Here’s a rundown of this season’s 10 most booked catwalkers for AW13. Unsurprisingly, they’re all white, and it would seem that ‘blank canvas’ was very much the casting trend. A good turn for British models, with one girl in the top five (hay Sam), and also an amazing season for two of my favourite girls, Tilda Lindstam and Kel Markey. Tilda seems to be getting a fair bit of flak for taking the top spot, accusations of “basicness” are being thrown around (which seems ridiculous as compared to some of the others in the top 10 she’s basically Giselle), but in terms of fitting in with the theme this season she’s ‘plain’ enough to be versatile in any look, but she’s not a total no-mark, there’s definitely something special about her. She’s not classically beautiful, but she’s also not scary-quirky and there is definitely a place in fashion for “pretty” rather than DROP DEAD STUNNING girls. Look at the difference between Kate Moss compared to Naomi Campbell, for example, you can’t say they’re not both iconic looking, but for totally different reasons. It’ll be interesting to see how many campaigns the top 10 get, I’m really hoping Julia Nobis gets a few, I love an androgynous model and the fact that she’s not androgynous in an overtly sexual way (e.g Andrej Pejic, Erika Linder et al) could be really interesting for campaigns. Anyway, here’s the top 10 bitches cashing cheques this season.
10. Juliana Schurig, American, (DNA, Premier, Elite Milan & Paris) – 60 shows total, opened 2, closed 0
9. Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Danish, (Marilyn, Storm, Elite Milan & Paris) – 60, O4, C2
8. Julia Frauche, French, (Next WW) – 62, O1, C
7. Julia Nobis , Australian, (DNA, Premer, Elite Milan & Paris) – 62, O3, C7
A cross between Grace Coddington and Guinevere van Seenus, Codie Young is urrrywhurrrr. First popping up in 2010 in editorials in her native Australia, Codie had gained some unwanted notoriety for having her Topshop campaign pulled over claims she looked too thin. A makeover from mousy brown to full on ginge rocketed Codie onto the runway for everyone from Chanel to Rick Owens in SS13 and has helped her bag campaigns for Jil Sander and Marc Jacobs’ ‘Dot’.
I think she’s perf, she’s just got the Valentino campaign (despite not walking in the show), I’d love to see her do magazines like Dazed, in Gareth Pugh/Balenciaga etc, and she’d fit perfectly into the hole Lily Cole’s left for a new ginger living doll (remember the Miles Alrdidge fairy queen shoot? So good).
Codie’s personal blog is here. Codie is represented by Viva Models in Paris and London, DNA in New York and Busy Models in Australia.