Friday, September 9, 2011

Six Australians and a Kiwi walked into a show....

richard chai SS12 backstage/sonny vandevelde

So New York Fashion Week is up and running and the so-called ‘Australasian invasion’ of its runways got off to a cracking start again on Thursday, the week's official kickoff. Six Australian models walked the Richard Chai show which, as some may recall, was opened by Aussie newbie Dempsey Stewart last season. Stewart walked Chai’s runway for the second consecutive season, flanked on this occasion by Julia Nobis, Codie Young, Ajak Deng, Rose Smith and Krystal Glynn, in her international runway debut. Joining them was New Zealand modelling sensation Emily Baker, the breakout star of the Fall/Winter 2011/2012 shows. With 26 models in the show, that's almost one third of Chai's cast hailing from the antipodes. 

Elsewhere, Melissa ‘MJ’ Johannsen popped up at the Rachel Comey and Steven Alan shows – joined at the latter by yet another new Australian face, Chadwick's Sarah Lorimer and another Kiwi, Georgia Fowler – while Lorimer also appeared at Wes Gordon; Lauren Moody, Vanessa Milde and Tom Bull worked the hilarious trompe l'oeil wedding staged by Imitation of Christ; and Australia’s Next Top Model Cycle 6 winner Amanda Ware walked BCBG by Max Azria. 

With Perth's upwardly mobile Caitlin Lomax recently booking the Prada Resort 2012 lookbook (after another new antipodian face turned it down) and an exhibition of the photos of Aussie snappers Sonny Vandevelde and Candice Lake opening at the Tribeca Grand hotel tonight during Fashion's Night Out, it seems fashion’s love affair with downunder is nowhere near cooling. Here's a portfolio of Sunster's backstage shots from Richard Chai. 

all photos: richard chai SS12 backstage/sonny vandevelde

1/ emily baker and krystal glynn
2/ codie young
3/ dempsey stewart
4/ krystal glynn and rose smith
5/ ajak deng 
6/ julia nobis 


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