6 posts tagged "Ford Models"
Thanksgiving has come and gone and after days of excess, the other shoe is about to drop—the running shoe. But heading to the gym or the park doesn’t have to mean ditching style. Runway newbie Elise, a hot newcomer at Ford, knows how to balance fashion with fitness. Snapped by Vanessa Jackman during Paris Fashion Week—she had just come from a workout—Elise paired on-trend track pants with blue sneakers and a chic leather jacket. Recreate her look and get in shape with the essentials below.
From top left, below:
1. Jay Ahr silk track pant, $1,061.48, available at www.farfetch.com
2. Helmut Lang leather jacket, $1,230, available at www.stylebop.com
3. Y-3 Wing sweatshirt, $315.34, available at www.farfetch.com
4. New Balance 501 sneaker, $59.95, available at www.dsw.com
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.
If there was any doubt about it before, there isn’t now: Summer is here and in full swing. Ford Models celebrated the occasion last night with a model-packed barbecue at its 57th Street offices, attended by Hanne Gaby Odiele (below left), Ming Xi (left), Linda Vojtova, and Sigrid Agren, as well as a few designers and editors winding down over watermelon margaritas.
Most guests regretfully admitted they hadn’t been lying poolside or attending many barbecues as of late, due to their grinding work schedules. “I haven’t had much of a summer yet—I have been locked in my studio,” Richard Chai told Style.com. “I’m hoping to go on vacation at the end of July.” Model Catherine McNeil (below right) had been working too, but for her, New York was the vacation. “It has been so long since I have been in New York because I have been working, but I’m hoping to have time to play some volleyball along the West Side Highway before heading to Europe again,” she said.
It was the eve of fellow model Kate Moss’ nuptials, but that fact apparently hadn’t made much of an impact on the model community.
“Kate Moss—she’s getting married?” asked McNeil. “When’s the wedding?” Xi added.
The secret to success for the new European collections? According to the IHT‘s Suzy Menkes, boldness. “Who dares, wins,” Menkes pronounces, and accordingly, loves Jil Sander (left) and Marni. [IHT]
Topshop is set to open its second U.S. store: The brand will bow in Chicago late next spring. That should help Windy Cityites weather the long, cold winter, but the brand has aspirations for sunnier climes, too—it’s reportedly investigated a location in Miami. [WWD]
CK One is about to be CK Many. Calvin Klein has announced that the iconic fragrance (eau de your editor for the entirety of seventh grade, but he digresses) is expanding into a full lifestyle brand, with jeans, swim, intimates, and more. Get ready for the teenage world order. [Vogue U.K.]
A Russian metals billionaire has bought a controlling interest in Ford Models. Is it just us, or does this sound like the plot point of a yet-to-be-written James Bond flick? [Page Six]
R.I.P. Catherine Walker, the late Princess Diana’s favored couturier, who passed away last week at the age of 65. [NYT]
It’s an odd thing when nearly half a party’s honorees are not technically allowed to take part in the open bar that’s toasting them. But such was the case at the Ford Models cocktail party at the Rose Bar last night. At the evening’s outset, that younger set milled about in one corner of the room, talking among themselves. About? “We’re just like, laughing, and like, giggling about everything, really,” said Amelia Brown, 17, sporting a pouf of frizzy red hair and a sequined Alice + Olivia dress.
The giggling might be about the newfound attention—Brown has only been with Ford a month. (Veterans, like Ford’s Lakshmi Menon, pictured, took it more in stride: “This year is a little easy for me. I’m being selective, and not doing everything that comes my way. It’s a good pace.”) But while doting throngs surrounded the females, the male models shot pool in the back, unattended. “Honestly, for me, it’s a job,” said Luke Gulbranson, a Norse-looking Minnesotan said of the work. The glamour seemed to hold less sway over the guys, and, Gulbranson admitted, his runway life meets with a complicated reception in the North Star State. “I sometimes lie,” he shrugged, when asked what he tells people back home. “I say I do marketing.”