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.
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.