While many of us were enjoying a soggy, cold, miserable early spring weekend, Cara Delevingne and her movie star coconspirator, Michelle Rodriguez, were in Tulum, Mexico, snorkeling, hanging out with awesome turtles, riding horses, swimming topless, and making out. Then they went to Miami to party at the Ultra Music Festival. In other words: Best. Spring break. Ever.
The amount of media attention surrounding this couple and the ridiculous “Are they, are they not?” dating speculation—and subsequent “It’s official!” faux announcements every time they’re seen being very obviously intimate with each other in public—always overlooks one very important detail: These two are having a blast. But also, yes, there seems to have been a lot of partially nude making out in Mexico, so they are totally doing it.
Queen of the Catwalk: All About Style.com’s First Model Walk-Off Winner, Freja Beha Erichsen, and the Heated Competition-------
The polls for Style.com’s first-ever Model Walk-Off officially closed this morning, and I personally couldn’t be happier with the result: None other than Freja Beha Erichsen claimed the championship title, beating out Chinese model Sui He with 66 percent of votes. It was a walk down memory lane going through our extensive archive of the Danish fashion icon’s runway career, which spans from her Fall 2005 Prada debut to her most recent, title-winning appearance at Louis Vuitton. Erichsen, who has been described as the “reigning queen of androgynous cool,” has scaled back her catwalk work significantly in recent years (to focus on more lucrative ad campaigns and edgy editorials), which made her victory here that much sweeter.
Still, there were plenty of twists and turns leading up to Erichsen’s final triumph. Voters and the Style.com team embarked upon a long and involved selection process, going through every single one of our video Move It clips from Fall ’14 to choose eight models from each city (representing a dynamic mix of established veterans and noteworthy newcomers from a range of backgrounds). The upsets began immediately once we turned the voting over to readers. In Round 1, for example, Estonian stunner Katlin Aas (an in-house favorite here at Style.com) knocked out well-known super Karolina Kurkova. And speaking of supermodels, the Paris bracket was particularly competitive from the get-go, with Gisele Bündchen trouncing Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Kendall Jenner coming from behind to beat girl of-the-moment Anna Ewers. Meanwhile, it was smooth sailing for Cara Delevingne, until she went up against Erichsen. On the other side of the bracket, we were flabbergasted to see Grace Mahary clobber Karlie Kloss (wearing that dramatic Donna Karan red dress, no less) in Round 2, and were on the edge of our seats watching the close race between Joan Smalls and Mariacarla Boscono.
All in all, the premiere Walk-Off left us with plenty to discuss and plenty to look forward to next season.
Believe it or not, there’s quite a bit of number crunching that goes into creating our top ten new models list. Each season, we go through the crop of fresh faces and break down each girl’s show list. We consider the quantity and quality of shows she walked and factor in exclusive appearances (yes, going the selective route can still pay off) as well as all-around buzz. One part of the equation that requires a bit more deliberation is deciding just who qualifies as “new.” Take Lexi Boling, for example. Technically, it was the Chicago-born catwalker’s sophomore season; she did Alexander Wang and several big shows in Paris during Spring ’14. But she didn’t pop up in all four cities last September and we couldn’t deny the impact she made this season, so we included her in our Fall ’14 roundup. On the other hand, someone who didn’t make the cut because we felt she had a tad too much experience was icy blond Nastya Sten. With sixty-three Fall shows under her belt, the Russian model was the most in-demand girl of the entire season. Meanwhile, we’re positively smitten with Natalie Westling’s flame-red hair and tomboyish appeal, but she simply didn’t stomp enough catwalks to qualify as a top newcomer. But that’s not to say that these ladies don’t deserve shout-outs. Below, we bring you the stats for Sten, Westling, and more noteworthy runners-up for Style.com’s top ten new models list.
Name: Nastya Sten (THE SOCIETY), middle right
Shows Walked: 63
Highlights: Opened Vera Wang, Tory Burch, Peter Pilotto, Chalayan. Closed Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg. Walked Altuzarra, Calvin Klein Collection, Proenza Schouler, Christopher Kane, Fendi, Versace, Alexander McQueen, Céline, Lanvin, Miu Miu, Saint Laurent.
Name: Natalie Westling (THE SOCIETY), top right
Shows Walked: 13
Highlights: WalkedMarc Jacobs, Giles, Fendi, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Valentino.
Name: Kate Grigorieva (THE LIONS), top left
Shows Walked: 17
Highlights: Opened Donna Karan, Barbara Bui. Closed Giambattista Valli. Walked Gucci, Versace, Isabel Marant, Céline, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen.
Name: Iana Godnia (MAJOR), middle left
Shows Walked: 24
Highlights: Exclusive Calvin Klein Collection. Walked Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Céline, Chloé, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Nina Ricci, Valentino.
Name: Kasia Jujeczka (IMG), bottom left
Shows Walked: 22
Highlights: Opened/closed Aquilano.Rimondi. Walked Calvin Klein Collection, Alexander Wang, Prada, Marni, Dior, Lanvin, Miu Miu, Sacai, Valentino.
Name: Larissa Marchiori (THE SOCIETY), bottom right
Shows Walked: 14
Highlights: Opened Dries Van Noten. Walked Prada, Emilio Pucci, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, Sacai, Saint Laurent, Valentino.
Here’s a juicy tidbit of news that should help tide over Game of Thrones fans eagerly awaiting the season four premiere on April 6. This morning, Jimmy Choo announced that Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in the award-winning HBO fantasy series, will star in the accessory label’s forthcoming Fall ’14 men’s campaign. In addition to modeling the latest range of shoes and bags, the ruggedly handsome 27-year-old actor will also serve as the face of Jimmy Choo Man, the label’s debut men’s fragrance launching in September. While previews of the ads have yet to be released, we wouldn’t be disappointed if they looked something like the image above superimposed with luxe leather goods. The brand’s creative director, Sandra Choi, told Style.com, “Kit has an innate confidence, an effortless presence and attitude. He has an overtly masculine style and a rebellious sense of humor as well as being a very talented actor. He is the perfect Jimmy Choo Man.”
After a long break from the fashion spotlight, Freja Beha Erichsen is making quite the comeback. In addition to returning to the runway—ICYMI, she opened Nicolas Ghesquière’s first show for Louis Vuitton at Paris fashion week—Erichsen has teamed up with Zadig & Voltaire to design a new capsule collection. A first look at the simple, androgynous line debuts exclusively here. “I wanted to do something very wearable that was in the spirit of Zadig & Voltaire,” Erichsen told Style.com. “Since I had previously done jeans and pants [through a collaboration with Mother Denim], I thought it made sense to focus on a few tees, jackets, and a bag.”
The tissue-thin shirts, distressed jackets, and leather duffels are marked with an “F” (for Freja) and “87″ (for her year of birth). They embody Erichsen’s effortless, minimal style—but this isn’t just about copping her look. Forty percent of the profits will be donated to Medecins Sans Frontieres (aka Doctors Without Borders), an independent association that provides medical assistance to populations in need around the world. The collection imagery, lensed by Terry Richardson, debuts exclusively here.
Erichsen has traveled extensively with MSF, most recently to Kenya. “It was incredible to see the amount of lives they touch,” she said. “Meeting with the passionate staff and patients was a truly incredible and humbling experience. I feel very lucky to be able to make these collaborations and approach a subject like this from my perspective and hopefully raise some awareness about wonderful organizations like MSF.”
Erichsen certainly has a lot on her plate right now, and we couldn’t help but inquire about her next move. But her lips were sealed. “One never knows what the future brings. I think that’s the exciting part of it all,” she said. “But you might see more ideas to benefit MSF.”
The Freja Meets Zadig & Voltaire collection will be available in Zadig & Voltaire stores and at Zadig-et-Voltaire.com this April.