My Favorite NYFW AW16 Shows

While AW16 may not have been the greatest fashion week in New York’s history, it did have its highlights. I, along with many others, have definitely grown frustrated over the  lack of creativity and risk taking in recent NYFWs. However, there are always a few refreshing shows that remind me why I believe in fashion and its future.

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Reem Acra: Reem Acra AW16 was made up of insanely intricate barely there lingerie inspired dresses. Acra, herself, described it as “a very sexy collection.” The gowns were done artfully through tasteful embellishing and beautiful draping. Lace was paired with various fabrics- primarily silk and tulle, and with stunning tassel like fringe and rhinestone embellishments. In addition to the barely there looks, there were scattered touches of high necklines and opaque fabric to keep the mystique. Although this show was early on in the week, the moment I saw a photo of Leomie Anderson’s second look (silver dress) I new it was going to be a favorite of mine. I was refreshed by how refined and put together each and every look was.

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Public School NYC: Public School has been my one of favorite New York designers for a little while now and its almost a given that I am going to like what Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne put out every season. Everyone knows they are the kings of outerwear and this show was no different. The show transitioned sequentially from hot pink, to black/silver, to denim, and ended with a grouping of olive toned looks. The stand out look in my eyes was look 27- the full length black fur coat. The setting of the show was also mad cool in a now gallery that was once the legendary “Roxy” nightclub in pre-gentrification NYC. I was relieved to see that they stuck with their classic, cool downtown vibe rather than the gothic look some of the other street style designers went for this season.

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Michael Kors: Although a lot of high fashion fans like to hate on Michael Kors, if you look past the watches and bags the clothes are usually very good. This collection had an effortless feeling but still remained polished and chic. The mixing of texture played a massive roll in the collection- feathers, fur, sequins, etc. It was also full of short skirts, cropped pants, and overcoats. As for colors, Kors mixed metallics with bright colors . I personally loved the idea of adding spring lengths and colors for winter. It was also Kors’ first “buy now, wear now” collection. It’s interesting to see a veteran designer embrace the industry changes while most others criticize it. Kors described the move as an “experiment.”

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Rodarte: Rodarte has slowly become one of my favorite shows in New York. Creative directors/founders Kate and Laura Mulleavy consistently release collections that are very unique and different from each other. This can cause the collections to be hit and miss. However, they tend to be hits. This seasons’ collection was inspired by The Godfather. There were themes of life, death, and love that were represented by white, black, and red sections. The collection featured standout sheer paneling, large fur jackets, tulle, leather, and lace. All in all, the show felt very romantic.

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Marc Jacobs: What a great way to end NYFW. This show took us on a journey through time. The show began with nineties elements- sweatshirts, platforms, and ended with victorian elements- ruffled collars, bussells. Overall, the collection was very gothic. There were admitted influences of dark characters like Livia from beetle juice. The clothes generally had spring cuts and fall colors. Jacobs described it as “xeroxing spring to make it grey and black.”  It was so intricate and masterful, exactly what we have come to expect from Marc Jacobs.

 xx, Lita

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Runway Inspired Spring/Summer 2016 Nails ft Deco.Miami

      Judging from the nails on September’s SS16 runways, the transition from winter nails to spring nails will be a subtle one. Many of the shows featured metallic neutrals or barely there nudes. However, there were a few shows, including Dior and Sibling, who went for traditional spring/summer pastels.

      Keep reading to find out how to recreate five runway looks using Deco Miami’s cruelty free nail polishes.

Dior: Nails were painted in four different pastel shades- yellow, blue, purple, and coral.


Get the look with Male Tears, Rose´ all day, Tequila Sunrise, and #Slay from Deco Miami.

Carolina Herrera: Nails were painted in a dusty pink.


Get the look with Nip Slip from Deco Miami.


Reem Acra: Nails were painted in rose gold.


Get the look with Champagne Mami from Deco Miami.


Sibling: Nails were painted in lavender, baby pink, and black.


Get the look with Don’t Call Me Baby Girl, Black Like My Soul, and #Slay from Deco Miami.

Philip Lim: Nails were painted in a coffee brown.


Get the look with Cafe Con Leche from Deco Miami.


In all honesty, these are the most opaque and long lasting nail polishes i’ve ever used. Especially when it comes to pastels, I have always struggled with the sheerness of the polishes. I was absolutely amazed to see that these only took one coat for full color payoff. With hilarious color names, great formula, and no cruelty, these polishes are a must have.

Where to Buy: Deco.Miami

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Facebook: Deco Miami

xx, Lita

P.S. NYFW review is coming very soon, and i’ll continue to cover fashion month as per usual.

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Best of Haute Couture SS16

Models to Watch in 2016

Model Iza Michalska talks pre-show nerves, her first NYFW, and Justin Bieber


Best of Haute Couture SS16



      The womenswear looks in Givenchy’s SS16 Haute Couture collection don’t fit a theme or go together. The variety in the collection represents the liberation of the Givenchy woman to be exactly who she wants to be. The collection includes a miscellaneous blend of military structure, figure-hugging gowns, statement embellishments, cut-outs, and flowing fabrics. With award season on the horizon, there are so many stars that will be flattered in this collection.

Elie Saab


      Elie Saab has been known to stick to a familiar look in his past collections. However, his two most recent collections have shown him come out of his comfort zone. The title of this show was “Enter India.” In addition to the Indian influences, there were also Victorian influences on the structure and style of the clothes. This alluded to the concept of a European woman visiting India and falling in love with its’ lively culture. The collection offers a slew of conservative silhouettes to go along with a few stand out, barely there, see through numbers and rock inspired jump suits.

Yiqing Yin 


     When Yin first entered the industry she was known for her Grecian draping. This collection indicates that draping has remained her biggest strength. The draping was done in a variety of fabrics including silk and mesh. In order to create more variety in this collection, Yin teamed up with textile designer, Coen Carstens, to create the leather cuts and sculptor Bastien Carre´ to create the final look which included LED lights. Even with the high profile collaborations, Yin’s unique draping style still stole the show.

xx, Lita

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Models to Watch in 2016

      I remember doing a similar post in September and it’s crazy to see how fast our  features’, Lineisy Montero and Peyton Knight’s careers have blown up since. Both girls have been a testament to the idea that walking a mass amount of shows can still build a career during the “Insta-Model” era.

      With Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week now in full swing, here’s a quick round up of the new girls I think we’ll be talking about by the end of the year.

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Yasmin Wijnaldum

Agency: The Society Management NYC

Instagram: @YasminWijnaldum

      Opening the Versace Spring 2016 Haute Couture show on Sunday was only one of the huge jobs that the 17 year old, Amsterdam native has booked recently. The biggest of them all may actually be her Prada SS16 campaign as Prada campaigns have been long known to launch the careers of young models. In an interview with W Magazine Wijnaldum described her style as “creative, black, and girly.” She also named Kate Moss her beauty icon. Things are only looking up for fashion’s most memorable new face entering Haute Couture Fashion month.

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Mathilde Brok Brandi

Agency: The Lions NY

Instagram: @mathildebrandi

       Even at just 5’8, Mathide Brok Brandi has walked the runways of brands like Celine and Calvin Klein. She was discovered while pursuing her passion for acting in her native, Denmark. In an interview with Vogue, she likened modeling to acting and expressed that her experience acting prepared her for the often harsh judgement models receive. With a face that transcends seamlessly between high fashion and commercial work, her recent campaigns with Missoni, Celine, and Victoria Beckham Eyewear, seem to be just the beginning for the 21 year old.

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Ruth Bell

Agency: The Society Management NYC

Instagram: @ruthnotmay

      Just a year ago, Ruth Bell had hair down to her waist. Now, she is famous (at least in the fashion world) for her shaved head. In an interview with Elle , she explained how it came to be; ” I got a call from my agency. They said, ‘You’re confirmed for the McQueen campaign.’ I said, ‘Omigod, this is the best thing ever!’ They said, ‘Wait, wait, wait, you need to know the full story—they want you to have a haircut.’ I was like, ‘So? Take a couple inches off. Why are you being so dramatic?…my agent just got really silent on the other end of the phone, and was finally like, ‘Well, uh, they want you to shave your head.’ Later in the Elle interview she spoke of her surprise when the hair cut launched her career to a new level, “I thought it might make things slower. I thought I’d shave my head for McQueen, and it would be a really cool thing that I could say I did once.  And that would be it.” A few months, a Burberry campaign, a Saint Laurent campaign, and just about a million shows later, it seems the haircut paid off.

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May Bell

Agency: Elite London

Instagram: @maynotruth

      Although her career may not have moved as fast as her twin sister, Ruth’s, May Bell is definitely set for a big year. The self-proclaimed “girly girl of the two,” is also currently pursuing a career in paramedic science (via Vogue article.) Within the past year she’s shot an editorial for Vogue Italia and starred in the Burberry SS16 campaign. With sisters taking the industry by storm at the moment, it will be interesting to see how the year turns out for this long-haired twin.

xx, Lita

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5 Most Notable SS16 Ad Campaigns

      This season’s collection of ad campaigns have highlighted the ever-present need to create newsworthy fashion campaigns. It’s such a competitive world in fashion right now. Brands are competing with bloggers, social media, magazines, and of course, each other for our attention. In order for brands to catch the attention of consumers, their campaigns need to be a bit “out of the box.”

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1. 90’s supermodels Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, and Naomi Campbell for Balmain

      To be honest, this is definitely not what I was expecting from Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain SS16 campaign. It is, however, 100% on brand. I was anticipating another forgettable Gigi and Kendall centered campaign, but instead we got a timeless campaign that we’ll be looking back on for years to come. The campaign showcases Claudia, Cindy, and Naomi, not as middle-aged women, but in all their young, bombshell glory. In an interview with Dazed Magazine, Rousteing said that one of his biggest goals as a designer was to do a campaign with them and that they were the ones who made him love fashion in the first place. “I used to stare at them – on TV and in video clips; in magazines and in campaigns… They made fashion relevant, as relevant to pop culture as music, cinema and sport…” The blending of high fashion and pop culture has always been a defining point in Rousteing’s marketing strategies, so it made perfect sense to feature the women who first merged the two worlds. In five words, the supers are still super.

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2. Jaden Smith for Louis Vuitton Womenswear

      One of Louis Vuitton creative director, Nicholas Ghesquiere’s biggest strengths has always been his ability to translate cultural shifts into form through his clothes. The blurring of traditional gender lines has been one of the largest movements this past year. This campaign isn’t presenting a person in gender transition, it’s presenting a man who happens to be wearing women’s clothes. Smith still looks like a male, and still looks good. Ghesquiere stated in an interview that Smith “represents a generation that has assimilated the codes of true freedom, one that is free of manifestoes and questions about gender…wearing a skirt comes as naturally to him as it would to a woman who, long ago, granted herself permission to wear a man’s trench or a tuxedo.”

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3. Animated Final Fantasy character, Lightning, for Louis Vuitton

      In another of Ghesquiere’s three campaigns released for this spring, he used the Final Fantasy animated character, Lightning. Using “Lightning” in addition to promoting gender fluidity in the Jaden Smith ad, makes Louis Vuitton seem innovative and cool to millennials. This has been a focus point throughout Ghesquiere’s time at Louis Vuitton as the brand was becoming cliche (dare I say “basic”) due to their mass bag production. This obviously wasn’t simply an artistic choice as Final Fantasy is hugely popular in Japan, the second largest luxury market in the world. Nevertheless, the campaign is captivating and represents the young people Ghesquiere is making clothes for.

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4.  Peyton Knight, Elizabeth Moore, Polina Oganicheva, and more for Gucci.

      The best way to describe this campaign is reality with a bit of surreality. This was epitomized by the most memorable photo of the campaign, “skateboarder holding a peacock.” Eccentric and vibrant campaigns have become a trademark at Alessandro Michele’s Gucci. It was shot on sight in Berlin on rooftops, in Subway stations, and in nightclub bathrooms. The collection itself is floral and glittery which highly contrasts with the grunginess of Berlin’s underground. Despite some of the playful additions, the clothes truly were the most eye catching part of the campaign.

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5. 27 models including fresh faces Isis Bataglia, Lexi Boling, Leila Goldkuhl, Kris Gottschalk, Imaan Hammam, Issa Lish, Lineisy Montero and Greta Varlese, and veterans Mariacarla Boscono, Natalia Vodianova, Lara Stone, Joan Smalls, Miranda Kerr, Candice Swanepoel, Iselin Steiro and Gemma Ward for Givenchy.

      The most obvious theme when you see this campaign is diversity. This is a theme that Givenchy creative director, Riccardo Tisci has been pushing for a long time. Further diversifying not only the fashion/modeling industry, but also our everyday culture is an extremely important step towards dissolving racism. This campaign demonstrates yet again, that fashion has an important place to speak on societal issues. The campaign also features a poem by Anohni that reads: “I am a child on the river, and love waits downstream: a waterfall to steal my breath, and change my mind.”

xx, Lita

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The Truth About “Fan Girls”


  In my Composition class last semester I did an analysis paper on an essay from 2009 titled, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fangs.” In the essay, author, Sandy Doyle discusses sexism towards “fan girls,” specifically towards female Twilight fans. While the pandemonium around the Twilight franchise has since calmed, this essay was written at the height of its popularity. She argues that various forms of media, including movies, books, and bands, often have their merit judged on the number of straight, male fans they have.

      After reading her article and doing research myself, I believe that her points still reign true today. The attitude of the general public towards “fan girls” is massively demeaning. In her essay, Doyle references article titles from publications such as Time magazine, the New York Times, and even MTV, that were all along the lines of “Teenage girls shrieking…..before the opening credits even begin.” These types of comments about teenage girls didn’t go away with the fall of the Twilight series either. After a recent One Direction concert in Dublin, a music critic titled a review for the Irish Times, “Ear-Splitting Intimacy.” There is no logical reason to describe girls by the tone of their screams. When was the last time you heard a condescending comment about the low pitch of male voice while he is screaming about his favorite sports team? Most likely, not recently. There is little difference between the actions of a fan girl, and a sports fan. However, sports are seen as a serious and respectable topic. There is no shame in spending the whole day discussing a football game, but god forbid two young females discuss their favorite bands’ new album. Doyle finishes her essay by encouraging the readers to start listening to girls. She specifically states, “if we admit that girls are powerful consumers, then we admit that they have the ability to shape the culture. Once we do that, we might actually start listening to them. And I suspect a lot of contemporary girls have more to talk about than Edward Cullen. (Doyle)”  

      In order to get a first hand account on this topic, I went to the the fans themselves. I interviewed Dione, Jonlyn, and Halle- three girls whom I found from their Youtube videos about One Direction.


Dione: “I’m 17! I turn 18 next Feburary, and I’m scared (yet excited) for adulthood.”

Jonlyn: “I am 17 (almost 18.)”

Halle: “18”

Favorite artist?

Dione: “I have so many! I love One Direction, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Troye Sivan, Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran, The 1975, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Drake, Frank Ocean, Miguel, Justin Timberlake. I could go on for ages. But, if I did have to pick one, it would definitely be One Direction!”

Jonlyn: “I love One Direction.”

Halle: “One Direction.”

What do you think are the biggest misconceptions about fan girls?

Dione: “That they are all categorized in a particular way. Not every single fan girl may scream or cry to show their appreciation. Simply wearing a One Direction band tee in public causes people to judge me, and sometimes make fun of me due to being a fan of them. What I find hilariously ironic, is the fact that it is 100% okay for people (particularly men) to be intensely appreciative over things, such as sport. Take football for example; they dress up in their favourite team’s colours, wear their merch, and proceed to scream and cry over games the team plays. Yet the second someone wears One Direction merch, or screams at a 5SOS concert; they are automatically categorized and judged by society for being a fangirl. People should learn to respect each other, interests and all. There is nothing wrong with appreciating someone to an extent such as screaming or crying. It’s somewhat a way of expressing pride, joy, love and appreciation.”

Jonlyn: “I think the biggest misconceptions about fangirls, especially in the 1d fandom, is that everyone assumes that you’re 12 and  you have no music taste because you like a boyband. Little do they know, this boyband isn’t a bubblegum pop band who dances around on stage and sings about love. The boys of 1d have helped me through a lot in life and most people sort of misjudge that and can’t wrap their mind around a boyband being a safe place for a young girl.”

Halle: “I hate when I get judged or get called “obsessive” for fangirling over an artist or a band. I live for music and I love so many artists, almost too many to name. My world revolves around music and celebrities, so I’m pretty much fangirling 24/7. I’m passionate about things that I love. I love music, so I love it with passion even if that means screaming and crying when I see One Direction on TV or rocking out at an Aerosmith concert. Fangirls are not “obsessive” they just passionately love an artist/band. I also don’t like when people assume fangirls only like an artist because their attractive. For instance, I love Harry Styles. Not just because he’s extremely good looking, but because he has a good singing voice, and he’s nice to everyone, and is a gentlemen, and wants to spread love all over the world. He is truly an amazing person, his looks are just a bonus. “

Do you think that the music of certain artists is unfairly judged because they have a large number of young female fans?

Dione: “YES. 100%. I’ve been a fan of One Direction for 5 years and 5SOS for around 3; throughout this whole time period people have unfairly judged their music due to their fan base, and judged me for listening to them. I’ve just finished high school and people find it amusing that I spent my whole time there idolizing One Direction. Most people completely block out any idea that these artists may have talent as they don’t want to be seen listening to/liking their music. It’s a shame. Society shouldn’t judge people for the kind of music they like, or the way they react to their favourite artists. I don’t see the big deal about these artists having such a high following of female fans, in the end they’re still making millions of dollars.. no matter who is in the fanbase!”

Jonlyn: “I absolutely believe artists and their music is unfairly judged based on their fanbase. 1d is perceived as this little teenybopper band because of the young little girls who like them. I’m happy that the boys’ fans range in age but it’s quite aggravating when parents and peers say, “you’re almost 18 and you still like that boyband?”

Halle: “I think about this sometimes and honestly, it can be. People assume they have such a huge female following because they’re good looking young guys and they just sing these meaningless lyrics, so sort of like I said before. Justin Bieber, One Direction, 5SOS, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake are some of my favorites just to name a few. Girls go crazy for these guys, so people will just be like “oh well all the girls love them because there hot.” Have you ever thought of listening to them? Do you know how many different instruments Justin Bieber can play? Have you heard how much 1D’s music has evolved? Have you heard how deep and meaningful 5SOS new album Sounds Good Feels Good is? Did you know Bruno Mars sang at the Superbowl and has won Grammys? Have you heard how high Justin Timberlake can sing? It’s like people don’t give these artists a chance. Not every artist with a large female fanbase makes crappy music.”

What is it about your favorite artist that makes you such a big fan?

Dione: “There’s honestly so much. One Direction appealed to me because they are genuine people. They aren’t these people that have been raised in the spotlight. They had a dream and once they strived to achieve their dreams by entering the X Factor; it was proven that no matter who you are, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. They have stayed very humble and grounded, which would be incredibly hard as they are under constant supervision from the press and society. The boys handle anything that comes their way astoundingly. We saw Zayn leave the band this year; yet Liam, Harry, Louis and Niall did not let this major change hold them back. Instead they continued to complete one of the highest grossing global tours, and release a #1 album that shows that the loss of a member did not decrease any chance of another year filled with success. They care so much about the fans, even though there are literally millions of them. There is a mutual respect and level of dedication between the fans and the boys, and people that are fans will be able to say that they were lucky enough to have a connection to such an incredible group. I could go on about how much I adore them for weeks!”

Jonlyn: “I love 1d because they were just normal lads living their life and xfactor all of the sudden changed that. I appreciate them because although they have mind boggling amounts of money they are still the most humble, gentle and generous guys on the planet. They haven’t let fame get to their heads and as a fan it’s reassuring to know your inspiration isn’t some jerk who only cares about the money.”

Halle: “1D always keep me going. I’ve been going through a really rough time these past couple months and it’s always them that can brighten my day or make me laugh. They’ve helped me get through a lot of difficult times in my life. There my light at the end of the tunnel. I also love how they really appreciate all that the fans have done for them. There so thankful even after all the success they’ve gotten over the 5 years they’ve been a band. Plus, there hot, british, and there music is pure beauty. What more can you ask for😉 “

What sparked your interest in them?

Dione: “I was with one of my friends and we saw them on Youtube! It’s so weird, I felt a connection to them the second I heard them sing. Liam was the first member I saw/heard sing and he’s been my favourite ever since!”

Jonyln: “it was around 7th-8th grade when I started to hear about 1d. I refused to like them because I swore I had no time in my life to obsess over a band. After hearing the cowbell on the radio starting “What Makes You Beautiful” so many times, and after watching every video diary and interview about a million times, I caved in.”

Halle: “This is going to sound crazy, but there was a time in my life where I hated One Direction. Crazy, I know. I didn’t have any interest in them at all when they first came to America, I didn’t understand why girls liked them so much, mostly because I was really into the boyband Big Time Rush at the time. Then one night, my best friend texted me and she goes “hey you know that band one direction?” and I was like “oh no, not her.” So she fell in love with them along with pretty much every girl at my school, so I was just like, I guess I might as well just look them up. So I came home from school one day and watched their music video for what makes you beautiful and then gotta be you and one thing and then I realized….”What was I thinking?” and I never went back.”

Favorite song off of Made in the A.M. ?

Dione: “What A Feeling! It’s absolutely incredible. If there are people reading this that haven’t heard the album yet, definitely listen to this one first!”

Jonlyn: “My favorite song off of Made in the A.M. is A.M. because it shows a more mature side of the boys within their vocals and lyrics. I absolutely adore the vibe the song gives off.”

Halle: “This is honestly the toughest question ever right now, because it’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite. There are SO many good songs on this album, so I have a couple. Hey Angel,  If I Could Fly, What A Feeling, Walking in the Wind, Wolves, and A.M”

      So what is the “truth about fan girls?” My final conclusion is that “fan girls” are widely misunderstood. The public has an illogical idea that these girls devote much of their time and money to artists like One Direction or Justin Bieber because they like their hair. When in reality, the connection is much deeper. They also are neither brain washed nor hysterical. There are numerous examples of fans standing up to their idols when their idols say or do something the fans believe to be wrong. As of recent, you can find fans voicing their opinions towards popular band, 5 Seconds of Summer’s, controversial Rolling Stone article (See interviewee Dione’s recent video on the topic here.) Let’s stop misjudging young female fans, and the artists’ they admire because of our culture’s outdated and sexist stereotypes about teenage girls.

xx, Lita

P.S : Thank you so much Dione, Jonlyn, and Halle. Please check out their YouTube channels by clicking on their names.

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Music To Fall In Love With: Fall 2015

Fashion Month’s Backstage Legends

Model Iza Michalska Talks Pre-show Nerves, Her First NYFW, and Justin Bieber

Meet the Rookies of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2015

      Within the last decade, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has grown into the most glamorous, prestigious, and coveted job for models. A spot in the show catapults a model into a level of mainstream celebrity that isn’t possible through any other show. This years cast includes 11 rookies who walked the Victoria’s Secret runway for the first time on November 10th. They demonstrate a huge range, from mega-celebrities to girls with less that 10,000 Instagram followers. Regardless of who they are or where they come from, walking the Victoria’s Secret show represents a pinnacle in a model’s career.

Megan Puleri:

Agency: IMG Models Worldwide

Instagram: @meganpuleri 

Hails from: Ohio, USA

      This 18 year old, Midwestern girl, met Victoria’s Secret chief marketing officer, Ed Razek, in a Columbus, Ohio mall a little over a year ago. When her mom asked him for modeling career advice, he told her that he thought Megan actually had a shot in the business. They maintained a connection and Razek eventually helped recommend an agency when she moved to New York. In an interview with Vogue, Razek asserts that he stayed quiet during her castings, and is happy to see that she succeeded without his help. Megan only had around 6,000 followers before it was announced that she would be walking the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Her numbers have since jumped to 22k. The newcomer only started modeling professionally this year. In her Q&A for her IMG Models portfolio, she describes her love for sports, “I play soccer currently, played basketball and varsity lacrosse in high school. I also enjoy swimming laps with my dad, and I bmx with my friends in the summer. Not to mention, I may or may not be the ping-pong champion of my household…” She is also involved in raising money for pediatric cancer patients through her Mom and Grandma’s charity event, Circle of Friends. (1)

Vita Sidorkina:

Agency: The Society Management NYC

Instagram: @vitasidorkina

Hails from: Khabarovsk, Russia

      Although she might be new to the Victoria’s Secret runway, Vita is no stranger to Victoria’s Secret. She frequently models for their ecommerce, catalogs, etc. This was her second time attending the casting for the runway show. After rejection last year, what changed? In Victoria’s Secret’s casting documentary for their YouTube channel she says, “I definitely learned a lot more about nutrition this year and I definitely think it’s given me some better results than last year.” Vita also has her own fashion blog, “From Russia with Love,” where she includes both English and Russian translations of each post.


Leomie Anderson

Agency: Fusion Models NYC

Instagram: @leomieanderson

Hails from: London, England

      After walking in 17+ shows last season for brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Badgley Mischka, Leomie Anderson was prepared for the Victoria’s Secret catwalk. She shows off her love for sneakers, interviews celebrities like Kim Kardashian, and talks about her experience in the fashion industry on her blog / YouTube channel, “Cracked China Cup.” She even filmed herself getting ready for the Victoria’s Secret casting this year.


Pauline Hoarau

Agency: The Society Management NYC

Instagram: @paulinehoarau

Hails from: Reunion, France

      Pauline Hoarau began her career with a bang in 2011 when she won the most prestigious modeling competition in the world, Elite Model Look. Legendary supermodel, Gisele Bündchen didn’t even win when she competed in 1994. Since, Pauline has gone on to walk the runways for Chanel, Dolce & Gabanna, Valentino, and more. She is also an accomplished print model with ad campaigns for brands like Armani Exchange, H&M, TopShop, and Tommy Hilfiger. She has covered Elle Magazine three times, and is featured in editorials for Vogue Japan, Teen Vogue, Wonderland Magazine, Interview Magazine, and more. In a 2013 interview with Teen Vogue when asked what her coolest career moment was, she said she hoped it was still to come. Walking the Victoria’s Secret runway alongside legends like Candice Swanepoel and Magdalena Frackowiak might have just given her an answer to that question.


Bridget Malcolm

Agency: The Society Management NYC

Instagram: @bridgetmalcolm

Hails from: Perth, Australia

      As one of 2 Australian models (alongside Shanina Shaik) cast in this years show, Bridget Malcolm generated a lot of press back home. She did interviews for the likes of Vogue Australia and was featured on Australia’s “Sunrise” morning show. In the interviews she talked about how after getting rejected two years in a row, she was determined to get a spot in this years show. “For me it was a matter of getting into shape both physically and mentally,” Bridget told Sunrise. “I had to start working on what I was eating three months before and then really stepping up the workouts. That meant twice a day work outs and a daily meditation routine just to make me feel relaxed and happy and good about it.” Evidently, all of that hard work paid off. You go, Bridget!


Leila Nda

Agency: Women Management New York

Instagram: @ndaleila

Hails from: Burundi (raised in Belgium)

      Leila’s Instagram bio says it all, “Law student and model.” The former “Miss Union Africaine 6ème Région,” studied law at Université libre de Bruxelles. In an interview with IMA she was asked if she found modeling as mentally stimulating as law school, to which she replied, “As a law student who used to be always studying books, I can say that modeling is also stimulating in both a mental and physical way. Everyday, you are faced with new challenges, traveling to new cities without speaking the language, far from our families while learning so many different aspects about this profession all the while trying to find our own place in this world. So at the end of the day, you learn so many things about yourself and life which cannot be found in books.” Her modeling career took off after she walked the Victoria Beckham show as a semi-exclusive in F/W 2014. Casting directors were intrigued by her life story- having grown up in the African country, Burundi, until she was ten and then moving to Belgium due to civil war.


Valery Kaufman

Agency: The Society Management NYC

Instagram: @valerykaufman

Hails from: Moscow, Russia

      You may know Valery Kaufman as Jared Leto’s rumored girlfriend, but she is also an extremely successful, talented, and coveted model. She is currently ranked as a “Top 50” rising star model on Valery got her start to modeling by sending her pictures to Ford Models in NYC, but eventually moved to her current agency, The Society Management. Since her fashion week debut in 2011, she has been a familiar face on huge runways in New York, Paris, and Milan. She has walked multiple times for brands like Alexander Wang, Balmain, Chanel, Christian Dior, DVF, Givenchy, etc. Valery is well known for her Saint Laurent campaign with fringe hair and heavy eyeliner, which was eventually recreated for Dazed Magazine. In an interview with Masha Dyans, she confesses her love for Michael Jackson and Russian Literature.


Rachel Hilbert

Agency: IMG Models

Instagram: @rachelhilbert

Hails from: Rochestor, New York

      In June, Rachel was announced as the “face” and spokesperson of Victoria’s Secret’s younger line, “Pink.” Current angels Elsa Hosk, Behati Prinsloo, and Alessandra Ambrossio also began their Victoria’s Secret careers as the face of “Pink.” The New Yorker began her modeling career by going to open calls when she was 15. She was passed up by all the big agencies and ended up signing with a smaller agency, “Request Models.” After working on commercial shoots with Target, Urban Outfitters, and doing in house shoots with VS Pink, IMG signed her last December. Prior to modeling, Rachel was a skier and dancer.


Sanne Vloet

Agency: New York Models

Instagram: @sannevloet

Hails from: Donkerbroek, Netherlands

      It all started for this Dutch beauty when she was scouted on a TV talent show. At only 20, Sanne has walked the world’s top runways, been the face of Ralph Lauren campaigns, covered magazines, and done editorials for Vogue. In the small amount of free time she has, she enjoys going on trips, attending music festivals, and loves to cook. (Via interview with FashionTV) Her close friendship with fellow Dutch model, and current Victoria’s Secret angel, Romee Strijd is well documented on Instagram and is definitely a prime example of  “friendship goals.”


Kendall Jenner

Agency: The Society Management NYC

Instagram: @kendalljenner

Hails from: Calabasas, California

      Kendall was born into the spotlight in 1997 to Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn Jenner after 2015 gender transition) and Kris Jenner. At age 12 she began appearing on her famous family’s hit reality show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” Since then, the cameras have followed much of her life. She began modeling with Wilhelmina LA at age 14 (which was documented on the reality show) and later signed with The Society Management NYC in November 2013 at age 18. She made her NYFW debut for Marc Jacobs in spring of 2014. Although she has walked the runways of Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Balmain, and Givenchy, starred in campaigns for Calvin Klein and Estee Lauder, and graced the pages of Vogue, Love Magazine, and more- her career has been crowded in controversy. Critics are often skeptical that she is just getting jobs because brands are looking for publicity. However, Kendall insists that her family’s fame only makes it harder for her to be taken seriously and even dropped her last name for work purposes.


Gigi Hadid

Agency: IMG Models

Instagram: @gigihadid

Hails from: Los Angeles, California

      Similarly to Kendall, Gigi also grew up in the spotlight. She got her start modeling for Baby Guess at age two. In her teen years, she was featured on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” where her mom, former model Yolanda Foster, starred. In high school, Gigi was an intense athlete; captain of the volleyball team and a competitive horseback rider. She would eventually return to modeling in 2011, signing with IMG models. In 2012 she scored her first adult Guess campaign, and to this date has done three Guess campaigns (excluding her work as a child.) She finally made her fashion week debut for Desigual in February 2014. She has now walked runways for brands like DVF, Balmain, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, and Moschino. In January 2015, she was announced as one of the new faces of Maybelline, a very coveted beauty contract. Gigi’s career has also clouded by controversy over whether she gets jobs over more deserving models due to her fame. Like Kendall, she maintains that she has worked hard to be where she is and that designers would not be working with her if they didn’t believe in her.

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs Tuesday December 8th at 10/9 central on CBS.

xx, Lita

(All Photos via Getty Images and each girls’ linked Instagram)