Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Line of Beauty - Vanessa Axente

Hungarian model Vanessa Axente consolidates her status as a bonafide mega star with back-to-back only girl editorial bookings for American Vogue. The DNA Model Management repped beauty appears in "The Line of Beauty" lensed by Karim Sadli for American Vogue's November 2014 issue. Axente's slender 181 cm silhouette is the ideal canvas to showcase bold striped pieces selected by Fashion Editor Grace Coddington from the Resort collections of Marni, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Céline, and Marc Jacobs. Eighteen year old Axente has truly earned her stripes, modelling from the age of fourteen culminating this year in an American Vogue September 2014 cover appearance and a coveted spot as the face of Calvin Klein Collection and Chanel Beauty Fall/Winter 2014. Axente versatility in print and on the runway is evident in recent cover appearances for the Italian, German, and Japanese editions of Vogue and on Spring/Summer 2015 runways of Donna Karan, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Chloé, Stella McCartney, and Hermés. Axente's evolution from shy school girl to modelling superstar is made all the more sweeter by her gracious and personable nature which IMA has witnessed at castings for Altuzarra, Oscar de la Renta, and while scouring the streets of New York City.

Vanessa Axente
US Vogue - November 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - November 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - November 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - November 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - November 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - November 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - November 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sitting Pretty - Maartje Verhoef, Julia Bergshoeff & Alexandra Elisabeth Ljadov

M Le Magazine du Monde assembles the Spring/Summer 2015 season's top catwalkers for an editorial lensed by Willy Vanderperre for its October 2014 issue. Models of the moment Maartje Verhoef, Alexandra Elisabeth, Julia Bergshoeff, Anya Lyagoshina, and Misha Hart are captured by Vanderperre posing alongside miniature animal figurines in "L'allure sans façon". Sylist Marie Chaix embraces an effortless elegance decking out the stellar cast of newcomers in cropped sweaters, voluminous coats, tight jeans, and knee-skimming embroidered dresses paired with leather moccasins. Collectively the pack of Five proved to be ubiquitous on Spring/Summer 2015 runways with Dutch newcomer Verhoef leading the charge amassing a phenomenal 66 show bookings. Seventeen year olds Estonian Alexandra Elisabeth and fellow Dutchie Julia Bergshoeff weren't far behind blazing a blistering trail with 63 and 51 show tallies apiece. Glasgow native Misha Hart and Russian Anya Lyogoshina with their matching bangs made their presence felt at Top Shop Unique, Giles, House of Holland, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, and Erdem. With the Spring/Summer 2015 editorial and campaign season currently underway, watch for this unique collective of runway renegades to take full flight.  

Maartje Verhoef
M Le Magazine du Monde - October 2014
Photographer - Willy Vanderperre
Source - artpartner.com

Alexandra Elisabeth Ljadov
M Le Magazine du Monde - October 2014
Photographer - Willy Vanderperre
Source - artpartner.com

Alexandra Elisabeth Ljadov
M Le Magazine du Monde - October 2014
Photographer - Willy Vanderperre
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Julia Bergshoeff
M Le Magazine du Monde - October 2014
Photographer - Willy Vanderperre
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Misha Hart
M Le Magazine du Monde - October 2014
Photographer - Willy Vanderperre
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Anya Lyagoshina
M Le Magazine du Monde - October 2014
Photographer - Willy Vanderperre
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Misha Hart
M Le Magazine du Monde - October 2014
Photographer - Willy Vanderperre
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Alexandra Elisabeth Ljadov
M Le Magazine du Monde - October 2014
Photographer - Willy Vanderperre
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Maartje Verhoef
M Le Magazine du Monde - October 2014
Photographer - Willy Vanderperre
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Exclusive Interview - Phillipa Hemphrey

The stakes were high for British newcomer Phillipa Hemphrey heading into the Spring/Summer 2015 season given her superlative Fall/Winter 2014 debut opening for J.W. Anderson and an ensuing lion's lair of editorial and campaign bookings. The seventeen year old lanky beauty has been on high alert with casting directors and designers since scoring lucrative Fall/Winter 2014 campaigns for J.W. Anderson and Marc Jacobs, in addition to lens time with Patrick Demarchlier, Paolo Roversi, David Sims, Sølve Sundsbø, and Jamie Hawkesworth while shooting for Vogue Italia, Love, Paris Vogue, and M Le Monde. The New York Model Management and Premier Models-repped beauty continued her dream run throughout the Spring/Summer 2015 season logging runway mileage at Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Victoria Beckham, Narciso Rodriguez, J.W. Anderson, Acne Studios, Loewe, Céline, and Louis Vuitton. Hemphrey's highly selective show list with its quality versus quantity pitch will no doubt add to the newcomer's blue chip sheen.

The stunningly versatile Brit was singled out by Premier founder Carole White in her local Kent and has been modelling part-time while completing her high school education. White who has engineered the career trajectories of the original Supers Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Claudia Schiffer says of Hemphrey, "She  is a very bright girl - very organised and focused on everything she does, and she has determination and strength of character. This is what you need to be a successful model these days." Hemprey's towering 181 cm frame and unembellished beauty that veers between a powerful androgyny and an effortless chic, will no doubt appeal to high end fashion brands and ensure her a "model as muse" propensity amongst designers and image makers. On the eve of the Spring/Summer 2015 shows, Hemphrey cut straight to the chase with IMA about her hopes for the season ahead, the unique appeal of the new wave of British models, and why models have come full circle - nabbing covers and campaigns en masse. 

Phillipa Hemphrey
Image courtesy of New York Models


Inoubliable Model Army (IMA): Hi Phillipa, thank you for chatting with IMA. Since your debut at the Fall/Winter 2014 collections, you've galvanised industry attention via a slew of blue chip runway, editorial, and campaign bookings. How would you describe the past six months and are you in awe of the positive response you have received from key industry players?
Phillipa Hemphrey (PH): I know I always say it but the last six months have been so surreal. Since the prospect of modeling came about I had hoped that I could give it a go but I could never have imagined it to have gone the way it has! I am so thankful to everyone who has supported me and given me these amazing opportunities.

IMA: Being a relatively new face to modelling, would you mind sharing your backstory with IMA's readers?
PH: I am 17 years old and I live in a seaside town in Kent, England. I was scouted when I was eleven years old but I only started doing test shoots at age fifteen. My modelling career started  in earnest six months ago, walking for J.W. Anderson at the Fall/Winter 2014 shows.

IMA: Your Fall/Winter 2014 show list included an opening slot at J.W. Anderson and appearances at Christopher Kane, Céline, Sonia Rykiel, Alexander McQueen, and Louis Vuitton! What were your expectations heading into your debut season and are you excited about the impending Spring/Summer 2015 show season?
PH: My casting for J.W. Anderson was only two days before the actual show so it was so last minute I didn't have time to realise that I was jumping into London Fashion Week. I enjoyed my first show so much, I was excited and ready to do more! I cannot wait for the Spring/Summer 2015 season as I really want to walk for as many top shows as I can, but at the same time I am nervous as it will be my second season and I want to do better than before!

Louis Vuitton - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com

Proenza Schouler - S/S 2015
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Alexander Wang - S/S 2015
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com


IMA: Casting directors see literally hundred of new faces each show season. Do you have a strategy heading into castings and what do you feel are the key attributes for making a positive impression?
PH: I do not have any real strategy, I didn't even realise the full extent of what casting directors were! I think the main thing is to be polite and grateful for their time but also to be yourself.

IMA: Over the past few months, you've appeared in editorials for Vogue Italia, Paris Vogue, and Love Magazine lensed respectively by Paolo Roversi, Patrick Demarchelier and Sølve Sundsbø. Does posing in front of the camera come naturally to you and how do you psyche yourself into character for a shoot?
PH: It's strange as I am a terrible actor and normally hate posing for pictures with friends but on shoots I find it much easier because there is a theme and you have a sense of purpose.

IMA: Recently you sat your British A Level exams. How are you managing to juggle the demands of school with high profile modelling assignments? And now that you've had a taste of modelling, do you plan go full-time upon graduation and if modelling hadn't interceded what alternate career path would you consider?
PH: By the time I was missing a lot of school for modelling, we were mostly doing revision so it wasn't too bad. During the exam period I became very stressed but I think that is more because I had set my standards high and was intent on achieving my goals. I really want to pursue modelling and see where it can take me because I have thoroughly enjoyed it so far. I have never been sure about university because I am not too keen on the idea of being tied to education for another three years. I have always been intrigued to see and explore the different cultural aspects of the world so I would have chosen to travel.

IMA: Did you hold any preconceived notions about modelling prior to entering the industry that have since been dispelled?
PH: I very wrongly assumed that lots of people in the industry would be either mean or selfish but I could not have been more wrong. Most people are so nice and everyone really looks out for each other.

Phillipa Hemphrey (centre), Yulia Musieichuk, & Marta Placzek
J.W. Anderson - F/W 2014
Photographer - Jamie Hawkesworth
Image courtesy of New York Models

Marc Jacobs - F/W 2014
Photographer - David Sims
Image courtesy of New York Models

Love Magazine - F/W 2014
Photographer - Sølve Sundsbø
Source - models.com


IMA: Your Fall/Winter 2014 campaign berths for Marc Jacobs and J.W. Anderson have the industry abuzz. Did you enjoy the process of collaboration on both shoots with photographers David Sims and Jamie Hawkesworth?
PH: The two photographers are very different and I loved working with both of them for different reasons. Doing the campaign for Marc Jacobs was so special because I went to meet David Sims on the Wednesday and then after I left I got a call to say I would be going to New York that weekend to shoot the campaign! To shoot the campaign for J.W. Anderson, I had been told about a month before. It was a long day in a strange derelict school but Jamie is always such good fun to work with.

IMA: British models are currently carving up the international runway circuit with yourself, Brogan Loftus, Sam Rollinson, Malaika Firth, Edie Campbell, Neelam Gill, and Hollie May Saker representing. What do you feel is unique about this new generation of British girls which has the fashion industry completely captivated?
PH: Although being British, I think it is fair to say we all come from different upbringings and backgrounds which makes us all distinctly individual. Also from what I have seen, we all enjoy what we do and are not affected by the high profile status that sometimes is expected in the fashion industry.

IMA: Aside from the obvious physical demands, modelling requires a strong mind, a thick skin, and a steely determination to succeed. What have been the greatest challenges that you have faced to date as model and what advice would you offer to young girls considering a career in modelling?
PH: I always set myself very high standards and want to be as successful as I can, so when I have been doing castings or fitting for shows which then have not eventuated, I have found that challenging because I am hard on myself and question what I may have done wrong. But people tell me not to take it personally so that for me is the advice I would pass on to anyone considering modelling.

M Le Monde - September 2014
Photographer - Jamie Hawkesworth
Source - thefashionspot.com

Love Magazine - F/W 2014
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Image courtesy of New York Models

Phillipa Hemphrey, Vanessa Moody, & Charlotte Kay
Paris Vogue -  June 2014
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Image courtesy of New York Models

Julie Hoomans, Kasia Jujeczka, Phillipa Hemphrey, & Clementine Deraedt
Vogue Italia - September 2014
Photographer - Paolo Roversi
Source - thefashionspot.com


IMA: Models are making a massive comeback this season with the British, Amercian, japanese, and French editions of Vogue all featuring models as cover subjects for their all important September issues. What do you feel are the contributing factors which have reignited the interest in models as public figures?
PH: When I was younger, people looked at models as mere human clothes hangers assuming they had no personality or brain. Top models like Karlie Kloss with her Karlie's Kookies are proving that we all have personalities and can do more than just pose, and also have the ability to inspire people.

IMA: You are represented by a formidable team of agents at New York Models and Premier in London who have guided your career trajectory with blue chip precision. What do you value most about your agents and their management approach?
PH: I could not be more thankful to everyone who has given me the opportunities I have had and helped me get to where I am. My agents are always so nice and really have my best interests in mind.

IMA: Models are often seen as arbiters of style. How would you describe your fashion aesthetic and what are your current wardrobe essentials?
PH: I have a very simplistic style. I often see other people wearing really cool clothes and think I should try something like that but than I never feel comfortable so I tend to stick with classic and simple pieces which I hope works.

IMA: What makes you "Inoubliable" (Unforgettable)?
PH: I like to think I am anything but fake, and I am not trying to be anything that I'm not. I love to chat and I hope people like and remember me for being a polite, friendly person.

Philippa Hemphrey
Heroine Magazine - Issue 1
Photographer - Pani Paul
Image courtesy of New York Models

Special thanks to Cory Bautista, Marcos Olazobal and Michelle Adell at New York Model Management. For more information on New York Models and Premier Models, please log onto www.newyorkmodels.com and www.premiermodelmanagement.com

Friday, October 10, 2014

Honourable Mentions - S/S 2015 Show Girls

The Spring/Summer 2015 season saw a stunning array of new faces descending on all four fashion capitals in the hopes of impressing casting directors, designers and stylists with the most clout. It's always a bittersweet process coming up with IMA's Top 10 Newcomers list for the season and more so for the current Spring/Summer 2015 collections. The following seven newcomers encapsulate the depth of talent that emerged this season on the runways for Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, Christopher Kane, Giles, Versace, Gucci, Prada, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Céline, Jil Sander, and Louis Vuitton. Newcomers Adrienne Jüliger and Aneta Pajak from Viva Paris smashed the Paris collections appearing on a select number of blue chip runways while Danish ingenue Frederikke Sofie Falbe Hansen had IMA completely enamoured with her four appearances at Christopher Kane, Peter Pilotto, David Koma, and Paul Smith during London Fashion Week. The effervescent Mily Reuter from the Dominican Republic dazzled IMA at Alexander Wang while Supreme Models' Jing Wen was everything at Prabal Gurung, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, and Chanel. Wilhelmina's All-American beauty Taja Feistner was a beguiling proposition at Miu Miu, Viktor & Rolf, and Louis Vuitton as was Britain's bushy-browed Olivia David who appeared on every notable runway during the London collections. IMA salutes this group of seven exceptional newcomers and will have them in high contention for the Fall/Winter 2015 season.

Frederikke Sofie Falbe Hansen
Agency - 2PM Model Management
Christopher Kane - S/S 2015
Photographer - Gianni Pucci
Source - style.com

Mily Reuter
Agency - Ford Models NY & Elite Paris
Alexander Wang - S/S 2015
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Olivia David
Agency - Elite Paris
Loewe - S/S 2015
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Adrienne Jüliger
Agency - Viva Paris
Givenchy - S/S 2015
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Aneta Pajak
Agency - Viva Paris
Céline - S/S 2015
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Jing Wen
Agency - Supreme Management & Women Paris
Prabal Gurung - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com

Taja Feistner
Agency - Wilhelmina Models
Louis Vuitton - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com

Top 10 Newcomers S/S 2015 - Emely Montero

IMA rounds out its Top 10 Newcomers list for the Spring/Summer 2015 season with the inclusion of stunning Dominican newcomer Emely Montero. Discovered by her mother's co-worker at a Barbizon graduation, Montero was signed on the spot after being introduced to an agency in the Dominican Republic. Montero quickly caught the eye of casting director Ashley Brokaw, who selected her to debut as a Miu Miu exclusive during the Fall/Winter 2013 season. Following such a promising debut, Montero's ensuing runway absence over the next 18 months has left model-watchers baffled. Represented by a new management team at Wilhelmina Models, 18 year old Montero reemerged at the Spring/Summer 2015 collections with a fearless glint in her eyes and a fire in her belly.

Montero found herself backed early on by Ashley Brokaw who showed true allegiance, selecting the exotic beauty to walk for Rag & Bone and Proenza Schouler during New York Fashion Week. With Brokaw's resolute nod of approval, Montero soared at the London shows finding her wings at Giles, Preen, J.W. Anderson, Mary Katranzou, Marios Schwab, and Erdem. In Milan, a city known for being particularly brutal towards models of colour, Montero proceeded unperturbed with three ultra-blue chip bookings for Prada, Marni, and Missoni. During the final leg of the Paris collections, IMA encountered Montero at the Cédric Charlier castings and was transfixed by her beguiling mix of in your face beauty and tough chic. While demonstrating her fierce runway swagger for casting director Paul Louisor, Montero exuded that elusive star quality that few established models let alone newcomers possess. With her final turn on the runway for Viktor & Rolf, Montero left now doubt that she is back for the long-haul.

Emely Montero
Photographer - Laura Marie Cieplik
Image courtesy of Oui Management

Proenza Schouler - S/S 2015
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Marni - S/S 2015
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Cédric Charlier - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com

Erdem - S/S 2015
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Prada - S/S 2015
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Special thanks to Roman Young and Josh Bostwick at Wilhelmina Models. For more information on Wilhelmina Model Management, please log onto www.wilhelmina.com

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Top 10 Newcomers S/S 2015 - Lina Berg

IMA reserves a spot on its Top 10 Newcomers list for Spring/Summer 2015 for the beautiful and enigmatic Lina Berg. In an industry overrun with pretty young things, twenty-four year old Berg has proven to be so much more with a dynamic personality capable of charming even the most jaded model aficionado. The native Berliner struck all the right notes across all four fashion capitals with appearances at Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Hugo Boss, Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Jil Sander, Versace, Miu Miu, Chloé, and Balenciaga. Berg's ability to transform seamlessly from Versace vixen to androgynous cool at Jil Sander and bohemian chic at Burberry Prorsum ensured her favour with casting directors and designers. Off the runway Berg has proven to be an even bigger hit, winning the hearts of street style photographers whilst posing perched atop a car following the Peter Pilotto show in London. IMA has had the distinct pleasure of witnessing Berg take full flight since our initial meeting at the Resort 2015 castings in June. Berg's impeccable Spring/Summer 2015 show tally of thirty-six bookings are a testament to her management team at Fusion Models NY, Oui Management, Elite Model Management Milan, and Storm Models in London. With her razor sharp cheekbones, stunning versatility, and mega-watt presence, Berg possesses all the qualities of a true long-distance player.

Lina Berg
Photographer - William Lords
Image courtesy of Fusion Models

Balenciaga - S/S 2015
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Alexander Wang - S/S 2015
Photographer - Yannis Valmos
Source - style.com

Chloé - S/S 2015
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com 

Miu Miu - S/S 2015
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Jil Sander  - S/S 2015
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Top 10 Newcomers S/S 2015 - Sora Choi

South Korean model Sora Choi made the leap from former Korea's Next Top Model alumni to bonafide runway star courtesy of a killer Spring/Summer 2015 show season. IMA was first alerted to Sora's high fashion potential when she appeared like a bolt out of the blue at Louis Vuitton's Cruise 2015 show in May 2014. Already an established model in her native Korea having modelled for local editions of Vogue and W, Sora's international appeal was recognised by Evidence Models in Paris and Muse Model Management in New York. Fast-forward to the Spring/Summer 2015 collections and Sora has quickly emerged asone of the the most coveted newcomers on New York runways appearing at Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez, 3.1 Philip Lim, and Anna Sui. With a clear less is more strategy, Sora skipped London Fashion Week heading straight to Milan to play with the big guns at Versace, Fendi, Roberto Cavalli, and Bottega Veneta. The twenty-two year old Seoul native was conspicuous by her absence during most of the Paris collections and for good reason with casting director Ashley Brokaw nabbing Sora as a Louis Vuitton exclusive on the final day of Paris Fashion Week. With the sleek lines of her 178 cm frame, exquisite almond shaped eyes, and an irresistible smattering of freckles across her angular cheekbones, Sora will no doubt be ubiquitous in the editorial and campaign season ahead.

Sora Choi
Numéro Russia - September 2014
Photographer Warren du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones

Versace - S/S 2015
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Alexander Wang - S/S 2015
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Roberto Cavalli - S/S 2015
Photographer - Fabio Iona
Source - style.com

Calvin Klein - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com

Louis Vuitton Exclusive - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com