Sunday, October 10, 2010

Staying power

Joan Smalls has proven that she is here to stay with an impressive 39 show bookings during the SS11 show season. The Puerto Rican born native tread the catwalks for Alexander Wang, Gucci, Hakaan, Emilio Pucci, Versace and Lanvin, and held opening slots for Yves Saint Laurent whilst closing for Christian Dior and Jean Paul Gaulthier. Smalls began modelling in 2007 and was primarily known as a catalogue model before coming to the attention of Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, who signed Smalls as an exclusive for his Spring 2010 couture showing. What followed was a stellar FW10 season culminating in Smalls’ appearance in the Prada show. Andre Leon Talley proclaimed Smalls in the June 2010 edition of US Vogue as “this generation’s China Machado, whose looks, in the high fashion sixties, were considered more than cutting edge, almost taboo.” Back to back American Vogue bookings and editorial appearances in Italia, Deutsch and Paris Vogue as well as campaigns for Givenchy and Gucci are only an indication of what is in store for Ms Smalls.


Joan Smalls' IMG comp card. 
Image 1. V Magazine, July 2010. Photographer - Mark Abrahams.
Image 2. Italia Vogue, April 2010. Photographer - Steven Meisel. 
Source - models.com


 Models - Joan Smalls and Jacquelyn Jablonski.
US Vogue, July 2010. Photographer - Mario Testino.
Source - style.com


 Paris Vogue, August 2010. Photographer - David Sims.
Source - models.com


 Givenchy campaign FW10
Models - Willy Cartier, Simon Nessman, Joan Smalls, Paolo Roldan and Jonathan Marquez.
Photographer - Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
Source - wwd.com


Gucci campaign FW10
Models - Raquel Zimmermann, Joan Smalls and Nikola Jovanovic
Photographer - Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
Source - gucci.com


Opening for YSL SS11
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

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