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April 25 2014

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Making the Cut: A Look at Our Top Ten New Models List, and a Shout-Out to the Runners-Up

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Model Runner Ups

Believe it or not, there’s quite a bit of number crunching that goes into creating our top ten new models list. Each season, we go through the crop of fresh faces and break down each girl’s show list. We consider the quantity and quality of shows she walked and factor in exclusive appearances (yes, going the selective route can still pay off) as well as all-around buzz. One part of the equation that requires a bit more deliberation is deciding just who qualifies as “new.” Take Lexi Boling, for example. Technically, it was the Chicago-born catwalker’s sophomore season; she did Alexander Wang and several big shows in Paris during Spring ’14. But she didn’t pop up in all four cities last September and we couldn’t deny the impact she made this season, so we included her in our Fall ’14 roundup. On the other hand, someone who didn’t make the cut because we felt she had a tad too much experience was icy blond Nastya Sten. With sixty-three Fall shows under her belt, the Russian model was the most in-demand girl of the entire season. Meanwhile, we’re positively smitten with Natalie Westling’s flame-red hair and tomboyish appeal, but she simply didn’t stomp enough catwalks to qualify as a top newcomer. But that’s not to say that these ladies don’t deserve shout-outs. Below, we bring you the stats for Sten, Westling, and more noteworthy runners-up for Style.com’s top ten new models list.

Model Runners Up

Name: Nastya Sten (THE SOCIETY), middle right
Shows Walked: 63
Highlights: Opened Vera Wang, Tory Burch, Peter Pilotto, Chalayan. Closed Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg. Walked Altuzarra, Calvin Klein Collection, Proenza Schouler, Christopher Kane, Fendi, Versace, Alexander McQueen, Céline, Lanvin, Miu Miu, Saint Laurent.

Name: Natalie Westling (THE SOCIETY), top right
Shows Walked: 13
Highlights: WalkedMarc Jacobs, Giles, Fendi, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Valentino.

Name: Kate Grigorieva (THE LIONS), top left
Shows Walked: 17
Highlights: Opened Donna Karan, Barbara Bui. Closed Giambattista Valli. Walked Gucci, Versace, Isabel Marant, Céline, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen.

Name: Iana Godnia (MAJOR), middle left
Shows Walked: 24
Highlights: Exclusive Calvin Klein Collection. Walked Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Céline, Chloé, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Nina Ricci, Valentino.

Model Runners Up

Name: Kasia Jujeczka (IMG), bottom left
Shows Walked: 22
Highlights: Opened/closed Aquilano.Rimondi. Walked Calvin Klein Collection, Alexander Wang, Prada, Marni, Dior, Lanvin, Miu Miu, Sacai, Valentino.

Name: Larissa Marchiori (THE SOCIETY), bottom right
Shows Walked: 14
Highlights: Opened Dries Van Noten. Walked Prada, Emilio Pucci, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, Sacai, Saint Laurent, Valentino.

Photo: IndigitalImages.com 

Two More Designers Said to Be Skipping Lincoln Center

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Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors

Are designers continuing to drop off the Lincoln Center schedule? Following news that Vera Wang and Carolina Herrera will be skipping the tents this coming season, WWD reports today that Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg could also be about to jump ship. While IMG announced plans earlier this month to make the Lincoln Center platform more affordable and less of a frenetic circus, it would seem that some of its longtime devotees are still skeptical. Whether dashing around town to multiple venues will make perennially grumpy editors and buyers any happier remains to be seen.

Photos: Indigitalimages.com

Can New York Fashion Week Be Fixed?

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Vera Wang Spring '14The crusade to remedy the circus that is New York fashion week continues today. WWD reports that the CFDA has teamed up with Ruth Finley’s Fashion Calendar in an attempt to create a less manic, more comprehensive NYFW schedule. The project, which will debut this February, endeavors to fix scheduling glitches (i.e., prevent the overlap of major shows) and help editors and buyers to better organize their weeks.

In related news, despite IMG’s announcement last week that it will be revamping NYFW by slashing its size and doing away with “unessential” attendees, Vera Wang, who’s been presenting at the tents since the beginning, has revealed today that she’ll be skipping Lincoln Center and showing at a yet-to-be-disclosed location. This comes on the heels of Carolina Herrera’s suggestion to The New York Times that she, too, may be abandoning the tents. Indeed, the CFDA and IMG’s efforts to repair NYFW are noble and much needed, but the fact remains that the schedule is grossly overstuffed, and the distracting crowds are making it harder and harder for industry professionals to do their jobs. Will these fixes be enough to restore designers’ loyalty to the established runway platform? Tune in this coming February to find out.

Photo: Getty Images

Big Changes and a Smaller Fashion Week

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NYFW

Change is a comin’ for Fall ’14. Today IMG announced its plans to revamp the frenetic circus that is New York fashion week via redesigned Lincoln Center venues with smaller audience capacities and bigger backstage spaces. The hope? That the update will reduce the presence of crowds, celebrity stalkers, miscellaneous non-fashion-related showgoers, aspiring street-style stars hoping to get papped, and general riffraff that often turns the delight that is NYFW into a bit of a hassle (to put it lightly) for buyers, journalists, stylists, and other industry professionals. Yesterday The Wall Street Journal reported that it’s going to be decidedly harder to get tickets this season. An IMG representative told the paper that media guests will be cut by 20 percent in an effort to focus on attendees who are “of value to the designer.” (Oscar de la Renta deserves a shout-out here—the designer lead the way by significantly reducing the number of guests at his Spring ’14 outing.) Less “valuable” fashion fans will be able to watch shows online, as IMG plans to live-stream as many runways as possible.

Also part of the revamp is the Hudson Hub—a space geared toward emerging designers. In comparison to the bigger Lincoln Center venues, which will cost about $45,000 a pop, the Hub will be priced at $15,000 per show. That’s a $3K price decrease from The Box, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s previous new-talent-focused venue, for which the fee was $18,000. The price dip is hardly competition for Made at Milk Studios, where the show space for lucky rising stars is free, but we guess it’s a start.

Photo: BFAnyc.com

You’ll Pack A Lunch? Nah, Alpaca Lunch

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Despite rumors to the contrary, fashion week is a time when you need to eat—not that the New York schedule makes that particularly easy. At least MADE is stepping in to help: The company will be passing out lunch boxes, designed by T-shirt wizards Dana Veraldi and Kevin Tekinel of Deer Dana (they of the Raf and Sade tees), ready for filling with the yogurt pretzels, almonds, and quinoa salad Walgreens is supplying backstage and at Milk Studios.

Photo: Courtesy of IMG