Westfield Group put 50 aspiring models in the public arena as the Ford Supermodel of the World contest culminated last month.
Finalists from 50 countries engaged in preparatory activities, such as walking lessons and go-sees, fun trips around Manhattan, and a shopping excursion with kids at Garden State Plaza in New Jersey, a megamall owned by Westfield, as part of a charity event supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.
To top it off, there was a runway show with the finalists at Terminal 5, the new event space in Manhattan, to announce the winners. The show on Jan. 16 was styled by Tiffany Dubin, with a mix of contemporary and vintage looks, and cohosted by Maybelline and Westfield, one of the world's largest developers.
André J, serving as emcee, kicked things off by paying homage to Eileen Ford. "I'm going to bend down to you. I want to look like you, honey," he told her.
Nicole Faveren Vasquez of Peru was awarded the first of two $100,000 Maybelline contracts.
"I need somebody to translate — she doesn't understand what's going on," laughed Maybelline model Tomiko, who presented the honor. Luckily, the second contract went to Alexina Graham of the U.K.
The most coveted prize went to South Korea's Seung-hyun Kang, who was awarded a $250,000 contract from Ford.
"This is my first time in New York and it is such an amazing city full of people from all over the world," said the 18-year-old who has only a year and a half of modeling experience. "I'm hoping that becoming a Ford model will allow me to be a role model to Asian girls everywhere — to show them that great things can happen for them in the fashion industry. I think it's a special honor that Ford chose an Asian girl — it sends a great message."
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)