Some of this season’s most in-demand models walked enough catwalks to turn their stilettos into flats. In fact, some agents even began curbing the number of shows their clients could book. But with nothing more than the designer frocks on their backs, the Eight girls listed below were supernovas in their own right.
Name: Natasha Poly Hometown: Perm, Russia Age: 22 Shows booked: 53 (opened: six, closed: three) “This was my first time opening Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana. I love walking all the Milan shows and this was a dream come true.”
Name: Agyness Deyn Hometown: Littleborough, England Age: 24 Shows booked: 30 (opened: four, closed: six) “It was great having my parents backstage with me during New York Fashion Week. My mum became mates with all the backstage photographers. She was taking pictures of them. It was really funny.”
Name: Catherine McNeil Hometown: Brisbane, Australia Age: 18 Shows booked: 34 (opened: four, closed: two) “The glamour of fashion week is fun, but the best part for me was diving into the Smarties chocolate ice creams backstage at Lanvin.”
Name: Suvi Koponen Hometown: Vantaa, Finland Age: 19 Shows booked: 65 (opened: seven, closed: seven) “I love the shows, but my favorite moment was the day after when I could get up at 9 a.m. instead of 5 a.m.”
Name: Lily Donaldson Hometown: London, England Age: 20 Shows booked: 43 (opened: three, closed: two) “I love getting rid of pent-up energy. Going crazy during the Sonia Rykiel finale was fun and role-playing for John Galliano was a blast.”
Name: Olga Sherer Hometown: Minsk, Belarus Age: 20 Shows booked: 53 (opened: five, closed: eight) “I was exhausted after the New York shows, but the designers in London were so great to work with, it made me really excited to be on their catwalks.”
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion