Christina Hendricks Found It 'Only Natural' To Model Best Friend's Designs

09/01/2010 at 07:30 PM ET

Courtesy Blackbird Design House

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 vixen’s latest venture shows a new side to her as she gets cozy in winter woolens for friend Tamara Mello’s Blackbird Design House collection. “I have worn Tamara’s scarfs, hats, sweaters and jewelry for years,” Christina tells 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 Hendricks’s sentiment, explaining “Christina and I have been friends for a million years. We initially met through our ex-boyfriends who were good friends. 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 Mello 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. –Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester

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Jon on

I like The Photos, very nice to hear! It was interesting to hear how Oprah greeted the news of Dr. Oz’s Colon Cancer Scare! I’m glad Kristen Stewart’s Breaking Dawn Birth Scene will not be toned down! I’m thrilled to hear that Natalie Portman is generating Oscar Buzz for her New Racy Role in Black Swan!

Grace Wieber on

I’ve just been turned on to ‘Style Watch’ and am glad that I followed up with a ‘go see’. I definitely like what I’m seeing; especially this ‘Style Find’ of Christina Hendricks modeling these practical & stunning accessories.
Best of success,
Gracie

Amber on

Wow! I was stunned to see an ETSY store here on People. Those scarves are stunning. I look forward to looking at her shop.

Diane on

She looks fantastic

pomerarian on

she’s lovely…of course anyone might look pretty next to those ‘arty’ scarves

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It’s so nice to see an Etsy shop in People! I don’t think enough people realize what an amazing array of absolutely stunning, unique handmade items can be found there.

Lana on

It’s great to see a fellow Etsian getting such rave reviews! Christina makes a lovely model for the Blackbird Design House items.

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