28 posts tagged "Charlotte Ronson"
Before a model hits the runway—and before she snags her first editorial, her first ad campaign, and her first billboard—she’s got to make it past the sharp eyes of fashion’s casting directors, who are tasked with finding the perfect girls for designers’ exacting visions. In our fashion week series, the industry’s top casting gurus share their thoughts on who we’ll be seeing this fashion week and beyond.
Natalie Joos casts Zac Posen, Yigal Azrouêl, Charlotte Ronson, and United Bamboo in New York this season. Below, she weighs in on a few of her favorite new and new-to-us faces.
Kelly Mittendorf at MARILYN (left): “She has a more than intriguing look, with slanted, wide-set eyes, a full head of curly chestnut hair, and a big smile at all times. Kelly, a proud American girl from Arizona who can be seen in the new Prada ads, is sure to shoot straight to the top this season.”
Gertrud Hegelund at IMG Paris (center): “Gertrud hails from Sweden and is the younger sister of Agnete (also a model). I booked her for a Turkish Vogue editorial that came out a few months ago. She’s super-tall and regal, and a little bit of an enigma, as she’s being kept very exclusive.”
Josefien Rodermans at SUPREME(right): “[Josefien] has been on my radar since she was a new face at Union models in London. I gave her a spot in my top 30 faces for V last season, and she’s been shooting more and growing into her own modeling skin. She’s working with one designer exclusively in New York. Could it be Calvin? Either way, I’m very proud of her.”
Uniqlo, like its fellow fast-fashion megaliths H&M and Target, has a long history of collaborating with designers; its Designer Invitation Project brings together wide-ranging talents together under one umbrella label. The latest additions to the Japanese retailer’s guest-star roster are Charlotte Ronson, Vena Cava, and Costello Tagliapietra, whose six-piece capsules debut this Spring.
For Ronson’s line, the New York-based designer told Style.com she was thinking of seaside retreats. The summer dresses, in nautical stripe and floral prints, have “lots of coastal countryside influences and nautical elements,” Ronson said. “They’re relaxed, easy to wear, sort of fun and flirty.” Her personal favorite is the lace-up tank dress at left. It goes on sale at all Uniqlo locations this May, along with a three-quarter-sleeve drawstring-waist dress, a sailboat-print halter top, and a casual T-shirt dress with a henley front, all priced at $29.50 each.
Two days into the Paris shows, the spirit of ’77 is in the air. It’s never blared more clearly than at Balmain (and the soundtrack, by the way, was Sid Vicious’ famous cover of Sinatra’s “My Way”). Christophe Decarnin has long borrowed punk culture’s tropes, but the affect here was full-on mosh pit: tattered fishnets, ragged cutoffs, moto jackets and vests festooned with safety pins and band buttons (above). You could’ve been waiting on line for a Johnny Thunders show—a very expensive one.
At Balenciaga, Nicolas Ghesquière seemed to be marching to the beat, too. He also showed motorcycle jackets like the punkers used to wear, though his weren’t in shreds. But the piece-y crop tops his models sported looked like the DIY haircuts you used to see administered in the bathroom at rock shows, and the iridescent, thick-soled flats (above) looked a little like the Creepers those girls used to wear. (Shoes, by the way, that have also influenced footwear in seasons past at Proenza Schouler and Alexander Wang.)
Face piercings, too, have been popping up on the runway, not only in Europe but in New York, too. Alexander Wang sent models out with septum rings at his austere, mostly-white show (above left). Charlotte Ronson put her girls in nose and lip rings for a nineties grunge-girl look (above center). And at Hakaan yesterday, every model wore a simulated bridge piercing, high on the nose—what the kids call an Earl (above right).
Those hitting Charlotte Ronson’s runway show tomorrow are getting an extra-special surprise in their gift bags: a pack of condoms, courtesy of Proper Attire, designed by Ronson herself. Charlotte’s only the latest designer to collaborate with the prophylactic brand, which in seasons past has worked with Alexander Wang, Jeremy Scott, Yigal Azrouel, and Opening Ceremony. But girl-power activists, take note, she’s the first female to do so. “It’s exciting to be the first woman designer working with Proper Attire,” Ronson told Style.com between fittings for her show. After the show, the condoms will be sold at Ronson’s boutiques, as well as at Thompson Hotels like 60 Thompson and the Hollywood Roosevelt, where proceeds will benefit the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Does Ronson have a safe-sex message for the youth of America, we wondered? “Practice safe sex,” she said succinctly. Need more coercion than that? She’s got a foolproof plan. “Spend a day with a little baby. I do it all the time, and it’s obviously great. But it’s never ending…” Sounds a little like a fashion label—plus diapers.