Tuesday, September 9, 2008

But wait, there's more: Fabienne's fab first season

fabienne vanderhaeghen at rachel roy, sep 4/wwd

So as I was saying, it’s hard keeping up with the Australian modelling news in NY at the moment. Myf we knew about. Emma Balfour well, that one was a surprise. Now make way way for Fabienne Vanderhaeghen. Bolting out of left of field to secure nine New York shows so far in her first OS season, as it emerges Vanderhaeghen headed into SS09 with editorial in Nylon, a DKNY Jeans campaign and covers of Italian ELLE and Grazia under her belt.

The 17 year-old Perth-ite, who is with Chadwicks in Australia and Trump in New York, has so far walked Rachel Roy, Savant, Abaete, Geova, Patricia Field for M&S and Harlan Bell and is booked for Chris Benz, Pamela Rowland and Aurelio Costarella.

fabienne vanderhaeghen (L) in the edie rose for DKNY Jeans campaign - a line co-designed by actress rachel bilson/supplied

Modelling for two years, the latter one full-time, Vanderhaeghen’s recent Australian work includes a Just Jeans campaign and a recent cover of Summer Winter magazine – sharing cover billing with the far more high profile Abbey Lee Kershaw.

vanderhaeghen on the march cover of italian elle/supplied

Another Chadwicks model popping up on the New York Fashion Week radar is Lauren Burnett who has done several shows, including Rubin Singer.

Myf Shepherd, as I revealed in another blog incarnation in July, was, hilariously, snubbed by the producers of Australia’s Next Top Model for this year’s show, only to walk more Australian Fashion Week shows than any other model from her agency (Chic Management) and then go on to be booked by both Prada and Gucci for the Resort 09 presentations in New York in July.

Shepherd has of course been buoyed by the hypemeisters over at Chic Management and notably, the agency's well-connected New York affiliate Next.

Shepherd’s raft of NY shows so far includes Marc Jacobs, Alice McCall, Jason Wu, Cushnie et Ochs and Rubin Singer.

Fellow Chic hatchling, Sarah Stephens was also much-hyped heading into SS09. Stephens' shows so far include Jason Wu, RVCA, Hanii Y, Cushnie et Ochs (which she closed), Frank Tell, James Coviello, Twinkle and Tuleh.

Tallulah Morton's shows to date include Rubin Singer, Michael Angel, Hanii Y, ADAM and Ruffian.

Morton's mate, Balenciaga 'muse' Stephanie Carta apparently had a New York exclusive with Phi.

Now in their sophomore international runway season, both Skye Stracke and Alice Burdeu continue their ascent. Stracke's shows include to date, Chris Benz, Dian von Furstenberg, Alexandre Herchkovich, Karen Walker, Lacoste and Yigal Azrouel. So far Burdeu's bookings include Lacoste, Brian Reyes - and one very big name in Marc Jacobs.

Abbey Lee Kershaw meanwhile, the so-called 'instant star' of FW0809 who is currently ranked the world # 21 working model on models.com, is also walking in just her second OS season.

So far Kershaw seems to have walked in more shows that any other Australian model: at least 16 in the space of just four-five days. They include Diesel, Ohne Titel, Peter Som, Thakoon, DKNY, Diane von Furstenberg (which she closed), Jonathon Saunders, Preen, Alexander Wang, Lacoste, Daughters by Obedient Sons, Ruffian, BCBG Max Azria, Jason Wu, Rag & Bone and Rodarte.

This is the fourth ready-to-wear season for Catherine McNeil - the breakout sensation of FW0708, who debuted on models.com at #26 early last year and is now ranked the world number #9.

McNeil has done at least nine shows so far, including Carolina Herrera, Isaac Mizrahi, Ohne Titel, Peter Som, Thakoon, Jonathon Saunders, Preen, Alexander Wang and Diane von Furstenberg, which she opened.


Anonymous said...

Patti, Sarah is more difficult to recognise without her fringe. She was at Hanii Y and Cushnie et Ochs too(she closed!), and also at Frank Tell, James Coviello, Twinkle, Tuleh, Halsten, as well as Jason Wu and RVCA. (I might be forgetting 1 or 2 others)

Patty Huntington said...

Many thanks - will update.

I did say 'including' Jason Wu etc. The info that Sarah was not booked for as many shows - in specific relation to Myf - came in fact from her agency.

Yes she's trickier to recognise. Also making it difficult is that a number of new local models are not yet on style.com's radar so if they don't know who they are they're not naming them, or tracking them and it's not a one-stop check to see which shows they have done - that is, of the shows that style.com has covered. Which is only a mere fraction. Ditto WWD. I'd like to be able to scour each show as it happens but with NY's sheer show size, and other work committments, it's not that easy. But tks again.

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