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April 19 2014

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Queen of the Catwalk: All About Style.com’s First Model Walk-Off Winner, Freja Beha Erichsen, and the Heated Competition

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Freja Beha ErichsenThe polls for Style.com’s first-ever Model Walk-Off officially closed this morning, and I personally couldn’t be happier with the result: None other than Freja Beha Erichsen claimed the championship title, beating out Chinese model Sui He with 66 percent of votes. It was a walk down memory lane going through our extensive archive of the Danish fashion icon’s runway career, which spans from her Fall 2005 Prada debut to her most recent, title-winning appearance at Louis Vuitton. Erichsen, who has been described as the “reigning queen of androgynous cool,” has scaled back her catwalk work significantly in recent years (to focus on more lucrative ad campaigns and edgy editorials), which made her victory here that much sweeter.

Still, there were plenty of twists and turns leading up to Erichsen’s final triumph. Voters and the Style.com team embarked upon a long and involved selection process, going through every single one of our video Move It clips from Fall ’14 to choose eight models from each city (representing a dynamic mix of established veterans and noteworthy newcomers from a range of backgrounds). The upsets began immediately once we turned the voting over to readers. In Round 1, for example, Estonian stunner Katlin Aas (an in-house favorite here at Style.com) knocked out well-known super Karolina Kurkova. And speaking of supermodels, the Paris bracket was particularly competitive from the get-go, with Gisele Bündchen trouncing Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Kendall Jenner coming from behind to beat girl of-the-moment Anna Ewers. Meanwhile, it was smooth sailing for Cara Delevingne, until she went up against Erichsen. On the other side of the bracket, we were flabbergasted to see Grace Mahary clobber Karlie Kloss (wearing that dramatic Donna Karan red dress, no less) in Round 2, and were on the edge of our seats watching the close race between Joan Smalls and Mariacarla Boscono.

All in all, the premiere Walk-Off left us with plenty to discuss and plenty to look forward to next season.

Photo: WWD 

In the MomentCam With Grace Mahary

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Grace Mahary

Wondering how models keep themselves entertained backstage during hours of hair and makeup? Grace Mahary, who recently shared her fashion week essentials with Style.com, is “currently obsessed” with MomentCam, a new photo-editing app that transforms camera pictures into fun, unpredictable caricatures. Along with a sketchy selfie (above), Mahary sent along several tongue-in-cheek portraits of fellow catwalkers, including Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Xiao Wen Ju, Tilda Lindstam, and Hanne Gaby Odiele (below). Over the next month, we’re hoping to see more MomentCam creations starring industry regulars. Could you imagine a cartoon Karl, Alber, or Pat McGrath? The possibilities are endless.

MomentCam is available at the iTunes App Store. Visit www.itunes.com.

model cartoons

Photos: MomentCam Courtesy of Grace Mahary

Exclusive: Erykah Badu Fronts Givenchy’s New Campaign

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Erykah Badu and Riley in Givenchy's Spring '14 campaign

Riccardo Tisci is known, among other talents, for having one of the keenest eyes in casting. So when he puts an unexpected face in his ad campaigns for Givenchy, the world takes notice. Expect tremors on this one. Presenting the new star of the label’s Mert & Marcus-shot campaigns: neo-soul singer Erykah Badu.

“Erykah, she’s an icon—come on!” Tisci said by phone from Paris. “What I want to do with my advertising campaign is spread the love. Already now it’s been three seasons that I’ve been using people that express something—they are great artists, or beautiful women, or stylish women, or models that I really believe in. It’s kind of a family portfolio.”

Tisci had known Badu slightly but had never worked with her. Still, he said, he’d had her image in the back of his mind when he was designing the Spring 2014 collection, a mash-up of African and Japanese influences. “She’s one of the most stylish women I’ve met in my life,” he said. “She’s got such a good sense of proportion, of colors.”

Erykah Badu in Givenchy's campaignWhat may attract as much attention as the unexpected Badu cameo is the fact that all of the campaign’s female models are women of color (the models Maria Borges, newcomer Riley, and Asia Chow). It follows a season with a noticeable uptick in the use of models of color on the runway, following scathing condemnations of homogeneity in fashion from Bethann Hardison and Iman, sounding off from certain casting directors, and coverage of the issue in The New York Times.

“There was a lot of talk this season in fashion,” Tisci said. “Me, I was one of the persons who ended up not being touched by this. I discovered Joan Smalls, I discovered Maria [Borges]. I discovered a lot of black girls, and I’ve been always supporting them. For me, I grew up in a family and I grew up in a culture, an education, that we all are the same.” (He was already working on the collection, and had Badu in mind, when the first articles came out.)

It’s true that Tisci has been active in promoting women of color on his runway and in his campaigns. (Besides Smalls and Borges, he has championed Grace Mahary, Dalianah Arekion, and Daniela Braga, among others.) Does he think the world will catch up to his lead? “I hope so,” he said. “It’s 2013. Everybody’s being so cool about Instagram, about Facebook, any media—everybody’s being so open. At the end of the day, why are not so many black girls or Latin girls in shows? When you have an American president who is black! When I see this happening, it’s quite sad, I think. People can be so avant-garde, so advanced, but actually not, because people are still making differences between skin color.”

Photo: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott / Courtesy of Givenchy

Girls To Watch—Breakthrough Model Predictions For Spring 2013

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If you’ve been walking around Soho this week, you’ve probably noticed the mob of lanky girls clad in black, clutching portfolios, and rushing from one open call or fitting to the next. Casting director Andrew Weir (who works with Thakoon, Viktor & Rolf, and Jen Kao) estimates there are over 1,000 models in town for NYFW, and predicted that out of the hundreds of fresh faces he’s seen the past few days, there are “maybe a handful of rookies with the potential to actually break through.” Of the brand-spanking-new girls, Weir called out Russian beauty Lena Lomako (Women) and Caroline F. (Elite Management), who he says “looks perfect for Celine.” We’ve got our eyes on several girls, too. Icy Dutch blonde Stef Van Der Laan (pictured, top right) and Grace Mahary (pictured, top left), who previously starred in a Trey Songz music video. Both made a splash as exclusives on the Givenchy Fall runway, then went on to rack up key Couture appearances in July (Van Der Laan walked Chanel and Atelier Versace, while Mahary popped up at Givenchy again). We wouldn’t be surprised to see each of them do upwards of 50 shows this time around. Others on our radar include 18-year-old South Carolina native Madison Headrick (pictured, bottom right), who made her catwalk debut at Prada, then turned up in the label’s latest ad campaign, and Margita Zuchova (pictured, bottom left), who recently did the Alexander McQueen Resort lookbook and stalked the Dior Couture catwalk. Still, you can never pinpoint just who is going to blast off until the shows get under way, so check back in for our model updates at the end of each city’s fashion week.