5 posts tagged "Maria Bradley"
They’ve got the face, the body, a portfolio full of ad campaigns and editorials shot by top photographers in the industry, and a runway roster to match. But in our new Model-Slash column, Style.com profiles girls whose ambitions and drive extend beyond the catwalk.
If you haven’t heard the name Emeline Ghesquière (pictured) before, get prepared to hear it quite a bit in the coming months. The 18-year-old Belgian beauty got her start as an exclusive on the Calvin Klein Collection Fall runway (“I arrived at the casting and waited four hours, then got the call back and waited seven hours, then did fittings for the rest of the week every day from 3:00 p.m. to midnight. You’d think since I wasn’t allowed to walk in the other New York shows as an exclusive, I would’ve gotten a break,” she tells Style.com). After her big debut, Ghesquière skipped out on London and Milan, then made appearances in Paris at John Galliano, Akris, and Carven, among others, and has been busy with fittings for Couture this week. But Ghesquière’s big focus is hitting it out of the park at the upcoming Spring shows. As it goes, premium girls are often launched on a few select runways their first season, then blast off as sophomores (Maria Bradley and Mackenzie Drazan are recent examples of this trend), so Ghesquière knows what to expect come September. “I want to try my hardest for one season to do 50-60 shows and be bone-tired by the end,” she says. “It is my goal to know how the top models feel.”
Between casting calls, fittings, and shows, Ghesquière blasts David Bowie, Sonic Youth, Sigur Rós, and the Drums on her headphones. “I keep them [headphones] on until the last minute possible. I think the volume scares people in elevators sometimes, but I kind of like that,” she says. Then, after a long day spent looking pretty, Ghesquière sits down in front of her drum set and lets loose. “Drumming makes me feel free. I love that it’s never perfect and you can experiment with new beats or genres—my favorite is eighties rock,” Ghesquière said. Though her drum lesson schedule used to be more regular, these days she squeezes in two lessons a week and she’s thrumming on every surface she can find—books, subway seats, her boyfriend’s back, you name it. Speaking of, Ghesquière has learned a lot about the instrument just by hanging out with her boyfriend’s punk band. You’ll usually find her up front near the stage rocking out, in one of her beau’s concert T-shirts, stovepipes, and creepers.
To show off his Resort collection and new collaboration with Melissa shoes, designer Pedro Lourenço enlisted model Maria Bradley and director Philip Andelman to create a short film. Here, watch Bradley float around weightlessly in Lourenço’s urban, sporty looks and the Melissa No. 1 shoe he designed for the Brazilian shoe label. Style.com has the exclusive first look at the video, with sound by Superpitcher.
It’s been a whirlwind year for Brit model Lara Mullen, who had never walked in a pair of heels before she was discovered by Premier model agency at a music festival in her hometown of Northampton just weeks before her smashing debut at the Spring shows back in September. Flash-forward a few months, and now the 17-year-old has rubbed elbows with Gisele, starred in ad campaigns for Maje and Topshop, covered recent issues of i-D and Dazed & Confused, and has an editorial shot by Josh Olins in the latest British Vogue. Fall proved to be a killer sophomore season for Mullen, who walked the top-tier runways, including Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Prada, and Calvin Klein. With the help of her agents, Mullen kept track of her Paris fashion week experiences for Style.com. Check out her snaps from the week, below.
“I’ve just arrived in Paris, and my lovely chaperone Julie, who showed me all of the sights in the city, took a snap of me waiting for the Métro. I really love the contrast of the black-and-white picture behind me with the colorful seats. Shame she missed the bubble I was about to blow with my gum!”
“In full hair and makeup after Dries Van Noten, en route to the next show. I’m wearing a tweed Marc Jacobs jacket with a scalloped detail that I was given after his show this season.”
“With the girls [Katlin Aas, Marte Mei van Haaster, and Maria Bradley] backstage at Gareth Pugh! I felt fierce walking at that show.”
“What I enjoy most about the shows is seeing the endless hair and makeup possibilities. Here I am backstage at Nina Ricci, embracing my inner screen siren!”
Alexander Wang had catwalk veterans in his Spring ’12 show and on the sidelines this season, including industry icon Linda Evangelista. However, he also had a fresh crop of new talent, including two relatively unknowns: Lara Mullen and Maria Bradley. “She had never modeled before, hopped on a plane from London, and came straight to the studio,” Wang says of Mullen, who made her modeling debut on his runway last month. Bradley, who opened his show, was plucked from a small town in Kansas by Wang’s casting director, Anita Bitton. “When I first met Maria, she was so nonchalant and effortless; she instantly felt like the brand—she reminded me of a young Amanda Moore,” Wang tells Style.com.
Mullen went on to walk in major shows, including Celine and Givenchy, and Bradley appeared on the runway at Versace and Balenciaga. Their journeys to runway stardom were captured in a short film, debuting on AlexanderWang.com today. Style.com has the exclusive clip of Confessional.
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 fashion week series, the industry’s top casting gurus share their thoughts on who we’ll be seeing this fashion week—and beyond.
Ashley Brokaw casts Proenza Schouler, Narciso Rodriguez, Rag & Bone, and Tommy Hilfiger in New York this season. Below, she weighs in on a few of her favorite new and new-to-us faces.
Maria Bradley at FACTOR (left): “New face from Wichita, Kansas. Great tomboy vibe with a killer body.”
Vika Falileeva at DNA (center): “Beautiful blonde with a fantastic body. She has a great attitude and much more confidence this time around [the Russian model has walked in several shows over the past two seasons].”
Xiao Wen Ju at IMG (right): “A season under her belt has done wonders for her confidence. She has great presence when she walks and her face is divine. Xiao doesn’t look like anyone else out there.”