some jewelry.And, of course, some Rinna Beauty on your lips!Amelia: You’re so right.So there is the wedding dress and the Alaïa. I had to have somebody come bring me water and some lip gloss because they wouldn’t let me out.Amelia: First of all, let me just say, PAPER Magazine has always been a huge dream of mine. So when my friend and I were going back and forth creatively, I was like, “Let’s get this in PAPER.”I was going to make the photos into a book for my mom if we couldn’t get them published. It’s actually in the trunk of my car, right now. I went through all the pictures and I ended up wearing the sample dress that she sent. And then the Vera Wang wedding dress. Yeah, there’s more than 20 sketches on that hallway. That collection is one of the sickest collections ever made.
Amelia Gray Hamlin Transforms Into Lisa Rinna
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