Thursday, October 31, 2013

Model as Muse - Anna Ewers

Three of modelling's most enthralling newcomers take on the role of model as muse for British Vogue's bumper December 2014 issue. Photographer Josh Olins trains his fastidious lens on the cinematic beauty of current it girls Sam Rollinson and Ashleigh Good, and the Spring/Summer 2014's unequivocal breakout star Anna Ewers. Fashion Editor Lucinda Chambers weaves a magical spell decking out the trio in opulent pieces from the Fall/Winter 2013 collections of Alexander McQueen and Valentino amongst others accompanied by elaborate headwear adorned with an ornate mélange of tulle, flowers, and exotic plumes. Sam Rollinson, Ashleigh Good, and Anna Ewers are perfectly cast with each model imbuing the still life portraits with just the right amount of lyrical romanticism and dramatic flair befitting of the occasion. As the fashion world continues to be enamoured with true Brit Sam Rollinson and current Vogue Italia cover model Ashleigh Good, twenty year old German newcomer Anna Ewers comes hot on their heels with a 37 show tally at the Spring/Summer 2014 collections, a hot off the press Prada Resort 2014 campaign lensed by Steven Meisel, and a deluge of editorial interest from Paris Vogue, CR Fashion Book, Vogue Brasil, Interview, and Vogue Italia.

Anna Ewers
British Vogue - December 2013
Photographer - Josh Olins
Source - thefashionography.com

Ashleigh Good
British Vogue - December 2013
Photographer - Josh Olins
Source - thefashionography.com

Sam Rollinson
British Vogue - December 2013
Photographer - Josh Olins
Source - thefashionography.com

Anna Ewers
British Vogue - December 2013
Photographer - Josh Olins
Source - thefashionography.com

Ashleigh Good
British Vogue - December 2013
Photographer - Josh Olins
Source - thefashionography.com

Sam Rollinson
British Vogue - December 2013
Photographer - Josh Olins
Source - thefashionography.com

Anna Ewers
British Vogue - December 2013
Photographer - Josh Olins
Source - thefashionography.com

Sam Rollinson, Anna Ewers & Ashleigh Good
British Vogue - December 2013
Photographer - Josh Olins
Source - thefashionography.com

Electric Youth

Interview Germany casts the spotlight on the newest brigade of runway ingenues to emerge from the Spring/Summer 2014 shows for its November 2013 issue. Photographer Joachim Mueller Ruccholtz captures Antipodean newcomers Gabby Westbrook-Patrick, Holly Rose Emery, and Maddison Brown alongside the unstoppable Russian sensation Irina Liss, South African Emily Meulemann, Canadian Carly Moore, American Megan Thompson, and Korean Ji Young Kwak. Each of these catwalk contenders had industry insiders taking note with Gabby Westbrook-Patrick logging runway mileage at Ralph Lauren, Kenneth Cole, John Galliano, and as an exclusive at Versace. Casting director Angus Munro singled out Megan Thompson with opening honours at Helmut Lang, while Maddison Brown charmed all in her midst at Jason Wu, Yigal Azrouel, and Trussardi. Ji Young Kwak's continued the dominance of Korean modelling talent with riveting runway turns at Chanel, Dries Van Noten, DSquared2, and Just Cavalli. Upping the stakes though were Kiwi model Holly Rose Emery and Elite New York's Irina Liss, who launched an assault of epic proportions on the Spring/Summer 2014 runways amassing 31 and 24 show bookings apiece. Both newcomers were clear examples of the stunning diversity of modelling talent present throughout the Spring/Summer 2014 season with Emery's delicate romantic features contrasting beautifully with Liss' sharp angular lines and powerful transformative quality.

Gabby Westbrook-Patrick
Interview Germany - November 2013
Photographer - Joachim Mueller Ruchholtz
Source - models.com

Holly Rose Emery
Interview Germany - November 2013
Photographer - Joachim Mueller Ruchholtz
Source - models.com

Emily Meuleman
Interview Germany - November 2013
Photographer - Joachim Mueller Ruchholtz
Source - models.com

Maddison Brown
Interview Germany - November 2013
Photographer - Joachim Mueller Ruchholtz
Source - models.com

Megan Thompson
Interview Germany - November 2013
Photographer - Joachim Mueller Ruchholtz
Source - models.com

Carly Moore
Interview Germany - November 2013
Photographer - Joachim Mueller Ruchholtz
Source - models.com

Irina Liss
Interview Germany - November 2013
Photographer - Joachim Mueller Ruchholtz
Source - models.com

Ji Young Kwak
Interview Germany - November 2013
Photographer - Joachim Mueller Ruchholtz
Source - models.com

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Storm Trooper - Sasha Luss

Russian top model Sasha Luss drops the baby doll facade in favour of an imposing military stance for Russian Vogue's November 2013 issue. Photographer Mariano Vivanco captures the glacial beauty of Luss amidst a posse of male modelling talent including Archie Preston, Sam Webb, Thom Morell, and Allen Taylor. Stylist Olga Dunina kits out the new recruits in military inspired ensembles from the Fall/Winter 2013 collection of Ralph Lauren. Luss recently made a clean sweep at the Spring/Summer 2014 collections, eclipsing all four fashion capitals with 53 blue chip show bookings including opening/closing slots for Ralph Lauren, Missoni, Gareth Pugh, Roberto Cavalli, and Vanessa Bruno. The newly dyed platinum blonde has also been turning heads with a spate of editorial appearances for the Chinese and Russian editions of Vogue, French Numéro, CR Fashion Book, and Interview Magazine. Success for the twenty-one year old Magadan native has been a long time coming with Luss first entering modelling's fray in 2007. Luss' fierce runway swagger, flawless beauty, and combined industry and life experience have converged at precisely the right moment culminating in modelling's newest anointed supernova.

Sasha Luss
Vogue Russia - November 2013
Photographer - Mariano Vivanco
Source - glossynewsstand.com

Vogue Russia - November 2013
Photographer - Mariano Vivanco
Source - glossynewsstand.com

Archie Preston & Sasha Luss
Vogue Russia - November 2013
Photographer - Mariano Vivanco
Source - glossynewsstand.com

Vogue Russia - November 2013
Photographer - Mariano Vivanco
Source - glossynewsstand.com

Allen Taylor, Thom Morell, Sam Webb, Archie Preston & Sasha Luss
Vogue Russia - November 2013
Photographer - Mariano Vivanco
Source - glossynewsstand.com

Exclusive Interview - Nouk Torsing

Dutch newcomer Nouk Torsing was one of the truly enigmatic personalities that IMA encountered during the recent Spring/Summer 2014 collections. Torsing's natural charisma combined with a wonderful fashion sensibility, and a powerful androgyny provides a stunning counterpoint to the endless stream of pretty young things currently infiltrating fashion's runways. Scouted at age 13, Torsing channelled her energies towards completion of her higher school education before committing to modelling full-time a little over year ago. Standing at 177 cm in height with pale alabaster skin offset by rich mahogany tresses and cobalt blue eyes, Torsing makes for a compelling proposition in print for  the likes of Vogue Italia, i-D, Dazed & Confused, Metal, and Interview Magazine. Torsing's strong sophisticated runway demeanour and regal bearing have also gained favour with a myriad of fashion houses including Jil Sander, Chloé, Nina Ricci, Céline, Marni, Carolina Herrera, and Oscar de la Renta.

Behind Torsing's obvious physical attributes lies a wicked sense of humour, a generosity of spirit, and an effortless cool that had IMA at hello when we met during the Spring/Summer 2014 castings for Oscar de la Renta. Torsing's innate interest in fashion, photography, design, and the collaborative effort behind the high gloss fashion images in which she inhabits show all the signs of a true model as muse in the making. With modelling powerhouse IMG Worldwide strategically guiding her career path, Torsing is already well on her way toward creating a brand name for herself with her personal blog called "The Flying Dutchess" which provides an insight into her interests, observations, and life on-the-go as a high fashion model. IMA caught up with Torsing as she decompressed from the fashion month that was; revealing her wardrobe essentials, her Fashion Week survival tips, and the model besties closest to her heart.

Nouk Torsing
Photographer - Mauro da Silva
Image courtesy of Fresh Model Management


Inoubliable Model Army (IMA): Hi Nouk, thank you for hanging out with IMA. How are you feeling in the aftermath of the Spring/Summer 2014 collections?
NT: Of course! I always have mixed feelings when Fashion Week comes to an end. I start to long for my bed, warm decent meals, and the luxury of doing nothing. But surprisingly enough, I also start to get excited for the next show season, hoping to book more amazing shows. Fashion Week is a very exciting thing even though it's exhausting. It is very weird when it ends, you suddenly don't know what to do with free time anymore, so I do feel a little sad when it's all over.

IMA: Would you mind sharing your backstory?
NT: I am 19 years old now and I was born in Amsterdam. This is also where I was scouted six years ago. It's the typical story - I was shopping when my mother agent came up to me, asking if I'd like to become a model. I didn't do anything with it initially but when it happened four more times that year I decided to give it a shot. After I finished high school, I signed with IMG and started modelling full-time. I had never considered modelling before. I remember a friend telling me I could win Holland's Next Top Model, I was like "yeah sure", thinking only my skinny legs would do the trick ;-).

IMA: Your Spring/Summer 2014 show list included appearances at Oscar de la Renta, Victoria Beckham, Carolina Herrera, Christopher Kane, Nina Ricci, and Chloé! What were you personal highlights of the season, and was there a particular collection that you fell in love with?
NT: I really enjoyed walking for the NY based designers as I had never done NYFW before. Especially Victoria Beckham. I loved her collection and Ms Beckham was really sweet! I really liked walking for Christopher Kane, Damir Doma, Nina Ricci, and Chloé again, as I worked for them before. It's always nice seeing the whole team again. Chloé has a special place in my heart, as my career started with walking their show last year.

Chloé - S/S 2014
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Carolina Herrera - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Christopher Kane - S/S 2014
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com


IMA: How did you cope with the challenges of your first full show season, and which of the fashion capitals did you feel the greatest affinity for?
MT: I won't deny it was hard. I got really sick in Milan as well, which didn't make it easier. I just tried to keep up by taking power naps whenever I could. Those challenges do make the good moments feel even better. I have always loved NYC. This is where I feel at home, there is nothing like it; anything is always possible.

IMA: What do you feel are the most vital factors for achieving success and longevity in the modelling field?
NT: Working hard and keeping the momentum going. Being focused but not letting it get to you too much. You definitely need to be flexible as everything is so last minute.

IMA: You have an amazing sense of style, when we met at Oscar de la Renta, you were wearing a gorgeous red COS sweater accessorised with a wicked Marni bag. How would you describe your fashion aesthetic and which three designers best embody your street style?
NT: Aww thank you so much! Someone once described my style as French chic which I agree with. I always want my outfits to be chic and elegant, but I also like some nonchalance and a little tomboyishness. Items with nice shapes always catch my eye and yes, I definitely have a thing for nice bags. Hmm... I think if you combine Céline, Chloé, and Christopher Kane, you might get something that looks like my street style.

IMA: What has surprised you most about your life as a model and what industry do you see yourself segueing into in 10 years from now?
NT: I guess how much I got used to it... Now I cannot picture myself having a 42 hour per week office job anymore, that's definitely not what I see myself doing in 10 years, hell no! Also, I would never have thought I would meet such great people. I'm afraid I might still be in the same industry in 10 years, I like the fact that you can make fashion as important as you want. Probably doing a different job though, we will see!

How to Spend It - June 2013
Photographer - Thomas Cooksey
Source - thefashionspot.com


Photographer - Unidentified
Source - thefashionspot.com

Metal - Issue 29
Photographer - Robi Rodriguez
Source - thefashionspot.com

Valentino - F/W 2013
Photographer - Inez & Vinoodh
Source - models.com


IMA: You recently collaborated with Miles Aldridge for Vogue Italia and Gregory Harris for Interview, in addition to appearances in Dazed & Confused, Metal and i-D. What do you enjoy most about the print/editorial component of modelling and what has been the most memorable shoot that you have participated in to date?
NT: I think everybody says the same but the best part about print work is that you create something that looks amazing together with other people. Especially when you give them that little bit extra that they needed to make the story magical. I love it when everybody's ideas come together perfectly. This was made really easy for me when I shot the Valentino Fall/Winter 2013 campaign with Inez & Vinoodh. They know exactly what they want and how to get it from you, it was definitely my most memorable shoot so far.

IMA: This season diversity was on the mind of many casting directors and designers. Did you notice any other discernible casting trends?
NT: I did notice the diversity. There were more models than ever, I felt like everybody was spread out all over the shows instead of a few girls doing the majority of the shows. There were also a lot of Dutchies again, love it. Go Holland!

IMA: The life of a model involves a lot of time spent solo travelling and away from family and loved ones. How do you counter this aspect of your profession and who do you count as your closest model pals?
NT: I rarely live by myself, I always have a roommate because I am not too keen on being alone. This Fashion Week, I was lucky enough to share accommodation with my model bestie Annemijn Dijs who is also with IMG. In NYC the lovely Zlata Magafic joined us. I also lived with Maggie Maurer for a while who I became really good friends with. I'm friends with a lot of great colleagues and can't possibly name them all ;-). Thank God I am never homesick, although I do miss my dog, and my sister and friends sometimes, and maybe my mum's cooking and the fact that she washes my clothes... OK stop me right there!!

She's Got Style - Nouk Torsing
Source - stockholmstreetstyle.com

Nouk Torsing & Laura Kampman
Image courtesy of flyingdutchessstreetstyle.tumblr.com

Nouk Torsing & Annemijn Dijs
Image courtesy of fashionmilk.com


IMA: Tell us a little about your interests and passions beyond modelling?
NT: I've always been passionate about photography, besides that I love Bikram yoga, horseback riding, and snow boarding. I'm also working on a blog at the moment, called The Flying Dutchess which I've wanted to do for a while but couldn't find the time for.

IMA: Imagine you're being photographed for the cover of BritishVogue with four other girls as per the original circa 90s Peter Lindbergh Famous Five portrait. If you could play casting director for a day, which other four models would you choose to appear alongside?
NT: Well definitely Annemijn Dijs because she deserves it more than anyone else in my opinion, and now that I am already speaking out of nepotism let's add Maggie Maurer as well. Or maybe it should be an all-Dutch cover with Laura Kampman and Iris Van Berne. I also love Saskia de Brauw's face but Natalia Vodianova and Daria Werbowry are models that I would really like to stand next to as well... this it too difficult!

IMA: What makes you "Inoubliable" (Unforgettable)?
NT: Well, as you didn't forget me after we met, maybe you should answer this one... or maybe you just remembered me cause if my bright red sweater?! I have really tiny ears which is very unique, haha. Or maybe it's my sense of irony that makes me "Inoubliable".

Nouk Torsing
Photographer - Djamel Boucly
Image courtesy of Fashion Gone Rogue

Vogue Italia - September 2013
Photographer - Miles Aldridge
Source - thefashionspot.com

Nouk Torsing
Image courtesy of Fresh Model Management

Stylist France - October 2013
Photographer - Phillip Gay
Source - thefashionspot.com

Special thanks to Josh Otten and IMG Model Management. For more information on IMG Models, please log onto www.imgmodels.com. Check out Nouk Torsing's musings on fashion, life and photography at www.noukynoukdiary.blogspot.com

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Room With a View - Eva Downey

New Zealand born Australian-raised newbie Eva Downey was the last girl of the day to be put through her paces at the Spring/Summer 2014 castings for Natalie Joos. IMA was blown away by Downey's strapping 181 cm frame, her wildly exaggerated features, and ultra cool girl vibes. Represented by New York Model Management, Downey follows up recent appearances in Elle Romania, Black Magazine, Russh, and D la Repubblica with a divine editorial turn for the premiere issue of Australian Elle. Downey is captured by photographer Stephen Ward with bare walls and a window ledge as a backdrop while decked out in casual sportswear pieces paired with tailored coats and pants by stylist Sara Smith. Downey's immaculate peaches and cream complexion, striking wide forehead, and dreamy blue eyes have graced the runways of Marni, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Jeremy Laing, Libertine, Tibi, and Threeasfour since her debut at the Fall/Winter 2013 collections. Tipped by British Elle as one of it's Top 10 New Faces to Watch, you can expect to see a whole lot more of Downey as the Spring/Summer 2014 editorial and campaign season unfurls. 

Ea Downey
Australian Elle - October 2013
Photographer - Stephen Ward
Source - thefashionspot.com

Australian Elle - October 2013
Photographer - Stephen Ward
Source - thefashionspot.com

Australian Elle - October 2013
Photographer - Stephen Ward
Source - thefashionspot.com

Australian Elle - October 2013
Photographer - Stephen Ward
Source - thefashionspot.com

Australian Elle - October 2013
Photographer - Stephen Ward
Source - thefashionspot.com

Australian Elle - October 2013
Photographer - Stephen Ward
Source - thefashionspot.com

Australian Elle - October 2013
Photographer - Stephen Ward
Source - thefashionspot.com

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

If Looks Could Kill - Anais Mali

Paris Vogue goes for the overkill in a safari-themed editorial starring the felinesque charms of Anais Mali. Photographer Giampaolo Sgura captures Mali as she boards a jeep for an outdoor safari decked out in head-to-toe leopard print garb styled by Capucine Safyurtlu. Mali's unruly mass of untamed locks, striking smoky eye make-up, and animal print ensembles from the Fall/Winter 2013 collections of Michael Kors, Trussardi, Philipp Plein, and Dolce & Gabbana blend seamlessly into the surrounding natural habitat. Currently ranked number 35 on Models.com's list of Top 50 Models, the only way is up for Mali with recent editorial appearances in American Vogue, French Numéro, i-D, Purple, Pony Step, and Paris Vogue, in addition to campaign slots for David Yurman and Rag & Bone. Mali's compelling combination of exotic beauty, svelte runway perfect proportions, and impeccable off-duty style have kept her firmly in modelling's spotlight.

Anais Mali
Paris Vogue - November 2013
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Paris Vogue - November 2013
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Paris Vogue - November 2013
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Paris Vogue - November 2013
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Paris Vogue - November 2013
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Paris Vogue - November 2013
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Paris Vogue - November 2013
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com