Her perfectly highlighted shins and whittled calves have made designers from Tom Ford to Michael Kors and Karl Lagerfeld insist she always expose them on the runway in leggy looks. But now, Carolyn Murphy is covering some of her best assets in shearling-lined suede for the latest campaign from Ugg.
The label, a division of Deckers Brands, is introducing a new line of limited-edition boots, dubbed the Classic Luxe Collection. Designed in Italy and featuring more streamlined silhouettes and contoured construction, the styles have a slimmer fit that Ugg hopes will capture a new, more fashion-forward customer, who will leave out the leggings and sweatpants and instead layer up on plush cashmere knits, as Murphy does in the newly released ad images. They were shot by Josh Olins at Pier 59 Studios in New York with styling by Ludivine Poiblanc and creative direction by Semjon Von Doenhoff.
“I actually grew up with the brand because I come from a family of surfers,” Murphy shared over the phone. “I was given my first pair when I was pretty young from my uncle in Australia. I have this awesome connection to it. Having lived in California, when you get out of the water, that’s just the first thing you do. Wrap yourself in a big towel and put on your Ugg boots to keep your feet warm.”
While Murphy was used to her après-surf Ugg pairs, the new versions were a welcome departure. “Shooting this collection was surprising because when I arrived on set, I saw that this wasn’t your typical Ugg boot,” she says. “The shapes were a little bit more refined. I was really excited about it because now I can incorporate them into my everyday wardrobe.”
And what a wardrobe it is. Murphy, who at a youthful-looking 40 years old has a way with the classics, dresses herself in clean lines and all-American staple pieces when not in front of the camera. And how would she wear the new (and improved) Ugg boots (whatever you do, do not call them Uggs, the brand insists)? “We thought about what you would wear with it now. They look super chic with a great pair of jeans or leather pants, button-down and a wool coat. The shape is definitely more flattering. And they are so easy to wear.”
But will it be enough erase images of poor style choices gone by? “You’ve seen so many celebrity pictures of them with maybe a denim miniskirt, and I’m sure people naysay it, but you can’t really knock it,” the model says.