Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Age Model Mania - Vogue Japan

Vogue Japan has model aficionados in raptures with its bumper April 2015 foldout cover featuring fifteen of the industry's most in demand faces. Photographic duo Luigi & Iango assemble a medley of industry veterans, models of the moment, and hot off the press newcomers for a studio shoot showcasing the best of the Spring/Summer 2015 collections styled by Giovanna Battaglia. Appearing on the foldout cover are a diverse grouping of modelling's finest including Amanda Murphy, Suvi Koponen, Lexi Boling, Liu Wen, Jamie Bochert, Daria Strokous, Binx Walton, Vanessa Moody, Chiharu Okunugi, Natalie Westling, Issa Lish, Malaika Firth, Maartje Verhoef, Ondria Hardin, and Sam Rollinson. Missing out on a cover spot but appearing in the inside editorial are Valery Kaufman, Aya Jones, Angel Rutledge, and Alexandra Elizabeth Ljadov. Vogue Japan's magnificent cast selection barely scratches the surface of the stunning breadth and diversity of modelling talent in evidence today. IMA predicts that 2015 will mark the year where in fashion editors, designers, and photographers accord the current generation of top models full recognition by putting them front centre on the covers of fashion magazines with their beauty and individuality in sharp focus. 

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

Vanessa Moody
Vogue Japan - April 2015
Photographer - Luigi & Iango
Source - thefashionspot.com

Natalie Westling
Vogue Japan - April 2015
Photographer - Luigi & Iango
Source - thefashionspot.com

Chiharu Okunugi
Vogue Japan - April 2015
Photographer - Luigi & Iango
Source - thefashionspot.com

Suvi Koponen & Lexi Boling
Vogue Japan - April 2015
Photographer - Luigi & Iango
Source - thefashionspot.com

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

Alexandra Elizabeth Ljadov, Chiharu Okunugi, & Angel Rutledge
Vogue Japan - April 2015
Photographer - Luigi & Iango
Source - thefashionspot.com

Malaika Firth
Vogue Japan - April 2015
Photographer - Luigi & Iango
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sam Rollinson, Valery Kaufman, & Issa Lish
Vogue Japan - April 2015
Photographer - Luigi & Iango
Source - thefashionspot.com

Alexandra Elizabeth Ljadov & Maartje Verhoef
Vogue Japan - April 2015
Photographer - Luigi & Iango
Source - thefashionspot.com

Ondria Hardin
Vogue Japan - April 2015
Photographer - Luigi & Iango
Source - thefashionspot.com

Maartje Verhoef
Vogue Japan - April 2015
Photographer - Luigi & Iango
Source - thefashionspot.com

Daria Strokous & Liu Wen
Vogue Japan - April 2015
Photographer - Luigi & Iango
Source - thefashionspot.com

Lexi Boling
Vogue Japan - April 2015
Photographer - Luigi & Iango
Source - thefashionspot.com

Make or Break - Calvin Klein F/W 2015

Calvin Klein's Fall/Winter 2015 show unveiled a stunning selection of newcomers courtesy of casting duo Maida & Rami. A cavalcade of fresh new faces stormed Calvin Klein's runway led by Germany's Lisa Helene Kramer and closing with Dutchie Clarine de Jonge. Aside from a smattering of established runway regulars Julia Nobis, Tilda Lindstam, Ondria Hardin, Lexi Boling and Vanessa Moody, Maida & Rami's focus was clearly on modelling's next big thing. Red hot girls of the F/W 2015 season Sophia Ahrens, Julia Van Os, Tami Williams, Angel Rutledge, and Julia Van Os were flanked by models of the moment Maartje Verhoef, Alexandra Elisabeth, Julia Bergshoeff, Mica Arganaraz, and Adrienne Jüliger. Making their NYFW debut were Calvin Klein exclusives Muna Mohamed, Yulia Ermakova, Alix Angjeli, Sofia Tesmenitskaya, Lisa Helene Kramer, and Clarine de Jonge. Equally impressive were Chinese beauty Jiaye Wu and Zlata Semenko who rounded out the cast. With the Fall/Winter collections progressing from London to Milan, keen model-watchers will hedging bets on which of Calvin Klein's newbies will leave an indelible impression at the 'make or break' shows of the season.

Sophia Ahrens
Calvin Klein - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - style.com

Muna Ahmed
Calvin Klein - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - style.com

Clarine de Jonge
Calvin Klein - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - style.com

Zlata Semenko
Calvin Klein - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - style.com

Julia Van Os
Calvin Klein - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - style.com

Jiaye Wu
Calvin Klein - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - style.com

Lisa Helene Kramer
Calvin Klein - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - style.com

Sofia Tesmenitskaya
Calvin Klein - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - style.com

Tami Williams
Calvin Klein - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - style.com

Angel Rutledge
Calvin Klein - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - style.com

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Future Perfect - Prabal Gurung F/W 2015

Prabal Gurung's Fall/Winter 2015 show opened with model of the moment Julia Bergshoeff and closed with the super svelte and tanned Caroline Trentini. In between proceedings casting director Piergiorgio Del Moro sent a spectacular medley of intriguing newcomers, current runway stars, and a wonderful collective of former top models from the turn of the new millennium. Industry veterans Tasha Tilberg, Kirsty Hume, Frankie Rayder, Christina Kruse, and Luca Gadjus provided the perfect womanly silhouette for Prabal Gurung's sensual grown-up collection. Rayder, Tilberg et al. commanded the runway with the authority and 'devil may care' confidence that comes with a life's journey well travelled. Following in their immaculate footsteps were reigning catwalk stars Maartje Verhoef, Alexandra Elizabeth Ljadov, Vanessa Moody, Malaika Firth, Waleska Gorczevski, and Grace Hartzel. Sending a discernible  ripple of excitement through the air however was a tightly held selection of new faces including Astrid Holler, Amilna Estevao, Sophia Ahrens, Julia Van Os, Angel Rutledge, Sabina Lobova, and Yuan Bo Chao. The overall effect was a brilliantly assembled puzzle comprised of pieces from the past, present, and future that fit perfectly in sync with Prabal Gurung's beauty aesthetic for Fall/Winter 2015.

Tasha Tilberg
Prabal Gurung - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - thefashionspot.com

Luca Gadjus
Prabal Gurung - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - thefashionspot.com

Kirsty Hume
Prabal Gurung - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - thefashionspot.com

Frankie Rayder
Prabal Gurung - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - thefashionspot.com

Ashleigh Good
Prabal Gurung - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sabina Lobova
Prabal Gurung - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - thefashionspot.com

Julia Van Os
Prabal Gurung - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - thefashionspot.com

Amilna Estevao
Prabal Gurung - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - thefashionspot.com

Astrid Holler
Prabal Gurung - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sophia Ahrens
Prabal Gurung - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - thefashionspot.com

Yuan Bo Chao
Prabal Gurung - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - thefashionspot.com

Angel Rutledge
Prabal Gurung - F/W 2015
Photographer - Stefano Masse
Source - thefashionspot.com

Strength in Numbers - Malaika Firth, Imaan Hammam, Leila Nda, Aya Jones, Kai Newman & Tami Williams

During the late eighties and early nineties, a select coterie of models dominated the modelling landscape with their individual beauty, illuminating presence, and mega-watt personalities. Amongst this grouping of Supers were a magnificent array of coloured models including Naomi Campbell, Karen Alexander, Kara Young, Gail O'Neill, Beverly Peele, Tyra Banks, and Veronica Webb. With the turn of the new millennium, individuality, personality and colour were relegated to the sidelines in a backlash by designers and casting directors against the supermodel excesses of the decade before. Fast-forward to the current Fall/Winter 2015 collections and colour appears to have come back in Vogue following a recent push by modelling agencies, designers, and casting directors to promote greater ethnic diversity and representation in fashion. American Vogue shines the spotlight this month on the industry's leading black modelling talent in an epic editorial lensed by the legendary Peter Lindbergh. "Light Brigade" features rising stars Malaika Firth, Imaan Hammam, Leila Nda, Kai Newman, Tami Williams, and Aya Jones decked out in bowler hats, white cotton and lace ensembles paired with black leggings and ankle boots styled by fashion editor Grace Coddington. Collectively this spectacular group have the fashion world at their feet with Hammam, Firth, and Jones scoring recent campaign slots for Givenchy, Burberry Prorsum, Valentino, and Marc Jacobs Beauty. Williams, Newman, and Nda are joined at the hip while carving up Fall/Winter 2015 runways at Jason Wu, Edun, Rag & Bone, Diane Von Furstenberg, and BCBG Max Azria proving that strength indeed exists in numbers.

Malaika Firth
US Vogue - March 2015
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Tami Williams & Kai Newman
US Vogue - March 2015
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Leila Nda & Aya Jones
US Vogue - March 2015
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

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

Malaika Firth
US Vogue - March 2015
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Tami Williams, Leila Nda, & Imaan Hammam
US Vogue - March 2015
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Leila Nda, Aya Jones, Imaan Hammam, Malaika Firth, Tami Williams, & Kai Newman
US Vogue - March 2015
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Kai Newman, Tami Williams, Aya Jones, Leila Nda, & Imaan Hammam
US Vogue - March 2015
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Imaan Hammam
US Vogue - March 2015
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Fade to Black - Alexander Wang F/W 2015

Casting director Anita Bitton pulled out the first major surprise of the New York collections with the stunning international runway debut of Australian newcomer Astrid Holler. Holler from Sydney's inner suburb of Glebe left all in her wake as she opened as a semi-exclusive for Alexander Wang's Fall/Winter 2015 show. Holler's spectacular 180 cm silhouette and mysterious brooding looks courtesy of her mixed Austrian/Croatian heritage have had eagle-eyed model watchers hailing her as the newcomer to look out for in the weeks ahead. The eighteen year old IMG Model Management beauty has galvanised industry attention in Australia appearing in editorials for Russh, Oyster, Vogue, and Elle, and is a firm favourite of local designers Dion Lee, Alex Perry and Kym Ellery. Also making their New York Fashion Week debut were the compelling trio of Amilna Estevao, Bhumika Arora, and Tiana Tolstoi hailing respectively from Angola, New Delhi, and France. Bitton ensured proceedings were kept super relevant with red hot newcomers Dylan Xue, Laura Julie, Stella Lucia, and Molly Bair. No Alexander Wang cast however would be complete without the presence of a smattering of industry veterans Hanne Gaby Odiele, Catherine McNeil, Behati Prinsloo, Querelle Jansson, and Jamie Bochert seen stomping down the runway supported by models of the moment Anna Ewers, Julia Bergshoeff, Mica Argnaraz, Lexi Boling, Maartje Verhoef, and the return of new model mum Ashleigh Good.

Astrid Holler
Alexander Wang - F/W 2015
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Amilna Estevao
Alexander Wang - F/W 2015
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Bhumika Arora
Alexander Wang - F/W 2015
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Tiana Tolstoi
Alexander Wang - F/W 2015
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Laura Julie
Alexander Wang - F/W 2015
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Dylan Xue
Alexander Wang - F/W 2015
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Molly Bair
Alexander Wang - F/W 2015
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Stella Lucia
Alexander Wang - F/W 2015
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Ashleigh Good
Alexander Wang - F/W 2015
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com