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August 31 2014

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28 posts tagged "Daria Werbowy"

Maiyet’s Girl: Daria Werbowy

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Luxury label Maiyet is preparing to show for its third season in Paris next week. But before then, the conscious clothing brand, by African human rights lawyer Paul van Zyl and former Band of Outsiders president Kristy Caylor, gave us the exclusive first look on the set of its Fall 2012 ad campaign, shot by Cass Bird in Kenya (one of the locations where they employ local artisans to create the goods). Here, watch Daria Werbowy model the brand’s cozy knits and military coats for Fall (on sale at Barneys now). Check back on Style.com Monday, October 1, to see the full Spring ’13 collection and our review.

Milan’s Standout Models

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In terms of castings, Milan designers tend to opt for tried-and-true models over fresh faces. That’s great for those of us who can’t get enough of It girls like Bette Franke, Daria Strokous, Kati Nescher, Nadja Bender, and Ava Smith—all of whom walked just about every noteworthy runway this week. (No sign of veteran Daria Werbowy, though. We’re still hoping to see her make a return in Paris.) But that makes things difficult for up-and-comers trying to gain a foothold in the industry. Still, each season Prada and casting director Ashley Brokaw continue to launch new stars with its coveted exclusive slots. Last time around, Prada debuted Vanessa Axente and Elza Luijendijk, who have each gone to succeed in major ways, and this season the lineup boasted over 15 first-season catwalkers, of which there were several standouts who continued to deliver throughout the week. Russian rookie Katya Riabynikina (pictured) went toe-to-toe with the big-name girls at Gucci on day one, then walked Prada, Bottega Veneta, Emilio Pucci, Marni, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Antonina Vasylchenko followed up her Calvin Klein exclusive with an impressive Italian tour that included appearances at Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni, and Trussardi. Jil Sander was another memorable moment for new girls. There we saw both Riabynikina and Vasylchenko, as well as other notable newcomers including the opener, Natasha Remarchuk (also at Prada), closer Josephine van Delden (spotted in London at Acne, Jonathan Saunders, and Christopher Kane), and Esther Heesch, who later appeared at Marni and Salvatore Ferragamo, too. Yumi Lambert was another new recruit who made an impact this week. The half-Japanese, half-Belgian stunner walked Prada, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, and Missoni, among others.

Photo: GoRunway.com

Dare To Daria

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Last week, Style.com declared our hopes of seeing Canadian catwalker Daria Werbowy make a strong comeback at fashion week. We have yet to find out whether we’ll be seeing her on the runways, but in the meantime, we’ve just received the latest shots from Werbowy’s new Cass Bird-lensed online campaign for Maiyet (she also appeared in the label’s Spring campaign). Here, the top catwalker is on location in Chyulu Hills, Kenya (one of the countries where the brand partners with local artisans to work on its collection), showing off the Fall offerings, which are just hitting stores now. Look out for the Maiyet online shop, launching in the coming weeks. Style.com has the exclusive first look at the shots above.

Photo: Cass Bird / Courtesy of Maiyet

Throwback Thursday: We’re Gunning For A Daria Werbowy Runway Revival

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Here at Style.com, we’ve always got our eyes peeled for the next big model, but closing in on the Spring ’13 shows, there’s a unanimous inter-office consensus that the one girl we’d most like to see stalking the runways next month isn’t a fresh face, but Daria Werbowy. The 28-year-old Canadian first captured our hearts in the mid-aughts, but despite a steady stream of editorial and commercial work, she all but disappeared from the runways after 2008—with the exception of cameo appearances at Balmain and Hakaan for Spring ’11. Considering how good she’s looking on the September cover of Paris Vogue, on newsstands today, and in Céline’s Fall ads, we’d say there’s no time better than the present for a fashion week comeback. Daria, consider this our official entreaty.

In the meantime, CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of our favorite Daria pics, or check out our robust archive of 1,014 runway, backstage, and party photos of the top model.

Photo: Don Ashby / firstView.com

Breaking Down the Fall Campaigns

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The Fall ’12 campaigns started trickling in with magazines’ July issues, and there has been a spate of new ads in the recent August glossies. From a model’s standpoint, landing a campaign is the holy grail in terms of both money and prestige. The reason girls walk in runway shows to begin with (catwalk turns are notoriously underpaid or paid in trade) is to get noticed by the designers, stylists, and photographers who could potentially turn them into a billboard or the face on the side of a bus. Aside from Kate Moss (pictured, above), who appears in the latest from Salvatore Ferragamo (lensed by Mikael Jansson), and Daria Werbowy‘s reprisal at Céline (Juergen Teller previously shot her for Spring ’11), this season has really been about fueling up-and-comers. Case in point: Elza Luijendijk, whose Prada runway exclusive eventually turned into a spot in the coveted campaign shot by Steven Meisel. The 16-year-old Dutch beauty also wowed in Versace’s Fall gothic-chic series with the help of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (pictured, below). Kati Nescher has been a huge success story this year, and she scooped up contracts with Chanel and Nina Ricci (and we’re guessing more are on the way in the not-so-distant future).

Overall, the general trend in fresh faces is: The newer they are, the more designers pack in together. Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, and Etro have all put out multi-girl images. The Balenciaga pack is completely unknown: Julier Bugge, Linn Arvidsson, Juliet Ingleby, Anniek Kortleve, and Sophie Hirschfelder—even the most diligent model watchers have no idea who these girls are, but Nicolas Ghesquière always loves to throw us a few head-scratchers. On the other hand, Dolce & Gabbana perfectly cast the more recognizable Italian trifecta of Bianca Balti, Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, and Monica Belluci for its Fall ads.

Photos: Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo; Courtesy of Versace