August 29 2014

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And They’re Off…NYFW’s Breakout Models


Perhaps the biggest model story of NYFW was the return of Carolyn Murphy to the runways. The nineties-era golden girl opened the Jason Wu show, channeling Helmut Newton in painted cherry red lips and a slicked-back updo, and also walked Marchesa later in the week. Liberty Ross’ exclusive appearance at Alexander Wang also caused quite a stir. In the face of swirling rumors about her director husband, Rupert Sanders, the 33-year-old English actress proved that looking good is the best revenge. Still, a handful of fresh faces tackling their first show season also managed to make an impact. The week kicked off with Marine Deleeuw, who opened BCBG Max Azria on Thursday and Rag & Bone on Friday, then went on to walk shows including 3.1 Phillip Lim and Narciso Rodriguez. She ended things on a high note at Calvin Klein, which is arguably the most coveted show to score. Asia Piwka and Kayley Chabot, two other rookies on the rise, also netted Calvin yesterday. Earlier in the week, Piwka debuted at Alexander Wang (she was the mystery girl in Christopher Kane’s Resort lookbook) and turned up at Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, and Michael Kors. Chabot’s girl-next-door appeal brought about coveted spots at Altuzarra and Proenza Schouler.

It’s safe to say that many catwalking careers have been launched at Alexander Wang, and this season was no different. Striking redhead Irina Kravchenko (pictured, bottom right) was the first girl out there, which paved the way for turns at Marc Jacobs, Thakoon, and Narciso Rodriguez. Juliana Schurig (pictured, bottom left) and Marikka Juhler (pictured, top right) also started with Wang before going on to do other top shows; bleach-blonde Schurig landed at Derek Lam and Theyskens’ Theory, among others, while Juhler, who is serving a serious, old-school glamazon vibe, had everyone asking, “Who’s that girl?” at Tommy Hilfiger, Oscar de la Renta, and Proenza Schouler. Speaking of Proenza, baby-faced Wylie Hays opened the show after walking Alexander Wang and Theyskens’ Theory earlier in the week. Personally, we’ve got a crush on Athena Wilson’s (pictured, top left) ragged pageboy bowl cut. Wilson premiered at Creatures of the Wind and also worked her tomboyish charm at Altuzarra and Narciso Rodriguez. It’s worth mentioning that coincidentally, nearly all the notable newbies (aside from Piwka and Hays) are with Ford Models, so Paul Rowland and company must be doing something right. Nevertheless, there are still three cities left, which means plenty of opportunities (read: major league exclusives) for other newcomers to step up.

Photos: Courtesy Photos

OpenSky’s The Limit


“Up until six months ago, I thought OpenSky was an airline,” CFDA CEO Steven Kolb admits. For those in the same boat, is actually a new e-commerce site that offers members (sign-up is free and open to anyone) access to a virtual cabinet of celebrity and expert curators. Members to the site choose the experts—spanning fields from fashion to design to food to fitness and including Julianne Moore, Carolyn Murphy, Lori Goldstein, and more—that most appeal to them, and can then shop items said experts curate for the site. Starting tomorrow, you can count the CFDA among them. As part of a new initiative, OpenSky members will be able to buy exclusive accessories from CFDA members including Diane von Furstenberg, House of Waris’ Waris Ahluwalia, Albertus Swanepoel, Selima Optique, and Fallon’s Dana Lorenz.

“We wanted to start with accessories since American accessories are the best and they never get the spotlight they deserve,” Kolb explains. “But ultimately it is the CFDA’s dream to sell something from all 400 CFDA designers.” Until then, designers like Swanepoel, a milliner, are enjoying their moment in the spotlight. “It is amazing exposure for my small brand,” he says. “I do not currently have e-retailers on board, so this is a first for me.” Here, in this exclusive video (above), Swanepoel talks about the four exclusive hats he made for the program.

Murphy’s Law


The Rag & Bone guerrilla campaign continues apace, with the release this week of the latest in its models-by-models series: Carolyn Murphy. Following in the footsteps of Karolina Kurkova (who was shot in Ischia by Helena Christensen), Murphy test-drives the Rag & Bone JEAN collection while vacationing with her family. “I shot the photos between family vacations in North Carolina and Montauk,” Murphy told “My family has been visiting Nags Head since the 1950′s, to escape their farm in Virginia. Our fondest memories are eating crab legs and flying kites at Kitty Hawk. The newest tradition is Montauk with my daughter. She caught fireflies for the first time and surfed on her own.” The full photo set goes online tomorrow at

Photos: Courtesy of Rag & Bone

Rag’s Riches: Kurkova, Kerr, Murphy, Muse, And More For Rag & Bone’s D.I.Y. Campaign


If there’s one thing a top model knows, it’s how to work it in front of the camera—and so for its guerrilla ad campaigns, Rag & Bone has made a specialty of handing the girls the reins and getting out of the way. For the first round of the D.I.Y. Project, as Rag & Bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright called the project, the designers had Lily Aldridge, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Sasha Pivovarova, and Edita Vilkeviciute snap themselves wherever the mood struck—on the beach, in the shower, over tequila shots. “The first time around we didn’t really know what we were going to get, but we ended up with truly compelling photographs from each girl; all very raw, beautiful, and at the same time quite distinct from one another,” Neville said. “The essence of the project is really flipping the traditional photo shoot on its head. We have turned the creative control over to the models and allowed them the freedom to capture themselves as they see fit. That is the glory of the whole thing; we get to see a very specific point of view, exactly how they wanted to be reflected in the images.”

The next round, debuting September 6, brings a new group of models into the fold. Miranda Kerr, Karolina Kurkova, Carolyn Murphy, Arizona Muse, Joan Smalls, and Candice Swanepoel are in front of the lens for the Rag & Bone/JEAN collection. Fellow supe Helena Christensen shot Kurkova (above) for the project in the fishing village of Ischia, Italy, where the two were for the Ischia Film and Music Festival. “It was a magical time,” Kurkova told “We watched films on an outdoor movie screen just off the sea at night and during the day went sailing, kayaking, swimming in the ocean with my family. It was a perfect place to shoot as it’s a fishing village with lots of charm, character, beautiful views, and salt-of-the-earth people.”

Photos: Helena Christensen/Courtesy of Rag & Bone

Bill, Please


In the bygone days before street-style blogs, there was just one man whose eye you hoped your outfit would catch. That’s The New York Times‘ Bill Cunningham, of course, a beloved staple on the fashion circuit for the last 50-plus years and the man who pioneered the art of snapping fashion trends as they happen on the street, at the gala, or in the front row. So no surprise that last night, several of his acolytes turned up at the CFDA and Calvin Klein-hosted screening of the documentary Bill Cunningham New York to pay tribute. “Of course we had to see this film,” Garance Doré said. Her date, Scott Schuman (a.k.a. the Sartorialist) agreed: “I think any street-style photographer is familiar with his work.”

This was a tribute paid in absentia: The modest Cunningham has made it mostly a point not to attend screenings of the film. But he was practically the only person in fashion not present. Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli (above, with BCNY producer Philip Gefter and director Richard Press), Carolyn Murphy, Rag & Bone’s Marcus Wainwright, Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo, and editors like Grace Coddington and Sally Singer all made a Monday evening appearance. So did model Ginta Lapina, who saved her last night out before fashion week fittings for the documentary. “I love movies. It’s one of my favorite things to do in cold weather,” the 21-year-old blonde told us before the lights dimmed. “I see him all the time during the shows and he’s always so sweet. But then I watched the trailer before I came here and I’m excited to find out a different side.”

It’s that different side that the doc highlights, particularly Cunningham’s deep commitment to his craft. “You see him at all the events, but you didn’t know about his integrity,” Costa marveled. “One of the most amazing things is his honesty. It’s beyond inspirational.”

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