6 posts tagged "Frankie Rayder"
Alexander Wang has made it his business to launch models’ careers. Britt Maren circa Spring 2011, Aymeline Valade for Fall ’11. But this February, he turned to the pros, enlisting the likes of Frankie Rayder, Carmen Kass, Gisele Bündchen, and Shalom Harlow to walk his Fall 2012 runway at Pier 94. Harlow is the star of Wang’s latest Confessional video. “It goes without saying that Shalom is an icon,” the designer told Style.com. “Usually we feature new faces in our Confessional, but given the fact that her last show was in 2007, we felt she deserved to tell her story.” In the clip, directed by Peter Szollosi, Harlow recalls her arrival in New York in the early nineties. The city “had a pretty electric energy then,” she said. “There was a lot of really fun, theatrical types designing and the runway became this stage for all of these mega model personalities to flaunt their stuff.” You can watch her video exclusively here on Style.com. For more behind-the-scenes footage of Wang’s show, visit Alexanderwang.com/studio.
Opening Ceremony is traveling the world again—this time, with its Fall 2011 in-house collection, to the Irish and Scottish isles. If that’s not exactly the mood of the moment, you can bet in a minute it will be. And while some of the offerings in the collections skew aggressively editorial (who better to pull off the oddest than O.C.’s ready-on-call staff of attractive young shop clerks?), there’s plenty for anybody to walk out the door with. “We were thinking of Sinéad O’Connor,” O.C. co-founder Humberto Leon said at a preview breakfast this morning (presumably showing on St. Patrick’s Day was a happy coincidence). “A little Cranberries, too.” Throw in Shirley Manson, and you’ve got the perfect Scotch-and-Irish triumvirate—and all very nineties, too. There was definitely some of that decade flowing through the velvet-trimmed cardigans, the fleurette-embroidered romper dresses, and the patchworking details throughout. (If you’re feeling varsity jackets, by the way, there are some great, padded sweater versions—Humberto confessed he’s saved all of his varsity jackets from his days on the high school tennis team.) The Scottish and Irish influences are never clearer than in the chorus of plaids, not to mention the strong knits, like cropped tartan sweaters and scarf-fringe coats, skirts, and gaucho pants.
In keeping with the nineties vibe, Leon and his partner, Carol Lim, shot the lookbook on late-nineties supe Frankie Rayder. She’s joined by girl-of-the-moment Ashley Smith.
We didn’t include Frankie Rayder in our roundup of the best party dresses of 2009 because, well, she wasn’t wearing a party dress. But we couldn’t let the year close without giving Ms. Rayder her due: This was one of our favorite looks this year. At Alexander Wang and Love’s famous gas-station party this September, the model combined (at least!) three trends in one: the Wang-approved sweats, the military flak jacket, and the still-all-important quilted bag.
Is Alexander Wang a magnet for supes? The likes of Trish Goff, Tasha Tilberg, and Natasa Vojnovic stepped out for his Fall ’09 show, and we hear that the designer has nabbed Frankie Rayder for his Spring ’10 performance this Saturday. With the exception of appearances at Michael Kors last season and Givenchy a year ago, the Wisconsin beauty and better half to Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has been mostly retired from the runway scene. We can’t help but wonder if lil’ sis Missy is behind this one—she starred in Wang’s Spring lookbook, after all.
Some of my favorite moments from the fashion week that was were seeing so many old-school supermodels back on the runway: Tasha Tilberg, Hannelore Knuts, Natasa Vojnovic, and Trish Goff at Alexander Wang; Diana Dondoe and Jamie Bochert at Marc Jacobs (Bochert surfaced at Rodarte, too); and Carmen Kass, who opened Michael Kors, followed by Frankie Rayder and, later, Caroline Ribeiro. I asked Douglas Perrett, a New York-based casting agent who chronicles his placements on cult-fave site
Confessions of a Casting Director, if he thought we might be harking back to pre-recession faces for nostalgia’s sake. “Totally,” he said, adding that Ana Claudia Michels is having a Givenchy moment right now, and Jenny Shimizu will be a judge on Bravo’s Make Me a Supermodel. “We are indebted [to] the nineties right now,” noted Perrett. Earlier in the week, I caught up with Tilberg, who said she can’t help but be flattered by the attention. “Alex [Wang] said such nice things to me,” she recounted, “so it was fun to come back to New York and do another show—but one or two is enough. I don’t miss all that chaos.” Perrett doesn’t think the trend will continue in the next few weeks, however. “I think Europe will be all about the new faces,” he predicts. What do you think, Style Filers? Do you want to see more old-school supes in the weeks to come?