Monday, September 3, 2012

Cool, Calm & Collected

I arrived in New York last Friday for the beginning of the onslaught of castings for New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013. Over the past few days, the streets of Manhattan have been overrun by a battalion of models scurrying to and from castings around the city. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending and documenting the Altuzarra casting held by casting director Kannon Rajah and designer Joseph Altuzarra. Kannon and his dedicated team put close to 100 models through their paces in the search for this season's Altuzarra girl - an androgynous beauty with a strong personality and a definitive walk. Observing Kannon and his team in action, I was struck by the calm, orderly and relaxed unfolding of proceedings. At any given time, a maximum of ten models waited for their moment to impress the casting panel with their personality, presence and walk.

It is clearly evident from the outset that there is a discernible mutual respect between Kannon and the models in attendance. Established models like Anais Mali, Sui He, Alana Zimmer, Vika Falileeva, Kate King and Josephine Skriver got the chance to catch up with the casting dynamo, discussing all manner of topics ranging from their Summer pursuits, school studies to one model's recent engagement. First season newcomer's jitters were laid to rest by Kannon's laid-back manner and through his positive words of encouragement. Overall, I was blown away by the calibre and the mix of the models present and will be waiting with abated breath to see which girls have impressed Kannon and his team enough to make it into Altuzarra's line-up.

Mackenzie Drazan
Altuzarra Casting - S/S 2013
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Kannon Rajah & Marique Schimmel
Altuzarra Casting - S/S 2013
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Anniek Kortleve & Melissa Tammerijn
Altuzarra Casting - S/S 2013
Photographer - Neill Seeto

The Line-Up
Altuzarra Casting - S/S 2013
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Sojourner Morrell
Altuzarra Casting - S/S 2013
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Getting prepped
Altuzarra Casting - S/S 2013
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Vanessa Axente, unidentified model & Li Xiao Xing
Altuzarra Casting - S/S 2013
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Melissa Tammerijn, Maud Welzen, Anmari Botha
& Erjona Ala
Altuzarra Casting - S/S 2013
Photographer - Neill Seeto 

Andreea Diaconu & Marine Deleeuw
Altuzarra Casting - S/S 2013
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Allaire Heisig, Tatjana Krasikova & Wylie Hays
Altuzarra Casting - S/S 2013
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Mae Lapres & Juliana Schurig
Altuzarra Casting - S/S 2013
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Stef Van der Laan
Altuzarra Casting - S/S 2013
Photographer - Neill Seeto


Kate King, Katryn Kruger, Agata Rudko & Carola Remer
Altuzarra Casting - S/S 2013
Photographer - Neill Seeto

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