|cait kneller by megan christiansen|
Next in our series of New Zealand Fashion Week 2012 showcards from the key Kiwi agencies comes Clyne Models. With more focus than ever before on the Australasian modelling market right now, the ante has most definitely been upped in New Zealand, with Clyne Models at the head of the pack. This is the agency that launched Jessica Clarke, Emily Baker and newcomer Ella Verberne. While Verberne is getting her bearings overseas, Clarke has walked for Calvin Klein and Victoria's Secret. And Baker, of course, emerged out of nowhere to become one of the most talked-about new faces of Fall/Winter 2011/2012, walking in no less than 60 shows in her first international show season last year, immediately nabbing a spot on models.com's hard-to-crack Top 50 Women list - which is almost unheard-of.
Cait Kneller from Auckland could be Clyne's Next Big Thing.
Already signed to IMG Paris, the 19 year old Auckland Fine Arts student, who has been modelling for just four months, is due to head straight to the Paris Spring/Summer 2013 shows as soon as NZFW wraps. Joining her will be Emily Smith (see below), who is also signed with IMG Paris, but has already done one NZFW, last year.
Alongside Kneller, other new Clyne faces who are due to make their New Zealand Fashion Week debuts next month are:
Erin Aruhiri, 16, Wellington
Lily Fraser, 16, Auckland
Erin Lawson, 16, Auckland
Tess Hamer, 17, Tauranga
Rhianon Stanford, 18, Auckland
Neda Bawden, 16, Auckland
Simone Hamlin, 17, Auckland
Jay Lichter, 16, Auckland
Callum Smith, 18, Auckland