Thursday, November 20, 2014

Shake it Off - Maartje Verhoef

The Spring/Summer 2015 show season was dominated by a new collective of models whose radiant fresh faced beauty and youthful optimism is proved to be the perfect antidote to the world's current state of flux. Leading the charge was seventeen year old Dutch newcomer Martje Verhoef who slayed the Spring/Summer 2015 runways with an epic 66 show bookings including nine opening/closing slots. Verhoef's svelte 179 cm frame, perfectly symmetrical features, and versatile beauty made her the most sought after model of the season. Photographer Daniel Jackson captures Verhoef's effervescence and flawless beauty for Vogue China's "Classic Moods" editorial with fashion editor Tina Laakkonen decking out the Dutchie in luxuriant furs and elegant ensembles from the Fall/Winter 2014 collections of Céline, Prada, Dior, Gucci, Chloé, and Rochas. Since her stunning international runway debut two years ago opening for Prada at the Spring/Summer 2013 collections, Verhoef's rise through industry ranks has been carefully engineered by her management team at Micha Models and Women Management. Having recently completed her high school studies, Verhoef has been fully unleashed on the fashion world via a flurry of editorial bookings for M Le Magazine du Monde, WSJ, Document, and Interview with plenty more to follow.

Maartje Verhoef
Vogue China - December 2014
Photographer - Daniel Jackson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Vogue China - December 2014
Photographer - Daniel Jackson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Vogue China - December 2014
Photographer - Daniel Jackson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Vogue China - December 2014
Photographer - Daniel Jackson
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Vogue China - December 2014
Photographer - Daniel Jackson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Vogue China - December 2014
Photographer - Daniel Jackson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Vogue China - December 2014
Photographer - Daniel Jackson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Midas Touch - Riley Montana

New York Model Management's Riley Montana is fast emerging as one of the leading editorial go-to-girls of the current generation of rising stars. In the past year alone, Montana has struck editorial gold appearing in stories for Paris Vogue, W, Harper's Bazaar, Love, CR Fashion Book, Vogue Italia, Interview, V, i-D, and French Numéro. Montana continues her dream run with another stellar editorial turn for the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Exit Magazine. The editorial features the seductive heavy-lidded beauty posing for photographer Michael Schwartz in a series of paired back studio portraits. Montana's supreme modelling prowess and illuminating star quality kick into overdrive as she models overcoats, capes, and parkas selected by stylist Almudena Guerra from the Fall/Winter 2014 collections of Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Saint Laurent, and Chanel. Montana's career was fast-tracked to the very elite level when she was selected by designer Riccardo Tisci to appear in Givenchy's Spring/Summer 2014 campaign lensed by Mert & Marcus. The Detroit native has since graced the runways of Balmain, Nina Ricci, Bottega Veneta, Trussardi, Rochas, and Oscar de la Renta, and recently landed the cover of W Magazine's November 2014 issue under the tagline "Born Beautiful".

Riley Montana
Exit Magazine - F/W 2014
Photographer - Michael Schwartz
Source - thefashionspot.com

Exit Magazine - F/W 2014
Photographer - Michael Schwartz
Source - thefashionspot.com

Exit Magazine - F/W 2014
Photographer - Michael Schwartz
Source - thefashionspot.com

Exit Magazine - F/W 2014
Photographer - Michael Schwartz
Source - thefashionspot.com

Exit Magazine - F/W 2014
Photographer - Michael Schwartz
Source - thefashionspot.com

Exit Magazine - F/W 2014
Photographer - Michael Schwartz
Source - thefashionspot.com

Exit Magazine - F/W 2014
Photographer - Michael Schwartz
Source - thefashionspot.com

Friday, November 14, 2014

Maximum Coverage - Julia Bergshoeff

Red hot newcomer Julia Bergshoeff keeps the momentum going straight off the Spring/Summer 2015 runways with an editorial appearance in New York Times' T Style supplement. 'Poetic Justice' features the fresh faced Dutch beauty in elegant full-length gowns selected by fashion editor Joe McKenna and captured by photographer Karim Sadli. Bergshoeff comes of age in the editorial displaying a womanly sophistication and the type of quiet confidence generally reserved for more seasoned veterans. The eighteen year old Dutchie was unequivocally one of the most sought after faces of the Spring/Summer 2015 season with a staggering 51 show bookings. Ensuing editorial bookings for Self Service, Interview, M Le Magazine du Monde, and a Gucci Resort 2015 campaign slot lensed by Mert & Marcus suggest that Bergshoeff will remain in high contention as the full Spring/Summer 2015 editorial and campaign season unfurls. Towering at 181 cm with a perfectly ovular face and dreamy green eyes, Bergshoeff possesses the perfect combination of blue chip appeal and commercial accessibility which will ensure her interest from a board cross-section of publications and clients.

Julia Bergshoeff
T Style Magazine - November 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

T Style Magazine - November 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

T Style Magazine - November 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

T Style Magazine - November 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

T Style Magazine - November 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

T Style Magazine - November 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

T Style Magazine - November 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

T Style Magazine - November 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Exclusive Interview - Alexandra Elisabeth Ljadov

Estonian newcomer Alexandra Elisabeth Ljadov has been firmly on IMA's radar since her stunning debut a year ago as an exclusive for Proenza Schouler at the Spring/Summer 2014 collections. The seventeen year old's piercing glacial runway stare, chiselled jawline, and cool air of detachment had key industry players taking note. Fast-forward to the recent Spring/Summer 2015 season and Ljadov has irrevocably galvanised industry attention via a prolific 63 show bookings. Ljadov's stunning versatility - a compelling blend of street chic and blue chip refinement ensured her inclusion on the runways with the most influence including Prada, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, and Valentino. A big part of Ljadov's appeal lies in her non-cookie cutter features which veer more towards a serious cerebral beauty. However scrape the surface and with a single flash of her pearly whites, Ljadov's face transforms to reveal an effervescent and glowing beauty with all of the optimism of a teen with the fashion world at her well-turned feet.

In the aftermath of the Spring/Summer 2015 shows, all signs point towards Ljadov continuing her dream run with a cover appearance for M le Magazine du Monde shot by Willy Vanderperre and editorial bookings for i-D Magazine, Vogue China, and Italian Marie Claire lensed by Daniel Jackson, Emma Summerton, and Thierry Le Goues already in the bag. Ljadov possesses the kind of standout unconventional beauty required to make an indelible impression on the fashion hierarchy however it is her versatile nature, the element of surprise and the depth to her personality which will ensure her longterm relevance. IMA caught up with the charismatic beauty in between modelling and school assignments to chat about her whirlwind Spring/Summer 2015 season, her take on what is means to be a 'Muse', the role models who have inspired her to follow her dreams, and her Fashion Week hijinks with partner in crime Harleth Kuusik.

Alexandra Elisabeth Ljadov
Photographer - Unknown
Source - thefashionspot.com


Inoubliable Model Army (IMA): Hi Alexandra, thank you for chatting with IMA. Congratulations on a spell-binding Spring/Summer 2015 season. Did it come as a surprise at the end of the season, when you realised you had booked a whopping 63 shows? How did you manage to switch off from such a whirlwind Fashion Week schedule?
Alexandra Elisbaeth Ljadov (AEL): Hi, I'm extremely happy to chat with IMA, thank you so much!. Yes it was quite a shock when the season was over. I never expected to walk 63 shows! It all happened very fast and I was just going day by day. Before the shows started, I remember thinking that if I scored a top show at every city it would already be a dream come true. After my final show, I just went to have a burger with a friend and then went to sleep. I woke up in the middle of the night in a panic thinking that I was late but then I realised the shows were over. The next day I flew home from Paris and just had a week to relax and focus on school work - this helped a lot.

IMA: As a relative newcomer to modelling, would you mind sharing your backstory with IMA's readers?
AEL: I'm 17 and I come from Tallinn - the capital of Estonia. My mum is Estonian and my day is half Russian so I have a little bit of Slavic heritage. I have been modelling a little over a year now but I was discovered two years ago at a grill festival in the Summer capital of Estonia - Parnu, while eating meat with ketchup ;-)

IMA: Since your debut at the Spring/Summer 2014 collections where you were an exclusive for Proenza Schouler, your rise through industry ranks has been nothing short of spectacular. How would you describe the past 12 months and what has surprised you most about the industry in the short time you have been modelling?
AEL: The past 12 months have been nothing less than absolutely mind-blowing. I have been travelling around the world, worked with the best photographers, stylists, and designers in the industry and overall have been discovering myself as a person. I love what I do and I am very grateful to the people who have helped me during this time. The part that has surprised me the most is probably how many talented people work on a show or shoot to make a particular vision come alive. I never imagined that all these photos in magazines needed a whole fashion army to create them.

Boss - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Armold
Source - style.com

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

Prabal Gurung - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com

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


IMA: Your Spring/Summer 2015 show list included the who's who of fashion elite. Was it all a blur or were there any special moments both on and off the runway which stood out for you?
AEL: Of course I had many memorable moments. For example the highlights on the runway were definitely walking Proenza Schouler, Prada, Saint Laurent, and Louis Vuitton. These shows gave me butterflies in the stomach before stepping onto the catwalk. But once I was on stage, I just felt like nothing could stop me. Off the runway, I remember after the Saint Laurent show I was standing in a group of models and Hedi Slimane turned towards me and asked if I had fun (it felt very special that he chose me to ask out of all the girls), and after we all had a group hug. But also the Proenza casting gave me so much energy because I hadn't seen the designers in a year and I was extremely excited to see them again after walking my first show for them last year.

IMA: Castings are a necessary and major part of a model's Fashion Week schedule. How do you prepare for castings and what do you feel are the key attributes for making a lasting and positive impression?
AEL: Before castings I just wash my face so I feel fresh. Since I don't use a lot of make-up it doesn't take me a long time to prepare. When I walk in the room I am always being true to myself and show my personality and I think this is what works. Casting directors are humans too and who likes people who are fake? I guess nobody.

IMA: This season you had the opportunity to experience all four fashion capitals. Which city out of the four did you feel a closer affinity to and why?
AEL: I definitely feel most connected to New York. When I was thirteen, my mum took me to NYC as a Christmas present and it has been my favourite city since then. I feel like I belong there. But speaking from another angle - Paris is my favourite city to do shows. I always have a blast there during Fashion Week.

IMA: You appear in the Zara Fall/Winter 2014 campaign and in recent editorials for M Le Magazine du Monde and Italian Marie Claire lensed by Willy Vanderperre and Thierry Le Goues. What do you enjoy most about the print component of modelling and when you were shooting with Willy Vanderperre, did you have an inkling that you would score the cover shot?
AEL: When I am shooting I enjoy the different characters I get to be. Sometimes I feel like channelling into a different person when I'm in front of a camera, but of course the hair, make-up, and clothes play a big role in that. I had absolutely no idea that I would end up on the cover when I was shooting with Willy. I had so much fun on the shoot and it was really a nice surprise.

Marie Claire Italy - September 2014
Photographer - Thierry le Goues
Source - thefashionspot.com

M Le Magazine du Monde - October 2014
Photographer - Willy Vanderperre
Source - thefashionspot.com

i-D Magazine - F/W 2014
Photographer - Daniel Jackson
Source - thefashionspot.com


IMA: For an i-D shot with Daniel Jackson you are quoted as saying "Girls today have such great female role models. We can either follow in their footsteps or create our own.: Who are your role models in life and how do you hope to be a role model to other young girls?
AEL: My role model is definitely my father. He had nothing when he grew up in the Soviet Union and worked his way up from scratch to become an athlete. He taught me to chase my dreams and to never look back. I want to spread this inspiration and motivate young girls to stop thinking 'what if...' and start believing in themselves and to have a strong work ethic.

IMA: Was modelling always a dream of yours and are there any alternate career paths that you hope to have the opportunity to experience?
AEL: When I was a kid I never thought about modelling, but when I entered my teen years I discovered Fashion TV and I was intrigued by it. After my first show I was completely hooked and wanted more. I feel alive when I am modelling. Right now I want to focus on modelling full-time but at the same time finish my high school education. I think it's extremely important nowadays to be educated. In the future, I would still like to continue in the fashion industry. But I have to say that my secret dream is to cast, write, style, shoot, and edit my own short film.

IMA: Estonia models are everywhere at the moment with yourself, Harleth Kuusik, Katlia Aas, Elisabeth Erm, and Karmen Pedaru dominating fashion's runways. Did you run into and hangout with any of your fellow Estonians backstage and at castings?
AEL: Actually this season I got to hang out with all of them. Every time I see or meet Estonians I am very proud of my small country. As some might already know I started my journey with Harleth, so this Fashion Week we lived together throughout the whole month and we even documented our experiences. You can see it all for yourself on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv9H6fTeS-w

IMA: The fashion industry provides a window onto the world with amazing opportunities to travel and meet people from all over. How has modelling and your experiences changed your own perspective?
AEL: Being in the modelling business has been a very eye-opening experience. I used to only see the finished product and not put so much thought into the process. Now I see that it takes a huge amount of people to create a masterpiece and every small task is equally important and if something or someone takes a wrong step it could all fall apart.

Alexandra Elissabeth Ljadov & Harleth Kussik
Photographer - Uncredited
Source - thefashionspot.com

i-D Magazine - F/W 2014
Photographer - Emma Summerton
Source - thefashionspot.com

Vogue China - November 2014
Photographer - Emma Summerton
Source - thefashionspot.com


IMA: Models are in  the unique position of getting a preview on all of the newest fashion trends months before the clothes hit the stores. What were your favourite fashion trends this season and what is your ultimate 'feel good' outfit?
AEL: My favourite trend at the moment has to be the super fun velvet pants from the Louis Vuitton collection and the lined leather jackets from Prada. My ultimate 'feel good' outfit is definitely loose pants like my boyfriend's jeans for going out or sweat pants when at home.

IMA: Your mother agency MJ Models has been instrumental in your development and in laying the foundations for your current status as one of the most promising newcomers of the Spring/Summer 2015 season! What do you value and appreciate most about your management team at MJ Models?
AEL: I value how involved they are. My agents always visit us during Fashion Week and take us out to dinner just to take the pressure off. They always have time to talk. Me, Harleth, and our two agents have a Facebook group chat so we always feel close even if we are thousands of miles apart.

IMA: 2014 marked the return of "Models as Muses" on the covers of magazines and in advertising campaigns. What is your definition of a "Model as Muse" and are there any key industry figures that you would love to take of the role of a Muse for?
AEL: A muse for me is a full of surprises kind of girl, a little bit mysterious. She has the combination of both - inner and outer beauty and then something extra that cannot be explained in words. It would be a privilege to be such an inspiration for someone in the industry. Who knows, maybe I have already met this person ;-)

IMA: What makes you "Inoubliable" (Unforgettable)?
AEL: I think my long legs and cheekbones are definitely my most memorable features on the runway and in photos, but more importantly I hope that my unique personality makes me unforgettable.

Alexandra Elisabeth Ljadov
Photographer - Remigiusz Kozdra & Katarzyna Baczulis
Image courtesy of MJ Model Management

Special thanks to Margit Jögger at MJ Model Management. For more information on MJ Models, please log onto www.mj-models.com

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Unforgettable In Every Way - Liya Kebede

One model that IMA always looks forward to seeing in print or on the runway is the Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede. The iconic model continues to mesmerise this month in an editorial and cover story shot by Ward Ivan Rafik for the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Rika Magazine. Shot simply in a suburban park with a fold-away chair as her sole prop, Kebede's soulful beauty, natural posing ability, and magnetic star quality resonate through Rafik's lens. Stylist Elodie David Touboul has all bases covered decking out Kebede in athletic-inspired dresses, overcoats, pants, and sensible flat shoes from the Fall/Winter 2014 collections of Jil Sander, Paco Rabane, Maison Martin Margiela, Céline, and Junya Watanabe. At age 36, Kebede has enjoyed a prolific modelling career which includes beauty contracts for Estée Lauder and L'Oréal, three American Vogue covers, and campaign bookings for Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Balenciaga, and Oscar de la Renta. Kebede balances motherhood with her on-going role as a Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal Health for the World Health Organisation. Kebede's supermodel status enables her to model selectively, appearing most recently on Vogue Italia's landmark 50th Anniversary cover and returning to the runway at the Spring/Summer 2015 collections playing muse to Nicolas Ghesquiere in his new role as artistic director at Louis Vuitton.

Liya Kebede
Rika Magazine - F/W 2014
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
Source - thefashionography.com

Rika Magazine - F/W 2014
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
Source - thefashionography.com

Rika Magazine - F/W 2014
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
Source - thefashionography.com

Rika Magazine - F/W 2014
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
Source - thefashionography.com

Rika Magazine - F/W 2014
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
Source - thefashionography.com

Rika Magazine - F/W 2014
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
Source - thefashionography.com

Rika Magazine - F/W 2014
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
Source - thefashionography.com

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Body - Alessandra Ambrosio

With the final selection for this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show line-up making headlines this week, veteran angel Alessandra Ambrosio nabs the spotlight shedding her wings for the cover of Australian Harper's Bazaar. The Brazilian model looks nothing short of Super as she poses for photographer Simon Upton in form-fitting outfits from the Fall/Winter 2014 collections of Louis Vuitton, Prada, Stella McCartney, Gucci, and Céline. The thirty-three year old industry veteran and mother of two has built a stellar career based on an rare winning combination of bombshell sensuality and high fashion versatility which has ensured her longterm relevance in the fickle world of fashion. Ambrosio's feline-like features, lustrous chestnut brown tresses, and spectacular 177 cm silhouette look equally at home on the Victoria's Secret runway and on recent covers of Spanish Vogue, Flair, Lui, The Edit, and Vanity Fair. Currently ranked number 8 on Forbe's List of Top Earning Models for 2014, Ambrosio will be bringing plenty of bling to this years Victoria's Secret extravaganza in what is rumoured to be her final runway appearance for the lingerie giant. 

Australian Harper's Bazaar - October 2014
Photographer - Simon Upton
Source - anneofcarversville.com

Australian Harper's Bazaar - October 2014
Photographer - Simon Upton
Source - anneofcarversville.com

Australian Harper's Bazaar - October 2014
Photographer - Simon Upton
Source - anneofcarversville.com

Australian Harper's Bazaar - October 2014
Photographer - Simon Upton
Source - anneofcarversville.com


Australian Harper's Bazaar - October 2014
Photographer - Simon Upton
Source - anneofcarversville.com

Australian Harper's Bazaar - October 2014
Photographer - Simon Upton
Source - anneofcarversville.com

Australian Harper's Bazaar - October 2014
Photographer - Simon Upton
Source - anneofcarversville.com

Monday, November 10, 2014

Shape Shifters - The New Model Army

The Spring/Summer 2015 season's newly anointed catwalk queens pose for legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier in an editorial for Interview Magazine's November 2014 issue. Red hot newcomers Maartje Verhoef, Ine Neefs, Julia Bergshoeff, and Riane Van Rompaey go undercover for "New Down" wearing quilted down jackets, skirts, and dresses selected by fashion editor Karl Templer. Verhoef, Neefs, Van Rompaey, and Bergshoeff are captured by Demarchelier in a series of black and white studio and outdoor portraits which showcase the star quality of each model. Collectively the awesome foursome galvanised industry attention at the Spring/Summer 2014 collections with Berghoeff and Verhoef amassing 51 and 66 shows apiece. Belgian beauty Neefs was equally ubiquitous logging a respectable 46 show booking in spite of skipping the London leg of Fashion Week. Modelling's favourite new redhead Van Rompaey left show-goers wanting with exclusive appearances at Prada and Louis Vuitton. With the dust barely settling on the Spring/Summer 2015 runways, the avalanche of editorial and campaign bookings commences with Bergshoeff scoring a Gucci Resort 2015 campaign slot and Neefs appearing in Prada's Spring/Summer 2015 campaign lensed by Steven Meisel.

Maartje Verhoef
Interview Magazine - November 2014
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - thefashionspot.com

Maartje Verhoef
Interview Magazine - November 2014
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - thefashionspot.com

Rianne Van Rompaey
Interview Magazine - November 2014
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - thefashionspot.com

Rianne Van Rompaey
Interview Magazine - November 2014
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - thefashionspot.com

Ine Neefs
Interview Magazine - November 2014
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - thefashionspot.com

Ine Neefs
Interview Magazine - November 2014
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - thefashionspot.com

Julia Bergshoeff
Interview Magazine - November 2014
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - thefashionspot.com

Julia Bergshoeff
Interview Magazine - November 2014
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - thefashionspot.com