Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Where there's Smoke, there's Fire...

During the Altuzarra casting on Saturday, I was granted access to many of the industry's current top tier models. The Altuzarra show along with Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Proenza Schouler, exemplifies the rapidly changing landscape of American fashion. When casting director Kannon Rajah invited me to document the Altuzarra casting process, I came prepared with camera in tow along with an encyclopaedic memory of names and faces. It was wonderful to catch up with models like Josefien Rodermans and Nadja Bender, both of whom I had communicated previously with via Inoubliable Model Army. The difference between the more seasoned veterans and girls navigating their first show season was evident with confidence being the crucial deal breaker. Models like Vika Falileeva, Sui He, Josephine Skriver, Kate King, Mackenzie and Andie Arthur exuded a quiet confidence, and an ability to converse with the casting panel in an engaging and natural manner. Standouts for me on the day were the beguiling Melissa Stasiuk, the exasperatingly beautiful Karolina Waz, Katryn Kruger, Allaire Heisig, Sui He, the incredibly endearing Lara Mullen who reminded me of a young Kate Moss, and the fascinating Sojourner Morrell. All of the girls were consummate professionals and photographed like a dream.

Standouts - Lara Mullen & Franzi Mueller
Nationality - British & German
Agency - Ford & IMG
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Josefien Rodermans
Nationality - Dutch
Agency - Supreme
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Stef Van der Laan
Nationality - Dutch
Agency - IMG
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Franzi Mueller
Nationality - German
Agency - IMG
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Melissa Stasiuk
Nationality - Argentina
Agency - Next
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Nadja Bender
Nationality - Danish
Agency - NYMM
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Katryn Kruger
Nationality - South Africa
Agency - IMG
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Vanessa Hegelmaier
Nationality - German
Agency - IMG
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Josephine Skriver
Nationality - Danish
Agency - Marilyn
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Magda Laguinge
Nationality - Argentina
Agency - Next
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Anais Mali
Nationality - French
Agency - Ford
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Vanessa Axente
Nationality - Hungary
Agency - DNA
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Sui He
Nationality - Chinese
Agency - NYMM
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Allaire Heisig
Nationality - American
Agency - Ford
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Maud Welzen
Nationality - Dutch
Agency - DNA
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Andie Arthur
Nationality - American
Agency - Ford
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Sojourner Morrell
Nationality - American
Agency - Wilhelmina
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Melissa Tammerijn
Nationality - Dutch
Agency - NYMM
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Erjona Ala
Nationality - Norwegian
Agency - Ford
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Vika Falileeva
Nationality - Russian
Agency - DNA
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Lara Mullen
Nationality - British
Agency - Ford
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Kate King
Nationality - Canadian
Agency - Ford
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Elza Luijendijk
Nationality - Dutch
Agency - IMG
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Mackenzie Drazan
Nationality - American
Agency - Marilyn
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Karolina Waz
Nationality - Polish
Agency - Women
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Andreea Diaconu
Nationality - Romania
Agency - IMG
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Lina Zhang
Nationality - Chinese
Agency - Fusion
Photographer - Neill Seeto

Tatiana Krasikova
Nationality - Russian
Agency - Fusion
Photographer - Neill Seeto

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