Now that Resort’s a full-fledged season, model agents are seizing the opportunity to launch new faces. Here are three that caught our eye this week:
Nineteen-year-old Sam Rayner hails from a tiny town in Saskatchewan. We spotted her at Burberry, but watch out for upcoming appearances in Russian Vogue, V, and Teen Vogue. The fair-haired Canuck, who’s signed with New York Models, has what’s been called one of the best walks in the biz.
Yesterday’s Prada presentation put two fresh faces on our radar: New York Models’ Sigrid and Next’s Myf (for now, both are using their first names only). Sigrid grew up in Martinique and won an Elite modeling contest on the island when she was just 13. Now 16, the ballet dancer is making catwalking her full-time gig.
Myf was discovered just three months ago in her hometown of Cairns, Australia. After walking a full schedule of shows at Australian fashion week last month, the statuesque 17-year-old landed in New York just seven days ago and swiftly booked Prada Resort. Look for her in an upcoming Numéro editorial—and then, we predict, pretty much everywhere come the Spring ’09 shows.
As the parade of models made their exits at Monday night’s Dior Resort show, our eyes were on 18-year-old Arielle Pytka, who made her runway debut with the air of a seasoned pro. Perhaps the confidence stems from a lack of pressure; Pytka considers herself a full-time artist first and a model second. The lanky L.A. native is adept at channeling her passion into her work—a surfing hobby led to being named the face of Roxy last year.
It’s not as if Agyness Deyn needed to solidify her position as model of the moment, but Rootstein Display Mannequins, quite literally, feels differently. The mannequin manufacturer, which has made likenesses of iconic models Twiggy, Jodie Kidd, and Erin O’Connor, will launch three fiberglass versions of everyone’s favorite Manchurian in their New York showroom on May 20.
Some girls just have stamina. Like the model Jessica Stam, who flew out to L.A. last weekend for a job, came back to New York for 24 hours on Monday, hightailed it to Paris for another job on Tuesday, and returned to Manhattan early Wednesday morning to run some errands before slipping into a fancy dress and meeting a few dozen friends at Nobu Next Door to celebrate her 22nd birthday. “I guess I should be tired,” she said, sitting between pals Michelle Trachtenberg and Tara Subkoff. “It’s just birthday adrenaline.” Stam’s entrance was classy—she arrived just a few minutes late (as one does on one’s birthday) and sauntered to her table. Then her buddy Jen Brill started heckling: “Is that the supermodel Jessica Stam? She’s sexy!” she yelled, much to the amusement of the other diners. A little bit of blushing from the lady of honor, and then the casual affair got underway, with Leigh Lezark and Mary-Kate Olsen anchoring one end of the table, and Stam’s buddies Chrissie Miller, Jared Seligman, and a couple of guys from the band the Virgins on the other. After cake, it was on to Lit, where a bigger posse continued the celebration.
Disregard the old Victoria’s Secret campaigns. According to Stephanie Seymour, bras did not comprise an everyday part of her wardrobe when she was in her twenties. “I didn’t like ‘em,” she revealed at Friday’s luncheon celebrating her new gig as brand ambassador for the French lingerie firm Chantelle. “Then,” the enviably endowed mother of four added, throwing her shoulders back for emphasis, “I learned.” Education came at the hands of Seymour’s dear friend and frequent dressmaker Azzedine Alaïa, who not only tutored the supermodel in the lift-and-separate power of a great brassiere, but even got her to rethink her stance on the corset. “The French really know lingerie, they get it,” Seymour expounded. “They understand how a properly fitted, well-designed bra can change your whole shape. A dress that looks blah can be transformed by the right undergarment. In some ways, wearing the right bra is just, like, a matter of showing respect to these amazing works of art.” Meaning, er, breasts? “No, meaning, clothes. You want to wear Alaïa, you better respect that dress.”