The big winner on the night was editor's favourite, Joseph Altuzarra, who took home $300,000 to go towards his business as well the mentoring that comes along with the prize money. Pamela Love and Chicago, Shane Gabier and Chris Peters of Creatures of the Wind were the runners up and will walk away with $100,000 and of course, the mentorship from the CFDA's Business Advisory Committee.
Every model from Liya Kebede to Joan Smalls attended as well as designers like Donna Karan, keynote speaker Calvin Klein and past winner Alexander Wang.
Donatella Versace doesn't do anything by halves so it was no suprise that the launch of the Versace x H&M collection in New York last night was a swanky affair.
Pier 57 in Manhattan's Meatpacking District was taken over and transformed into a huge runway space to show off the limited edition collection to guests including Blake Lively, Uma Thurman, Oprah Winfrey, Sophia Coppola, Alexander Wang and Jessica Alba. As reported, Prince and Nicki Minaj both hit the stage to perform at the after-party after sitting front row at the show.
“It was the perfect evening, so glamorous and special," Versace said today. "I loved celebrating the launch of Versace for H&M here in New York, an iconic city in which to showcase this iconic collection. Now I cannot wait for it to finally reach stores and be available to the world." When interviewed last night, H&M's creative director, Margareta van der Bosch, couldn't be any more complimentary about the retailer's partnership with the brand. “Donatella Versace has taken us at H&M on an incredible journey since she began designing the collection for us earlier this year, and last night’s fashion event was the perfect culmination," she explained. "She has given us the essence of the Versace brand, and last night that came to life with a magical catwalk show that we’ll never forget.”
It's no secret that Elite New York didn't have the best fashion week last month. As is increasingly the case, the agents that left the agency over the summer took with the company's biggest models with them. Coco Rocha, Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Kate King and Alessandra Ambrosio are all gone and the models remaining at the agency didn't do set the runways alight this season.
Now their hopes for a comeback all rest on the shoulders of Louie Chaban, the agent responsible for the international success of models like Christina Kruse, Karen Elson and Agyness Deyn. The appointment was announced the Elite blog this week, along with the news that all three models will follow him to the agency along with Cameron Russell and Jamie Bochert.
As agents go, Chaban is a heavyweight so if there's anyone that can turn Elite's fate around, it's him.
I have a soft spot for Coco Rocha. Yes, she's a big model and kills the Irish jig, but it goes beyond that. As she explained recently at this year's IFB Conference, over the last few years she's really used her strong position in the modelling arena to spearhead discussions on important issues and this week she did just that on Anderson Cooper's daytime show, Anderson.
Joined by fellow model Carré Otis, Rocha explained the constant pressure on models to be a certain size revealing that she's been rejected by clients for being both 'too big' and now 'too small'. Like Karlie Kloss did last month in a video for The Cut, both models also expressed a concern about the increasing use of young models.
You lose contracts definitely, jobs, because a lot of the models, they don’t want them to talk," she told us. "You’re a face and that’s it; don’t have a personality. But others love that you have a personality.
Over the last few years debates concerning the rise in retouching has never been too far from the headlines. Ralph Lauren most notably made headlines back in 2009 for the dramatic photoshopping of model Filippa Hamilton in their ad campaign leading to the designer quickly apologising for the blunder. Despite the mass public criticism of the brand over-retouching of campaigns is increasingly becoming the norm, which has led to the American Medical Association to take a strong stance on the issue.
A few weeks ago someone noticed that Kanye West was only following models - all of which he talks about in a new song. But the move was shortlived. "Its over. I'm no longer following @Kanyewest and he no longer follows me," Coco Rocha joked on Twitter. "We parted on amicable terms. Thats my statement at this time. ;)"