CHRISTINA HENDRICKS MODELS FRIEND’S DESIGNS

There’s no doubt that CHRISTINA HENDRICKS knows how to make the most of a wardrobe of curve hugging sheaths and dagger sharp stilettos.

But the MAD MEN actor’s latest venture shows a different side to her as she gets cozy in winter woollens for friend TAMARA MELLO’S BLACKBIRD DESIGN HOUSE COLLECTION.

“I have worn Tamara’s scarves, hats, sweaters and jewelry for years,” CHRISTINA told PEOPLE.

“She’s my best friend and we always collaborate. So it was only natural that I would model when she asked.”

The designer echoes CHRISTINA’S sentiment.

She explained that they “have been friends for a million years. We initially met through our ex boyfriends. Once those relationships ended, we kept each other. In a town where it’s really difficult to meet smart genuine people we quickly became each other’s family.”

Sharing like minds, however, wasn’t the only incentive TAMARA needed to put her friend in front of the lens.

“She’s the prettiest person I know. So she would come over for a visit and I would throw a scarf on her and start shooting. There was never a formal photo shoot. No hair and makeup. No lights. I shot everything myself. She just makes everything look good with very little effort.”

THE BLACKBIRD DESIGN HOUSE COLLECTION, which features hand knit designs that incorporate Japanese shibori dying and felting techniques, is available on craft site Etsy.com with scarves priced from $100 to $130.

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