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July 23 2014

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Queen of the Catwalk: All About Style.com’s First Model Walk-Off Winner, Freja Beha Erichsen, and the Heated Competition

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Freja Beha ErichsenThe polls for Style.com’s first-ever Model Walk-Off officially closed this morning, and I personally couldn’t be happier with the result: None other than Freja Beha Erichsen claimed the championship title, beating out Chinese model Sui He with 66 percent of votes. It was a walk down memory lane going through our extensive archive of the Danish fashion icon’s runway career, which spans from her Fall 2005 Prada debut to her most recent, title-winning appearance at Louis Vuitton. Erichsen, who has been described as the “reigning queen of androgynous cool,” has scaled back her catwalk work significantly in recent years (to focus on more lucrative ad campaigns and edgy editorials), which made her victory here that much sweeter.

Still, there were plenty of twists and turns leading up to Erichsen’s final triumph. Voters and the Style.com team embarked upon a long and involved selection process, going through every single one of our video Move It clips from Fall ’14 to choose eight models from each city (representing a dynamic mix of established veterans and noteworthy newcomers from a range of backgrounds). The upsets began immediately once we turned the voting over to readers. In Round 1, for example, Estonian stunner Katlin Aas (an in-house favorite here at Style.com) knocked out well-known super Karolina Kurkova. And speaking of supermodels, the Paris bracket was particularly competitive from the get-go, with Gisele Bündchen trouncing Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Kendall Jenner coming from behind to beat girl of-the-moment Anna Ewers. Meanwhile, it was smooth sailing for Cara Delevingne, until she went up against Erichsen. On the other side of the bracket, we were flabbergasted to see Grace Mahary clobber Karlie Kloss (wearing that dramatic Donna Karan red dress, no less) in Round 2, and were on the edge of our seats watching the close race between Joan Smalls and Mariacarla Boscono.

All in all, the premiere Walk-Off left us with plenty to discuss and plenty to look forward to next season.

Photo: WWD 

Lane’s Trifecta

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For its latest Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott-lensed campaign, Lane Crawford cast another group of Asian models. This time around, the retailer tapped a Chinese trio: actress Li Bingbing, Chinese It girl Chen Ran, and model Sui He, to show off the latest pieces from brands like Azzedine Alaïa, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, and Balenciaga. The campaign, styled by Panos Yiapanis (who has done editorials for the likes of Another Man and VMan and worked with photographers like Nick Knight and Steven Klein), was shot in London back in November. Here’s a Style.com exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the shoot.

Photos: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Angels Among Us

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“To walk the Victoria’s Secret show is obviously every American girl’s dream. I feel pretty lucky to have crossed that one off my bucket list at such a young age,” 19-year-old Karlie Kloss (above) said yesterday after her Angel debut, at the VS after-party at the Dream Downtown. “I got to dance with Adam Levine and Kanye, and wear a pair of wings. Onstage, I felt on top of the world, it was wild.” She wasn’t the only catwalk veteran to make her VS debut last night. Joining her—both on the catwalk and at the party—were Karmen Pedaru, Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Sui He, and Joan Smalls. Naturally, all the established Angels made winged appearances, too. Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, and Anne Vyalitsina have all been around the VS block many times before. But according to Anne V. (who high-fived her boyfriend, Adam Levine, during his Maroon 5 set during the show), the spectacular ups the ante annually—and demands that the girls do the same. “This year was particularly competitive…like getting our bodies ready and really getting into the workouts,” she told Style.com. Those long hours in the gym paid off. “Everybody looked over-the-top amazing,” she gushed.

PLUS: For more from the Victoria’s Secret show, check out Tommy Ton’s backstage shots here.

Photo: Tommy Ton

The Fall Campaign Countdown Begins, An Angel Heads For The Heavens, Koop Flies The Coop, And More…

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Fashionologie begins compiling the Fall ’11 ad campaign rumors and placements. Word from the fashion forums is that Kate Moss won’t be in Vuitton (a group of younger girls, possibly including Daphne Groeneveld, left, and Fei Fei Sun, may be instead), Mert & Marcus’ ads for Versace might star Saskia de Brauw, and Ralph Lauren will likely tap Sui He, the Chinese model who was the first Asian girl to open his show, for his label’s spots. [Fashionologie]

From the Department of Unexpected Announcements: Doutzen Kroes is scheduled to be on the first commercial Dutch flight to space in 2014. [Dance4Life via Racked]

Is the FLOTUS without her stylist? Designer Peter Soronen, who has designed some dresses for Michelle Obama, suggested at a recent panel that Meredith Koop, who took over First Lady styling duties from Ikram Goldman, may already be out the door. [The Cut]

And congrats to Tess Giberson—the downtown designer has just opened her first shop, on Soho’s Crosby Street. [WWD]

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com

Get To Know Your Next Top Models

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Fashion week whipped through New York, and now it’s off to Europe. But the runway styles are only some of the stars—also making their names were the handful of fresh-faced models who took key shows by storm. The clear frontrunners for this title of top newcomer are Emily Baker and Kate King. Both have long faces, razor-sharp cheekbones, and piercing eyes. And both are naturals on the runway, poised like they’ve been doing this for years. Baker—a 16-year-old from New Zealand who bears a striking resemblance to Iselin Steiro—walked Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, and Rag & Bone (to name just a few). And we’re getting a cool-girl, Ruby Aldridge vibe from King, who stunned at Diane von Furstenberg and Tommy Hilfiger. Other girls who caused a stir include Sui He, the Wenzhou, China, native with an elegant profile who opened Ralph Lauren (the first Asian model to do so in recent years), and Codie Young, an Aussie with dreamy eyes à la Gemma Ward, who did turns at Rodarte and Calvin Klein Collection. Stay tuned to see what happens in Europe.

Photos: Gianni Pucci/GoRunway.com (Young, King, He); Luca Cannonieri/GoRunway.com (Baker)