Saturday, May 16, 2015

I'll Tumble 4 Ya - Alisa Ahmann

German newcomer Alisa Ahmann continues her reign as the editorial girl of the moment with a stunning cover and mammoth 16 page editorial appearance in German Vogue's June 2015 issue. The twenty-one year old teutonic blonde takes a star turn for photographer Giampaolo Sgura as she models ethnic-inspired looks from Spain to South America in 'Latin Love'. The Society Management-repped beauty is a magnetic presence with cascading waist length crimped hair, piercing blue/grey eyes, and her 179 cm silhouette providing the perfect framework for voluminous skirts, capes, and long-sleeved tunics. Since her explosive Fall/Winter 2014 debut as an exclusive at Calvin Klein, Ahmann has proven to be an editorial tour de force with back-to-back bookings for French Numéro, Another Magazine, Allure, i-D, Porter, and the Italian, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, and Brasilian editions of Vogue. Spring/Summer 2015 campaign slots for Gucci Cruise, Alberta Ferretti and Massimo Dutti confirm Ahmann as one of the leading contenders amongst the next generation of budding Supers. Ahmann's goddess-like beauty, powerful sensuality, and undeniable star quality are more akin to the Supers of the early 90s however it's Ahmann's gentle nature, thoughtful repose, and kind spirit which place her at the top of IMA's list of current faves.

Alisa Ahmann
German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Clear Depth of Field - Riley Montana, Binx Walton, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, & Liya Kebede

The fickle world of modelling allows for limited long-term career prospects for models beyond their second or third consecutive show seasons. The odds are stacked even more heavily against models of colour with designers allocating a small window of opportunity to Asian, Latina, and black models. During the recent Fall/Winter 2015 collections, models.com and industry icon Bethann Hardison teamed up to cast the spotlight on the issue of diversity in modelling with IMG Models Worldwide, Ford Models, Wilhelmina, and New York Model Management showcasing of their roster of ethnically diverse beauties. The knock on effect seemed evident at the Fall/Winter 2015 collections with a magnificent array of multi-hued newcomers including Amilna Estevao, Bhumika Arora, Aamita Lagum, Yuan Bo Chao, Aya Jones, Dylan Xue, Muna Mahamed, Tiana Tostoi, Issa Lish, Damaris Goddrie, and Lineisy Montero commanding the fashion stage. In recent months Vogue Italia, Numéro France, Paris Vogue, L'Officiel Singapore, British Vogue, Garage, and Spanish Vogue have allocated key cover spots to black models signalling a definitive embrace of colour by fashion editors and casting directors. With the likes of Liya Kebede, Jourdan Dunn, Riley Montana, Malaika Firth, Kayla Scott, Binx Walton, Aya Jones, and Joan Smalls exuding star quality on the covers of publications with the most blue chip prestige, the depth of field of ethnic models at the elite level has never been so patently clear.

Riley Montana
L'Officiel Singapore - April 2015
Photographer - Stefan Khoo
Casting Director - Neill Seeto
Source - thefashionspot.com

Binx Walton
Spanish Vogue - May 2015
Photographer - Nico Bustos
Source - thefashionspot.com

Liya Kebede
Paris Vogue - May 2015
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Source - thefashionspot.com

Malaika Firth
Elle France - March 2015
Photographer - Jean Baptiste Mondino
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Jordan Dunn
British Vogue - February 2015
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - thefashionspot.com

Aya Jones
French Numéro - May 2015
Photographer - Daniel Sannwald
Source - thefashionspot.com

Kayla Scott
Vogue Italia - May 2015
Photographer - Steven Meisel
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Joan Smalls
Garage - S/S 2015
Photographer - Phil Poynter
Source - thefashionspot.com

Friday, May 8, 2015

California Dreaming - Ally Ertel

All-American Cali girl Ally Ertel has been on IMA's radar since we met at castings for Natalie Joos during the Spring/Summer 2014 season. Ertel's laid-back demeanour, unembellished beauty, and sun-kissed glow stood out amongst the throngs of perfectly preened models in attendance. Fast-forward 18 months and Ertel's natural good looks and super chilled vibes have suddenly come into vogue with the twenty-five year old popping up as an exclusive at Céline during the Fall/Winter 2015 collections. Success has certainly not been overnight for Ertel who has been modelling since 2008 however there appears to be a groundswell of industry support and interest with appearances at Calvin Klein's Fall 2015 presentation and a coveted spot at Louis Vuitton's Cruise 2016 show in Palm Springs. Ertel's recent editorial turn in British Vogue's April 2015 issue lensed by photographer Zoe Ghertner has kicked things into overdrive. The 12 page only girl story features Ertel in full bloom radiating positive energy and a healthy glow that is infectious and a welcome respite from the oft overly photo-shopped and hyper-sexualisted imagery that dominate the fashion landscape. Ertel's natural beauty, unruly blonde locks, and athletic physique will be gaining maximum exposure in the season ahead with the industry veteran returning recently from Paris where she has just signed with Major Model Management. 

Ally Ertel
British Vogue - April 2015
Photographer - Zoe Ghertner
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British Vogue - April 2015
Photographer - Zoe Ghertner
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British Vogue - April 2015
Photographer - Zoe Ghertner
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British Vogue - April 2015
Photographer - Zoe Ghertner
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British Vogue - April 2015
Photographer - Zoe Ghertner
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British Vogue - April 2015
Photographer - Zoe Ghertner
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British Vogue - April 2015
Photographer - Zoe Ghertner
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British Vogue - April 2015
Photographer - Zoe Ghertner
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Rhapsody in Blue - Katryn Kruger

IMA first met South African model Katryn Kruger at the Altuzarra Spring/Summer 2013 castings during the early stages of her modelling career. Kruger had just come off the back of a spectacular  debut walking exclusively for Givenchy and was touted as modelling's next big thing having shot with Steven Meisel for Prada's Spring/Summer 2012 campaign. Kruger's first full show season at the Fall/Winter 2012 collections saw the then sixteen year old logging runway mileage at 39 shows. The enigmatic teen walked four shows in New York the following season before stepping back from modelling to focus on completing her high school studies leaving model aficionados lamenting her absence. Fast-forward to the Spring/Summer 2015 season and Kruger reemerged on the runway at Wes Gordon and Creatures of the Wind displaying a full-blown sensuality and confidence. Kruger has made strong inroads on editorial front appearing in the Chinese and British editions of Harper's Bazaar, Heroine, Flaunt, and the British, Japanese, and Brasilian versions of Vogue. This month Kruger is a rhapsody in blue for L'Officiel Mexico's May 2015 issue appearing on the cover and accompanying editorial feature lensed by Rokas Darulis. Kruger's flawless complexion, expressive gold-flecked blue/grey eyes, and towering 180 cm silhouette prove to be the perfect accompaniment for the 'Loose Blues' denim-inspired story. 

Katryn Kruger
L'Officiel Mexico - May 2015
Photographer - Rokas Darulis
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L'Officiel Mexico - May 2015
Photographer - Rokas Darulis
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L'Officiel Mexico - May 2015
Photographer - Rokas Darulis
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L'Officiel Mexico - May 2015
Photographer - Rokas Darulis
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L'Officiel Mexico - May 2015
Photographer - Rokas Darulis
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L'Officiel Mexico - May 2015
Photographer - Rokas Darulis
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L'Officiel Mexico - May 2015
Photographer - Rokas Darulis
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L'Officiel Mexico - May 2015
Photographer - Rokas Darulis
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Knock Out - Edita Vilkevicuite

Longevity in modelling comes down to a combination of spectacular genetics, good luck and timing, sound management, and versatility. Top model Edita Vilkevicuite, who has enjoyed close to a decade in the modelling spotlight, displays all of the above and more in an editorial and cover shoot for Flair's Iconic issue. Photographer Collier Schorr harnesses Vilkevicuite's bombshell beauty and showcases a stoic and powerful side to her modelling repertoire. The twenty-six year old Lithuanian model takes on the role of boxer donning gloves and athletic-inspired ensembles styled by Sissy Vian. Vilkevicuite poses ringside, at the beach, and on a training court with all of the conviction and focus of an elite athlete. With her naturally toned physique and impressive 175 cm frame, Vilkevicuite cuts a fine figure while adopting a boxer's stance and throwing a mean left hook at her sparring partner. The DNA Model Management-repped industry veteran remains at the top of her game with an impressive resumé including multiple turns on the runway at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and as a sure fire money spinner campaign drawcard for Calvin Klein White Label, Bulgari, Roberto Cavalli Fragrance and H&M.

Edita Vilkevicuite
Flair - May 2015
Photographer - Collier Schorr
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Flair - May 2015
Photographer - Collier Schorr
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Flair - May 2015
Photographer - Collier Schorr
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Flair - May 2015
Photographer - Collier Schorr
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Flair - May 2015
Photographer - Collier Schorr
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Flair - May 2015
Photographer - Collier Schorr
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Flair - May 2015
Photographer - Collier Schorr
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Flair - May 2015
Photographer - Collier Schorr
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Flair - May 2015
Photographer - Collier Schorr
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Flair - May 2015
Photographer - Collier Schorr
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Element of Surprise - Kayla Scott

Vogue Italia and photographer Steven Meisel deliver the standout cover reveal of 2015 with an unexpected choice of cover subject African-American newcomer Kayla Scott for its May 2015 issue. Meisel captures a softer feminine side of the androgynous beauty with Scott reclining in a serene pose on a bed while decked out in a delicately beaded beige dress. The Ford Model Management newbie headlines a cast of modelling's most original faces including platinum blondes Eilika Meckbach and Julia Cumming, the other-worldly Cierra Skye and Molly Bair, baby-faced Damaris Goddrie and Willow Hand, and the fearless Tamy Glauser. 'Food for Thought' encapsulates modelling's recent predilection for an unconventional beauty that bucks industry norms. With the continual flow of new faces infiltrating modelling's ranks each season, modelling trends appear to have come full circle with standout faces being championed by designers and casting directors. Scott's mesmerising Vogue Italia cover appearance will no doubt raise her modelling stakes following recent editorial bookings for Interview, Love, V Magazine, and AFL not too mention a stunning Fall/Winter 2014 campaign debut for Balmain. With her cool tough androgyny, towering frame, and striking chiselled profile, Scott is likely to remain prescient in the minds of the fashion folk for some time to come.

Kayla Scott
Vogue Italia - May 2015
Photographer - Steven Meisel
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Kayla Scott
Vogue Italia - May 2015
Photographer - Steven Meisel
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Tamy Glauser & Eilika Meckbach
Vogue Italia - May 2015
Photographer - Steven Meisel
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Julia Cumming & Damaris Goddrie
Vogue Italia - May 2015
Photographer - Steven Meisel
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Molly Bair & Nyima Ward
Vogue Italia - May 2015
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - thefashionspot.com

Kayla Scott & Josh Upshaw
Vogue Italia - May 2015
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - thefashionspot.com

Nyima Ward & Willow Hand
Vogue Italia - May 2015
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - thefashionspot.com

Cierra Skye & Tamy Glauser
Vogue Italia - May 2015
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - thefashionspot.com

Kayla Scott
Vogue Italia - May 2015
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - thefashionspot.com