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RIP John Casablancas

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John Casablancas

John Casablancas—the founder of Elite Models whose eye for beauty and star power is credited with creating the supermodel—died Saturday in Rio de Janeiro after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

When he opened Elite in the seventies, Casablancas turned the modeling business on its head, countering the conservative approach of established agencies like Ford and Wilhelmina. He made fresh faces such as Gisele Bündchen, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Cindy Crawford household names—although he later came to lament his supermodel creations, calling them all “spoilt troublemakers” upon his retirement in 2000.

Casablancas’ rise to the top wasn’t without its scandals, both personal and professional. For instance, his public affair with a 16-year-old Stephanie Seymour in 1983 ended his second marriage to former Miss Denmark Jeanette Christjansen. However, his business savvy and flamboyant persona are largely associated with the financial boon of Elite, once capped at $100 million a year in bookings fees.

Photo: Denver Post/Getty Images 

High Society

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“Have you heard about The Society?” It’s a question that’s been making the rounds in model-watcher circles for what seems like a year, and now The Society is no longer a secret. After a soft launch during New York fashion week, Elite Paris’ New York outpost—not to be mistaken with the nonaligned Elite New York—officially debuted its Web site yesterday with an impressive roster of established faces, including Lindsey Wixson, Sigrid Agren, Cora Emmanuel, Mackenzie Drazan, and Ming Xi, as well as noteworthy newcomers such as Marine Deleeuw, Josephine Le Tutour, and Manuela Frey. The agency will also represent musicians, including Grace Jones, Oh Land, and Lily Rose Cooper (a.k.a. Lily Allen). “We’ve had the opportunity to be super-selective with the girls we take on rather than being so volume oriented,” a representative told Style.com. “Elite understands the value of investing in a gorgeous face.”

The Society hits the ground running with a huge history and network already in place, which contains the Elite Model Look competition—the largest source of new models in the world. The polished Web site, which was designed by Ezra Petronio and features Santiago & Mauricio-lensed animations of each girl in a grid format (kind of like a glam version of Hollywood Squares, no?), sets the tone for one of The Society’s goals, which is “to promote original editorial content and do interesting projects that converge fashion and art,” a representative said. “It’s a bit different from the standard approach,” which is exactly what the New York modeling industry needs right now. Based on initial impressions, The Society is poised to become a major force.

Santiago & Mauricio / Courtesy of The Society

Kloss The Body, FIT’s CFDA Exhibit, Pringle Of Scotland X Liam Gillick, And More…

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19-year-old Karlie Kloss has been having a banner year, and it just keeps getting better. The new Victoria’s Secret Angel landed the cover of Vogue Italia‘s December issue and stripped down to her birthday suit for Steven Klein’s editorial, called “Body by Kloss.” [Telegraph]

The past 50 years of the CFDA will be commemorated in an upcoming exhibition at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in February. The show will include work by historical CFDA members chosen by curators Patricia Mears and Fred Dennis. [Museum at FIT]

Elite Model Management is set to open a branch in Shanghai early next year. To kick things off, the agency is hosting 70 models from 70 different countries who are heading to Shangai next week to get ready for Elite’s 28th Model Look World Final competition on December 6. Some of the tutors at boot camp are Fei Fei Sun, Nyasha Matonhodze, and Natasa Vojnovic. [WWD]

Pringle of Scotland’s Alistair Carr has enlisted British artist Liam Gillick for a capsule collection of knitwear and accessories. LiamGillickForPringleOfScotland was unveiled yesterday at a Pringle pop-up shop at Art Basel in Miami. [Dazed Digital]