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, with scarves priced from $100 to $130. –Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester

Courtesy Blackbird Design House

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It was so COOL to se a fellow Etsian and artist featured here..and what a best friend to have! i also found a new etsy shop to love and thank you for sharing this article! Beautiful scarves and model:D

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