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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-------
The 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.
We can always count on Paris for high-wattage casts, but we never expected to see so many supermodels this early in the week. None other than Gisele Bündchen kicked things off today by closing Balenciaga (the last time she set foot on a runway was Alexander Wang’s Fall ’12 show two years ago), where she was notably joined by familiar faces Mariacarla Boscono and Natasha Poly. Several hours later, Balmain continued to raise the bar with a lineup full of A-listers, including Angela Lindvall, Anja Rubik, Emily DiDonato, Izabel Goulart, and closer Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (who also walked in the label’s Spring show). Compared to those all-stars, the other major girls in the mix—Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, and Edie Campbell—all but faded into the background. And then leave it to Rick Owens to throw a wrench into the works. Following his step dancers last season, the designer turned heads again by interspersing old-school veterans such as Kirsten Owen and Diana Dondoe with real, mature women (many of whom, we’re happy to say, were not sample size). But this was no street-casting job. Rather, Owens’s casting directors, Angus Munro and Noah Shelley, told Style.com that “most of the ‘women’ were part of the Owens organization.” Owens kept it fresh by keeping it in the family. Speaking of keeping it in the family, we were pleasantly surprised to see Harry Brant follow supermodel mom Stephanie Seymour when he made his runway debut at IRFE. Sadly, his older brother, Peter Brant Jr., didn’t make the cut. There’s always next season, Peter.
When you think Paris fashion week, H&M isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind—however, that may be about to change. Today, WWD reports that the high street retailer, who held its first star-studded party and runway romp for its elevated H&M Studio range during PFW last February, is coming back for round two. The Fall ’14 event will be hosted at a yet-to-be-disclosed venue on February 26. Judging by the Fall ’13 event, which featured the likes of Cara Delevingne, Joan Smalls, and Lindsey Wixson on the catwalk, and Ashley Olsen, Carine Roitfeld, and Chloë Moretz in the front row, it seems H&M’s February showing is poised to become a fashion week favorite.