Friday, February 18, 2011

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Abbey Lee Kershaw might have skipped New York Fashion Week this season, but rising up in her wake was no shortage of antipodian runway talent. If international casting directors did not already have Australian and New Zealand model agencies on speed dial, they will do from now on. Australia had at least 18 models at New York Fashion Week, seven of them brand new to the event and among those, several models with less than six months experience who scored some big shows. New Zealand now has its own potential modelling superstar. For the second consecutive season  - and from the same agency, Auckland's Clyne Management - the Land of the Long White Cloud delivered a face to watch. And then some. After Jessica Clarke nabbed a Calvin Klein exclusive last season, a 17 year-old total unknown Kiwi by the name of Emily Baker walked in pretty much every major show of the week, prompting to declare her its first Top 10 Newcomer of Fall/Winter 2011/2012 - and noting that Baker is now “on the watch list of every major casting director, photographer and editor in the trade”. 

In her third New York season, Australia’s Julia Nobis walked in 18 top shows. 

After a slow start, Australia’s biggest buzz newcomer, Codie Young, added Calvin Klein to a stellar show list, that already included Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs, Rodarte and Halston. Great to see Dempsey Stewart and ‘MJ’ also make a strong debut. Ditto Australia’s unique androgynous superstar Andrej Pejic, who walked in both womens’ and mens’ shows and was never far from the headlines all week. 

Another Australian man also made his mark in New York: Jack Vanderhart who, as frockwriter revealed, was booked for a Calvin Klein exclusive.

After a slew of lowprofile showroom presentations, Australia’s Next Top Model Cycle 6 winner Amanda Ware finished the week with two highly coveted shows: 3.1 Phillip Lim and L’Wren Scott. 

What was perhaps surprising was the relatively small show tallies of Bambi Northwood-Blyth, Lauren Brown and Alice Burdeu. But the season is yet young. 

FYI, Ware and Burdeu weren’t the only ANTM alumni on deck in New York: Cycle 6 contestant Chantal Croccolo did four shows/presentations.  

Next stop: London. 

Julia Nobis
Richard Chai
Tadashi Shoji
Rag & Bone
Jill Stuart
Alexander Wang
Victoria Beckham

Monique Lhuillier
Marc Jacobs
Narciso Rodriguez 
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Diesel Black Gold
Vera Wang                      
Ports 1961
Michael Kors
3.1 Phillip Lim
Proenza Schouler
Isaac Mizrahi

Codie Young
Wayne (opened, closed)
Richard Chai
Peter Som
Band of Outsiders
Marc Jacobs
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Hexa by Kuho
Milly by Michelle Smith
Calvin Klein Collection

Annaleise Smith
Costello Tagliapietra (opened)

Betsey Johnson
Cushnie et Ochs
Douglas Hannant
Zang Toi
Daniel Vosovic
Odd Molly

Naeem Khan
Theory by Olivier Theyskens
Yoana Baraschi
Pamela Love
Risto Bimbiloski
Pamela Roland
Song Jung Wan

Andrej Pejic
Robert Geller
Richard Chai
Yoana Baraschi
Custo Barcelona
Kimberley Ovitz
Jen Kao
RAD by Rad Hourani
Jeremy Scott
Odyn Vovk

Dempsey Stewart

Richard Chai (opened)
United Bamboo
Marc Jacobs                                
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Diane von Furstenberg (opened the finale)
Cynthia Steffe
Karen Walker (closed)
3.1 Phillip Lim

Ports 1961

Ajek Deng
Richard Chai
Nicole Miller
Carolina Herrera
Jen Kao (opened)
Reed Krakoff 

Charlotte Ronson
Denis Basso
Mandy Coon
Tracy Reese
Creatures of the Wild
Yoana Baraschi

Amanda Ware 
Wes Gordon
Timo Weiland
Woolrich Black Label
Chado Ralph Rucci
3.1 Phillip Lim
L’Wren Scott

Tallulah Morton
Betsey Johnson
Cushnie et Ochs
Badgley Mischka

Alice Burdeu 
Timo Weiland
Chado Ralph Rucci

Naeem Khan

Lauren Brown
Rebecca Taylor
Chado Ralph Rucci

Yoana Baraschi

Chantal Croccolo

Emily Wake
Timo Weiland
Jeremy Scott

Yoana Baraschi

Elyse Taylor
Lela Rose
Nanette Lepore
Tory Burch

Bambi Northwood-Blyth 
Jill Stuart
Diesel Black Gold

Mallory Jansen
Kate Spade
Althea Harper
Ruby Jean Wilson
Theory by Olivier Theyskens (exclusive) 

Jack Vanderhart
Calvin Klein Collection (exclusive)

all images:
1. annaleise smith, costello tagliapietra
2. chantal croccolo, trias
3. alice burdeu, chado ralph rucci
4. amanda ware, l'wren scott
5. jack vanderhart, calvin klein
6. andrej pejic, jeremy scott
7. elyse taylor, nanette lepore
8. MJ, marchesa
9. ajak deng, g-star
10. tallulah morton, bagdley mischka
11. julia nobis, michael kors
12. dempsey stewart, marc jacobs
13. bambi northwood-blyth, diesel black gold
14. codie young, calvin klein collection
15. lauren brown, rebecca taylor
16. emily wake, jeremy scott


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