Models come and go like the wind in the fashion industry. Sure, some become household names — like the Supers — but most of them do their thing, then move on. That's not to say that they're not sorely missed. I always think of my favorites: Brazilian Ana Claudia Michels, South African Georgina Grenville, Spanish Esther Cañadas, and Scottish Kristy Hume. American Bridget Hall (left) also stands out; she was so sporty, freckly, smiley, but also mastered high-fashion. Let's travel back in time and check out alluring editorials from fashion's once-popular muses.
>> THE MODELIZER —We've seen the rise of the supermodel the past couple of seasons, and now the '90s icons seem to be grabbing hold. Stella Tennant and Kirsten Owen posed for Marc Jacobs's campaign last season, Ana Claudia Michels is already experiencing a resurgence, and now Kirsten McMenamy is "freshly lodged at DNA," Jenny Shimizu found "a new home at Elite," and Rachel Williams is "looming on the horizon," — will we see them in New York? [The Imagist]
Givenchy's Spring '09 campaign isn't much different from its Fall one, but I say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Mariacarla Boscono, Lara Stone, Lakshmi Menon, and Natashy Poly return to claim their spots in the black and white ads, but we have a newcomer, too. One of my favorite late-'90s Brazilian models, Ana Claudia Michels, has made a comeback thanks to the house. For being so colorless, these ads have life. There's lots of movement, ferocious facial expressions, and of course, look-at-me clothes. I also quite like the diverse mix of two blondes and two brunettes. Do these do it for you, too?
>> THE MODELIZER —The runways have brought plenty of surprise walkers this week — Iselin Steiro and Natalia Vodianova at Balenciaga, Ana Claudia Michels, Frankie Rayder, and Dewi Driegen at Givenchy . . . and now Naomi Campbell is rumored to be appearing on the Hermes runway on Saturday. [Chic Report]
>> INSIDER WIRE —The tents are already going up at Bryant Park, and fashion week is only a week away — so what is there to look forward to for Spring 2009? Rodarte switching from Christian Louboutin to Nicholas Kirkwood for their runway heels, Alexander Wang flying Alice Dellal in to co-host his after-party, Colette's pop-up store by Gap, a potential Ana Claudia Michels comeback, plus a whole bevy of new designers — including a ten year Alaia alum. [Style.com]