MILAN — Model management company Elite World announced the name of the winners of its annual Elite Model Look contest during the grand final hosted in Milan on Wednesday. Last year, the final was hosted in Lisbon.Russian model Valeria Chenskaya, 15, and Brazilian talent Antonio Freitas, 17, were named overall winners of the 34th edition of the modeling contest by a committee of Elite agents and a jury chaired by company’s president Vick Mihaci and comprising designer Lorenzo Serafini, fashion photographer Giampaolo Sgura and models Mark Vanderloo, Tony Ward and Natasa Vojnovic.As part of the prize, Chenskaya and Freitas will receive contracts worth 150,000 euros and 50,000 euros, respectively.[caption id="attachment_11060081" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Elite Model Look's winners Valeria Chenskaya and Antonio Freitas.[/caption]Hailing from 36 countries, 63 contestants — 34 women and 29 men — were in the grand final, which draw an audience of 1,500 people at the city’s MiCo Fiera Congressi venue. The event showcased the candidates walking on the runway multiple times, in addition to featuring dancing routines and live music performances from French DJs Ofenbach and pop duo AaRON.During the final, the jury also awarded other 13 contestants, electing the competition’s top 15 winners. The 10 girls and five boys elected, including Chenskaya and Freitas, will receive a two-year contract with Elite worth 50,000 euros and 20,000 euros for female and male talents, respectively.[caption id="attachment_11060077" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Elite Model Look's Top 15 Winners.[/caption]Before hitting the final, the 63 international candidates took part in a six-day model boot camp in the city, attending a range of masterclasses with Elite agents and industry professionals to prepare themselves for the show. Photographers, catwalk coaches and hair and makeup artists have mentored the finalists through photo shoots, catwalk training and individual interviews.The scouting process for the contest began in early spring with hundreds of castings held by the company around the world, while thousands more candidates applied through Facebook.Former Elite Model Look contestants include Cindy Crawford, Gisele Bündchen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Constance Jablonski, Fei Fei Sun, Ming Xi and, in recent years, Vittoria Ceretti and Greta Varlese. These last two were among the guests attending the final event in Milan.Founded in Paris in 1972, Elite counts more than 30 agencies worldwide. The agency propelled the careers of talents such as Linda Evangelista, Helena Christensen, Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner, Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, Lindsey Wixson, Caroline Trentini and Magdalena Frackowiak, among others. Through its international men’s divisions, Elite World also represents male models including Noah Mills, Arthur Kulkov, Garrett Neff, Tobias Sorensen and Marlon Teixeira.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)