Sunday, June 29, 2014

Back to Basics - Malgosia Bela

Following a week in Barcelona spent basking in the sun, indulging in afternoon siestas, and devouring enough tapas to last a lifetime (or perhaps until next year at least) IMA returns with a renewed focus and fervour. This month Dutch Vogue embraces a little summer lovin' of its own with a cover story and editorial featuring the iconic model Malgosia Bela. The thirty-seven year old Polish beauty poses for Dutch photographer Annemarieke van Drimmelen wearing simple black and white ensembles styled by Dimphy den Otter from the Fall/Winter 2014 collections of Veronique Leroy, Hermés, Chanel, Balenciaga, Céline, and Ralph Lauren. Modelling since the late 90s, Bela has enjoyed a prolific career thanks in large part to a stunning chameleon-like quality that runs the full gamut of modelling's many incarnations. Bela's strong masculine jawline, huge voluminous green eyes, and imposing 177 cm frame have been in Vogue since she entered the modelling game at the ripe old age of twenty-one. Speaking candidly with Into the Gloss, Bela hits the nail on the head while explaining the key to her longevity in fashion's fickle spotlight, "I guess I've maintained relevancy because my look is classic, but not too pretty. I can do a campaign for H&M and Alexander Wang, and I can do weird stuff with Steven Klein or more commercial work. I think success on modelling comes down to your look, luck, hard work, how professional you are, and, let's face it, how well you manage the business side of things."

Malgosia Bela
Dutch Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Annemarieke van Drimmelen
Source - thefashionspot.com

Dutch Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Annemarieke van Drimmelen
Source - thefashionspot.com

Dutch Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Annemarieke van Drimmelen
Source - thefashionspot.com

Dutch Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Annemarieke van Drimmelen
Source - thefashionspot.com

Dutch Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Annemarieke van Drimmelen
Source - thefashionspot.com

Dutch Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Annemarieke van Drimmelen
Source - thefashionspot.com

Dutch Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Annemarieke van Drimmelen
Source - thefashionspot.com

Dutch Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Annemarieke van Drimmelen
Source - thefashionspot.com

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Leader of the Pack - Karlie Kloss

The supermodel tag is so loosely used nowadays that the word appears to have lost its true meaning when used in reference to today's generation of models. For IMA, the word supermodel belongs to a distinct breed of model who has over time developed model-as-muse relationships with designers, stylists, and photographers, who possesses a chameleon-like quality, and whose career has withstood the fickle nature of fashion and evolving casting trends. One model who embodies the very essence of what it means to be truly Super is industry veteran Karlie Kloss, who at the ripe old age of twenty-one has enjoyed a prolific modelling career spanning over seven years. Kloss' modelling trajectory runs the full gamut of fashion's elite including campaign bookings for Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta, Chloé, Alexander McQueen, Hermés, Yves Saint Laurent, and Dior. From the early outset, Kloss was marked for greatness appearing on the covers of Teen Vogue's February 2008 issue, followed by a rapid succession of cover appearances for American Vogue, W, i-D, Muse, Document, French Numéro, and virtually every international edition of Vogue. It was Kloss' scintillating coming-of-age December 2011 Vogue Italia cover appearance under the tagline "Extra Strength" followed by her inclusion in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show which confirmed her status as a bonafide high fashion model with true mass market commercial appeal. This month Kloss appears in a David Sims-lensed editorial for American Vogue, leaping and bounding all the while captivating readers with a mischievous snap-challenging gaze.

Karlie Kloss
US Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Go West - Kate Grigorieva

Russian newcomer Kate Grigorieva stars in her first major fashion editorial since turning heads during a stunning debut at the Fall/Winter 2014 collections. The twenty-five year old Muscovite goes west for a Mariano Vivanco-lensed editorial in the July 2014 issue of Spanish Vogue. Vivanco steadies his lens on Grigorieva's jaw-dropping 180 cm silhouette as she takes on the wild, wild West wearing a Stetson and ensembles styled by Claudia Englmann from the Fall/Winter 2014 collections of Proenza Schouler, Dolce & Gabbana, Barbara Bui, Chloé, and Chanel. Grigorieva, a former Russia's Next Top Model runner-up, blitzed her way through seventeen Fall/Winter 2014 show bookings including Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan, Gucci, Versace, Stella McCartney, Céline, Givenchy, and Alexander McQueen. With a finely chiselled bone structure to rival Paulina Porizkova's, dreamy grey/green feline-like eyes, and luxuriant honey blonde tresses, Grigorieva's look harks back to the powerful supermodel aesthetic of the late 80s. As the Fall/Winter 2014 season hots up, Grigorieva's va-va-voom in your face beauty is sure to set pulses racing in key campaign and editorial slots.

Kate Grigorieva
Spanish Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Mariano Vivanco
Source - thefashionspot.com

Spanish Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Mariano Vivanco
Source - theimpression.com

Spanish Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Mariano Vivanco
Source - theimpression.com

Spanish Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Mariano Vivanco
Source - theimpression.com

Spanish Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Mariano Vivanco
Source - theimpression.com

Spanish Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Mariano Vivanco
Source - theimpression.com

Spanish Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Mariano Vivanco
Source - thefashionspot.com

Spanish Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Mariano Vivanco
Source - theimpression.com

Spanish Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Mariano Vivanco
Source - theimpression.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

INOUBLIABLE - Senait Gidey

Senait Gidey
Agency - IMG Model Worldwide
Nationality - Canadian/Ethiopian
Photographed by Elodie Yelmani & Romain Aissa Dermouche
Image property of Inoubliable Model Army

Inoubliable Model Army: What makes you "Inoubliable" (Unforgettable)?
Senait Gidey: OMG, I don't know! My personality and smile, I guess!

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Lost & Found - Amanda Wellsh

One of IMA's favourite faces of the Fall/Winter 2014 season, Amanda Wellsh stars in an idyllic editorial for Australian Vogue's July 2014 issue. The veteran model is captured on location in tropical Fiji by photographer Will Davidson for "Wayfinder". Davidson captures a softer side of the twenty-four year old Brasilian as she poses while setting sail on choppy Fijian waters, perched atop massive pieces of drift wood, and while riding horseback. Fashion Editor Christine Centenera pairs knit sweaters and jackets with summer slip dresses, shirt and swimwear ideal for braving the unpredictable weather conditions from the collections of Chloé, Givenchy, Hermés, Chanel, and Karen Walker. IMA first met Wellsh last September at castings for Natalie Joos and Oscar de la Renta prior to her breakthrough success at the Spring/Summer 2014 collections. The IMG-repped stunner is the latest in a succession of models in their mid-to-late twenties to be embraced by the fashion industry after having taken an extended break from modelling only to return with a renewed focus and vigour. Modelling since the age of fourteen, Wellsh took time out in 2011 to give birth to her son, remerging two years later on the Spring/Summer 2014 runways at Chanel, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Helmut Lang, Dries Van Noten, and Balmain. The past year alone has seen Wellsh scoring an exclusive Gucci Spring/Summer 2014 campaign lensed by Mert & Marcus, and blue chip editorial bookings for Paris Vogue, Document, and Russian Vogue.

Amanda Wellsh
Australian Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Will Davidson
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Australian Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Will Davidson
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Australian Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Will Davidson
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Australian Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Will Davidson
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Australian Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Will Davidson
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Australian Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Will Davidson
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Australian Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Will Davidson
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Australian Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Will Davidson
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Australian Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Will Davidson
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Australian Vogue - July 2014
Photographer - Will Davidson
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Exclusive Interview - Binx Walton

Every once in a while a new face emerges on the modelling scene whose looks, originality, and spirit turns the fashion industry unassailably on its head. Eighteen year old Binx Walton's wicked assault on the sensibilities of the high fashion set is the very breath of fresh air that the industry has been yearning for. Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, Walton's chic gnarly buzz cut, towering 180 cm frame, long gangly limbs, and devil-may-care look of teen defiance, has proven to be the perfect antidote to the industry's preoccupation with cookie-cutter perfection. Scouted at age nine, Walton cast aside modelling ambitions to just be. At age fourteen, Walton signed with her mother agency Macs Amax and began modelling in earnest two years ago after joining Next Models in New York. Walton's super-chilled vibes, hard-to-place multi-racial beauty, infectious gap-toothed grin, and versatility have proven to be ubiquitous on runways and in publications with the most clout. Debuting at the Fall/Winter 2013 collections, Walton's pristine and concise show list; Marc Jacobs, Giles, Sister by Sibling, Versace, Ermanno Scervino, and Miu Miu, hinted at the newcomer's glimmering promise.

In the 12 months since that auspicious debut, Walton has left no question as to her status as one of the most-in-demand and genuinely compelling newcomers via a staggering 43 show bookings at the recent Fall/Winter 2014 collections and lucrative Spring/Summer 2014 campaign slots for Céline and Maiyet. Walton's editorial resumé is as pristine as it gets, with i-D, T Magazine, Love, Another Magazine, and the Russian, French, and British editions of Vogue, all clamouring to secure a vantage spot on the Binx bandwagon. Perhaps what differentiates Walton though most of all from the throngs of pretty young things is her authenticity. On the runway, in print, and in person, Walton is the real deal exuding an effortless cool, natural charisma, and a self-effacing humour that makes her impossibly endearing. Walton charmed IMA (without even trying) while chatting exclusively about her stellar Fall/Winter 2014 season, dodging streakers and chainsaws at Prabal Gurung and Chanel, the cathartic haircut which has transformed her life in more ways than one, and the importance of revealing all sides of one's self while avoiding the use of labels.

Binx Walton
Russian Vogue - March 2014
Photographer - Terry Tsiolis
Source - thefashionspot.com


Inoubliable Model Army (IMA): Hi Binx, thank you for chatting with IMA! You've just come off a stellar Fall/Winter 2014 season where you rocked the runway in 42 shows. Did you have time to decompress following Fashion Week and how did you feel about the fashion industry's stunning reception of you throughout the four fashion capitals?
Binx Walton (BW): After the shows I went to NY for two days for work then back to Knoxville to go to school. So in a way I got to decompress from the industry a little, but my season hasn't hit me. I think that going straight from shows to school didn't give me time to process it all. But once in a while I'll get that feeling that everything is where it's meant to be and it gets me excited.

IMA: As a relative newcomer, would you mind sharing your backstory with IMA's readership?
BW: I'm 18 years old, and I was raised on Kauai and Knoxville, TN (Shout out to the East) and my background is Indian, Irish, German, Dutch, Eastern Asian, and East-African. I was scouted by Amax Talent when I was nine at my mom's school reunion, where I declined till I was around fourteen because of other aspirations and goals other than fashion. Plus I was only nine... and I start modelling seriously around sixteen.

IMA: Chanel, Saint Laurent, Céline, Balmain, Stella McCartney, Fendi, Bottega Veneta, Giles, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, and Jason Wu, all fell for your charms this past season!. Were the four weeks of Fashion Week madness all a bit of a blur or are you able to recall any key moments either on or off the runway which standout in your mind as highlights?
BW: There were so many small moments that made every situation better. But I think doing Céline again after my campaign was pretty cool... so many good times just in fittings with their team. Crazy at Prabal when that streaker in the Burger King suit came out was hell EPIC! And of course playing around Chanel's supermarket. I remember Charlotte Free kept picking up the chainsaw and scaring people.

Céline - F/W 2014
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

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

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

Sonia Rykiel - F/W 2014
Photographer - Umberto Frattini
Source - style.com


IMA: Following a year of development and modelling locally in Nashville, you underwent a drastic make-over courtesy of a career-defining haircut which commanded the industry's attention. How did the image overhaul come about, did it take some convincing by your agents to proceed, and did you experience an identity crisis of sorts as a result of the dramatic transformation?
BW: When my LA agents told me to cut my hair, I went back to Knoxville and sat on it... Then I did it. It was really that simple. I made a decision after seeing the haircut on some weird video... went to Trim in Nashville and cut it. When I did, I really went through an identity crisis. I would talk in weird ass accents and try to be different but I don't think it was attributed to my hair as much as me being 16 and going through puberty. In cutting my hair as dumb or cheesy as it sounds, I found who I really was and wanted to be... I'm not all the way there in knowing but I'm that much closer.

IMA: IMA has you marked as the key newcomer to usher in the next generation of top models. Have you been surprised by the overwhelmingly positive response from casting directors, designers, fashion editors, and clients, and how do you hope to stay grounded in face of such meteoric rise through industry ranks?
BW: Even you saying that is so weird but thank you so much. I just never expected this at all. I mean I hoped I guess but I don't see myself that way... I see me as one of my brothers chillin, playing sports... I always thought that "beautiful" was girls like Kate Moss and the girl-next-door type. I didn't think that a lanky, goofy, half-bald girl would make this much of a splash so having said that I think that reason right there is indeed keeping me grounded and of course, my family always beating me down when I get too cocky is very much needed. I think it's maybe good I'm here, perhaps for some kid who only thinks that beautiful is whatever "girl-next-door" is famous at the moment... Maybe it's time to have a changed perception into society's way of thinking.

IMA: Over the past 12 months you've appeared on the supplement cover of British Vogue, Self Service, and Intermission, in addition to editorials for i-D, Love, Another Magazine, Dazed & Confused, and the French, Russian, and British editions of Vogue. What do you enjoy most about the print component of modelling and what has been the most memorable shoot that you have collaborated on to date?
BW: Print to me all depends on who you're shooting with and the team behind it. It can be horrific or amazing but my favourites have been ones where we had a bunch of girls and boys and all we did for two days was eat, listen to music, dance, and mosh. Another one I just did involved all these animals, bunnies, and stuff (some taxidermy which was gross but kind of cool)... But it's just nice to have those different experiences.

i-D Magazine - April 2014
Photographer - Cass Bird
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

T Magazine - S/S 2014
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - thefashionspot.com

British Vogue 'More Dash than Cash' - May 2014
Photographer - Rory Payne
Source - thefashionspot.com


IMA: You appear in the Spring/Summer 2014 campaigns for Céline and Maiyet lensed respectively by Juergen Teller and Cass Bird, two of IMA's favourite photographers! Both photographers are known for capturing the personality of their subjects on film. What was it like collaborating with Juergen and Cass, and were there any key modelling insights that you picked up as a result of these interactions?
BW: Cass and Juegen are both some of the best and funniest people to shoot with and maybe that's why the images are always so good. Céline with Juergen was probably one of the best times I have had shooting because he doesn't yell or cause drama. He lets everything flow and we all just had a good time. Now Cass is just too funny. On set you're never bored and I think my favourite thing about her is her music choice which is really important on set. But even with such high energy she can get such intimate or sad photographs that make every shoot so much more personal. She is really a great person.

IMA: A big part of a model's arsenal is the ability to transform and to embody a variety of beauty aesthetics. In many of your editorial images your personality shines through and in others you display an elegance and sophistication beyond your teen years. Do you feel that this chameleon-like quality is something that you have had to work on and what thought processes do you go through when preparing for a shoot?
BW: I don't think I prepare as much as on set when the photographer says kind of the mood or inspiration they are looking to achieve. I think in all shoots it's important to be different because people get bored really quickly. I have many sides so I want to show them all. I'm really just learning that now. And trying to not get put into any preconceived boxes, like for instance the androgynous.

IMA: The Fall/Winter 2014 runways bore witness to a stunning array of ethnic diversity with yourself, Lila Ndabirabe, Malaika Firth, Riley Montana, Imaan Hammam, Grace Mahary, and Ysaunny Brito debunking the notion that there is only room for one top bald model at the elite level of modelling at any one given point in time. As a model of colour, how important is it to you to see ethnic diversity reflected in fashion and the media, and do you feel that this "trend" will continue to be embraced in seasons to come?
BW: My first season there were only a few I knew and even fewer that stayed. Grace Mahary and Cora Emmanuel are really the only ones I know still from then. Everything is building and more and more are starting to surface but it's really up to us to prolong and bring something new to the industry. To make relationships and do the best we possibly can, that's really all we can do. The other half to the story is whoever does the casting and whatever "trend" is in. All I know is that only time will tell.

IMA: Beauty is only part of a model's overall package. What other attributes do you feel are important for success in modelling at the elite level?
BW: To stay humble, don't get cocky and think you're better. Show who you really are because in the end people always find out.

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

Paris Vogue - April 2014
Photographer - David Sims
Source - models.com

Love Magazine - S/S 2014
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - thefashionspot.com

Intermission - S/S 2014
Photographer - Amy Troost
Source - thefashionspot.com


IMA: Next Model Management and your mother agency Macs Amax have guided your career to its current zenith with pinpoint precision and care. What do you value most about the management approach and philosophy of Next Models, and what has been the most insightful piece of advice that your agents have offered you?
BW: I think it was all a joint effort between agencies and me. Amax started it all off and Next helped me a lot and has taken hold of me but everything wasn't a smooth ride. It took a lot of work and failures to get me to where I am now. It wasn't just a year of development in my opinion, it was a year of putting in hard time and work, and lots of time doing nothing but thinking "why an I missing days off school for this" but it's just now starting to pay off. Thanks to a little luck, and what pretty much what all my agents say is the right timing. It's all about timing and availability. I thank my agents all the time, without them I wouldn't be the Binx I am today. And without me they wouldn't have the Binx they have today. I love them.

IMA: At times modelling can feel like a 24/7 existence! How do you unwind outside of work, and what are your key interests and passions beyond modelling and fashion?
BW: Really hanging in Hiawassee with my homies or chill in at Austin East High where I spend my weekdays other than at jobs. And whenever I have a chance playing soccer to whatever happens to be going on.

IMA: Nowadays models are often looked at as arbiters of style. How would you describe your own fashion sensibility, and which designers best reflect your personal street style?
BW: I wouldn't. I know it sounds strange but I don't believe in putting a label on my style. I like Alexander wang, Céline, Supreme, and Chanel but I can't say I'm biker, chic, or skater. I'm just whatever comes to mind.

IMA: Imagine you are to appear on the cover of British Vogue in an homage to the Peter Lindbergh portrait of the Original Supers. If you could play casting director for a day, which four other newcomers would you select to share the cover honours with?
BW: Hmmmm. Good one, I would say all my friends but I know that's not the answer. So I would say me, Juliana Schurig, Tilda Lindstam, Ruby Jean Wilson, and I don't know... Maybe Natalie Westling.

IMA: What makes you "Inoubliable" (Unforgettable)?
BW: "Well my mommy told me I'm special once". Haha, no I really don't know, I'm just me. Everyone has an opinion but I have no idea what's my opinion on myself. I'm just chillin.

Binx Walton
Photographer - Unidentified
Source - thefashionspot.com

Céline - S/S 2014
Photographer - Juergen Teller
Source - models.com

British Vogue - May 2014
Photographer - Rory Payne
Source - thefashionspot.com


Special thanks to Peter Cedeno, Kyle Hagler, Damien Neva, and Beth Dubin at Next Model Management. For more information on Next Models, please log onto www.nextmanagment.com