So the Fall/Winter 1011 shows are days from kicking off in New York. And the guessing game begins: which models will make their marks on the new season's runways? In terms of Australian talent, what a contrast to the lineup in just twelve months. Here is the tally of FW0910 shows walked by Australian models from March last year. At least two major names have been scratched from the lineup. Starting with Myf Shepherd, who is taking the year off to pursue fulltime studies at Sydney's College of Fine Arts - who walked more shows than any other Australian model this time last year. Ditto Tallulah Morton, who is studying Fine Arts.
Although Abbey Lee Kershaw bowed out of the last Fall shows due to an injury, she will, frockwriter predicts, continue her fashion ascendancy. She is now ranked world number 10 by models.com - surging past Catherine McNeil (now #14) to become Australia's biggest new modelling success story.
There is potentially some very exciting news surrounding one brand new Australian face, which this blog doesn't want to jinx by blabbing about just yet.
Meanwhile, the first indigenous Australian model is about to hit the international circuit: Samantha Harris. Harris arrived yesterday in London - skipping the New York shows, to ease her into things. Pending how London goes, Chic/Next may then send her to Milan and Paris. Harris features in an only girl editorial in Vogue Australia this month. And here she is also, above, in the new SS10 (Australian FW10) 'Ab Fab' campaign for Australian fashion brand Antipodium, which collaborated with several indigenous artists for the collection. And Harris will not be the only new Australian face at the shows.
New York will be another Chic-ette's first major league fashion week: Charlotte Lohmann. We have mentioned Lohmann several times before at Australian and New Zealand events. Here she is backstage at Trelise Cooper at Auckland's ANZFW in September:
Chadwicks' supremely androgynous Andre Pejic (below), meanwhile, is heading to London, yes for the womens' shows. Frockwriter predicts he may well wind up wearing some of that womenswear on the runway. After all, Antipodium opened its RAFW show in Sydney in May last year with Pejic. Pending the availability of both Pejic and Harris, one might assume we could see both at Antipodium's FW1011 presentation at LFW on Friday 19th February (presentation only).
Scene Models may have lost Tallulah Morton for the time being, but their new star appears to be Amelia Brown (below). The 17 year-old Perth-ite has been modelling for one year and her work to date includes RAFW shows and a January editorial in the local Grazia. Two days ago the latter Simon Lekias shoot wound up on models.com, which was in fact Brown's second models.com outing in seven months. Signed with Storm in London and Ford in New York, Scene director Vikki Graham reports that there is already quite some interest in Brown in New York. Now we now that "hold" does by no means equate to confirmed, but for what it's worth, Brown's New York Fashion Week holds thus far include Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Hervé Leger, Adam Lippes, Zac Posen, Isaac Mizrahi and Richard Chai.
grazia via models.com
Priscillas has three new faces heading to the shows, who are already generating buzz. No, Tahnee Atkinson is not one of them.
Lauren Brown recently featured on Models.com's The Ones To Watch. Topless.
Cat Edwards (formerly with Chic) has an upcoming editorial in i-D with no less than Terry Richardson, which possibly guarantees that she was also topless.
And Julia Nobis was just nominated by influential New York casting director Michelle Lee on the LOVE magazine blog as a face to watch for the season - the second time in a month that Nobis featured on the LOVE blog. Here's what LOVE said about her on January 13:
"You saw her here first. Wait and see"
Heading back to the shows with Kershaw are other seasoned international catwalkers such as Skye Stracke, Christina Carey, Georgie Wass and Emma Ishta.
Arguably the biggest mystery of New York Fashion Week is just where is Rachel Rutt?
After a stellar RAFW in Sydney last May and a great first New York season - and even comments about her "buzz" factor by models.com director Wayne Sterling in a New York interview recently done with Today Tonight - not only does Rutt not have a New York showcard this season, as spotted by TFS, she's not even listed on the Next Models website. Looking into it.
UPDATE: According to Chic Management Rutt is still "100%" with Next New York, but does not have a US visa, which is why she is not doing the shows. She is listed in the New Faces division of Next's London site and will be doing London Fashion Week.
One notable Chic-ette omission from the above post is Miranda Kerr who will, say frockwriter's sources, be heading at the very least to Paris, where she is already booked for a second run on Balenciaga's runway, on March 3. The same sources suggest Kerr may also make an appearance in Milan.