He may still be finding his feet with his womenswear line but right now, rumours abound that Kanye West is preparing to show a new menswear line under his label in Paris this week.
So far West's reps have not denied nor confirmed the reports but Ford Models added duel to the speculation earlier on this week when they tweeted: 'Is Kanye also doing a menswear show this week in Paris?' While it wouldn't be wrong to say that the agency are known for spreading a bit of gossip, the tweet has led many to believe that they, in fact, have provided male models to appear in the show.
In her recent editorials Crystal Renn has demonstrated the art of a good ol' fashion transformation and it looks like she has been transforming in her personal time too. Yesterday Ford Models released this image of the model relaxing on holiday in the Caribbean sporting a new hair 'do.
Gone are the long dark locks that she's so well known for and in comes a short blonde look. So far agency haven't confirmed what the change is for but something tells me that it's linked to a big job. Last week Jessica Stam was spotted with dark hair and confirmed that it was for a shoot with Katie Grand so maybe they have both worked on the same project.
We may all be over her brother (and soon-to-be former wife Kim Kardashian) but things are looking up for Kaela Humphries, sister to Kris Humphries. Yesterday Ford Models confirmed that they have signed her to their plus size division. “She is a true size 16-18 and is going to be a fantastic asset to Ford,” Gary Dakin, head of Ford’s plus-size division, told Fashionista.
Kendra Spears has been everywhere over the past few years so you'll be forgiven for forgetting that she has a Ford Models competition to thank for helping to catapult her to fame.
After leaving Ford for Next Model Management, her relationship with her former agency has sadly gone sour. On top of the lawsuit Ford filed against the model recently for breach of contract for leaving the agency too soon, the agency now claim that she owes them $150,564 in fees and back royalties. Whether or not Spears will be made to pay up is still unclear as a judge is yet to enforce the order.
Having resigned from her job as an executive at Ford Models, Cathy Quinn has set up a new modelling agency. Following her move, models Rachel Hunter and Christie Brinkley, and actress Kelly Rutherford will join Quinn at her new shop, Cathy Quinn Models.
"I had a wonderful career there," Quinn speaks of her previous position, "but changes at Ford put a fire under me to make a decision. The last couple of years weren't quite what I wanted, so this gives me the chance to do my own thing. I'm thrilled." In more departures for Ford, Caroline Poznanski, former head of the women's agency division recently resigned, along with a number of agents.
Meet Tara Lynn, the plus-size model who snagged French ELLE's cover for the April 2010 issue. She wears Hermes on the cover, but in a roughly 20-page editorial inside the magazine, she strips down to nothing but a sultry stare. This comes about a year after French ELLE featured unretouched images of cover stars wearing no makeup. Maybe the mag really is trying to create change?
This is a big placement for Lynn, but you've seen her before. She's signed with Ford Models and previously starred in the "Curves Ahead" editorial for V magazine's January size issue: once again, wearing nothing. Lynn previously modelled for Nordstrom online, as far back as 2008. Remember this face - and the body - because we're sure you'll see more of her.
When news broke that Women Management and Supreme founder Paul Rowland and his team had left Supreme and moved to Ford, it seemed natural that more names would cross modelling-agency teams. Already, Chanel Iman has left Ford to go with her booker, Paulo, to Supreme. As Fashionista points out, that's only natural, since agents don't typically give up clients they've nurtured or discovered.
Jacquelyn Jablonski, on the other hand, is keeping with Ford for now. Since the brunette beauty only signed with the agency in 2007 and gained major traction in 2009, she's still in development. But we're sure there are more moves to be heard about. A source tells Fashionista: “No one is clear if models are moving back and forth—it’s all up in the air.”
So why all the chaos? When Rowland left to lead the Ford women's division, Ford "cleaned house and canned everyone," a source tells Page Six. Caroline Poznanski, who led Ford's women's division until Rowland arrived, took Rowland's old job at Supreme. A source said: "It's one big game of musical chairs. There were rumors around that Supreme was just going to close, but instead they hired Poznanski and absorbed some other people who had been let go from Ford."
When we learnt that V magazine was dedicating its February cover and issue to plus-size models, we did not expect that the news would cause such a divide amongst fashion industry insiders. At first glance, you could be excused for seeing V's plus-size issue as a ploy, or perhaps even an attempt to shock readers (remember the issue featuring Lady Gaga topless?).
But if 2009 taught us anything, then it was that the use of plus-size models in ad campaigns and editorials is far from being a fad of the moment. Photographed by Solve Sundsbo, who has worked with the likes of Givenchy, Gucci and Hermes in the past, the images for V featuring the likes of Crystal Renn prove that these models can hold their own next to their skinnier counterparts.
Lea Groesland's life is just about to change. The name doesn't ring a bell? It sure will soon. The Norweigian native has just been announced as the winner of V Magazine's model search. The prize includes a contract with Ford Models and a spread in the magazine. Previous winners have gone on to walk in Paris and Milan, which puts Groesland in good company.