Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bambi bags Balenciaga - Spring/Summer 2011

balenciaga SS11/
Did we say there was buzz about Bambi Northwood-Blyth going into Spring/Summer 2011? We did. Far more importantly, of course, so did Ashley Brokaw, one of the world’s top casting directors who started beating the Bambi drum in an interview with The New York Times’ Cathy Horyn on the eve of New York Fashion Week three weeks ago. And then cast her in her first international show, Rag & Bone, alongside Julia Nobis. Brokaw had told Horyn that both Northwood-Blyth and Nobis were at the top of her casting list this season. Well Brokaw has just cast the duo again - along with five months pregnant Miranda Kerr - this time, in the Balenciaga show in Paris. Given that Nobis already has one international show season under her belt and is regulation runway height, however, it’s nothing less than an extraordinary coup for Northwood-Blyth, who started modelling six months ago and also happens to be 5’7” tall – that’s the official version, with some suggesting she may in fact be 5’6”. How many girls have been turned down by model agents because they’re too small? Legions of them. Kate Moss is one of the rare exceptions and you have to say, Northwood-Blyth could be shaping up to be Australia’s version. 
She walked four shows in New York, two in London – second girl out at Giles Deacon and closing the Topshop Unique show. Balenciaga is of course far bigger news than any of the other shows. According to her mother agency, Priscillas, the Balenciaga option was in the pipeline for some time. Northwood-Blyth nearly blew it by blabbing to UK Vogue's blog - a post that was later removed.

Priscillas also reports that she is currently on hold for a major photographic name for a major international fashion title.  


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