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July 22 2014

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Scads of Supermodels (and Harry Brant, too) on Day 3 of PFW

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Model Mania

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.

Photos: IndigitalImages.com; Getty Images

The Anna Effect?

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There were plenty of eyes on Giles Deacon for his first presentation for the slightly shaky house of Ungaro, and the designer made sure there was plenty for those eyes to feast on—not only the clothes (a qualified TKO, says Tim Blanks), but the models, too. Casting has emerged as one of the big stories of the season, with many designers opting for a greatest-hits parade. Sure enough, here were some of the biggest names of the recent and slightly less recent past: Shirley Mallmann, Claudia Mason, Georgina Grenville, Angela Lindvall, Kirsten Owen. But among them was a more recent fashion obsession not to miss: Anna Dello Russo (left). (She was toting a lifelike lamb under her arm, a wink, perhaps, at the triceratops bags Deacon showed two seasons ago on his own runway.) How Ungaro will weather the future isn’t yet clear, but if it’s found a defender in ADR, its odds are so much the better.

Photo: Courtesy of Emanuel Ungaro