Monday, February 23, 2009

Stella at Luella....

Well, I named her "most likely to succeed" in my pre-fashion week post so was disappointed that she booked only one presentation in NY

But London seems to have embraced her a little more..

Here she is looking super sweet on the catwalk for Luella!

I love the whole look, hair, makeup and especially the cuddly knit! perfect!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Kiwis in London #1....Nicole Clulee

Kiwi model, Nicole Clulee turned up today in one of the first shows on the London Fashion Week Calendar, that of newcomer, Eun Jeong, according to Hilary Alexander, writing for the UK Telegraph, "Jeong, attended Kent Institute and then Central Saint Martins, where she obtained her MA" (image from the telegraph, UK, Nicole on far left)

Chadwick's Girl, Georgie Wass for Prada??

Aussie-Gal, Georgie Wass, (represented by Chadwick Models in Australia), is about to become a Fashion- World "name", if reports on UK Grazia's site are correct!

They have reported that Georgie is to be an "exclusive" at the career- making Prada show in Milan!

From UK Grazia

"Georgie Wass – (Elite)

Gorgeous Australian redhead Georgie Wass is about to be the hottest thing in London. She has been confirmed for Topshop, Jaeger, Christopher Kane, Richard Nicoll and Armand Basi... and then she's going to Milan on exclusive for Prada!"

Interestingly, Georgie has just switched London agencies, from FM London to the newly created Elite London, along with a huge swag of other FM models,(source Fashist) which seems to have made some people a little unhappy if this rant on the Fashist forums is anything to go by

"Nothing ever changes...Pimps with money purchase girls just as they do prostitutes--
If these girls had any scruples, self respect or respect for those who made them from nothing...there would be no agencies developing such as E.L and the IMG's of the world.
If they opened up after having scouted for 6 months with some AMAZING new talent--THAT would be something to be in AWE of...."

Actually, I have no idea, WHAT this person is on about, but they sound really angry..!!
If anyone knows could they enlighten me in a comment?

here is a list of some of the girls that have switched.. via Fashist
( bold =my emphasis.. some major girls here!!!)

Olga Sherer: FM --> Elite London
Natallia Krauchanka: FM --> Elite London
Nina Wedvich: FM --> Elite London
Valeria Efanova: Select --> Elite London
Alina Tacy: FM --> Elite London
Eva Manticova: FM --> Elite London
Claire Selby: FM --> Elite London
Jana Wirth: FM --> Elite London
Sessilee Lopez: FM --> Elite London
Zara Young: FM --> Elite London
Eliana Weirich: FM --> Elite London
Egle Tvirbutaite: FM --> Elite London
Georgie Wass: FM --> Elite London
Oksana Bondarenko: FM --> Elite London
Zenia Sevastyanova: FM --> Elite London
Georgie Badiel: Take2 --> Elite London
Denisa Dvorakova: Independent --> Elite London
Dominika Kucharova: Premier --> Elite London

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Calvin Klein Collection A/W 09/10... .Does anyone else think this looks rather 90s?

Brunettes are back!! #2.... (at Calvin Klein AW09/10)

(images from Getty)
1. Monika Jagaciak,
2. Monika opens Calvin Klein
3. the look board at Calvin Klein
4. Toni Garrn in a previous season's Calvin Klein Campaign

Last week I posted about the trend back to brunettes.

The New York catwalks have been a sea of raven and brunette locks of all ethnicities, in response to criticisms over, what seemed to be, last season's mono-cultural, white-wash, catwalk casting.

Some of my favourites (that I mention here in this post,Brunettes Stephanie Carta,and newcomer Selina Khan, have had good seasons so far... while brunette,teen-sensation, Monika Jagaciak, has been the break-out star of the season.

And now, she has opened and closed the prestigious and career-making show, Calvin Klein, the label that launched the careers of Natalia Vodianova and Kate Moss.

Advance pictures also suggest that another of my favorites, V Supreme Model Winner, and fellow brunette, Addison Gill will follow her down the catwalk in an exclusive for Calvin Klein.

The big shock of this casting is that former Calvin Klein exclusive, and this season's campaign queen, (including campaigns for Calvin Klein), the beautiful, blonde Toni Garrn, did not walk the show!

Interestingly, when posting about Kate Sylvester's beautiful new Black Swan Campaign yesterday, I noticed that they had persuaded, Campaign girl, and natural blonde, Gina, to go dark for the campaign
images here:

Economic Forecasting through fashion.......

Three looks from Proenza Schouler's A/W 09/10 collection

Two looks from Stolen Girlfriend's collection for Winter '09

A few seasons back, when the economy was still running at full- tilt, Christopher Kane wowed audiences with his collection of body concious dresses, that referenced Alaia's designs popular in champagne-swilling-pre-stockmarket-crash 80s.

Conversely last season, he changed direction, showing sheer, chiffon- panelled frocks reminiscent of the post crash, late 80's / early 90's ...

My (admittedly facetious) question is; If economic pundits watched fashion more closely, could they have predicted a move back towards the economic conditions that we now face?

This was the question I was asking myself, as I watched Proenza Schouler's beautiful collection come in last night, I was struck by the 90's grunge vibe... a quilted black leatherette dress could have come straight from iconic 90's K' Rd boutique, Virus,... other beautiful sheer chiffon dresses overlaid with velvet forming gorgeous, organic shapes on the bodices and hems, were reminiscent of peices sold in Richmond Rd institution, Moa Clothing in the early to late 90s.

Similarly, at last year's New Zealand Fashion Week, 90s influences were all over the catwalk. Plaid, forever associated with 90s grunge rockers, Nirvana, was every where.
There were crop tops and ripped denim at Stolen Girlfriends Club and Brothel-Creeper shoes and virus-style dresses at Lonely Hearts to name a few....

Hoping this is a trend that won't blow up!!...

Trend Alert! No pants!

Lady Gaga, has been earning a lot of attention lately, for her pants - free ensembles....

But does it look like the trend might be catching on?.....

Last night at Erin Wasson's presentation of her collection for RVCA.. there were a couple of looks that seemed a little Gagaesque!...

(images from top 1. & 2. Lady Gaga, 3. at Erin Wasson for RVCA)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

British 'it' Girl invasion #2....

(Images from top, Agyness opening the show at Anna Sui,

Eliza at Anna Sui

Daisy at Anna Sui

Eliza and Ash on the cover of Dazed,

Agy's ID cover,

Alice Dellal,

Eliza's ID cover,

Daisy Lowe's Marc Jacobs campaign, shot by Juergen Teller,

Bottom two pictures, Eliza at Marc Jacobs, and on the runway at Rodarte)

Last week, I wrote about the British "it" girls, Pixie & Peaches Geldoff and their friend, half-shaved-heiress Alice Dellal, conquering fashion, to the horror of many......

Today they received another blow, as fellow Brit girls, Agyness Deyn, Daisy Lowe and Eliza Cummings hit the catwalk at Anna Sui , with Agyness making her NY runway debut for this season, opening and closing the show.

British rock-star spawn, and current Marc Jacobs campaign muse, Daisy Lowe, also made an exclusive appearance at the show..... while fellow Brit, Eliza Cummings, who, along with her boyfriend Ash, poses provocatively on covers of the current Dazed and Confused, ID , and in the pages of Italian Vogue, also walked the show (in addition to her catwalk turns at Marc Jacobs and Rodarte.)

These shows are considered three of the most important shows in New York, and certainly, "the coolest". Anna Sui is also considered an important show, in terms of the fact that Stephen Meisel is said to informally cast it.

Marc Jacobs spoke after his show of wanting a return to individuality, as each each of the models in his show were given different, individual, hair and make-up looks.

Also, Katie Grand, talking about her new magazine, LOVE, says "Love the imperfect. You know it makes sense." Furthermore, in her editor's letter she writes. "No one is a sample size in the whole issue, and it's not so retouched" .(Read my post about Love Magazine here...

Clearly there is a movement back towards attitude and personality over perfection, and these girls are the first incarnations of that movement on the runway...

What do you think of them?

(click here for the earlier post on Pixie, Peaches and alice...

Fashion week...or Sesame Street??.....

TREND ALERT!!More big happy coloured furs on the catwalk and front row (Images top to bottom..
1.Carine Roitfield, front row at Marc Jacobs,
2. On the catwalk at Doo.Ri,
3. at Phillip Lim,
4.& 5. At Michael Kors...

Happy Birthday Beth Ditto!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Kylie Bax is back!!!?????


Excited much !!!???

Favourite things #2 ..Day 6

I'm not sure that I really loved anything else at Narcisco Rodrigues... but i did love this look...

More favourite things.... from Marc by Marc Jacobs....

... yesterday after his show,Marc was reported to have said that he was trying to make "fashion fun" again.....
This is also "fun" AND I would wear it.

Stella?... is it you?

I'm pretty sure that this is kiwi model (but citizen of the world), Stella Maxwell at Bodkin, a new, eco-principled label from a former teen Vogue staffer.
Can someone confirm the ID !

More things I like....

How cool did Carine Roitfield, editor of Paris Vogue and incredibly stylish lady, look in this fantastic coat, front row at Marc Jacobs!!!...

Kate Sylvester Black Swan Collection

Into my inbox came the gorgeous images of the new Black Swan campaign from Kate Sylvester... I'm having trouble saving them.. but until I get the images uploaded , here is a video I found on youtube of behind the scenes, shooting the campaign.

My favourite peices from the collection are the grey marle shell dress with metallic bodice detailing, and the knitwear for both Men and Women.

I love the Rodarte inspired knits for men, but my absolutely favourite piece is this knobbly soft "granny - knit" style cardigan, in the top image from the Australian Sunday magazine.

Slip-ups with the birth certificate??

(all images from tfs)
In the top two images, Monika trips during New York Fashion Week

The 3rd & 4th images are taken from Jalouse last year

The last image is from the Hermes Campaign that she scored, aged only 13!

How did this girl go from 14 years old to 18 in just one year?.. You do the maths...

Monika_Jagaciak nick-named "Jac" by her agency, IMG, has so far been the break out star of New York Fashion Week.

Named top 10 newcomer by, she has already walked all the show that are worth walking in NY
Her showlist in NY so far reads like a dream:
BCBG Max Azria
Donna Karan
Herve Leger
Jonathan Saunders
Marc Jacobs
Rag & Bone
Marc by Marc Jacobs

But last year, she was in the news for all the wrong reasons: a fuss was created in the Australian Press over plans to feature her as the "face" of Rosemount Australian Fashion Week.

READ BELOW for an article from from last year

A FURORE has erupted over plans to put a 14-year-old model centre stage at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week.

Vogue magazine has refused to feature Polish teenager Monika Jagaciak, also known as Jak, in its coverage of the premier fashion week.
And Vogue editor Kirsty Clements has called for a minimum age of 16 for models starring in the event.
Fashion week organisers around the world have placed a minimum age of 16 on models following concerns over body image and exploitation of young models.
Ms Clements said yesterday: "We found out on Wednesday about Jak's age and told (Fashion Week boss) Simon Lock there was no way Vogue could be involved in promoting her.
"Jak was absolutley a potential for the cover, we were lined up to shoot her but when I discovered this week that she was 14 I was like 'ah, no way'.
"I have children who are 13 and 14 and I'm still tucking them into bed in their jim-jams.
"I just think there should be a standardized rule that specifies models should be at least 16 to participate in RAFW," she said.
The International Managment Group, which now owns and runs Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, is bringing Ms Jagaciak to Australia under its modelling arm, IMG Models.
The rising catwalk star has already appeared in advertising campaigns for top international fashion houses Hermes and Calvin Klein.
RAFW boss Mr Lock has defended the controversial move to bring her to Australia.
"Jak will be chaperoned by an agent from her mother agency (Gaga in Poland) and she is coming with the full approval of her parents, who are very switched on and extremely supportive," said Mr Lock.
"I have a 14-year-old daughter myself, so I'm well aware of the situation - we want to see these models grow and devlop through this opportunity at RAFW, not be exploited.
"Hopefully she will have a great experience and one day, when she's a world famous model, she'll think of us."
Major fashion weeks around the world including London and Sao Paolo have put a ban on models under the age of 16.
The British Fashion Council, which organises London Fashion Week last year enforced a ban on all models under 16.
And Brazil's Sao Paolo ruled all models under 16 off the catwalk in 2006.
Australian Fashion Week sets no enforcable age limit. Instead it simply has guidelines that models under 16 have written permission of their parents and be chaperoned at shows.
The Australian Fashion Council has also slammed the decision by Australian Fashion Week to tout the Jagaciak as a star of fashion week.
Jo Kellock, acting general manager of Australian Fashion Council, said a model of that age would be better suited to modelling children's clothes.
"You have to question whether a 14-year-old has the emotional maturity and is rational enough to be in this world," Mrs Kellock said.
The Australian Family Association has also joined the chorus of criticism.
"Being thrown into that highly ciritical environment at such a young age can't be good for a young girls development especially consdering the prevalence of body issues in young women today," said Australian Family Association spokesman Jerome Appleby.,00.html

Her birthday is January 15 1994 which can be seen here (in Polish but obvious anyway), which makes her 15 right now, but IMG seem to have aged her by 3 years...

Here is a recent article from Interview magazine just prior to new York fashion Week, in which her age is listed as 18...
posted by Shely in her tfs thread

By Daniel Peddle

BIRTHDATE: 1/15/91
How were you discovered: I went to a casting in my hometown.
Do you have a boyfriend: Nope.
First big gig: Still waiting.
Campaigns: Hermes
Hobbies: Sports and anything athletic.
What music are you listening to now: Everything pop, techno, and house. I love the radio.
Favorite City: Singapore
What have you learned from modeling: Languages! I'm also more mature now, I think.
If I weren't a model I'd be: A regular student, like everyone else my age
Model Icon: Don't have one.
What you wear to casting: A little black dress.

I think she is a beautiful girl who walks and photographs amazingly, a true star, but concealing her true age ??? What do you think?