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Game Face


The gridiron faceoff was fierce yesterday for Super Bowl Sunday, but so was the catwalk competition at ACW Worldwide’s model call for the casting agency’s Fall 2011 New York shows. The lithe and the leggy arrived to try for a spot on the New York runways (ACW casts Thakoon, Y-3, and Jen Kao, among others), and even past success is no guarantee of a good placement. “I was very lucky,” said Kat Hessen (above left), who had a knockout debut Spring 2011 season walking Alexander Wang, Rodarte, Prada, and Miu Miu. “But the second season, you never know. You no longer have novelty on your side. It’s almost like you have to prove yourself.”

“There’s so many new stunning girls each season, but you want somebody that’s not a robot,” explained agency founder Andrew Weir of the process. (Those who want to go deeper into the casting world can also check out his newly launched blog, “They mostly start so young; many of them have nothing to say yet. But sometimes you’ll meet a young girl who has this amazing style at an early age.” Iris Egbers (Supreme) and Alex Yuryeva (Silent) were two newbies that caught his eye.

There were, of course, catwalk veterans like Rose Cordero (above right), Jourdan Dunn, Eugenia Mandzhieva (above center), and Sophie Srej, too. It was also nice to see a concerted push toward more diversity in the field. Compared to years past, there was a noticeable uptick in young Asian and black models (Li Ming and Melodie Monrose stood out). “That is something that is really exciting,” Cordero enthused. “There used to be certain clients who never hired black models. But ever since Italian Vogue started casting us, it’s been amazing. It really started with that.”

For all the exotic names and new faces, there was only one that created something of a frenzy. Crystal Renn, with her notorious curves (or purported lack thereof), had the casting practically at a standstill. The Ford model, who was game even for an impromptu photo shoot with the press, stopped to chat. “In modeling, there’s not much freedom,” Renn said of her not plus-size but not stick-thin frame. “If you started with a size 35 hip, you’re expected to stay that way. I made a decision in my career to let my body be where it wants to be. I know they say that this industry is all about looks, but the key thing is what I have on the inside. It’s what sets me apart.”

Photos: Gregory Harris/Courtesy of the Gap (Hessen); Kim Weston Arnold (Mandzhieva); Yannis Vlamos / (Cordero)

A Very Tom Christmas, England Prepares For A New Princess, A Minute With Melodie, And More…


Happy holidays from…Tom Ford? The multitasking designer has apparently been tapped to guest-edit the holiday issue of Paris Vogue, which means that even the naughty will no doubt be rewarded this year. [WWD]

Prince William has finally popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton (in Philip Treacy, left), and the English media is more than ready. The Telegraph rounds up the lady’s best fashion moments (she’s “a very royal style icon,” the paper asserts), while British Vogue asks leading English designers how they’d dress Miss M for her big walk down the aisle. [The Telegraph / Vogue U.K.]

Runway phenom Melodie Monrose has moved to Paris, discovered cinnamon buns, and generally worships Givenchy. W has more details on the newest catwalk face to watch. [W]

And here’s something we didn’t know: V‘s Cecilia Dean apparently raises chickens in her backyard. [Fashionologie]

Photo: Tim Graham / Getty Images