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High Society

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“Have you heard about The Society?” It’s a question that’s been making the rounds in model-watcher circles for what seems like a year, and now The Society is no longer a secret. After a soft launch during New York fashion week, Elite Paris’ New York outpost—not to be mistaken with the nonaligned Elite New York—officially debuted its Web site yesterday with an impressive roster of established faces, including Lindsey Wixson, Sigrid Agren, Cora Emmanuel, Mackenzie Drazan, and Ming Xi, as well as noteworthy newcomers such as Marine Deleeuw, Josephine Le Tutour, and Manuela Frey. The agency will also represent musicians, including Grace Jones, Oh Land, and Lily Rose Cooper (a.k.a. Lily Allen). “We’ve had the opportunity to be super-selective with the girls we take on rather than being so volume oriented,” a representative told Style.com. “Elite understands the value of investing in a gorgeous face.”

The Society hits the ground running with a huge history and network already in place, which contains the Elite Model Look competition—the largest source of new models in the world. The polished Web site, which was designed by Ezra Petronio and features Santiago & Mauricio-lensed animations of each girl in a grid format (kind of like a glam version of Hollywood Squares, no?), sets the tone for one of The Society’s goals, which is “to promote original editorial content and do interesting projects that converge fashion and art,” a representative said. “It’s a bit different from the standard approach,” which is exactly what the New York modeling industry needs right now. Based on initial impressions, The Society is poised to become a major force.

Santiago & Mauricio / Courtesy of The Society

For New Models, London Was Theirs For the Taking

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Like many editors and card-carrying showgoers, models often skip London fashion week, too. Top-tier girls take the opportunity to rest for a few days before the whirl, while others start fittings early in Milan, and then there are the agencies that often strategically wait to release their prized new show ponies as major exclusives later on. All of which suggests that London is up for grabs in terms of modeling. The playing field is leveled for fresh faces, particularly. In recent seasons, we’ve witnessed London debuts from the likes of Marte Mei van Haaster and Kati Nescher, for example, who are two of the most in-demand girls today, and this week, there were some rookies with similar potential. Seventeen-year-old Noam Frost, a film student from Tel Aviv, clearly caught the eye of casting director Russell Marsh, who put her in the lineups at Acne, Jonathan Saunders, and Christopher Kane. Agnes Nabuurs, who had somewhat of a lukewarm start in New York, heated up across the pond, walking those Marsh-cast shows as well as Giles and Mulberry. On Monday, Spanish stunner Tamara Caravaca Suarez (pictured, right), who was first spotted at Marc Jacobs, seemingly came out of nowhere and did every major show that day: Peter Pilotto, Erdem, Giles, even the Pringle of Scotland lookbook. We’re predicting her insane bone structure (think: a more editorial Erjona Ala) will take her far in the remaining cities. Another debut we can’t stop thinking about is Michon Van As, who opened and closed Peter Pilotto and stopped at that. Why? Is Peter Pilotto the new superstar creator? Regardless, Van As, we’d better see you again—soon, preferably.

How about those girls we first noticed during NYFW? Athena Wilson, Kayley Chabot, and Juliana Schurig have all been on fire this week. Wilson opened Mary Katrantzou and closed Erdem, while Chabot did Preen and closed Richard Nicoll, and Schurig worked the wine-stained lips, smudged eyeliner, and tousled hair at Jonathan Saunders to perfection. Joining them were Calvin Klein exclusives Stephanie Hall and Josephine Le Tutour (pictured, left), who both showed up at shows that matter like J.W. Anderson (Hall) and Burberry Prorsum (Le Tutour). Those turns on key London runways might give them a leg up over the competition in Milan and Paris—at the very least, it boosted their exposure and total show count for the season. Speaking of statistics, hometown heroes Cara Delevingne and Lara Mullen had some of the most successful weeks, posting nine and 12 London appearances, respectively. Today, the big names like Anja Rubik and Joan Smalls kicked off Milan with a bang at Gucci. Newcomers will have those stars to contend with and more surprises over the next few weeks.