Sunday, April 28, 2013

Exclusive Interview - Dauphine McKee

Seventeen year old Dauphine McKee possesses the type of classic beauty that never goes out of fashion. The Canadian newcomer with Irish origins made serious inroads at the Fall/Winter 2013 collections logging a 35 show tally which included turns on the runway for Ralph Lauren, Proenza Schouler, Hervé Leger, Emilio Pucci, Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta, and Chanel. The statuesque 180 cm Toronto native dazzled casting directors and designers with her delicate pristine features, emerald green eyes, and incandescent personality. McKee's exudes an early nineties supermodel retro vibe with her jaw-dropping athletic physique and her remarkable likeness to fellow Canadian super Liisa Winkler. With an impeccable show list that reflects a restrained quality versus quantity approach, McKee's magnetic presence on the runway left an indelible impression on all in her midst, landing her squarely on Inoubliable Model Army's Top 10 Newcomers list for Fall/Winter 2013. Perhaps though it is McKee's stunning versatility on and off the runway, ranging from refined elegance to amazonian goddess, which will enable her to convert her considerable runway traction into key editorial and campaign bookings in the months ahead. McKee chatted exclusively to Inoubliable Model Army about the whirlwind Fall/Winter 2013 season, her love of musical theatre, and landing the Chanel show whilst taking in the magnificent sights of Paris.

Dauphine McKee
Photographer - Dimitri Hyacinthe
Image courtesy of The Society Management NYC


Inoubliable Model Army (IMA): Hi Dauphine, congratulations on a sensational show season and on making it onto Inoubliable Model Army's Top Ten Newcomers list for Fall/Winter 2013! How are you feeling about the season overall?
DM: I feel so happy about the past Fall/Winter 2013 season! It was so incredible to walk in so many shows, and it was a dream come true to walk in the caliber of shows for such famous clients as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, and Chanel. It most definitely lived up to and exceeded my expectations. I already feel so grateful to have the opportunity to travel the world for the shows.

IMA: You're relatively new to modelling, can you fill us in on your backstory?
DM: I am currently 17 years old and began modeling about a year and a half ago, at 16. I am from a small town outside of Toronto, but currently live in Toronto. My grandpa was born in southern Ireland, in Mullingar, so I am basically all Irish! I began modelling completely by accident; I was just walking down Queen Street in Toronto, shopping with my family, when I was approached by a scout asking if I had ever thought of modeling. Immediately, I said, "Yes!" I had heard of that agency before, and having always loved Musical Theatre, I thought that modeling tied perfectly into that. From there everything took off.

IMA: Your stellar show list includes appearances at famous designer shows such as Calvin Klein, Proenza Schouler, Ralph Lauren, Reem Acra, Hervé Léger, Antonio Berardi, Jil Sander, and Emilio Pucci. What have been you favourite moments of the season and if there was one look that you wore that you could have kept which collection would it be from?
DM: Thank you so much, it truly was a dream come true to do all of those shows, they were all highlights for me and I had favourite moments from each. I remember standing in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and my agency calling to say that I had a fitting for Chanel. That was a very powerful moment for me, just taking it all in and realising how lucky I am to be having these amazing experiences while walking for these great designers. Another incredible moment was doing the Jil Sander in Milan, as it is a truly prestigious show for a model and I was honoured to be able to walk with that calibre of models. However, I would have to say that meeting the designers in person was really incredible, and I couldn't have asked for a better way to finish off my Fashion "month.” I really did love all the outfits I wore, but I think my favourite would have to be the bandeau with the skirt at Calvin Klein. I felt like it was quite different from the rest of the collection and definitely something I would love to wear myself!

Calvin Klein - F/W 2013
Photographer - Filippo Fior
Source - style.com

Emanuel Ungaro - F/W 2013
Photographer - Filippo Fior
Source - style.com

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti - F/W 2013
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com


IMA: The show season is always a busy period particularly for newcomers. How did you cope with rush of castings, round the clock fittings, and long hours of prep for the shows? What tips would you offer to newcomers to get through such a schedule?
DM: I also had my mom come with me,  and it really made the biggest difference throughout the journey. Having someone there to support you makes it so much easier. Personally, a tip that I always try to remember is to just keep a positive attitude through the whole experience and remember that you have to have as much fun as you can. You can't forget how amazing it is to be able to travel the world, and when you feel overwhelmed, remember to take a deep breath and relax.

IMA: With so many new faces looking to breakthrough each season, what was your approach going into castings to wow casting directors and designers? Were there any memorable moments that you can recall during the castings?
DM: There are so many new faces every season, so I tried to always look as presentable as possible. In my opinion, it's all in the walk, your style and your personality, and my agency was great at helping me with what to wear. My goal was to have positive interactions with the casting directors. A memorable moment was definitely meeting the casting directors particularly in New York, who were super supportive and nice, and cast me in some of the key shows that really launched me into the rest of the fashion month.

IMA: You landed a major coup with your appearance at Calvin Klein. What was involved in the casting process, when did you find out you had been confirmed, and what was your feeling at the time?
DM: I went to the original casting, and then a call back. After that, I went to a fitting where I got to meet the designer himself, then a second re-fit the night before the show, after which I received the confirmation from my agency. When I got that email, I was so excited. It was such an incredible feeling, and walking out on the runway was just as if I could take on the world. All of the craziness of the week melted away and it was so hard not to smile, it was all too exhilarating!

IMA: Did you find the time to bond with any other models/newcomers in particular during the extremely busy fashion period?
DM: I met a ton of new girls! I always love seeing other Canadians. I got to see Grace Mahary a lot while I was away, and also Amanda Laine (with Elite Model Management Paris), who has been one of my idols since I started! I also met a girl named Elisabeth Erm (also with Elite Model Management Paris) who is a newcomer as well. We saw each other at a lot of shows and we just worked together for an incredible photo shoot.

Dauphine McKee
Photographer - Daniele Rossi
Image courtesy of The Society Management NYC

Sitting Pretty
Source - thefashionspot.com


IMA: Your look is incredible versatile and allows you to adapt to fit in with the aesthetic for many different collections. Do you enjoy the process of transformation and what other aspects of runway do you find appealing?
DM: I absolutely love being transformed for each different runway look, and being able to act as different personalities on the runway is truly my favourite thing about modeling. This is where my love for musical theatre comes in handy, as having that acting background makes it easier for me to mold into what that designer wants from the models on the runway. The makeup and hair help a lot, too, and when I see myself after both hair and make up is done, it's easy to become that person you see in the mirror. I also really enjoy being in front of all those people in the audience, it's such an adrenaline rush!

IMA: What do you hope to achieve in modelling and what alternate career path would you have pursued had modelling not come into play?
DM: It's so early on but I am just trying to enjoy every aspect of it that I can. I am in my last year of high school which takes up a lot of my time, so once I'm done I can really delve into this whole world and career. Of course, as with every new model, I would love to experience long-term success in modelling, and otherwise, I would love to perform in musical theatre every day because singing is such a passion of mine.

IMA: Are there any misconceptions about models or modelling that you have encountered since you have been modelling?
DM: I think there are a lot of stereotypes around the industry, but I have found that the girls are really very nice! I heard a lot that the girls can be very competitive, but I have met many from all over the world who are very sweet, and we have become really great friends throughout this whole period.

IMA: What makes you "Inoubliable" (Unforgettable)?
DM: This is a question you should ask the casting directors! I think I have a good sense of humour, and I love to have fun backstage with everyone. I really think that bringing a good energy to everyone is important!

Classic Beauty
Image courtesy of The Society Management NYC

Muriel Beal & Dauphine McKee
Interview Germany - May 2013
Photographer - Charlotte Wales
Image courtesy of The Society Management NYC


Special thanks to our friends - The Society Management NYC and Julie Murat at Elite Model Management Paris. For more information on The Society Management NYC and Elite Model Management Paris, please log onto www.thesocietymanagement.com or www.facebook.com/TheSocietyNYC, and www.elitemodel.fr or www.facebook.com/eliteparis

Show Stoppers

Spanish Vogue showcases the Fall/Winter 2013 season's most memorable newcomers in an editorial for its March 2013 issue. Photographer Sharif Hamza presents a portfolio of portraits featuring a smattering of distinctly individual beauties including Anmari Botha, Magdalena Jasek, Stef Van der Laan, Irina Kravchenko, Sam Rollinson, Nastya Kusakina, Kel Markey, and Tilda Lindstam. Whether it be Anmari Botha's glacial chilled anitpodean vibes, Irina Kravchenko's cut from stone angular features, Nastya Kusakina's eerily haunting gaze, and Magadalena Jasek's contrasting red hair and pale freckled skin, what all these newcomers have in common is a non-conformist beauty and a strong runway presence. With casting directors turning their focus towards with individual beauty with impact, models are now relying increasingly on factors such as individual style, personality, and subtle imperfections to standout from the seemingly endless stream of pretty faces.

Anmari Botha
Vogue Espana - March 2013
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Tilda Lindstam
Vogue Espana - March 2013
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Nastya Kusakina
Vogue Espana - March 2013
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Kel Markey
Vogue Espana - March 2013
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Irina Kravchenko
Vogue Espana - March 2013
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Stef Van der Laan
Vogue Espana - March 2013
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Sam Rollinson
Vogue Espana - March 2013
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Anmari Botha
Vogue Espana - March 2013
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Magdalena Jasek
Vogue Espana - March 2013
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Leader of the Pack

Eighteen year old Sam Rollinson heads the wave of British models currently dominating the fashion scene with an only-girl editorial debut in the May 2013 issue of Paris Vogue. Rollinson is captured by fellow Brit David Sims in a covert display of the chameleon-like beauty that saw the Doncaster native rack up a stunning 63 show tally at the Fall/Winter 2013 collections. Rollinson's powerful presence and arresting beauty graced the runways of Prada, Miu Miu, Balenciaga, Alexander Wang and Louis Vuitton to name but a few. What sets Rollinson apart though from the legions of catwalk contenders is her model as muse beauty which is a compelling mix of Tasha Tilberg's dreamy doll-like features and Elizabeth Hurley's exquisite chiselled bone structure. With a Spring/Summer 2013 Balenciaga campaign to her credit and impeccable editorial bookings racking up by the minute for the likes of CR Fashion Book, the American and British editions of Harper's Bazaar, i-D, Volt, W Magazine, V, and the British, Spanish, Italian, and French editions of Vogue, there is no doubt that Rollinson has been proclaimed one of the key protagonists to emerge from the Fall/Winter 2013 season. 

Sam Rollinson
Paris Vogue - May 2013
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - May 2013
Photographer - David Sims
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Paris Vogue - May 2013
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - May 2013
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - May 2013
Photographer - David Sims
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Paris Vogue - May 2013
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - May 2013
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hot Mess

Models of the moment Juliana Schurig, Kayley Chabot, Elena Bartels, Cora Emmanuel, Tess Hellfeuer, Zoe Colivas, and Ondria Hardin spend the day at the salon for W Magazine's May 2013 issue. Photographer Patrick Demarchelier and Edward Enninful take haute couture looks to the extreme with fantastical hair and make-up artistry courtesy of Malcolm Edwards and Val Garland. Chabot, Hardin, Chabot et al. are rendered virtually unrecognisable with hairstyles that resemble fairy floss, jelly twisters, and all manner of confectionary. Enninful pairs matching whimsical hairstyles with haute couture creations from the collections of Chanel, Giambattista Valli, Alberta Ferretti, Dior and Valentino, creating an editorial that is pure fantasy. What is all the more endearing about the selection of portraits is the look of resignation in each of the model's eyes which hints at the painstaking process required to create the looks and the arduous task ahead of restoring the models to their natural state.

Kayley Chabot
W Magazine - May 2013
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Tess Hellfeuer
W Magazine - May 2013
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Elena Bartels
W Magazine - May 2013
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - thefashionspot.com

Juliana Schurig
W Magazine - May 2013
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Cora Emmanuel
W Magazine - May 2013
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Ondria Hardin
W Magazine - May 2013
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Zoe Colivas
W Magazine - May 2013
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Fore Shore

The Fall/Winter 2013 season saw the emergence of an exciting core group of newcomers whose spectacularly unconventional good looks set them apart from the sea of predictable cookie cutter beauties. Two models who fall into this inner circle of standout beauties are Russia's Katya Riabinkina and the Netherland's Irene Hiemstra. Unlike her clone-like predecessors, St Petersburg native Riabinkina stood out from the pack with her haunting glacial stare and her immaculate refined bone structure. Riabinkina's stealth-like runway presence was felt at Dior, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Versace, Emilio Pucci, Gucci, and Calvin Klein. Likewise, Hiemstra's self-described "angry bird look" presented jaded model pundits with an eerily unsettling beauty which challenges traditional notions of beauty. Hiemstra backed up her stunning debut at the Spring/Summer 2013 collections where she scored key runway spots at Prada, Celine, Dries Van Noten. Hiemstra's 'shock of the new' beauty clearly made an indelible impression with the nineteen year old scoring a coveted spot in the Spring/Summer 2013 Prada campaign lensed by Steven Meisel. Hiemstra set alight the runways of Prada, Dries Van Noten, Rick Owens, Miu Miu, Valentino, Loewe, and Haider Ackermann amongst others, emerging as one of the most memorable new faces of the Fall/Winter 2013 season. Vogue China enlists photographer Lachlan Bailey to capture the uncompromising beauty of Hiemstra and Riabinkina for its May 2013 issue.

Irene Hiemstra & Katya Riabinkina
Vogue China - May 2013
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
Source - thefashionspot.com

Katya Riabinkina
Vogue China - May 2013
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
Source - thefashionspot.com

Irene Hiemstra
Vogue China - May 2013
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
Source - thefashionspot.com

Katya Riabinkina & Irene Hiemstra
Vogue China - May 2013
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
Source - thefashionspot.com

Irene Hiemstra
Vogue China - May 2013
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
Source - thefashionspot.com

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Wearing the Pants

Everyone's favourite blonde Carolyn Murphy steps out in the season's sleekest pants for American Vogue's May 2013 issue. Photographer Patrick Demarchelier puts Murphy through her paces as she poses in a series of studio and outdoor shots. Discovered at age fifteen when her mother enrolled her in a modelling academy, Murphy has over the course of two decades in the industry run the full modelling gamut from appearances on the covers of the American, French, Italian, and British Vogue, Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit issue, to modelling gigs as host of Project Runway, and as a spokesperson for cosmetics giant Estée Lauder. At age thirty-nine, Murphy remains as fresh faced and relevant as ever appearing in four out of five issues of American Vogue in 2013 alone and closing for Calvin Klein at the recent Fall/Winter 2013 collections. Fashion's ongoing fascination with nineties supers in the ilk of Murphy, Amber Valetta, Stella Tenant, Shalom Harlow, and Karen Elson, mirrors the public's desire to see women whose age and life experience lend an added dimension of interest and relatability to fashion magazine's all too oft youth-obsessed pages. 

Carolyn Murphy
US Vogue - May 2013
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

US Vogue - May 2013
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

US Vogue - May 2013
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

US Vogue - May 2013
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

US Vogue - May 2013
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

US Vogue - May 2013
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

US Vogue - May 2013
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

US Vogue - May 2013
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

US Vogue - May 2013
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

US Vogue - May 2013
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Monday, April 22, 2013

Cabin Fever

Dazed & Confused assembles a cast of promising newcomers for an innovative shoot for its May 2013 issue. Fresh faces Georgia Hilmer, Elena Bartels, Kate Bogusharskaia, and Inoubliable Model Army's favourite newcomer of the Fall/Winter 2013 season Mijo Mihaljcic, pose for photographer Chad Moore in the cleverly titled "Cabin Fever" editorial. Stylist Emma Wyman pairs basic denim with more elaborate high end pieces from the collections of Balenciaga, Miu Miu, Nina Ricci, and Jil Sander. With shards of light filtering through the slats of a woodside cabin, Moore hones in on the somnambulant brooding beauty of Mihaljcic, Bartels, Hilmer and Bogusharskaia in a series of imaginative poses which capture the mood of a group of pent up teens holed up indoors. Dazed & Confused remains one of the few mainstream fashion and art publications which consistently promotes up & coming models, photographers and artists, with creative and non-formulaic editorials which assault the reader's senses.

Elena Bartels & Mijo Mihaljcic
Dazed & Confused - May 2013
Photographer - Chad Moore
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Kate Bogusharskaia, Mijo Mihaljcic & Elena Bartels
Dazed & Confused - May 2013
Photographer - Chad Moore
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Elena Bartels & Kate Bogusharskaia
Dazed & Confused - May 2013
Photographer - Chad Moore
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Mijo Mihaljcic & Georgia Hilmer
Dazed & Confused - May 2013
Photographer - Chad Moore
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Dazed & Confused - May 2013
Photographer - Chad Moore
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Georgia Hilmer
Dazed & Confused - May 2013
Photographer - Chad Moore
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Mijo Mihaljcic
Dazed & Confused - May 2013
Photographer - Chad Moore
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Elena Bartels
Dazed & Confused - May 2013
Photographer - Chad Moore
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com