Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Blue Steel - Julia Van Os

Each show season unearths a fresh crop of modelling talent and the Fall/Winter 2015 collections were no exception however with a distinct return to sensual and grown-up beauty. No newcomer embodied the Fall/Winter 2015 season's predilection towards womanly sophistication more so than Dutch beauty Julia Van Os. The eighteen year old Amsterdam native was a smouldering presence at Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Calvin Klein, Tom Ford, Versace, Emilio Pucci, and Balmain during her first full show season. Standing at 178 cm with chestnut brown hair and contrasting hypnotic blue eyes, Van Os cast a beguiling spell on casting directors, designers, and show-goers in all four fashion capitals. For Van Os, modelling success has been a slow burn since being discovered at age thirteen via the Cosmo Girl modelling contest. Van Os was swiftly signed by mother agency Future Faces Model Management and has been gradually honing her craft via editorial bookings for Wonderland, Italian Glamour, Amica, and on the runway at Amsterdam Fashion Week. Proving that timing is everything, Van Os placed modelling on the back-burner in order to focus on her high school studies only to reemerge at the Fall/Winter 2015 collections, blazing a trail through 43 show bookings. The Van Os assault continues to gain momentum with an only-girl editorial shot by Lachlan Bailey for the June 2015 issue of Vogue China. 'Sweet Temptation' features the Women Management-repped ingenue in full bloom styled by fashion editor Beat Bolliger in knee-grazing minis, halter neck tops, and tailored jackets.

Julia Van Os
Vogue China - June 2015
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
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Vogue China - June 2015
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
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Vogue China - June 2015
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
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Vogue China - June 2015
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
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Vogue China - June 2015
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
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Vogue China - June 2015
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
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Vogue China - June 2015
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dream Girl - Malaika Firth

British Kenyan top model Malaika Firth kicks off a change in representation to The Lions NY with a groovy editorial turn in this month's Russian Vogue captured by Emma Tempest. 'The Voice of America' features the twenty-one year old picture-perfect beauty in a series of studio portrait shots modelling funky denim pieces paired with orange and mustard yellow sweaters and polo tees styled by Camilla Pole. Firth's rise through industry ranks has been nothing short of meteoric since being discovered in 2011 after sending her pics into Premier Models and meeting with the agency's founder Carole White who signed her on the spot. In 2013, Firth's stunning inclusion in Prada's Fall/Winter campaign lensed by Steven Meisel catapulted her into modelling's major league. Additional campaign gigs for Burberry Prorsum, Valentino, and Marc Jacobs fragrance have followed, landing Firth squarely on models.com's Top 50 rankings list. The doe-eyed beauty's flawless caramel complexion, unruly wavy curls, infectious girl-next-door relatability, and her growing presence on Instagram with over 110,000 followers will increase her longer term modelling prospects immeasurably. Firth's relevance on fashion runways continues unimpeded with twenty blue chip Fall/Winter 2015 show bookings and a coveted spot at Louis Vuitton's Resort 2016 show. Recent editorial and cover stories for French Elle, Vogue Japan, The Edit, The Observer, and The Telegraph Magazine attest to Firth's high fashion with the charisma and personality to warrant interview profiles. 

Malaika Firth
Vogue Russia - June 2015
Photographer - Emma Tempest
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Vogue Russia - June 2015
Photographer - Emma Tempest
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Vogue Russia - June 2015
Photographer - Emma Tempest
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Vogue Russia - June 2015
Photographer - Emma Tempest
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Vogue Russia - June 2015
Photographer - Emma Tempest
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Vogue Russia - June 2015
Photographer - Emma Tempest
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Vogue Russia - June 2015
Photographer - Emma Tempest
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Guns Blazing - Astrid Holler, Fernanda Ly, Grace Simmons, Kia Low, & Madison Stubbington

Australian Vogue unveils the next generation of top modelling exports from Down Under in an editorial shot in the Hamptons by photographer Benny Horne. Rising stars Astrid Holler, Fernanda Ly, Kia Low, Grace Simmons, and Madison Stubbington represent the new wave of Australian beauties storming fashion's runways at the recent Fall/Winter 2015 collections. Reflecting the effortless and laid-back cool of this new model army, fashion editor Gillian Wilkins decks the cast out in easy ready to wear pieces paired with luxe items for the collections of Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Stella McCartney, and Calvin Klein. Among the chosen five, IMA favourite Astrid Holler leads the antipodean assault on fashion's runways with 40 show bookings during her debut season and a key opening slot walking exclusively for Alexander Wang in New York. Discovered only a year ago by  mother agency Priscilla's Model Management, fellow Sydney-sider Fernanda Ly was impossible not to notice with her candy coloured pink hair as she debuted exclusively for Louis Vuitton's Fall/Winter 2015 show. The eighteen year old newcomer of Chinese descent has continued to galvanise industry attention closing Louis Vuitton's Resort 2016 show recently in Palm Springs. Strawberry blondes Grace Simmons and Madison Stubbington are also poised for top model status with Simmons appearing in Valentino's Spring/Summer 2015 campaign and in recent editorials for M Le Monde Magazine, Love, and CR Fashion Book. Stubbington's blue chip Fall/Winter 2015 show list which included turns on the runway at Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, and Giambattista Valli and editorial tears for Teen Vogue, Heroine, Elle, and Vogue Russia put this flame-haired beauty in modelling's hot seat. Rounding out the cast is Chadwick Models' Kia Low from Brisbane whose striking jawline, powerful 178 cm frame, and sultry pout were in full force at 37 shows throughout the Fall/Winter 2015 season. 

Fernanda Ly
Vogue Australia - June 2015
Photographer - Benny Horne
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Astrid Holler & Kia Low
Vogue Australia - June 2015
Photographer - Benny Horne
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Madison Stubbington & Grace Simmons
Vogue Australia - June 2015
Photographer - Benny Horne
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Grace Simmons
Vogue Australia - June 2015
Photographer - Benny Horne
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Astrid Holler
Vogue Australia - June 2015
Photographer - Benny Horne
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Madison Stubbington
Vogue Australia - June 2015
Photographer - Benny Horne
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Fernanda Ly & Astrid Holler
Vogue Australia - June 2015
Photographer - Benny Horne
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Kia Low & Madison Stubbington
Vogue Australia - June 2015
Photographer - Benny Horne
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Grace Simmons, Fernanda Ly, & Madison Stubbington
Vogue Australia - June 2015
Photographer - Benny Horne
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Saturday, May 16, 2015

I'll Tumble 4 Ya - Alisa Ahmann

German newcomer Alisa Ahmann continues her reign as the editorial girl of the moment with a stunning cover and mammoth 16 page editorial appearance in German Vogue's June 2015 issue. The twenty-one year old teutonic blonde takes a star turn for photographer Giampaolo Sgura as she models ethnic-inspired looks from Spain to South America in 'Latin Love'. The Society Management-repped beauty is a magnetic presence with cascading waist length crimped hair, piercing blue/grey eyes, and her 179 cm silhouette providing the perfect framework for voluminous skirts, capes, and long-sleeved tunics. Since her explosive Fall/Winter 2014 debut as an exclusive at Calvin Klein, Ahmann has proven to be an editorial tour de force with back-to-back bookings for French Numéro, Another Magazine, Allure, i-D, Porter, and the Italian, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, and Brasilian editions of Vogue. Spring/Summer 2015 campaign slots for Gucci Cruise, Alberta Ferretti and Massimo Dutti confirm Ahmann as one of the leading contenders amongst the next generation of budding Supers. Ahmann's goddess-like beauty, powerful sensuality, and undeniable star quality are more akin to the Supers of the early 90s however it's Ahmann's gentle nature, thoughtful repose, and kind spirit which place her at the top of IMA's list of current faves.

Alisa Ahmann
German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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German Vogue - June 2015
Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura
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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Clear Depth of Field - Riley Montana, Binx Walton, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, & Liya Kebede

The fickle world of modelling allows for limited long-term career prospects for models beyond their second or third consecutive show seasons. The odds are stacked even more heavily against models of colour with designers allocating a small window of opportunity to Asian, Latina, and black models. During the recent Fall/Winter 2015 collections, models.com and industry icon Bethann Hardison teamed up to cast the spotlight on the issue of diversity in modelling with IMG Models Worldwide, Ford Models, Wilhelmina, and New York Model Management showcasing of their roster of ethnically diverse beauties. The knock on effect seemed evident at the Fall/Winter 2015 collections with a magnificent array of multi-hued newcomers including Amilna Estevao, Bhumika Arora, Aamita Lagum, Yuan Bo Chao, Aya Jones, Dylan Xue, Muna Mahamed, Tiana Tostoi, Issa Lish, Damaris Goddrie, and Lineisy Montero commanding the fashion stage. In recent months Vogue Italia, Numéro France, Paris Vogue, L'Officiel Singapore, British Vogue, Garage, and Spanish Vogue have allocated key cover spots to black models signalling a definitive embrace of colour by fashion editors and casting directors. With the likes of Liya Kebede, Jourdan Dunn, Riley Montana, Malaika Firth, Kayla Scott, Binx Walton, Aya Jones, and Joan Smalls exuding star quality on the covers of publications with the most blue chip prestige, the depth of field of ethnic models at the elite level has never been so patently clear.

Riley Montana
L'Officiel Singapore - April 2015
Photographer - Stefan Khoo
Casting Director - Neill Seeto
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Binx Walton
Spanish Vogue - May 2015
Photographer - Nico Bustos
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Liya Kebede
Paris Vogue - May 2015
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
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Malaika Firth
Elle France - March 2015
Photographer - Jean Baptiste Mondino
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Jordan Dunn
British Vogue - February 2015
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
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Aya Jones
French Numéro - May 2015
Photographer - Daniel Sannwald
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Kayla Scott
Vogue Italia - May 2015
Photographer - Steven Meisel
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Joan Smalls
Garage - S/S 2015
Photographer - Phil Poynter
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Friday, May 8, 2015

California Dreaming - Ally Ertel

All-American Cali girl Ally Ertel has been on IMA's radar since we met at castings for Natalie Joos during the Spring/Summer 2014 season. Ertel's laid-back demeanour, unembellished beauty, and sun-kissed glow stood out amongst the throngs of perfectly preened models in attendance. Fast-forward 18 months and Ertel's natural good looks and super chilled vibes have suddenly come into vogue with the twenty-five year old popping up as an exclusive at Céline during the Fall/Winter 2015 collections. Success has certainly not been overnight for Ertel who has been modelling since 2008 however there appears to be a groundswell of industry support and interest with appearances at Calvin Klein's Fall 2015 presentation and a coveted spot at Louis Vuitton's Cruise 2016 show in Palm Springs. Ertel's recent editorial turn in British Vogue's April 2015 issue lensed by photographer Zoe Ghertner has kicked things into overdrive. The 12 page only girl story features Ertel in full bloom radiating positive energy and a healthy glow that is infectious and a welcome respite from the oft overly photo-shopped and hyper-sexualisted imagery that dominate the fashion landscape. Ertel's natural beauty, unruly blonde locks, and athletic physique will be gaining maximum exposure in the season ahead with the industry veteran returning recently from Paris where she has just signed with Major Model Management. 

Ally Ertel
British Vogue - April 2015
Photographer - Zoe Ghertner
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British Vogue - April 2015
Photographer - Zoe Ghertner
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British Vogue - April 2015
Photographer - Zoe Ghertner
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British Vogue - April 2015
Photographer - Zoe Ghertner
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British Vogue - April 2015
Photographer - Zoe Ghertner
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British Vogue - April 2015
Photographer - Zoe Ghertner
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British Vogue - April 2015
Photographer - Zoe Ghertner
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British Vogue - April 2015
Photographer - Zoe Ghertner
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Rhapsody in Blue - Katryn Kruger

IMA first met South African model Katryn Kruger at the Altuzarra Spring/Summer 2013 castings during the early stages of her modelling career. Kruger had just come off the back of a spectacular  debut walking exclusively for Givenchy and was touted as modelling's next big thing having shot with Steven Meisel for Prada's Spring/Summer 2012 campaign. Kruger's first full show season at the Fall/Winter 2012 collections saw the then sixteen year old logging runway mileage at 39 shows. The enigmatic teen walked four shows in New York the following season before stepping back from modelling to focus on completing her high school studies leaving model aficionados lamenting her absence. Fast-forward to the Spring/Summer 2015 season and Kruger reemerged on the runway at Wes Gordon and Creatures of the Wind displaying a full-blown sensuality and confidence. Kruger has made strong inroads on editorial front appearing in the Chinese and British editions of Harper's Bazaar, Heroine, Flaunt, and the British, Japanese, and Brasilian versions of Vogue. This month Kruger is a rhapsody in blue for L'Officiel Mexico's May 2015 issue appearing on the cover and accompanying editorial feature lensed by Rokas Darulis. Kruger's flawless complexion, expressive gold-flecked blue/grey eyes, and towering 180 cm silhouette prove to be the perfect accompaniment for the 'Loose Blues' denim-inspired story. 

Katryn Kruger
L'Officiel Mexico - May 2015
Photographer - Rokas Darulis
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L'Officiel Mexico - May 2015
Photographer - Rokas Darulis
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L'Officiel Mexico - May 2015
Photographer - Rokas Darulis
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L'Officiel Mexico - May 2015
Photographer - Rokas Darulis
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L'Officiel Mexico - May 2015
Photographer - Rokas Darulis
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L'Officiel Mexico - May 2015
Photographer - Rokas Darulis
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L'Officiel Mexico - May 2015
Photographer - Rokas Darulis
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L'Officiel Mexico - May 2015
Photographer - Rokas Darulis
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