KARLIE KLOSS has designed a capsule collection for denim label Frame, launching in June. The model has created two styles of jeans - made to be long in the leg, each with 40-inch inseams - in order to cater for women who share her similarly lithe proportions.
"I'm freakishly tall, so finding pants that fit is something I've struggled with my whole life,"said Kloss. "My secret to pulling off too-short jeans has always been to pair them with boots and I really rocked the flood-pant trend for as long as I could! It wasn't until I started modelling at fifteen that I even realized what well-fitting clothes felt like."
Raised in London and now based in Paris, she has recently arrived in New York to shoot the Marc Jacobs fall ad campaign—a dream job, she admits cheerfully, that kept her at work “in Central Park until 2:00 a.m.” the night before last. Perhaps you recall the model who wore only a pair of pin-striped shorts, opera-length gloves, and black patent heels in Jacobs’s fall 2013 show? That was McMenamy, covering her chest with her right arm in what was only her third runway appearance, ever. “First I couldn’t really believe that they were asking me to go topless, and then they were, like, ‘We’re being serious,’ and so I was, like, ‘All right. Fine,’ ” she explains with a laugh. “Marc and I talked a lot about my hand positioning. I wanted to do this.” She presses both her palms to her T-shirt. “But he said it’d be much classier with one hand. Like, ‘Oh, Mr. Produuuucer.’ I had to walk three times. When I came backstage after the first, I said, ‘Marc, was it all right?’ and he said, ‘Amazing.’ So I thought, okay, I can do it again.”
Holly Rose Emery is on a roll. The 16 year-old Aucklander who has been modelling for just one year (and who we first wrote about last August), cleaned up at last month's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, walking in 20 shows - putting her at the very top of the list of the week's top showgirls. With Dion Lee and Toni Maticevski lookbooks and the latest cover of Vogue Australia's youth-nosed online zine Miss Vogue also under her belt, Emery is due to head to New York in June to try her luck at the Resort 2014 shows. Repped in Australia by Chic Management and just signed by Chic's New York affiliate Next Models, we hear there is quite some international interest. Here is an exclusive preview of some of her other new Australian work: campaign images for the A.D. diffusion line of up-and-coming Sydney-based Indonesian-Australian designer Haryono Setiadi.
By eighteen she had decamped to New York, where, after a year with the modeling agency Elite, she decided she wasn’t moving fast enough toward her goal: the cover of Sports Illustrated. She cold-called the front desk at IMG—and did enough persuasive talking to arrange a meeting with a scout, who introduced her to the agency’s senior vice president, Ivan Bart. Upton says she was successful because she had a plan. “I always had career goals. And I figured out a path I wanted to take to accomplish those goals. If that meant calling the best modeling agency in the world, that’s what it meant.”
Upton won Bart over immediately. “She shook my hand. She looked me in the eye. She was like, ‘I really want to be with your company.’ ” He adds, “I think a lot of her success is about her confidence and her ambition. Not to mention charm and wit. Kate actually wanted to be known by a large audience. She said, ‘If I’m going to make it as a model, I’ve got to be a celebrity.’ That’s what makes her a twenty-first-century model.”
So, where does Kate Upton go from here? “I never set out to be on the runway,” she says, but she would like to secure another major fashion campaign (having recently landed one with David Yurman) as well as a cosmetics contract. “I feel like I trust my career path,” she says, which has already made her a face for clients like Guess, Skullcandy, and Mercedes-Benz. And then there are the sideline attractions: “I would love to have my own lingerie line,” she says. Building on her fledgling movie career (she’s had small parts in The Three Stooges and Tower Heist), she is set to join a Nick Cassavetes comedy, The Other Woman, alongside Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. “Acting I’m very interested in,” she acknowledges and laughs. “I’m American—more is more!”
GIGGLING Cara Delevingne drops a packet of mysterious white powder outside her home — and worried friends yesterday said they fear her partying could damage her health.
The small sachet tumbled out of the 20-year-old supermodel’s handbag and on to the floor as she searched for her keys.
Cara swiftly covered the packet with her foot, then her handbag before snatching it up.
Cara was pictured dropping the packet of powder, which looked like it could be cocaine, as she returned to her home in Belgravia, central London, on Wednesday afternoon following a meeting with designers.
Photographers who saw Cara arrive with a pal said she seemed “energetic” as she struggled to find her house keys. One said: “She was trying to get inside her house. She said, ‘I’ve lost my keys guys, I’ve lost my keys’.
“She was really giggly. She found it hilarious but her friend was really edgy about it. Suddenly Cara dropped something and bent over to pick it up.
“Very discreetly, she just put her foot on it and then rolled her handbag across so it looked like she was just kind of bending over.
“The friend kept saying, ‘Can you stop taking pictures?’ The friend definitely realised they were in trouble once that little packet had dropped on the ground.”