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We’ve just passed the midway point of fashion month with the Milan shows well under way, and there have been plenty of memorable modeling moments thus far, particularly for newcomers. In general, the top-tier, A-list catwalkers have been more selective with their schedules, leaving room for fresh faces to ascend the ranks. Perhaps the easiest way to break down our favorite rookies is by hair color. By and large, it’s been the season of the platinum blond, with familiar faces Julia Nobis, Ashleigh Good, Juliana Schurig, Sasha Luss, and Devon Windsor making a strong case for bleached tresses (reminiscent of Khaleesi from Game of Thrones). Several new models have been riding Fall’s peroxide wave, too. First is ethereal Polish beauty Ola Rudnicka, who debuted at Prada’s Spring show and landed a spot in the label’s latest campaign. She’s turned up on just about every major runway in each city so far. Rudnicka kicked things off on a high note in New York, walking Jason Wu, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, and Marc Jacobs. She went on to do Burberry and Christopher Kane in London, and continued to take Milan by storm, bookending No. 21 on Tuesday in addition to walking Max Mara and Moschino yesterday. Another noteworthy newcomer rocking a flaxen mane is Harleth Kuusik (who currently stars in Proenza Schouler’s Spring ads). In New York, she did turns at Rag & Bone, Victoria Beckham, and Proenza Schouler, then followed those up with J.W. Anderson and Erdem in London. We plan to see a lot more of both Rudnicka and Kuusik next week.
Next up is the fiery-tressed group of redheads led by sophomores such as Lera Tribel and Nika Cole (who can forget her teased-out, lamp-shade ’do from Schiaparelli’s Couture show?). They are joined by Quebec native Sophie Touchet, who made an early impact at Thakoon, 3.1 Phillip Lim, MBMJ (a.k.a. Marc by Marc Jacobs), and Burberry Prorsum, then moved on to open Alberta Ferretti and walk in Fendi yesterday. Finally, we’ve got a mixed bag of brunettes, ranging from Dutch stunner Imaan Hammam (she won the genetic lottery with a Moroccan mother and a father from Egypt, and her exotic looks have helped earn her key spots in top-tier casts including Prada, Proenza Schouler, Narciso Rodriguez, and Fendi) to fierce-looking Ronja Furrer (that strong jawline gave her an edge at Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane, and more). And how about this season’s most buzzed-about newcomer? Waleska Gorczevski has a hell of a name and a hell of a presence. During NYFW, the Brazilian model was the first girl out at Marc Jacobs. She also opened Yigal Azrouël and bookended Victoria Beckham, and has continued to rack up an impressive show list including Calvin Klein Collection, Hugo Boss, Proenza Schouler, Christopher Kane, and Fendi. No doubt Paris will take to her serene, slightly quirky appeal.
Aside from Fall’s freshman class of catwalkers, we’ve witnessed plenty of noteworthy cameos by old-school veterans, too. For example, Alexander Wang’s finale featured the likes of Angela Lindvall, Bridget Hall, Candice Swanepoel, Caroline Trentini, Anne V., Hilary Rhoda, and Jacquetta Wheeler. Meanwhile, Karen Elson has been going at full throttle this year, and she continued to dazzle at Tom Ford, Donna Karan, and Diane von Furstenberg. On the other hand, we’ve got Karolina Kurkova, who surprised us by opening Cushnie et Ochs and turning up at Christopher Kane (where she was easily the most experienced model in the lineup). Other highlights included: Kirsten Owen opening and closing Mary Katrantzou; Mini Anden at Proenza Schouler; Liberty Ross and Stella Tennant at Tom Ford; and the triple threat of Carolyn Murphy, Frankie Rayder, and Liisa Winkler at Michael Kors. Last but not least was the brilliant cast at Burberry Prorsum, which featured Edie Campbell in addition to her two younger sisters, Olympia and Jean. Mark our words, those Campbell girls are stars in the making. And speaking of stars, you can’t deny that Kendall Jenner was a total natural on the runways at Marc Jacobs and Giles.
After a successful runway show on Sunday, Victoria Beckham has called off today’s presentation of her contemporary line, Victoria, Victoria Beckham. According to British Vogue, Beckham and her team don’t anticipate having the collection ready for another few weeks. Despite the slight drama, we don’t suspect any underlying issues at the company; Beckham is set to open her first store on London’s Dover Street later this year, and a brand-new Manhattan office means a New York location can’t be too far off. We’re only sorry that we won’t be treated to another front row populated by the Beckham brood.
Today, Victoria Beckham—former Spice Girl, current international fashion maven, and, of course, wife of David—has released a very personal venture with Skype. Dubbed Five Years: The Victoria Beckham Fashion Story, the interactive editorial effort, which falls under Skype’s Collaboration Project umbrella, chronicles Beckham’s journey from a celebrity presenting for the first time at New York fashion week to a seasoned designer who has worked to build a veritable fashion (and business) empire. Below, Skype has given us an exclusive clip from the series of short films (for more, including interviews with insiders and additional behind-the-scenes footage, visit collaboration.skype.com) that offers a look at the hours leading up to Beckham’s 2008 NYFW debut at the Waldorf Towers. Fun fact? She went down at 4 o’clock in the morning—wearing hotel slippers—to redo all the floral arrangements herself. But hey, you don’t land in more than 400 stores worldwide without a little obsessive dedication. Here, Beckham talks to Style.com about growing her brand, opening her first store, and overcoming celebrity stereotypes.
It seems like quite a personal story you’re sharing with viewers. Are you ever concerned about sharing too much with your fans?
It is quite personal, but the fashion industry moves at such a fast pace, and we are always looking ahead to the next season, the next collection, so it was nice to take the time and look back at where we started and how far we have come. I hope viewers will take away a real sense of what goes into the building and workings of a fashion brand. It was a unique opportunity to show the story of my brand so far, hopefully encouraging those who are interested in fashion to work hard and follow their dream.
In one of the videos, you speak about how, when you presented your first collection, you rolled up your sleeves and did a lot of the grunt work yourself—even rearranging the flowers for the presentation. Do you feel that as a celebrity designer, editors, insiders, or fans ever underestimate you?
I have often said how fashion was a real passion of mine, so when I did my first presentation, it was a huge moment for me. The feedback and advice from my peers and others within the industry has been incredibly important to me, and I took everything on board as I started out. I don’t feel people underestimated me—I knew I had to fight the obvious preconceptions. I was a Spice Girl, married to a footballer. I was trying to do something that nobody had really done before. But I’ve always been a hard worker, and I believed in what I was doing and that I had a valid and unique point of view. I don’t think I necessarily overcame anything—it was the clothes that spoke for themselves. The industry was really fair and judged the clothes on their own merits.
You recently announced that you’re opening your first store on Dover Street, and are also opening an office here in New York. Why is now the right time for expansion?
It is a really exciting time for the brand. We are always pushing ourselves to see how we can take the designs and the business to the next level, and opening the store in London is the next significant step. Having launched first with e-commerce, I am now really enjoying the process of bringing my vision to a retail concept. The U.S. is an important focus for us this year, particularly in terms of growing our wholesale business, so opening an office in New York and having a team there will allow us to do that.
Where do you feel more at home: London or New York? Which city do you find more inspiring? And why do you choose to show in New York over London?
London is my home and where my business is, but I travel a lot, my team travels a lot, and we go to New York quite frequently. When I presented my first collection, I was living in L.A., so New York was geographically the obvious place to show. And New York fashion week drew certain retailers at that time that London fashion week did not. I feel the brand has a very European design aesthetic but is working to more of an American business model, so currently, we cover the best of both cities.
How do you feel your design aesthetic has changed and evolved since launching your line? And where do you find yourself going for inspiration?
I was able to establish a signature silhouette fairly quickly, and since creating that, I have continued to evolve it while constantly challenging myself in new directions. My approach remains the same in the sense that I want to create clothes that women want to wear and that are made beautifully and of the best quality—clothes that are fashion-relevant but true to my aesthetic. As the brand has grown, I am designing larger collections, and that leaves me more free to challenge myself for the runway, but I still always strive to achieve a balance. As for inspiration—I go everywhere! From places to people to films, books, and art. It’s amazing what can inspire you.
Did you have any idea when you first launched your line that you’d achieve such international success?
I always hoped to create a brand that would be here for the long haul—this was always a long-term vision. We now have a great global reach, we are sold in more than sixty countries in over 400 stockists and continue to look for new areas of growth and reach new customers. It has been a really amazing journey so far, and there are many more things that I want to do in the future when the time is right. It goes without saying that I have a great team of people—quite a small team of people—who have come on this journey with me so far and will continue to go even further.
Victoria Beckham continues her seemingly endless fashion ascent today—the Spice Girl-turned-designer is confirmed to open her first flagship in London’s Mayfair neighborhood. The boutique will be located at 36 Dover Street, right across from Rei Kawakubo’s original Dover Street Market (which, you may recall, recently bowed its third location in New York). Beckham has hired Farshid Moussavi to redesign the three-floor, 7,000-square-foot store, which will carry wares from all five of Beckham’s design categories: Victoria Beckham, Victoria Victoria Beckham, denim, optical, and accessories. “I think the time is now because I know my customer,” Beckham told WWD. While Britain is her strongest market, America follows closely behind (Beckham’s reportedly opening an office in Manhattan this February), so it may not be long before we have our own VB store to fete.