Carolyn Murphy is more in demand than ever—and not just in front of the camera. “Yesterday was pretty crazy because I had about five meetings, which meant going back and forth between Brooklyn and Manhattan,” says the stylish model, mom, activist, and businesswoman. “They were all very different, so I had to plan my wardrobe the night before so I didn't look too dressed up for some and not dressed up enough for others.” Lessons learned from years in the fashion industry paid off: She took a deep breath and remained true to her easy, elegant personal style, letting crisp elevated basics lead the way.
Murphy’s typical day starts early. “I have an internal alarm clock of 6:15 AM, which is really annoying,” she sighs. But that near-sunrise start allows her some much-needed me-time. She begins with a glass of fresh lemon water, a custom herbal concoction, and a hit of celery juice. “Then, I do my meditation while the celery juice is working away,” she says.
While most recognize Murphy as a supermodel, she’s also a longtime environmentalist who supports nonprofit organizations including The Surfrider Foundation and Oceans Unite. “I'm about to go to the UN to advocate for ocean conservancy,” says Murphy, an avid surfer. She’s exploring new personal passions too. Soon, she’ll design fellow model Ashley Graham’s place for Architectural Digest, and is launching her own lifestyle website, Mamma Murphy.
By 7:00 AM, when Rupert and Emerson (her 11-year-old Chocolate Labrador, and four-year-old Lab/Chesapeake mix, respectively) get antsy for a walk, she’ll slip into her favorite jeans, sneakers, and a chic, bi-color Givenchy trench. “I’m not a sweatpants girl,” she laughs. “There are some cute guys around the neighborhood, so I don't want to get too lazy.”
Afterwards, Murphy likes to toss on a cozy, oversized sweater and tend to her backyard garden—she’s a skilled cook who grows her own vegetables and always has an assortment ready for salads or barbecues. It’s no match for the Virginia farm she grew up on, but offers respite from the buzz of city life.
On meeting days, she’ll peruse her closet for casual-yet-polished pieces that lend her that extra boost of confidence, perhaps a tailored trouser and a modern tartan blazer. If it's sunny out, a pair of Givenchy shades adds a little fashion pop. “I’d say my style is super-relaxed, classic, maybe with a surprise here and there, perhaps prompted by my daughter Dylan,” she says. “I’ll splurge on something really special, a designer piece, like my Givenchy Mystic handbag. It's classic; it's timeless; it can transition from morning to day to night. It’s worth every penny when you need to make an impression.”
Her connection to the house goes way back: “I remember doing the Givenchy show with Alexander McQueen,” she recalls. “It was definitely a pinch myself moment, because I was kind of new on the scene and it was all of the supermodels. In one of the shows I walked behind Nadja Auermann, another Naomi Campbell.” Murphy’s just as enamored with the house today under the artistic direction Claire Waight Keller. “The legacy of Givenchy is so inspiring, “ she says, “the transcendence it has maintained over the years.”
When her workday winds down, she is usually happy to head back to her cozy abode and spend time with her daughter. But if Murphy’s craving a night out, there’s always an invitation waiting, be it to a benefit dinner or fashion industry party. “You definitely have to bring your A-game for certain events,” she says. For those special occasions, she likes a statement piece: “When I throw on a dress like this one, I don't really need to do too much else. It’s an easy transition. I can leave my hair and makeup from the day, or maybe change my lip; it’s really all about the dress.”
Watch as the model takes us through her daily routine, outfitted in classic Givenchy pieces with a modern twist.