Two dreamy Danes are set to take New York by storm when they land stateside for show castings. Charlotte Hoyer and Pernille Moeller, both new to the development board at IMG, had everyone’s rapt attention in Copenhagen last week, walking in at least ten shows between the two of them. Charlotte, who landed the cover of this month’s Cover magazine, has the catwalk swagger of a seasoned pro, while Pernille has already been touted by MDC as a shoo-in for a top-ten newcomers position.
The August issue of Vogue Brazil recently hit newsstands, and the cover features five hot new faces. Some we already know: 15-year-old Daniela Borges was at the Marc Jacobs and Narciso Rodriguez shows in February, while Claudia Seiler caught our eye at the Prada Spring 2008 show and in editorials she’s shot for i-D and Dazed & #38; Confused. Among the new-—to us—girls are Luca Gadjus lookalike Luana Teifke, 18-year-old Luiza Windberg (who says her idol is Alessandra Ambrosio), and Nathalie Edenburg, who you can also spot in this month’s Teen Vogue.
Claudia Schiffer may be Germany’s most lauded export, but within the country’s borders, Eva Padberg towers over the other home-grown goddesses. Though she’s not so well-known in the rest of the world, Padberg’s friendly charm, non-threatening style, and willingness to pose for local lad mags as well as regional fashion fodder have earned her countless magazine covers, commercials, the rank of “Sexiest Woman in the World” from the readers of FHM, nonstop editorial coverage, and, beginning in 2007, a coveted position as Mercedes-Benz’s brand ambassador. Ellen von Unwerth’s images of her draped over or around Mercedes-Benzes adorn almost every corner of the city. At a cocktail party hosted by German Vogue at chic boutique The Corner to honor Phillip Lim, Padberg explained why Berlin fashion excites her. “It is naughty and not too sweet,” she said. “Berlin is a little dangerous, artistic, musical, and sexy. I really like representing it, especially for Mercedes-Benz. I love to drive my Benz.”
Twin events on the eve of Berlin fashion week riffed on fashion and art’s increasingly fruitful relationship. The stately Unter den Linden Strasse featured a chic vernissage garden party for Friday 13th’s “Into the Woods” group show. “Art serves as an intellectual base camp and archive of forms and ideas for fashion,” exclaims the exhibition text by former Qvest magazine editor Joachim Bessing. Over at ProjektGalerie, meanwhile, a scrappy and sassy showing of Japanese photographer Fumi Nagasaka’s film and stills of a male model in sordid cinematic scenes drew the fashion crowd’s more downtown faction. And who should we spot there but Iekeliene Stange, in Berlin to walk in Hugo Boss’ show today. Of where she chose to spend her single night in the city, she said, “Where else should one be in Berlin, rather than at an art opening?”
the return of laetitia casta
With the looming fall ad campaigns heralding the return of nineties supermodels in all of their thin-but-not-too-thin, moderately busty glory, Laetitia Casta is gearing up to party like it’s 1999. The Corsican-born beauty, who’s been walking the runway since the ripe old age of 15, is experiencing a resurgence these days (not that you ever left our hearts, Laetitia), snagging the cover of this month’s Paris Vogue, plus a rumored spot in Louis Vuitton‘s high-profile, supers-only fall campaign. And since Ralph Lauren hand-picked her to star as the face of his new fragrance, Notorious (sultry ads shot by Michael Thompson to appear in your favorite glossies come September), she can add beauty icon to her ever-diversifying portfolio.