August 27 2014

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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)

Ford’s Girls Get A Makeover, The Year’s Power Players Revealed, When Tati Met Marc, And More…


The Telegraph‘s Hilary Alexander sits down with model-of-the-moment Tati Cotliar. Cotliar—who opened Marc Jacobs’ Fall ’10 show—reveals MJ felt like they’d known each other before. A previous life, perhaps? Some girls have all the luck—twice. [Telegraph]

Show packages from the major modeling agencies are starting to arrive, including one that’s hotly debated among model-watchers: Paul Rowland’s first package since taking over at Ford. Karmen Pedaru, Tao Okamoto, Rose Cordero, Alana Zimmer, and the gorgeous newcomer Dafne Cejas (pictured) are done up in Mad Men-ish retro style. [Fashionologie]

Vanity Fair has released its Top 100 New Establishment list, including plenty of fashion types. LVMH chief Bernard Arnault is at number 6; PPR’s François-Henri Pinault is at 17; Karl Lagerfeld is at 39; and DVF and her husband, Barry Diller, share the number 40 spot. [WWD]

Phillip Lim’s Fall shoe collection—his largest yet—has hit stores and the Web. What was that we were saying about Wednesday being the prime online-shopping day? [FabSugar via Refinery29]

On Set With Satan


A room full of agnostic fashion types is perhaps not the most obvious audience for a show of religious-themed art. But that’s who was on hand for the opening of Paul Rowland’s The Transformation of Enrique Miron as El Diablo in Chelsea last night. Rowland is better known as the founder of Women and Supreme Model Management and the newly minted women’s division director of Ford, but for this, his second show, he turned his camera away from the ladies. Instead, he shot male model Enrique Miron dressed up (or, frequently, dressed down) as a brawny Satan in Dante-esque scenarios. The centerpiece: a ten-foot portrait of Miron nailed to the cross. “I was raised religious and my mother is devout, but as I got older, I faded away from that,” Miron said. Even so, “it felt empowering” to be up on that cross.

“I felt like not many people really embraced the idea of Satan,” said Rowland, in his ever-present knit beanie (pictured, center, with Italo Zucchelli, Enrique Miron, and Steven Gan). “They always tend to kind of run from it or not deal with it,” so he chose to “celebrate” the guy. Of course, nothing draws a crowd like a party, and plenty of Rowland’s girls—including Hanne Gaby Odiele, Rose Cordero, Alana Zimmer, and Ranya Mordanova—showed up to help with that celebration. “I don’t really believe in God, so for me, it’s just fun,” said Inna Pilipenko, who sported a Zara blouse and Chanel bag and shoes for the demonic occasion.

Religious views aside, many attendees might have been preoccupied with a slightly more earthly matter: Rowland’s recent move to Ford. “You know, I define myself—it’s not like an agency defines me,” Rowland said. How did Women and Supreme feel about the move? “I’m a creative person, and on some level they understood that I needed to do something else. You know, they weren’t completely happy, but there was no great drama.” He noted that Ford “offered me a good deal across the board.” Not a deal made with the Devil, presumably, but he and Rowland do seem to be on good terms.

Photo: Hannah Thompson