The latest face to have Vogue editors gushing is that of 17-year-old Bali native Allegra Carpenter. Born to a Dutch mother and American father, the Stam-esque beauty entered (and won) an Australian modeling contest on a whim in 2005. After signing with IMG in 2007, she shot editorials for the Aussie versions of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, only to land on our shores this spring and swiftly nab spots in a string of Resort previews (including Narciso Rodriguez and Marchesa).
To mark mass label Colcci’s move to the Sao Paulo fashion week schedule from Fashion Rio, organizers held a press conference at which they trotted out campaign star Gisele Bündchen. Standing on a small stage, nursing a glass of water, Gisele held court, answering a series of questions that ranged from the inane to, well, the inane. Q: “Gisele, what are you wearing?” A (slightly incredulous): “Um, Colcci.” Q: Gisele, you date Kelly Slater, Leonardo DiCaprio…why don’t you like Brazilian guys?” A (laughing): “I think Brazilian guys are great!” And finally, the best (and worst) question of the evening: Q: “Gisele, what do you think of Karolina Kurkova’s body?” (For those who don’t know, Ms. Kurkova has gained a few pounds recently.) A: “I’m not going to comment on that.” SPFW, where they ask the tough questions.class="byline">—Sameer Reddy
Two of Manhattan’s pretty young things had reason to party at the end of last week. First, May Andersen celebrated her 26th birthday at Smith & Mills in Tribeca with a small group of her girlfriends (“A birthday isn’t something models always want to make a big deal out of!” she explained) and two birthday cakes. That same evening, Jacquetta Wheeler congregated her closest New York buddies at a restaurant in Soho to say goodbye—after seven years, she’s moving back to London. Later in the evening, both parties congregated at the Rose Bar in the Gramercy Park Hotel, where resident ringleader Nur Khun combined the fêtes for revelers such as Lily Donaldson and Lou Doillon (who is also heading back home to Paris this week after a month in Manhattan). “Wait a minute, am I making the right decision?” Wheeler asked herself after more than one last-minute plea from her table. “Well, I guess I can always move back.”
Toward the end of Dolce & Gabbana’s dinner at Gold restaurant, celebrating the Spring men’s collection and Michael Roberts’ new photo story for the brand, "The Good Shepherd," Naomi Campbell was holding court to a rapt table of Italian men. The topic: American politics. "What’s with all the traveling Bush has been doing?" the model wondered. "He never even had a passport before."
Naomi Campbell walks the runway at today’s Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2009 menswear show in Milan.