Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Paper, Castle, Runway... RAFW SS0910, the season of the comeback queens

toni maticevski backstage/sonny vandevelde

Well, well, well, Emma Balfour isn’t the only one making a runway comeback. As frockwriter Tweeted last night after Toni Maticevski's show, you can add Sophie Ward to the mix as well (UPDATE 23/04: and apparently also Alyssa Sutherland). But while 39 year-old Balfour has been working on her comeback for seven months – first popping up at the SS09 New York Fashion Week shows (and will open Friedrich Gray on Sunday) – to frockwriter’s knowledge, last night’s show was 23 year-old Ward’s first fashion gig in two years. Ward is currently being promoted for RAFW – and according to Viviens, is attending castings, with Romance Was Born already confirmed. Last week, Ward made mention of her runway return on her blog. As we recently reported, Ward, a professional writer, has been busy over the past 12-18 months establishing her own publishing company, Paper Castle Press. No word yet on the publication date of the imprint’s first titles (one a childrens book called The Ginger Marmalade Toastmeister, with illustrations by Ward’s mate, the talented American illustrator Danny Roberts). Modelling is not the easiest of professions - the older you are, the harder it gets to compete with reed-thin adolescents. As the Ward family is already well aware, it is particularly hard when you have been out of the game for a while. The big question is will both Ward sisters return to the runway in 2009?


marian said...

We did a shoot with Emma Balfour for the Mecca booklet last year prior to the NYC shows with Max Doyle - she is beautiful - as women are often better with life experience a deeper and more interesting beauty - I was very honored that she agreed to the project, we worked together as teenagers. x m

faddict said...

It will be great to see exactly which models make it back for the runways of RAFW this year. I'll be standing by for your coverage of the shows!

Hilary said...

It looks like a few of my favourites have other commitments overseas and can't make it back for RAFW but I'm so happy to read that Alyssa Sutherland is coming back!!

Patty Huntington said...

hilary -

yes, very interesting. i also subscribe to modelfeed & spotted the sausage roll shot. i just updated the post, but tks for the headsup. much appeciated. i'm always missing stuff.

Michelle said...

I always wonder why Alyssa Sutherland never really got the cred' she deserved in Oz.

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