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July 29 2014

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Thom Browne Takes On Womenswear, Arizona’s The Tops, And More…

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He’s been edging that way for a while, but menswear designer Thom Browne (left) is taking the leap next season: After introducing women’s items for Fall ’10, the ankle-baring designer is launching a full collection for women in New York this February. Tailoring for everybody! [WWD]

Confessions of a Casting Director names its top 10 new faces of the season. Ubiquitous catwalkers Melodie Monrose, Kirsi Pyrhonen, and Maddie Kulicka all made the list, but our favorite is the one we’ve had our eye on all season: Arizona Muse, holding strong at #1. [COACD]

And Victoria’s Secret has released its own line of Halloween costumes. Yes, they look exactly as you’d expect the would—in other words, they don’t keep anything all that secret. [Huffington Post]

Photo: Jacques Graf / JDD / SIPA Press

The Finnish Are Coming!

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For a quaint Nordic nation at the tip of northern Europe, Finland is making a big mark on the global fashion scene. Plucked out of Espoo, Finland, rising 16-year-old star Kirsi Pyrhonen seems poised for supermodel-dom—barely two seasons into her career, she’s nabbed a solo cover for Vogue Italia and made her way into the September issues of W and Vogue. And come September 16, the Finland-born, Brooklyn-based brand IVANAhelsinki will be the first Finnish fashion label to march down the runway during New York fashion week. “It’s a great honor to show in New York,” says the label’s designer, Paola Suhonen. “I really feel that we Finns have something, this weird twist between pure Scandinavian culture and Slavic melancholic roots, that will be interesting for Americans to explore—David Lynch meets Björk.” That’s not a bad way to describe her Spring collection, Where the F*** Is My Sailor?, which consists of nautical striped frocks.

Meanwhile, a cool Nordic breeze is blowing in London, too. Last night, the Finnish Institute here hosted Hel Yes!, a design extravaganza that came with a clear message: Move over Swedes; it’s Finland’s turn to make waves. Helsinki has just been crowned a World Design Capital—and last night showed us exactly why. A four-course dinner was served up by waitresses dressed in “uniforms” (think hunter-gatherers wearing dirndls) created by Erdem’s former assistant Heikki Salonen (pictured, left, with Johanna Laitanen and Maria Duncker), an up-and-coming Finnish designer handpicked by Lulu Kennedy for Fashion East.

Katharine Hamnett, Jefferson Hack, Tom Dixon, and Kinder Aggugini were among those who gathered at the giant Aspen wood tables. The case for Finnish design was strong, but it’ll take plenty of the cinnamon vodka on hand to get Englishmen into the country’s cuisine. “Are we going to be eating reindeer meat?” asked Love‘s Isaac Lock. Not this time, but Salonen tells us it’s no big deal—it’s kind of like hamburger meat for Finns. “I guess people feel all funny about potentially eating Rudolph and his mates,” he said with a shrug. “But we are over that.”

Photo: Nick Harvey

Catwalk Watch: Natalie Joos

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Before a model hits the runway—and before she snags her first editorial, her first ad campaign, and her first billboard—she’s got to make it past the sharp eyes of fashion’s casting directors, who are tasked with finding the perfect girls for designers’ exacting visions. In our new fashion week series, the industry’s top casting gurus share their thoughts on who we’ll be seeing this fashion week—and beyond.

Belgian-born Natalie Joos casts Lacoste, Cynthia Steffe, Pamela Love, and Karen Walker, among others, in New York this season. Below, she weighs in on a few of her favorite new faces.


Kirsi Pyrhonen (left) started last season in London and went on to do a few good shows in Paris. She is 16 and is from Finland. She’s never been to New York, so this will be her first season here. She is very striking and unique-looking.

Caroline Brasch Nielsen (center) started last season in Paris. This will be her first season in New York, too. She is 17 years old, from Copenhagen. She has all the elements to make it in everyone’s top list: the right proportions, a great walk, and poise.

Anais Pouliot (right) from Trump has been on people’s radars for some time. She is French and 19 years old. She’s not a part of the elite group yet but I think she’ll do well this season. She is cute and girly, but in an unusual way. I love her pout!

PLUS: Check out Natalie’s thoughts on the casting life from our Behind-the-Scenesters series.

Photos: Marcio Madeira/FirstView.com