Monday, May 18, 2009

The year of the Rutt

backstage @ gary bigeni

I first noticed Rachel Rutt one year ago, after Chic Management included her in the agency's RAFW 2008 newbies list when I was compiling this blog post on the season's new faces. One month later, when local media caught onto the lack of runway diversity story, which provided the catalyst for Vogue Italia's all-black July 2008 edition, the Eurasian beauty, who is half Singaporean and half English, told The Australian that the local fashion industry was "very Caucasian-oriented". But we didn't have to wait long before seeing a lot more of Rutt. In August, she walked in the David Jones Spring/Summer 0809 show and booked a series of lookbooks, from Akira to Gail Sorronda to Minty Meets Munt. And as became increasingly obvious at this year's RAFW, 18 year-old Rutt was Chic Management's breakout star at the event, walking in more shows than any other Chic Management model according to the agency.

Some might recall that this time last year, the same applied to Myf Shepherd. Although unknown prior to RAFW, Shepherd went on to be booked by Gucci and Prada for the Resort 2009 shows last June, before blitzing the SS09 shows three months later.

Well guess who is New York-bound at the end of this month? That's right, Miss Rutt.

For those northern hemisphere modelwatchers reading this blog, please note - as was pointed out on frockwriter's parallel Twitter coverage during RAFW - Rutt was not only in high rotation on Sydney's catwalks three weeks ago, she was also booked for two videos which provided the backdrop to two separate shows over consecutive nights at the event: Kirrily Johnston and Gary Bigeni.

For those who haven't already seen the first one via a couple of other blogs which filmed straight off the runway, here is the Kirrily Johnston film made by Alex Goddard over at Oyster Productions:

And here is Nick Waterman’s 'Beside Ourselves' film, which played the following evening during Bigeni's show.

Bigeni kindly uploaded this to YouTube for frockwriter and after that version seemed a little fuzzy, reuploaded to the better-quality Vimeo hosting service. The video is however still extremely fuzzy. But you get the gist.

Beside Ourselves from Nick Waterman on Vimeo.

Looking forward to tracking Rutt's progress over the coming months.


marian said...

Stylist Ryan Lobo was an early adapter with Rachel, championing her in his shows '08 RAFW. We love her, thank you for shinning the light on her. And isn't she just growing into her skin beautifully. nice post pp x

Imelda Matt - The Despotic Queen of Shoes said...

I could think of nothing better than global domination...Rachel is one of the most professional models I've ever worked with (and of course I have you to thank for that).

Style On Track said...

She's a cute one :)

Tg said...

I knew Rachel would be big when I first saw her in high school. Not bad for a girl from Parramatta.

Anonymous said...

she definetly wasn't a photographers dream. on the catwalk at RAFW this year she often looked down at the runway, and he eyes are very tired looking. they dont have the intensity that myf has. it was hard to get a good shot from her

Anonymous said...

She suits the zeitgeist and apparently a lovely girl, good luck to her in NY!

Anonymous said...

She suits the zeitgeist and apparently a lovely girl, good luck to her in NY!

jan said...

Rachel was a star at RAFW! - she looks so chic and has an effortless walk! I in fact thought Myf lacked the intensity she showed last year; she looks different - her face just isn't as sharp as it was in 2008.

Mike said...

Wow, she's off to New York? I guess who isn't hey. Well good luck to her although it's a whole new kind of reality. I'm interested to know about the model selections though because I kept seeing well, the kind of the same faces. Not exactly match by match but a number were from the same show to the next.

tee said...

hey patty. just thought id let you know if you havent already heard.. tallulah mortons myspace page headline reads:

TALLULAH rejecting BULLSHIT patty cuntface suck my dick i hate you

you can see it here..

i just thought it was kind of rude..

Tam said...

^ maybe she want some PR, or plain attention

back to topic.. i haven't seen Rutt walk, but she has a great face structure

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