Monday, March 31, 2014

Honourable Mentions F/W 2014 - Irina Sharipova

Russian newcomer Irina Sharipova was placed on high alert amongst casting directors courtesy of a riveting Givenchy exclusive during the Spring/Summer 2014 collections. The twenty-two year old Women Direct-repped beauty delivered a stellar Fall/Winter 2014 effort gaining favour with some of the most celebrated names in fashion appearing at Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren Collection, Rag & Bone, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Sonia Rykiel, and Chanel. The Kazan native's dark brooding looks, courtesy of her mixed Russian, Tatar, Ukrainian, and Uzbek heritage, were impossible to miss as she captivated show-goers with her classic "old school" supermodel looks. IMA had the pleasure of meeting Sharipova during the casting process for the Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2014 presentation and was transfixed by her compelling ethnic ambiguity and even more so by her ultra-slick runway strut. Standing at 178 cm with puppy dog brown eyes, brown hair, and a gorgeous olive skin tone, Sharipova possess a versatile beauty that will appeal to both commercial and high fashion clients. With Women Direct's super agent Victoria Shubayeva guiding the newcomer's modelling trajectory, you can expect Sharipova to make serious inroads on the editorial and campaign front in the aftermath of the Fall/Winter 2014 collections.

Irina Sharipova
Image courtesy of Women Direct

Chanel - F/W 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Oscar de la Renta - F/W 2014
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Versace - F/W 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Ralph Lauren Collection - F/W 2014
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Rag & Bone - F/W 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Sunday, March 30, 2014

New Recruits - Fernanda Liz & Nathalia Novaes

Brasilian Vogue has always been a staunch supporter of its local modelling talent and the magazine's April 2014 issue proves to be no exception. Starring in "Classe 2014" are Sao Paolo native Fernanda Liz and the super sultry Nathalia Novaes captured by photographer Jacques Dequeker. Fernanda Liz and Nathalia Novaes play the cool kids on campus kitted out in sportswear and collegiate-inspired looks styled by Fashion Editor Daniel Ueda. Dequeker hones in on the individual physical qualities of the pair with Fernanda Liz's long feline features and Nathalia Novaes' heart shaped face and pillowy pout contrasting beautifully. Represented by Elite Model Management in New York, Novaes has been steadily building her editorial presence appearing in Austrian Flair, American Glamour and the Sunday Times Style Magazine. Fernanda Liz, best known for showcasing her athletic 180 cm physique in swimwear and fitness spreads, stunned all during the Fall/Winter 2014 collections when she emerged like a bolt out of the blue as an exclusive at Givenchy. With her newly bleached brows and her temples pinned back by red tape, the Next Model Management repped beauty looked deliciously ominous as she stormed down the runway with designer Riccardo Tisci's nod of approval. With both models currently based in New York, IMA predicts the pair will on every influential casting director's watch list in the lead up to the Spring/Summer 2014 collections.

Fernanda Liz
Vogue Brasil - April 2014
Photographer - Jacques Dequeker
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Nathalia Novaes
Vogue Brasil - April 2014
Photographer - Jacques Dequeker
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Fernanda Liz
Vogue Brasil - April 2014
Photographer - Jacques Dequeker
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Nathalia Novaes
Vogue Brasil - April 2014
Photographer - Jacques Dequeker
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Fernanda Liz
Vogue Brasil - April 2014
Photographer - Jacques Dequeker
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Nathalia Novaes
Vogue Brasil - April 2014
Photographer - Jacques Dequeker
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Fernanda Liz
Vogue Brasil - April 2014
Photographer - Jacques Dequeker
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Nathalia Novaes
Vogue Brasil - April 2014
Photographer - Jacques Dequeker
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Exclusive Interview - Alisa Ahmann

Nineteen year old Alisa Ahmann initially caught IMA's attention when she debuted as an exclusive at Calvin Klein during the Fall/Winter 2014 collections. By the time Ahmann resurfaced in Milan as a Jil Sander exclusive, IMA need no further incentive to include the German beauty in its list of Top 10 Newcomers List for the Fall/Winter 2014 season. The 179 cm blue eyed blonde unleashed her full force in Paris logging runway mileage at Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, and Elie Saab. Ahmann's powerful runway presence, expressive features, and va-va-voom sensuality looked out of place on the Fall/Winter 2014 runways in the best possible way, harking back to an era when supermodels ruled the catwalks. Ahmann's towering athletic physique calls to mind Australian top model Elle MacPherson, while her high-sculpted cheekbones, prominent jawline, and icy blue eyes have drawn comparisons to the iconic German supermodel Veruschka. Represented by Model Management in Hamburg, the Society Management NY, and Elite Model Management in Paris, Ahmann is currently living in the moment following the Fall/Winter 2014 season, testing with photographers and meeting with prospective clients in the lead up to the impending editorial and campaign season. IMA caught up with Ahmann in Hamburg to chat about her dream run at the Fall/Winter 2014 collections, getting up to speed on supermodels past, present, and future, and the importance of family and friends.

Alisa Ahmann
Image courtesy of Model Management


Inoubliable Model Army (IMA): Hi Alisa, congratulations on an amazing debut at the Fall/Winter 2014 collections and on making it onto IMA's Top 10 Newcomers List for the season! How did you spend your first few days following Fashion Week and were you surprised by how well received you were by the fashion industry considering it was your debut effort?
Alisa Ahmann (AA): As it was my debut show season everything was new for me. I was impressed most of all by all of the creative people around me and by how much work goes into preparing the fashion shows.

IMA: Would you mind sharing a little of your backstory with IMA?
AA: I am nineteen years old (turning 20 in May) and come from a very small town close to Stuttgart. Although I love my work, I always enjoy the time coming home spending days with my family and our dog. I started modelling when I was 16 years old however because my focus was on school at the time, I only realised how important modelling would become for me some years later.

IMA: Your Fall/Winter 2014 season began with an opening slot as an exclusive at Calvin Klein! What are your recollections of the casting process for Calvin Klein?
AA: First of all, I simply love Maida & Rami! They are one of the best and nicest casting directors and people I have ever met! I have so much respect for all the work they do during Fashion Week. Chapeau!

IMA: Your Fall/Winter 2014 show list was one of the most exclusive of the season sixth booking for Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, Christian Dior, Stella McCartney, Sacai, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab, and Alexander McQueen. What are you most cherished memories of the season both on and off the runway?
AA: Every show was impressive in its own way and I enjoyed every single one of them. I couldn't really say which one I liked the most because they were all very exciting for me.

Jil Sander - F/W 2014
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Stella McCartney - F/W 2014
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com

Calvin Klein - F/W 2014
Photographer - Gianni Pucci
Source - style.com


IMA: The show season is incredibly challenging on both a mental and physical level. How did you prepare for Fashion Week and what would you say were the greatest challenges of the month long fashion frenzy?
AA: The most important thing during Fashion Week is to stay calm. Even though Fashion Week is always moving so fast, it is always important to leave a good impression.

IMA: In the relatively short time that you have been modelling what have you enjoyed most about your profession and what advice would you offer to other young girls considering modelling as a career?
AA: I love that you have the opportunity to travel around the world and see so many different parts of it. It makes you stronger and my personal advice for all models is to keep the relationships with their families and friends at home - even if it is difficult sometimes. That is one of the most important things to have in life - friends and family.

IMA: Your powerful striking looks have drawn comparisons within the industry to Germany's most iconic modelling export Veruschka. Are you familiar with this supermodel from the 60s and who are you favourite models amongst the current generation of stars?
AA: To tell you the truth, I was only born in the 90s so I hadn't heard of Veruschka because I was simply too young to know of her. But after I heard of the comparison, I looked her up and feel really honoured to be compared with her. Thank you! But I also really love Kate Moss. She always has these mysterious expressions that I find impressive.

IMA: Success in modelling is contingent on sound management on the part of a model's agency. What do you appreciate most about your mother agency Model Management in Hamburg?
AA: I love every aspect of my mother agency and I am so happy to be with them! They support me so much and the atmosphere is familiar so much so that I always feel at home.

IMA: You spent time in Australia last year modelling. Tell us about your experience "Down Under" and did you find time to explore Australia's incredible wildlife and beach culture in between modelling assignments?
AA: Australia was one of the most impressive and exciting trips I've done so far. Maybe because it was the first time I was modelling outside of Germany or perhaps because it was also the first time working with another agency Chic Management. I was living in Bondi Beach and through that I got a good impression of the Australian way of life.

Qvest Magazine - Issue 60
Photographer - Johannes Graf
Source - thefashionspot.com

Chasseur Magazine - March 2014
Photographer - Silke Schlotz
Source - thefashionspot.com

Alisa Ahmann
Image courtesy of Model Management Hamburg


IMA: The nature of modelling requires individuals to develop a thick skin especially during the casting process. How have you learnt to deal with the intense level of physical assessment that is part and parcel of modelling?
AA: I've had many ups and downs in life and I learned that the most important thing is to never give up and to always try to think positively. Life is not all roses. Being happy with the small things, enjoying every moment, that's what my mother always told me and is still telling me ;-). I am the youngest of four girls and for sure I've learned that the most thing is life is the support I receive from my family.

IMA: What do you hope to achieve in your modelling career and is there an ultimate modelling gig that you would love to book?
AA: For now, I have reached more that I could ever have imagined in a relatively short period of time but I am definitely excited to see what the future has in store for me. I hope to meet with some extraordinary and creative people who will enhance my chance to develop.

IMA: How have your friends and family reacted to your astounding success at the Fall/Winter 2014 collections and has it been surreal going back to your normal home life after having walked for some of the most revered names in fashion?
AA: Honestly I still haven't fully realised how good my first season really went. I think it's the same for my family and friends. I still feel the same as before and I hope that my attitude hasn't changed either. Perhaps that's why coming home, I haven't felt all that different.

IMA: Fashion often treads a fine line between fantasy and wearability. Was there an outfit you wore this past season that you loved walking down the runway in and that you would love to wear in your day-to-day life?
AA: I would wear all of my outfits! Every look was special in its own way and I love to switch into different roles on the runway even if its just for a second.

IMA: What makes you "Inoubliable" (Unforgettable)?
AA: My mother would say my attitude and desire to live and enjoy life every second. I don't obsess about what is going to happen in one month, I prefer to live in the moment.

Alisa Ahmann
Photographer - Thuy Pham
Source - thefashionspot.com

Special thanks to Patrick Lazhar at Model Management in Hamburg and to Julie Murat at Elite Model Management Paris. For more information on Model Management and Elite Model Management Paris, please log onto www.model-management.de and www.elitemodel.fr

Friday, March 28, 2014

Crunch Time - New Faces F/W 2014

The Fall/Winter 2014 collections unearthed a smorgasbord of diverse modelling talent on the runways that mattered most. Landing a coveted spot on the gilded runways of Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Proenza Schouler, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Céline, Alexander McQueen, and Valentino is one thing however translating that blue chip momentum into crucial editorial and campaign bookings is a whole other ball game. For the season's newly anointed top newcomers, the aftermath of the Fall/Winter 2014 season will no doubt separate those with the discernible beauty, charisma, and true grit from those who will pass merely as a fleeting interest amongst casting directors and designers. And so the casting process begins with German Vogue's casting director Julia Lange and photographer Kira Bunse presenting forty of the Fall/Winter 2014 season most sought after new faces. 

IMA cuts to the chase, honing in on its pick of the Ten Newcomers who possess that indefinable star quality required to inspire and retain the interest of casting directors and the powers that be. Amongst the select group are model as muses Helena Severin, Brogan Loftus, Annemijn Dijs, and Sabrina Ioffreda, who buck the industry's more traditional concepts of model beauty. Ioffreda with her exotic smouldering androgynous zeal and Severin's powerful regal presence are destined to provide inspiration for publications with a rebellious streak. Beauty sells and the classic beauty of Alisa Ahmann, Larissa Marchiori, and Kate Grigorieva translates unequivocally to pure campaign gold. In the stunning trio Waleska Gorczevski, Kassandra Jensen, and Ysaunny Brito versatility is the key. Gorczevski, Jensen, and Brito were unstoppable throughout the Fall/Winter 2014 collections combining elegance, off-kilter beauty, and a simmering bombshell factor that had fashion denizens cooing in unison.

Brogan Loftus
Photographer - Kira Bunse
Source - vogue.de

Alisa Ahmann
Photographer - Kira Bunse
Source - vogue.de

Waleska Gorczevski
Photographer - Kira Bunse
Source - vogue.de

Ysaunny Brito
Photographer - Kira Bunse
Source - vogue.de

Kate Grigorieva
Photographer - Kira Bunse
Source - vogue.de

Larissa Marchiori
Photographer - Kira Bunse
Source - vogue.de

Sabrina Ioffreda
Photographer - Kira Bunse
Source - vogue.de

Kassandra Jensen
Photographer - Kira Bunse
Source - vogue.de

Annemijn Dijs
Photographer - Kira Bunse
Source - vogue.de

Helena Severin
Photographer - Kira Bunse
Source - vogue.de

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Real Deal - Anna Ewers

Amongst the throngs of promising new faces hailed as modelling's next big thing each show season, only a select few eventually go on to define the look of that particular decade. During the nineties, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Kate Moss showed true staying power while the new millennium saw Gisele Bundchen, Carolyn Murphy, Liya Kebede, and Daria Werbowry taking up the reigns. One newcomer who possesses that same indefinable star quality which is destined to propel her in modelling's major league is German newcomer Anna Ewers. The twenty-one year old Freiburg native sent shockwaves through the industry when she debuted during the Paris Fall/Winter 2013 collections at Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, and Valentino. At the following Spring/Summer 2014 shows Ewers was ubiquitous throughout thirty-seven show appearances with her classic blonde wholesome beauty drawing inevitable comparisons to 90s supermodel Claudia Schiffer. In the past year alone, Ewers has commanded the editorial landscape like no other via bookings for Love Magazine, i-D, CR Fashion Book, Purple, W, and the French, American, Italian, British Vogue. Ewers continues to display stunning versatility and range with her latest editorial instalment for T Magazine captured in full bloom by Karim Sadli. The series of black and white portraits feature Ewers wearing baggy jeans paired with elegant black and white blouses and jackets styled by Joe McKenna with the focus being on the budding Super's exquisite unembellished beauty.

Anna Ewers
T Style Magazine - S/S 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

T Style Magazine - S/S 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

T Style Magazine - S/S 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

T Style Magazine - S/S 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

T Style Magazine - S/S 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

T Style Magazine - S/S 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

T Style Magazine - S/S 2014
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Celebrate the World - Marina Nery

Australian Vogue taps into the exotic mysterious beauty of Brazilian newcomer Marina Nery for "Tomorrow's Tribe" editorial in the glossy's April 2014 issue. The eighteen year old Bahia native provides the perfect blank canvas for the tribal-themed story with her face and body adorned with elaborate markings and all manner of beaded and metallic bracelets, necklaces, rings, and headdress. Photographer Sebastian Kim harnesses Nery's stunning ethnically ambiguous beauty as she poses in outfits inspired by Masai tribal warriors, Peruvian folk women, and Afghani herders styled by Katie Mossman. Nery's modelling trajectory has been strategically guided with pinpoint precision by her agents at the Society Management NY and Elite Model Management Paris. Following a stellar run at the Spring/Summer 2014 collections which included blue chip appearances at Marc Jacobs, Giles, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Ports 1961, and Rochas, Nery was noticeably absent throughout the recent Fall/Winter 2014 show season. Nery's modelling priorities appear instead to be very much focused on building up a diverse portfolio of print clients judging by the recent flurry of editorial tear sheets for Australian Vogue, W Magazine, Elle Japan, Love, Crash Magazine, and Garage. With her startling emerald green eyes, doll-like features, and elegant 180 cm frame, Nery is certain to unleash her full runway potential at the Spring/Summer 2014 collections in September.

Marina Nery
Australian Vogue - April 2014
Photographer - Sebastian Kim
Source - thefashionspot.com

Australian Vogue - April 2014
Photographer - Sebastian Kim
Source - thefashionspot.com

Australian Vogue - April 2014
Photographer - Sebastian Kim
Source - thefashionspot.com

Australian Vogue - April 2014
Photographer - Sebastian Kim
Source - thefashionspot.com

Australian Vogue - April 2014
Photographer - Sebastian Kim
Source - thefashionspot.com

Australian Vogue - April 2014
Photographer - Sebastian Kim
Source - thefashionspot.com

Australian Vogue - April 2014
Photographer - Sebastian Kim
Source - thefashionspot.com

Australian Vogue - April 2014
Photographer - Sebastian Kim
Source - thefashionspot.com

Monday, March 24, 2014

Schorr Thing - Amanda Murphy, Elisabeth Erm, Binx Walton, Andreea Diaconu & Juliana Schurig

Photographer Collier Schorr imbues the pages of Self Service's Spring/Summer 2014 issue with her contemplative vision of fashion meets art for an editorial starring five of modelling's most in demand faces. Current 'it' girls Amanda Murphy, Elisabeth Erm, Andreea Diaconu, Binx Walton, and Juliana Schurig look ready to dive into Spring decked out casual ensembles styled by Fashion Editor Suzanne Koller. The five newcomers pose with their hair pulled back, braided and knotted to reveal their striking natural beauty and snippets of their distinct personalities while assuming a series of non-modelly poses. Schorr who just opened her 10th exhibition entitled "8 Women" at the 303 Gallery in Chelsea New York, reveals of her approach to photographing models to the International New York Times, "I don't know what to do until I meet them. Who are you? I'm going to take that picture." And so she does as Amanda Murphy gazes into Collier's lens with an unapologetic air of self-assurance or perhaps while Elisabeth Erm effortlessly seduces the viewer with her unembellished beauty, and no doubt as Binx Walton adopts a buffalo stance with a look of teen defiance. Purple Magazine's Olivier Zahm sums it up perfectly when describing his collaboration with Schorr in 1995 for a fashion story on Helmut Lang, "At the time, artists were much more careful about work in fashion. She worked without a stylist. She is about expressing the true personality of the model, not creating an artificial beauty." 

Amanda Murphy
Self Service - S/S 2014
Photographer - Collier Schorr
Source - thefashionspot.com

Elisabeth Erm
Self Service - S/S 2014
Photographer - Collier Schorr
Source - thefashionspot.com

Elisabeth Erm
Self Service - S/S 2014
Photographer - Collier Schorr
Source - thefashionspot.com

Elisabeth Erm
Self Service - S/S 2014
Photographer - Collier Schorr
Source - thefashionspot.com

Amanda Murphy
Self Service - S/S 2014
Photographer - Collier Schorr
Source - thefashionspot.com

Andreea Diaconu
Self Service - S/S 2014
Photographer - Collier Schorr
Source - thefashionspot.com

Binx Walton
Self Service - S/S 2014
Photographer - Collier Schorr
Source - thefashionspot.com

Binx Walton
Self Service - S/S 2014
Photographer - Collier Schorr
Source - thefashionspot.com

Andreea Diaconu
Self Service - S/S 2014
Photographer - Collier Schorr
Source - thefashionspot.com

Elisabeth Erm
Self Service - S/S 2014
Photographer - Collier Schorr
Source - thefashionspot.com

Juliana Schurig
Self Service - S/S 2014
Photographer - Collier Schorr
Source - thefashionspot.com

Amanda Murphy
Self Service - S/S 2014
Photographer - Collier Schorr
Source - thefashionspot.com