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October 2005

ctober 31, 2005

Irina Funtikova
Irina Funtikova
Modelresource started October with Irina Funtikova news. We're ending the same way.

The doll-like native of Russia has been on a tear lately, shooting some great editorial and walking several high-profile Paris shows before flying home to do Paul Hardy and Pink Tartan as part of Toronto's L'Oréal Fashion Week.

Now, according to her booker at Elite, Funtikova has confirmed the Moschino Jeans campaign to be shot in Paris Wednseday.

October 28, 2005

Morgan Handbury
Morgan Handbury
Take a quick trip over to supermodels.nl and note that four of the 12 most recently added models (in the left column) call this country home.

In recent weeks the influential Dutch website has added Irina Funtikova (Elite), Madeleine Berrevoets (Elmer Olsen), Kerry Parrett (I.M.M., IMG) and Genevieve Dunne (IMM).

B & M's Morgan Handbury was also a recent addition - further proof that Canada's sea of models is indeed quite deep.

Interesting to note: Parrett and Dunne are the fifth and sixth girls from International Model Management in Barrie, Ontario to be listed amongst the world's top faces (along with Jessica Stam, Michelle Valencourt, Andi Muise and Aryka Noble).

October 27, 2005

Astute viewers will note Modelresource is now posting classifed ads (the first one - a help wanted listing - is online today).

Please note the new link to the classifieds in the top right corner of each page.

October 26, 2005

Stephanie Grubesic Starting Monday, don't expect to be seeing Elite's Allison MacGillivray for a while. The booker is off to China for nearly a month to take part in the Chaperon Program as part of the Elite Model Look finals.

The two-week intensive event sees 60 models from around the world converging in Shanghai. According to MacGillvray, who also participated last year, the first few days concentrate on little fixes like getting hair trimmed and colour corrected ("never anything too drastic"), as well as skin care, makeup and runway lessons.

"The girls are given matching outfits when they arrive," says MacGillivray, "so one of the things the chaperons do is decide what the girls will wear everyday. The chaperons wake the models up around 7 a.m. every morning and the days end around 11 p.m."

Canada's lone representative is Stephanie Grubesic who has all the makings of a great model. In the short time she has been in the industry she has already modelled in Milan and worked the Pink Tartan show in March that also featured exclusive appearances by Lisa Cant and fellow Elite model Agnieszka Wichniewicz.

Last year Citizen K, D Magazine, and French Glamour were some of the magazines present to shoot stories with the girls after the competition.

According to Macgillivray, "One of the interesting things with EML, in regard to the models careers, is that even the girls that don't place in the top 20 reap fantastic benefits. Not only have they been somewhere amazing, but they've met every Elite office which generates all kinds of interest for them in new markets. It's a win-win situation."

October 25, 2005

Bojana
Bojana
Ford Models has a swanky new website.

The new design is much more functional than the previous version, gives clients better access to the images and, well, looks great.

One lovely addition to the new site is Bojana, the recent winner of the Sirens' modelling competition.

The 14-year-old will be travelling to New York in January to compete in the Ford Super Model of the World contest.

October 25, 2005

Elan Labercane
Elan Labercane

Sitting home on a Monday evening, as I am wont to do, I'm flipping between hockey and football when the BlackBerry buzzes. It's Mode Models' Kelly Streit (somewhat less of a sports fan than I).

Asks Streit: "Want to see pictures?"

To which I reply: "Always!"

For the next 20 minutes my inbox fills with the latest Mode Models developments (and images):

Oct 16 Heather Marks shot the GAP campaign

Oct 17 - Horst Diekgerdes shot Julia [Dunstall] for 12 pages, single girl for Numero

Andrea Willis
Andrea Willis

Mark Milburn
Mark Milburn

Oct 18 - Paolo Roversi shot Julia for British Vogue "Class of 2006"

Oct 19 - Vincent Peters shot Julia for Italian Vogue

Oct 21 and 22nd - Carter Smith shot Julia for 12 pages, single girl, for British Vogue

Oct 18 , 19, 20, 21, Heather shot Emporio Armani campaign by Craig McDean and styled by Tabitha Simmons

Oct 23 - Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin are shooting Andrea Willis for the Just Cavalli campaign and it is styled by Joe McKenna (major player)

Oct 24, 25, 26 - Marla Boehr is in Vietnam to shoot KENZO booked through IMG Paris

Just out now --- Heather in the spring ANNA SUI Cosmetics campaign shot by Steven Meisel

That is all for Spring 2006 so far but Julia & Heather are still holding 4 MAJOR international campaigns , fingers crossed...
Then this comes:

Sept 21 - Julia shot the Benetton campaign with David Sims
Then this:

October 2,3,4 - Abercrombie and Fitch - Elan Labercane and Mark Milburn shot with Bruce Weber in Hawaii
Some of the 30+ pictures that arrived with the messages have been used to update the pages assigned to Heather Marks, Agnieszka Wichniewicz, Julia Dunstall and Marla Boehr.

October 21, 2005

Grace, Honorine and Sarra
Grace, Honorine and Sarra
As L'Oréal Fashion Week draws to a close, here's a picture from Elmer Olsen's agency party Tuesday night.

Pictured is the center is international star Honorine, flanked by new faces Grace and Sarra.

October 20, 2005

Jen MacDonald
Jen MacDonald
We can now reveal the models booked for tonight's Pink Tartan show, which is guaranteed to turn heads.

Most of the lineup we learned last week, but had to keep under wraps until today.

The only changes we've learned of since then are the additions of a few more Giovanni models such as Jen MacDonald, Justyna and Courtney Fancy.

Have a look at this lineup...

October 19, 2005

Some hawk-eyed model might be scoring a nice little prize if he/she finds Geoffrey Barrenger's point-and-shoot camera.

The very influential and much published photographer is offering a free photo shoot to whomever finds and returns his Canon elf SD300, lost during Fashion Week (which begs the question: what photos are on there that make its safe return so important??)

If found, please e-mail Mr. Barrenger directly at photo@gmb.ca

October 19, 2005

Cynthia Cully
Cynthia Cully (right)
The first time I met Cynthia Cully I was sitting in the lounge at the Toronto Airport Marriott, sipping my scotch neat, when she slid into a seat at the end of the bar next to current Ford Director Cathy LeDrew.

I realized quickly she's a very cool lady, which is why it's so hard to reconcile this image of her in a polyester pant suit from the early 1980s.

Aaah, but there's a reason she donned a non-breathing lilac get-up. Modelresource recently sat down with the former head of Ford Models to get that story, as well as her her perspective on the industry (it's okay, she's still cool).

We're also thrilled to announce that Cully has pulled some strings and made some calls on modelresource's behalf that will lead to some exciting new features in the very near future. More details to follow...

October 18, 2005

Fashion Week Bus Shelter ad
A Toronto bus shelter ad
Every season it seems, Modelresource gives the Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC) a hard time for spending money on things like bus shelter ads that largely go unnoticed while almost all of Canada's most recognizable models - the ones that charm international fashion media - bypass L'Oréal Fashion Week.

This season, on the heels of a glowing New York Times article singing the praises of our country's top faces ("America's next top model? She's likely from Canada."), the only name from the piece in attendance at fashion week was Elmer Olsen's gorgeous Honorine, who looked like a total star backstage at the Shan show.

      Our idea for the future fashion weeks:

Set aside the money spent on bus shelters and ask the accredited fashion week media to pick one designer from the last shows that really stood out and is worthy of assistance.

Let's assume Beckerman was voted by the media as a beacon of Canadian fashion. The FDCC would get then a model wish list from the Beckerman sisters and negotiate to get whatever model they most wanted for their show. If there's money left over, the FDCC uses it to further subsidize the cost of their models.

Make no mistake, last night's Beckerman show was fantastic with the models they had - but I'm sure they wouldn't have minded the increased international attention a Tasha Tilberg or Jessica Stam would have brought with them.

The other advantages are that this would give the media more incentive to take an active role in fashion week, while financially helping out talented designers like Beckerman that are enhancing the image of Canadian fashion worldwide.

Just our thoughts...

Our Day One backstage photos are now available here...

October 14, 2005

Maria Dvirnik
Maria Dvirnik
Elmer Olsen Models booker Ryan Greenwood sent out a bittersweet message announcing Madeleine Berrevoets and Maria Dvirnik will not be doing shows in Toronto this season or attending the agency's anniversary party next week.

"Madeleine," says Greenwood, "will be shooting a cover option and inside story with TESH for L'Officiel magazine, then British Vogue with Paolo Roversi (new girl story) and is holding to shoot Italian Vogue -- new girl story with Greg Kadel next Friday. She is also a contender for two very high profile campaigns.

"After her successful 22 international shows, (Gucci, Chloe, Burberry, Luella Bartley to name a few), it'll be exciting to see what happens."

Elisabeth LePage
Elisabeth LePage
Dvirnik, meanwhile, is jetting to Paris to shoot the Swarowski Crystal campaign for the majority of the week. Greenwood tells modelresource the international buzz is that this girl's season was stronger than ever. "After all, she did over 45 shows! And holding Italian Vogue with Steven Klein and confirmed for Citizen K through IMG PARIS.

Sarra, who modelresource debuted last month will be making her L'Oréal Fashion Week debut next week.

And finally, the agency has announced Elisabeth LePage, formerly of Folio in Montréal, has joined the Elmer Olsen team.

October 13, 2005

Just confirmed: Modelresource will be dropping by Pink Tartan's headquarters Friday to check out the models booked for next week's show. Check back in the afternoon for what promises to be a stellar line-up.

October 13, 2005

Meredith Mason
Meredith Mason
Get a good look at Elite's newest girl on the scene, Meredith Mason.

Modelresource first caught a glimpse of the adorable 16-year-old in August when booker Matti Gidilevich sent out notice of 12 new faces that had walked through their doors in the previous four weeks.

Meredith Mason
Meredith Mason
Since then, Gidilevich's fellow booker Allison MacGillivray has been raving about Mason, sending messages like "Just got a call from Paris going nuts over Meredith...and so it begins..."

And what a beginning. After just a few weeks, the Toronto native has confirmed British Vogue next Tuesday in Paris with legendary photographer Paolo Roversi.

The good news for those of us in Toronto is that Mason will return home for the Pink Tartan show at L'Oréal Fashion Week, as we had hoped for in our fashion week preview.

Modelresource will be backstage throughout fashion week. Be watching for regular updates beginning Tuesday for photos you won't see anywhere else.

October 12, 2005

Francisco Randez
Francisco Randez
In the spring, when Sutherland Men's Manager Laura Virdo excitedly told modelresource Francisco Randez would take a break from the international circuit to spend some time in Toronto, her enthusiasm was warranted.

Randez has booked solidly since his arrival, and now has four shows confirmed for L'Oréal Fashion Week. So far.

And if Randez appears to have a red-headed shadow throughout the week, that would be Fashion Television's Glen Baxter, who will be working on a Randez feature.

Sutherland Models has also announced it will be collecting gifts for the Children's Aid Society leading up to the winter holiday season.

In particular they are hoping to help with gifts for kids over the age of twelve, "but please feel free to give what you wish as any donations can be well utilized."

UNWRAPPED GIFTS MAY BE DROPPED OFF AT SUTHERLAND MODELS 174 SPADINA AVE. #100 (QUEEN & SPADINA) BEFORE MONDAY NOVEMBER 14.

For more information contact Brandon Hall at (416) 703-7070

October 6, 2005

Alejo
Alejo
Elite's Men's Director Marc Rutherford is excitedly promoting his latest signing, Alejo.

Rutherford tells modelresource that just one day after coming to Elite, his new find is already getting interest in New York, Milan, L.A. and Paris.

He goes on to say "He was in the biz 5 years ago and shot with some of best photographers in the industry including Ellen Von Unworth. He had to back-burner modelling to help his family out, but is back to finish what he started... his look really embodies ethnic ambiguity with a Mexican-Finnish background."

October 4, 2005

Elmer Olsen Models has parted ways with booker Kris Lyon. Olsen's Richard Campbell says the split was amicable, and the agency wishes her the best in her future endeavours.

Last week Stylus Models also lost a women's booker with the sudden departure of Tristan Tran.

October 3, 2005

Irina Funtikova
Irina Funtikova
by Geoff Barrenger
October begins with the start of Paris Fashion Week where Irina Funtikova is booked to walk for John Galliano's Dior collection Tuesday, just one day after she shoots D Magazine for the second month in a row.

In other news Next Models Toronto office' welcomes Cedric Lefort as the newly installed head of their New Face division.

Pat Collins with Lisa Cant
Pat Collins & Lisa Cant
We're still expecting a couple more show packages in advance of L'Oréal Fashion Week, and of course modelresource will have plently of coverage from fashion week itself, starting on October 17th.

Feature articles we're working on this month include a profile on Pat Collins, who launched Lisa Cant to stardom while matching up scores of Canadian models with Asian placements; and former Ford director Cynthia Cully who now publishes trend-setting Highrise Magazine while finding time to promote top industry artists.

More from Robin Buss in Hong Kong and regular Scene and Heard updates also on the way...

 

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