Sunday, July 12, 2015

Babe In Arms - Ashleigh Good

Kiwi model Ashleigh Good makes a stunning editorial return to the pages of Australian Vogue with photographer Nicole Bentley capturing the modelling debut of her baby girl Emily. 'Good Genes' features the twenty-three year old mother and top model in a serene studio setting with bub in tow. Discovered a few short years ago while waiting at a bus stop in her native Auckland, Good was swiftly signed by mother agency RPD Models and Ford Models NY before making her international runway debut as a Givenchy exclusive at the Fall/Winter 2012 collections. Good's meteoric raise through industry ranks has included a Vogue Italia cover shot by Steven Meisel and editorial bookings for CR Fashion Book, British Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, Rika, Love, and Self Service. At the height of her success, Good retreated from the runway circuit to focus on motherhood with her last appearance as a heavily pregnant bride at Chanel's Couture Fall 2015 show where she was escorted down the catwalk by ardent supporter Karl Lagerfeld. Good's return to the runway during the Fall/Winter 2015 collections at Alexander Wang unveiled a startling transformation with her previously golden brown hair dyed by Guido Palau to a deep charcoal black accentuating her pale complexion and deep blue eyes. With a clear focus on healthy living and motherhood, Good has never been in better shape and looks set for a stellar return to modelling's fold with a coveted spot in Dolce & Gabbana's Fall/Winter 2015 campaign offering.

Ashleigh Good & Emily
Vogue Australia - August 2015
photographer - Nicole Bentley
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Vogue Australia - August 2015
photographer - Nicole Bentley
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Vogue Australia - August 2015
photographer - Nicole Bentley
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Vogue Australia - August 2015
photographer - Nicole Bentley
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Vogue Australia - August 2015
photographer - Nicole Bentley
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Vogue Australia - August 2015
photographer - Nicole Bentley
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Vogue Australia - August 2015
photographer - Nicole Bentley
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Exclusive Interview - Aya Jones

The Fall/Winter 2015 collections unveiled a magnificent array of fresh modelling talent with a distinct focus on pure radiant beauty. Amongst the runway renegades to launch a high fashion assault was French newcomer Aya Jones whose classically beautiful features and doe-eyed expression had show-goers cooing in unison as she blitzed her way through a mammoth 47 show bookings. Scouted only a year ago on the Rue de Rivoli, Jones' ascent through modelling's ranks has been meteoric both on and off the runway. With a weighty nod of approval from casting director Ashley Brokaw, Jones blitzed a lightning trail during her debut season at the Paris Spring./Summer 2015 collections gracing the runways of Valentino, Miu Miu, Viktor & Rolf, Giambattista Valli, Nina Ricci, Sacai, and Maison Martin Margiela. Jones' fast-track to fashion's elite inner circle is unsurprising given her enchanting combination of jaw-dropping beauty, elegant 177 cm proportions, and the backing of a battalion of strategically-inclined agents at the Lions NY, Oui Management, and Monster Management.

In the aftermath of the Fall/Winter 2015 shows, Jones' flawless caramel complexion, spectacular pout, and emotive puppy dog brown eyes have been captured by industry heavyweights from Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh, Craig McDean, Daniel Jackson, Luigi & Iango, Karim Sadli, and Harley Weir for the most blue chip publications and clients. A plum spot in Prada's Pre-Fall 2015 campaign and multiple appearances in American Vogue signal the arrival of a bonafide star in the making. IMA caught up exclusively with Jones in between castings, go-sees, and ultra-exclusive modelling assignments to chat about her bi-racial roots, her thrilling debut at Prada, the modelling icons she admires most, and why patience is a virtue.

Aya Jones
Photographer - Paul Morel
Source - thefashionspot.com


Inoubliable Model Army (IMA): Hi Aya, thanks for chatting with IMA! Congratulations on a stellar Fall/Winter 2015 show season with 47 shows booked. How are you feeling now that you've had time to decompress from the shows and to realise the full extent of your Fashion Week achievements?
Aya Jones (AJ): Thank you for inviting me to take part! I feel really excited, it was like a dream come true. I still can't believe it happened to me and I hope that the best is still coming!

IMA: As a relatively new face to modelling, would you mind sharing your backstory with IMA's readers?
AJ: I'm 21 years old and French, but my father is from the Ivory Coast in Africa. I was discovered on the Rue de Rivoli in Paris by a scout, and then I began doing tests.

IMA: During your debut season at the Spring/Summer 2015 collections, you appeared like a bolt out of the blue as an exclusive at Prada in Milan. Describe the process that was involved for the Prada casting and when did you find out that you had been confirmed for the show?
AJ: At the beginning my agency, The Lions sent a few pictures of me to Ashley Brokaw, the casting director of Prada. I met her twice and then went to Milan to see Mrs. Prada. I walked and tried on clothes for her. The day after I was confirmed as an exclusive for the show!

IMA: Your exclusive debut at Prada set the wheels in motion for an epic Paris Fashion Week with turns on the runway at Miu Miu, Viktor & Rolf, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Nina Ricci, Sacai and Paco Rabane amongst others. Were the shows a complete blur or are there any defining moments either on or off the runway which standout in hindsight?
AJ: The whole of Fashion Week was a great experience, a whirl of colour, texture, sounds, feelings... But Prada was the most exciting. It was my first show, my heart was beating very hard.

Prada - F/W 2015
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Oscar de la Renta - F/W 2015
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Missoni - F/W 2015
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com


IMA: The month long fashion frenzy is a real test of mental and physical stamina. How did you prepare in the lead up for the shows and what has been the most sage advice that you received from your agents that helped you throughout the shows?
AJ: First I tried to have a healthy lifestyle. Doing sports, eating well, and sleeping a lot. And of course my family's encouragement was really important for me. And to remember that whatever happens to always be strong and professiona, no matter how long the hours, or the height of the heels... never give up and to stay strong!

IMA: The casting process for shows can be particularly intimidating for newcomers with so many beautiful girls vying for limited runway slots. What was your approach heading into castings and what advice would you offer to make a positive impression at castings?
AJ: I'm someone quite peaceful and relaxed. Of course casting can become a bit stressful, but it is a good stress. Patience is very important in this business and it is important to always be available, and to let the designers and casting directors know that they can count on me.

IMA: Did you have an interest in modelling prior to being discovered and are there any key modelling figures who you admire?
AJ: I never thought about it before I was scouted. I admire Veruschka as a woman and as a model. She changed fashion and was the first supermodel of the 60s. I also admire Naomi Campbell, for all that she has done with her charity work. 

IMA: A model's fashion sensibility is an important part of her overall package when presenting to clients and also off-duty with the rising influence of street style photographers and bloggers. How would you describe your street style and what are your current fashion must-haves?
AJ: I'm quite simple and I love basic items. There's nothing better than jeans and a white tee-shirt.

Aya Jones
T Magazine - S/S 2015
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - models.com

French Numéro - May 2015
Photographer - Daniel Sannwald
Source - models.com

i-D Magazine - S/S 2015
Photographer - Harley Weir
Source - thefashionspot.com

Binx Walton & Aya Jones
Vogue Japan - April 2015
Photographer - Luigi & Iango
Source - thefashionspot.com


IMA: Diversity in modelling has been a contentious topic over the past few seasons. Did you notice diversity on fashion's runways this season and how important is it to you to see diversity reflected in fashion and the media?
AJ: Diversity is part of our world and I think that it's important that fashion, as well as other businesses, reflect that. But it's true that diversity has been a contentious subject for a long time. I do see diversity on runways but more would be even better.

IMA: Modelling at times can feel like a 24/7 existence. How do you unwind outside of work and what are your keen interests and passions beyond modelling/fashion?
AJ: I love cooking, especially African food. My father is a really good cook, he owns a restaurant in Paris which specialises in cuisine from the Ivory Coast. I love cooking with him!
I also discovered yoga and kick boxing a few months ago, it helps me to find a balance, feeling less pressure.

IMA: Your recent editorial bookings for American Vogue with Peter Lindbergh featuring a stunning cast of black models has been one of the most buzzed about shoots this year. What was it like shooting with such an industry legend and what were you most memorable moment of the shoot?
AJ: This shoot will remain unforgettable because of the team. Peter is so nice and always smiling. He likes to laugh, and especially with Grace Coddington. So the atmosphere was cheerful. The other girls and I amused ourselves with a dance between each break. We also had fun in the ATV in the mountains and the beautiful desert landscape. 

Aya Jones
American Vogue - March 2015
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Aya Jones, Lineisy Montero, & Imaan Hammam
Teen Vogue - August 2015
Photographer - Daniel Jackson
Source - models.com

Aya Jones & Artur Chruszcz
Prada Campaign - Pre-Fall 2015
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - thefashionspot.com


IMA: An appearance in a Prada campaign is considered the pinnacle of a model's career not to mention shooting with Steven Meisel! How did your Prada Pre-Fall campaign come about and are you still pinching yourself when you see your campaign images?
AJ: It was an incredible opportunity to have worked with Steven Meisel on this Prada campaign. I still have stars in my eyes, especially when I see the pictures or videos displayed in the store fronts - so luxurious.

IMA: One of the most enjoyable aspects of Fashion Week is the camaraderie backstage between the models. Did you find time to bond with other girls in between castings, round the clock fittings, and the backstage madness?
AJ: Everything is still a bit new for me but it is very nice to meet girls on shoots and backstage and to have a bit of fun before the shows and to meet up with them on our free time.

IMA: What do you enjoy most about modelling and what are your long-term modelling aspirations?
AJ: Hard question... maybe meeting all of the people; stylists, designers and photographers and learning about their universe. It's really inspiring. My long-term aspiration would be shooting with even more artistic photographers and of course being part of some campaigns.

IMA: What makes you "Inoubliable" (Unforgettable)?
AJ: I do feel memorable when a designer asks me to try something and says "that's perfect on her".

Inoubliable - Aya Jones
Image property of Inoubliable Model Army

Special thanks to Alvin Fung at the Lions NY. For more information on the Lions NY, please log onto www.thelionsny.com and follow Aya Jones on Instagram - https://instagram.com/iamayajones

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Golden Girl - Julia Banas

IMA has had Polish newcomer Julia Banas firmly in its sights since her stunning appearance in Gucci's Cruise 2015 campaign lensed by Mert & Marcus. The Czestochowa native was discovered in 2013 at school while en-route to class by a scout who happened to be visiting his alma mater. Banas slightly off-kilter beauty has been showcased in a variety of edgy and mainstream fashion publications including Novembre, Io Donna, Heroine, Flair, L'Officiel Singapore, Vogue Italia, Ukrainian Vogue, and the Polish editions of Glamour and Elle. The newcomer who has yet to make her mark on fashion's runways, sailed into models.com's Hot List rankings courtesy of a slew of recent high profile campaign bookings for Emporio Armani, Rochas, All Saints, Fay, and Custo Barcelona. This month's Viva! Moda showcases the versatile newcomer in an entirely new light with photographer Alice Rosati honing in on the bikini clad Banas while basking in the golden rays of Dubai. Stylist Agnieszka Scibior selects shimmering gold bikinis to showcase Banas' svelte toned physique covered from head to toe in spray on tan. Banas smoulders while displaying a natural confidence and womanly sensuality which will serve her well leading into the Spring/Summer 2016 show season.

Julia Banas
Viva! Moda - S/S 2015
Photographer - Alice Rosati
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Viva! Moda - S/S 2015
Photographer - Alice Rosati
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Viva! Moda - S/S 2015
Photographer - Alice Rosati
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Viva! Moda - S/S 2015
Photographer - Alice Rosati
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Viva! Moda - S/S 2015
Photographer - Alice Rosati
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Friday, July 3, 2015

The Outsiders - Astrid Holler, Ally Ertel, Phillipa Hemphrey, Ala Sekula, & Klaudia Chajduga

Dazed & Confused unveils a cast of modelling's most adorable misfits in an editorial lensed by Yelena Yemchuk for its Spring/Summer 2015 issue. Rising stars Astrid Holler, Ally Ertel, Phillipa Hemphrey, Ala Sekula, and Klaudia Chajduga run amuck on what could well pass as the grounds of a school yard. Fashion editor Katie Shillingford captures the whimsical mood of 'Artful Dogers' decking out the cast in an eclectic mishmash of white cotton boxers, skirts, button down shirts, and full length peasant dresses, black winter overcoats, cravats, tuxedo suits, and balaclavas. Yemchuk makes the most of the diverse beauty of her protagonists honing in on Holler's moody furrowed brow, Ertel's obstinate look of defiance, and Hemphrey's spectacular gangly limbs and glacial stare. Bringing an element of surprise and playfulness to proceedings are newcomers Chajduga and Sekula whose fresh faced beauty and irresistible grins help lighten the mood. IMA expects to see a lot more of this motley crew of beauties in the months ahead with Ertel already scoring a coveted spot in Celine's Fall/Winter 2015 campaign, Holler turning heads in editorials for W, Document Journal, and Modern Weekly, and Hemphrey crossing the Atlantic for high profile bookings in New York. Sekula's super selective Fall/Winter 2015 bookings for Prada and Miu Miu are only a hint of things to come while Chajduga's left of field debut booking for Dazed will surely pique the interest of casting directors and designer in search of untapped talent.

Astrid Holler
Dazed & Confused - S/S 2015
Photographer - Yelena Yemchuk
Source - thefashionspot.com

Ally Ertel
Dazed & Confused - S/S 2015
Photographer - Yelena Yemchuk
Source - thefashionspot.com

Ala Sekula
Dazed & Confused - S/S 2015
Photographer - Yelena Yemchuk
Source - thefashionspot.com

Astrid Holler & Phillipa Hemphrey
Dazed & Confused - S/S 2015
Photographer - Yelena Yemchuk
Source - thefashionspot.com

Dazed & Confused - S/S 2015
Photographer - Yelena Yemchuk
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Astrid Holler & Phillipa Hemphrey
Dazed & Confused - S/S 2015
Photographer - Yelena Yemchuk
Source - thefashionspot.com

Ala Sekula
Dazed & Confused - S/S 2015
Photographer - Yelena Yemchuk
Source - thefashionspot.com

Ally Ertel, Klaudia Chajduga, & Ala Sekula
Dazed & Confused - S/S 2015
Photographer - Yelena Yemchuk
Source - thefashionspot.com

Klaudia Chajduga
Dazed & Confused - S/S 2015
Photographer - Yelena Yemchuk
Source - thefashionspot.com

Phillipa Hemphrey, Klaudia Chajduga, Ally Ertel, & Astrid Holler
Dazed & Confused - S/S 2015
Photographer - Yelena Yemchuk
Source - thefashionspot.com

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Just The Way You Are - Imaan Hamman, Lineisy Montero & Aya Jones

Teen Vogue's August 2015 issue showcases a trio of newcomers who have collectively turned the fashion world topsy turvy with their deliciously charismatic personalities, authentic beauty, and their megawatt presence both on and off the runway. Imaan Hammam, Aya Jones, and Lineisy Montero have set the internet and blogsphere on fire with a riveting cover appearance and editorial shot by Daniel Jackson marking the arrival of a new generation of bonafide modelling supernovas. The veteran of the group, twenty-year old Hammam is the perfect example of fashion's current obsession with a global beauty that is impossible to compartmentalise. Hammam hails from the Netherlands and owes her exotic looks to a fusion of Egyptian and Morroccan ancestry. With appearances in Givenchy's Spring/Summer 2015 lensed by Mert & Marcus, a career defining American Vogue cover, and a coveted spot in Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Hammam has all bases covered and this is just the beginning. Fresh face Lineisy Montero from the Dominican Republic was the revelation of the Fall/Winter 2015 collections charming showgoers with her ultra chic runway strut and instantly recognisable Afro do. Montero's exclusive turn on the runway for Prada has proven to be no flash in the pan with casting director Ashley Brokaw selecting the ingenue to appear in the fashion house's Fall/Winter 2015 campaign immortalised by Steven Meisel. Last but certainly not least, the impossibly photogenic Aya Jones pierced through the Fall/Winter 2015 haze with a mammoth 47 show bookings and has continued to command industry attention with stunning editorial turns for American Vogue, French Numéro, i-D, CR Fashion Book, and Paris Vogue. Looks aside it is the professional work ethic, authenticity, and ebullient personalities of this trio that has fashion folk most entranced with Montero summing it up perfectly, "I'm comfortable in my skin, I just like being me."

Aya Jones, Lineisy Montero & Imaan Hammam
Teen Vogue - August 2015
Photographer - Daniel Jackson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Imaan Hammam
Teen Vogue - August 2015
Photographer - Daniel Jackson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Lineisy Montero
Teen Vogue - August 2015
Photographer - Daniel Jackson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Aya Jones
Teen Vogue - August 2015
Photographer - Daniel Jackson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Imaan Hammam, Aya Jones, & Lineisy Jones
Teen Vogue - August 2015
Photographer - Daniel Jackson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Aya Jones, Lineisy Montero, & Imaan Hammam
Teen Vogue - August 2015
Photographer - Daniel Jackson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Blue Chip Sheen - Nastya Sten

IMA first met Russian newcomer Nastya Sten at castings for Oscar de la Renta for Pre-Fall 2014 and was astounded by her celestial beauty, sweet and polite banter, and her killer runway strut. In the two years since Sten has evolved into an editorial and runway tour de force with true longterm prospects. Sten's porcelain-like complexion, piercing blue eyes, and svelte elegant frame have not gone unnoticed with a flurry of editorial bookings for Numéro China, Dazed & Confused Korea, CR Fashion Book, Interview, Heroine, and the British, American, and Brasilian editions of Vogue. Sten has aced each editorial turn, displaying a refreshing versatility and illuminating presence in front of the camera's lens. The latest issue of Russh magazine showcases Sten at her best with photographer Ward Ivan Rafik training his lens on Sten's picture perfect features and statuesque 181 cm silhouette. The paired back studio images feature The Society Management-repped ingenue adorned with shimmering make-up  on her eyes and hands modelling slick tailored black and white ensembles selected by fashion editor Catherine Newell Hansen. With Couture week scheduled to kick off this week, Sten is guaranteed a free pass on the Parisian runways with the most exclusive blue chip sheen.

Nastya Sten
Russh - June/July 2015
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
Source - thefashionspot.com

Russh - June/July 2015
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
Source - thefashionspot.com

Russh - June/July 2015
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
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Russh - June/July 2015
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
Source - thefashionspot.com


Russh - June/July 2015
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
Source - thefashionspot.com

Russh - June/July 2015
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
Source - thefashionspot.com

Russh - June/July 2015
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
Source - thefashionspot.com

Russh - June/July 2015
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
Source - thefashionspot.com

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer Solstice - Andreea Diaconu

With the passing of the Summer solstice and my Australian tan rapidly dissipating, IMA seeks solace in Porter Magazine's Summer Escape issue. Photographer Cass Bird transports the reader to dreamy endless Summer days with a stunning editorial featuring supermodel Andreea Diaconu shot on location in the Caribbean. The sun-dappled waters and pristine beaches of St Lucia serve as the perfect back drop for Diaconu's radiant smile and bikini-clad toned physique. Bird captures the free-spiritied mood of Summer with Diaconu playing "Cast Away" while frolicking on the sea shore, exploring the hidden coves of St Lucia, and setting sail for the high seas. Stylist Kate Young combines comfort and beach chic decking out Diaconu in an assortment of one piece bathing suits, harem pants, and a sequinned dress by Tom Ford ideal for dancing the night away. Diaconu's blue chip appeal shows no signs of diminishing with editorial bookings this year for American Vogue, Self Service, Document Journal, and the Spanish, Korean, and French editions of Vogue. Diaconu's selling power and mass market appeal is evident in Spring/Summer 2015 campaign slots for Ralph Lauren, Boss Orange, Donna Karan, H&M, and Tiffany & Co ensuring her strong foothold in modelling's major league.

Andreea Diaconu
Porter Magazine - June 2015
Photographer - Cass Bird
Source - thefashionspot.com

Porter Magazine - June 2015
Photographer - Cass Bird
Source - thefashionspot.com

Porter Magazine - June 2015
Photographer - Cass Bird
Source - thefashionspot.com

Porter Magazine - June 2015
Photographer - Cass Bird
Source - thefashionspot.com

Porter Magazine - June 2015
Photographer - Cass Bird
Source - thefashionspot.com

Porter Magazine - June 2015
Photographer - Cass Bird
Source - thefashionspot.com

Porter Magazine - June 2015
Photographer - Cass Bird
Source - thefashionspot.com

Porter Magazine - June 2015
Photographer - Cass Bird
Source - thefashionspot.com