Monday, after flipping through Flare's colourful one-girl story featuring the remarkable Next model (shot by Chris Nicholls), I went browsing through L'Oréal Fashion Week video on fashiontelevision.com. Kelsey everywhere.
Then, because good things happen in threes, Paco Garcia shipped me a couple of pretty awesome outtakes from the upcoming Style Monte Carlo, featuring none other than Ms. Van Mook.
April 14, 2008
Sutherland's Stephanie Rudyk in Clin d'Oeil photo: Josh Cornell
The staff at Folio have been working behind the scenes however, developing and promoting the new face into what we see here: a viable campaign girl, whose image is attached New York designer Sophie Theallet's latest collection.
Delphie for Sophie Theallet, photos: Leda & St-Jacques
Modelresource tallied 18 runways this season (New York, Milan & Paris) for the Elmer Olsen model, including Hermès, Givenchy, Emmanuel Ungaro, Gianfranco Ferre and Roberto Cavalli, before returning to Toronto where she was a L'Oréal Fashion Week fixture.
The image below, provided by Elmer Olsen Models, provides some highlights from Gill's season.
Highlights from Tara Gill's European show season, courtesy Elmer Olsen Models
April 6, 2008
Justyna in Fashion & Design Festival Toronto photo: Maja Hajduk
Look back to what Modelresource wrote about Justyna18 months ago.
"I'm wondering how long before fashion editors catch on to this face. I always write about what a star she is on the runway, but everything about Giovanni's Justyna is beautiful.
She's bright, she's interesting and hopefully it won't be much longer before photographers and editors start demanding more of her time."
The 5'9", green-eyed brunette is featured in the new Elle Canada, photographed by Modelresource contributing panelist Richard Bernardin, as well as in the new English-language Icon magazine, and on the cover of Sirene.
The 20-year-old is now based in New York.
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Kim Cloutier in Icon, photo: Paul Farrell, styling: Karen Clarkson
Kim Cloutier in Sirene
Julian Samani (left) for Adidas
And finally, a look at Next's Julien Samani.
The new face just shot Dubuc's campaign and an ad for Adidas, while sqeezing in a few shows at Montréal Fashion Week.
Julian Samani for DUBUC
April 2, 2008
Specs' Chantal for Lou Lou photo: Geneviève Charbonneau
It's always nice for new faces to get tears - especially covers - so early in their careers.
SpecsChantal is twice fortunate then, picking up the English and French covers (and accompanying editorials) for Lou Lou.
Video of the editorial shoot, featuring the 5'10" red head, can be seen on Lou Lou's website.
(This was Modelresource's April Fool's Day joke)
The New Modelresource, launching April 15th
You may have noticed Modelresource was offline for most of the last week.
Before I get into the reasons for that, a quick history lesson:
Until recently Ireland had one of the poorest economies among the world's "developed nations."
The Irish had suffered miserably following eight centuries of English imperialism (for more info, look up Stongbow, Cromwell, Pitt, etc.) that blighted the country until the successful revolution of 1919-1921.
Unemployment and crime were rampant in the 1990s, and I - resident then - got mixed up in a street gang called the Shillelagh Boys; a relationship that went sour following an unfortunate St. Patrick's Day incident that was inspired in part by several pints of green stout, and many fingers of Bushmills.
It was an ugly time, but President Mary Robinson, the island nation's first female head of state, led a charge to reverse fortunes.
Her government deported "undesirables" such as myself to places like Saskatchewan or Van Diemen's Land (where many of my compatriots ended up), while simultaneously scouring the U.S. in search of Irish emigrées and descendants, imploring business leaders to re-invest in the homeland.
The mission was successful, and the country's economy became known worldwide as "The Celtic Tiger," in reference to aggressive policies that spurred investment and created thousands of well-paid jobs.
Suddenly Ireland was drawing skilled immigrants, reversing centuries of mass exodus, and is currently second only to India in terms of software manufacturing.
Modelresource, you may already know, actually started in Dublin's trendy "Temple Bar" district in the 1990s, shortly before the Emerald Isle's reversal of fortunes and my run-ins with the Dublin Constabulary.
As part of my plea bargain agreement, the government agreed to finance my takeover of a failing Saskatoon modelling agency in 1997, and cover my relocation expenses.
Within a year however, I was headhunted by a representative of the Alberta government, which was secretly - I can tell you now - investing heavily in Fashion I.T., and at the Klein government's insistence (and generous bankroll) I set up shop in Calgary, where I stayed until 2001.
This is where we get back to the reasons for my recent disappearance.
My past indiscretions in Ireland have been forgiven it seems, as I am now myself a wanted commodity in a country that continues to move its culture forward, while preserving its rich and fascinating heritage.
Everything comes full circle, and as of April 15th, Modelresource will be based again in the Irish capital to promote that nation's modelling industry.
The P3 (Public-Private Partnership) office, as part of the 2008 National Development Plan, has established a Joint-Fashion Sectretariat, granting Modelresource a well-equipped office furnished with the latest in Irish technology, and access to the country's finest Couturiers.
My new title is Joint-Associate Deputy Minister; Fashion Modelling.
Please don't think I am leaving behind my passion for the Canadian modelling industry.
Modelresource.ca will continue to operate with funding from the European Union, The Office of the Taoiseach and the Liffey Fashion Collective, promoting Canadian models within the lucrative Cork & Kerry corridor, and throughout the provinces of Leincester and Antrim (we're still currently in negotiations with the government of Connacht).
Models and agencies interested in opportunities in Wexford, Waterford or New Ross, where exchange treaties are already in place, should consult our recruitment page for visa information, full sponsorships (including the innovative Eirefare programme) and guaranteed booking status.