Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Sign of Allegiance - Louis Vuitton S/S 2015

During the current Spring/Summer 2014 collections many of the previous season's top catwalkers have fallen by the wayside to make way for an incomprehensible flurry of new modelling talent. With this in mind it was heartening to witness to a glimmer of true allegiance at Louis Vuitton's Spring/Summer 2015 show today with casting director Ashley Brokaw corralling a cast of long-standing muses, familiar faces, and emerging stars. Designer Nicolas Ghesquiere enlisted iconic models Liya Kebede and Freja Beha Erichsen to anchor proceedings followed by models of the moment Mica Arganaraz, Maartje Verhoef, Ine Neefs, Malaika Firth, Mijo Mihaljcic, and Amanda Murphy. Returning to the runway following their sensational Louis Vuitton Resort 2015 debuts were emerging stars Rianne van Rompaey, Sora Choi, Emmy Rappe, Jing Wen, Julia Jamin, Alexandra Elisabeth, Julie Hoomans, and Madison Stubbington. In between Brokaw found space to squeeze in old time faves Maarte Mei van Haaster and Marique Schimmel, and red hot newcomers Adrienne Jüliger, Angel Rutledge, Line Brems, Philippa Hemphrey, and show opener Jean Campbell. The overall effect was a cabine ticking all the right boxes with a cohesive blend of familiar, relevant, and ahead of the curve promising new faces.

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

Julia Jamin
Louis Vuitton - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
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Malaika Firth
Louis Vuitton - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
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Mica Arganaraz
Louis Vuitton - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
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Rianne van Rompaey
Louis Vuitton - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
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Line Brems
Louis Vuitton - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Black Magic - Amanda Wellsh

Brasilian bombshell Amanda Wellsh continues to diversify her modelling portfolio with a mysterious editorial and cover story for the October 2014 issue of French Numéro. The IMG Model Management-repped beauty gets a sinister makeover courtesy of styling by fashion editor Belen Casadevall. Welssh dons slick black ensembles embellished with lace, leather, and flashes of metallic gold as she poses for Yeste woodside. At age twenty-four Wellsh is an industry veteran having been discovered a decade ago in her native Patos de Minas. Wellsh took a two year hiatus in 2011 to focus on motherhood only to return to modelling during the Spring/Summer 2014 season with a renewed focus and vigour. Emerging since as an editorial tour de force, Wellsh has graced the pages of a diverse array of publications including Lui, Porter, Garage, and the French, Spanish, Russian, Brasilian, and Australian editions of Vogue. Wellsh acknowledges in an exclusive interview with IMA last year, "Today I know more, I understand the industry better, and I'm much more prepared for the pressure. I'm also able to give myself entirely in a photo shoot. Whereas when I was 16, I found it difficult to portray a powerful, sexy, and confident woman." Wellsh continues to imbue fashion's runways with her smouldering sensuality and believable feminine allure appearing at Diane Von Furstenberg, Emilio Pucci, Etro, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Balmain, and Oscar de la Renta during the current Spring/Summer 2015 collections.

Amanda Murphy
French Numéro - Issue 157
Photographer - Txema Yeste
Source - thefashionspot.com

French Numéro - Issue 157
Photographer - Txema Yeste
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French Numéro - Issue 157
Photographer - Txema Yeste
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French Numéro - Issue 157
Photographer - Txema Yeste
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French Numéro - Issue 157
Photographer - Txema Yeste
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French Numéro - Issue 157
Photographer - Txema Yeste
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French Numéro - Issue 157
Photographer - Txema Yeste
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French Numéro - Issue 157
Photographer - Txema Yeste
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Rebel Yell - CR Fashion Book

A motley crew of modelling's standout faces are assembled for CR Fashion Book's Fall/Winter 2014 issue in an editorial lensed by photographer Johnny Dufort. Editor-in-Chief Carine Roitfeld corrals a diverse cast of muses, models du jour, and rising stars including the iconic Liya Kebede, Isabeli Fontana, Grace Mahary, Lindsey Wixson, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Imaan Hamman, Xiao Wen Ju, Anya Lyogoshina, Mona Matsuoka, Lida Fox, Valentijn de Hingh, and Neelam Gill. Dufort captures the eclectic beauties in a myriad incarnations with newcomers Anya Lyogishina and Mona Matsuoka playing double-trouble twins, Grace Mahary donning head-to-toe Louis Vuitton and a platinum blonde wig replete with pigtails, Isabeli Fontana roaming the streets with rollers in hair and fluffy slippers for added comfort, and Imaan Hammam hanging out at the laundromat in Prada and a massive afro hairdo. Lida Fox displays stunning flexibility contorting her body into the most unimaginable poses while transgender model Valentijn de Hingh has her tongue planted firmly in cheek posing before an assembly line of frankfurters. Leave it to Liya Kebede to make garish clown-like make-up and a mop top wig look elegant and sophisticated as only a true super could do.

Imaan Hamman
CR Fashion Book - F/W 2014
Photographer - Johnny Dufort
Source - thefashionspot.com

Valentijn de Hingh
CR Fashion Book - F/W 2014
Photographer - Johnny Dufort
Source - thefashionspot.com

Lida Fox
CR Fashion Book - F/W 2014
Photographer - Johnny Dufort
Source - thefashionspot.com

Isabeli Fontana
CR Fashion Book - F/W 2014
Photographer - Johnny Dufort
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Grace Mahary
CR Fashion Book - F/W 2014
Photographer - Johnny Dufort
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Liya Kebede
CR Fashion Book - F/W 2014
Photographer - Johnny Dufort
Source - thefashionspot.com

Imaan Hammam
CR Fashion Book - F/W 2014
Photographer - Johnny Dufort
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Anya Lyogoshina & Mona Matsuoka
CR Fashion Book - F/W 2014
Photographer - Johnny Dufort
Source - thefashionspot.com

Xiao Wen Ju
CR Fashion Book - F/W 2014
Photographer - Johnny Dufort
Source - thefashionspot.com

Neelam Gill
CR Fashion Book - F/W 2014
Photographer - Johnny Dufort
Source - thefashionspot.com

Friday, September 19, 2014

Set the Wheels in Motion - Prada S/S 2015

Casting director Ashley Brokaw scored the casting coup of the decade coaxing Australian supermodel Gemma Ward back onto the catwalk for Prada's Spring/Summer 2015 show. The twenty-six year old Perth born beauty who has not set foot on a runway in 8 years, opened Miuccia Prada's show in fine form signalling a comeback of epic proportions. The IMG-repped model took an extended hiatus from modelling to pursue acting and recently gave birth to a baby girl Naia earlier this year. Ward's high fashion Prada take-over is all the more poignant given that her career was launched when Russell Marsh cast her at age fifteen in Prada's Spring/Summer 2004 show propelling her into the international spotlight. Ward went onto become once of the most celebrated and sought after models of her generation appearing in campaigns for Prada, Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, Balenciaga, Lanvin, and Dolce & Gabbana.

Ward's spectacular opening set the tone for a riveting line-up of Prada runway renegades. Red hot models of the moment Lexi Boling, Mica Arganaraz, Julia Nobis, Fei Fei Sun, Malaika Firth, Rianne Van Rompaey, Anna Ewers, and Grace Hartzel were led down the runway by supermodel Lara Stone. Diversity also figured prominently amongst the the new faces selected by Brokaw with the impeccable Aya Jones, Issa Lish, Emely Montero, and Dylan Xue featured alongside European beauties Elena Peter, Roos Abel, Morta Kontrimaite, Marta Placzek, Anna Grostina, and Adrienne Juliger. Brokaw's magnificent selection of Prada muses, past, present, and future, will no doubt be a talking point long after the dust from the Spring/Summer 2015 collections has settled.

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

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

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

Roos Abels
Prada - S/S 2015
Photographer - Monica Feudi
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Aya Jones
Prada - S/S 2015
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Call of the Wild - Julia Nobis & Lexi Boling

As the Spring/Summer 2015 collections reach their half way mark, IMA takes a brief interlude courtesy of Interview magazine's September 2014 Photographer's issue. Models of the moment Julia Nobis and Lexi Boling explore their inner rock chicks in an editorial lensed by Craig McDean and styled to the hilt by Karl Templer. The editorial features Nobis and Boling in a stunning visual display of energetic and emotional release. Leaping, head banging, and thrashing before McDean's lens, Nobis and Boling show exactly why they are two of the most sought after editorial and runway girls amongst blue chip clients. In a season which has bore witness to an ever alarming flurry of brand new faces, Nobis has been a welcome familiar sight on the runways for Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Altuzarra, Jason Wu, Hugo Boss, and Victoria Beckham. Nobis' versatile beauty, cool girl vibes, and model as muse propensity have landed her key opening or closing slots at Anna Sui, Vera Wang, Narciso Rodriguez, Jason Wu, and Lacoste. Likewise relative newcomer Lexi Boling has shown she's in for the long haul logging a stunning 23 show tally at the New York collections backed up by a Tom Ford exclusive during London Fashion Week. Boling's lanky 180 cm frame, hypnotic blue eyes, and striking angularity continue to find favour on the Spring/Summer 2015 runways that matter most.

Julia Nobis
Interview Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Craig McDean
Source - thefashionspot.com

Lexi Boling
Interview Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Craig McDean
Source - thefashionspot.com

Julia Nobis
Interview Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Craig McDean
Source - thefashionspot.com

Julia Nobis & Lexi Boling
Interview Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Craig McDean
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Lexi Boling
Interview Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Craig McDean
Source - thefashionspot.com

Lexi Boling
Interview Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Craig McDean
Source - thefashionspot.com

Julia Nobis
Interview Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Craig McDean
Source - thefashionspot.com

Julia Nobis
Interview Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Craig McDean
Source - thefashionspot.com

Lexi Boling
Interview Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Craig McDean
Source - thefashionspot.com

Julia Nobis
Interview Magazine - September 2014
Photographer - Craig McDean
Source - thefashionspot.com

The Gloves Come Off - Calvin Klein S/S 2015

The lack of diversity on fashion's runways was driven home on the final day of New York Fashion Week with the unveiling of Calvin Klein's Spring/Summer 2015 show line-up. Casting duo Maida Gregori Boina and Rami Fernandes sent a uniformly caucasian cast of models down the runway with the token exception of Korean newcomer Sora Choi and Jamaican Tami Williams. The twenty-four strong cast included established models Julia Nobis, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Ondria Hardin, and Lexi Boling, as well as models of the moment Vanessa Moody, Maartje Verhoef, Julia Bergshoeff, Waleska Gorczevski, and Harleth Kuusik. An exclusive appearance in the Calvin Klein show has the capacity to propel an unknown face into the fashion spotlight ensuring her face time with the most influential casting directors and designers in the three remaining fashion capitals. With this in mind, casting duo Maida + Rami selected eight models to appear exclusively in Calvin Klein's Spring/Summer 2015 show with Germans Elena Peter and Sina K, Dutchies Jo Molenaar, Sabine Cozjinsen and Julie Hoomans, Frenchie Louise LeFebure, Bratislava's Niki Trefilova, and American Tiana Perry making the cut. A year ago at the Spring/Summer 2014 collections, the inclusion of five black models on Calvin Klein's normally white-washed runways signalled a shift towards a more inclusive standard of beauty however by the Fall/Winter 2014 season numbers had dropped to two with Kai Newman and Janica Compte securing spots. The most perplexing aspect of Calvin Klein's casting conundrum is the show stopping turns on the runway with Tami Williams and Sora Choi standing out in the best possible way amongst the sea of homogenous blonde blue-eyed beauties.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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