Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Exclusive - Iris Van Berne

During the Fall/Winter 2012 collections, twenty-two year old Dutch newcomer Iris Van Berne emerged as the queen of exclusives scoring a total of four semi-exclusives for Prada, Versace, Miu Miu and Yves Saint Laurent. In the lead up to the Spring/Summer 2013 shows in New York, I caught up with Van Berne and discovered an engaging young woman with a clear focus for the season ahead. Van Berne was discovered three years ago by her mother agency Code Model Management, who noticed her pictures on the Dutch social networking site Hyves. Within a month Van Berne was signed to Next Model Management in Milan and took to modelling full-time. Van Berne credits her major breakthrough moment to casting director Ashley Brokaw, who championed the 179 cm lanky beauty helping her to secure the career defining Prada exclusive. Walking for Prada has certainly opened doors for Van Berne with key appearances so far this season at Jason Wu, Zac Posen, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Gucci, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Jil Sander, Missoni, Roberto Cavalli and Fendi amongst others.

Iris Van Berne
Photographer - Unidentified
Source - thefashionspot.com

I found Van Berne to be one of the most engaging and captivating personalities amongst the almost 150 models that I encountered during New York Fashion Week. We covered all manner of topics including Van Berne's love of my homeland Australia, where she worked with her favourite photographer Nicole Bentley for Australian Vogue. Van Berne confessed to being a "Balmain girl at heart" and listed fellow Dutchies Quinta Witzel, Mirte Maas, Patricia Van der Vliet, and French newcomer Cora Emmanuel amongst her nearest and dearest. Van Berne credits "a combination of luck and having the right look at the right time and place" as key factors to her being touted as a newcomer to watch and adds with a wry grin, "plus I'm easy to recognise because I have two freckles on my chin." When quizzed by Inoubliable Model Army about her views on current modelling trends, Van Berne revealed with surprising candour, "I think model trends are leaning towards girls with character, and faces that act as a blank canvas and can be versatile." As for the future, Van Berne has her sights set firmly not so much on a particular dream assignment but more so on being viewed as "a respected model who is recognised for her good features and posing ability. I want people in the industry to have a reason to say she's a good exclusive." Judging by her show list so far, I'd say that Iris is well on her way to achieving those goals.

Amica - September 2011
Photographer - Ishi
Source - thefashionspot.com

Amica - September 2011
Photographer - Ishi
Source - thefashionspot.com

Dutch Vogue - September 2012
Photographer - Alique
Source - thefashionspot.com

Inoubliable Exclusive
Photographer - Neill Seeto
Property of Inoubliable Model Army

Australian Vogue - February 2011
Photographer - Nicole Bentley
Source - thefashionspot.com

Missoni - S/S 2013
Photographer - Filippo Fior
Source - style.com

Fendi - S/S 2013
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Prada - S/S 2013
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Roberto Cavalli - S/S 2013
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Bottega Veneta - S/S 2013
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

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