Field Trip: “From Nada to Prada: Alison Nix” on The Style Con

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The following is an excerpt from my regular series “From Nada to Prada,” as seen on The Style Con:

Alison Nix is one of those girls that has been around for a while (nearly a decade, yikes!) but just… hasn’t… quite… made it to the Super Big Time. When she debuted in 2005, she walked a few shows, but nothing that would send a booker to bed, dreaming of Ferraris while they counted cash in their sleep. Perhaps sensing she needed a little bit of a push, she gave herself aLouise Brooks bob the following year, earning her editorials in British Harper’s Bazaar, various international Vogues, and a cover of Flair. (Arguably her most memorable moment from this era can be found here, in this amazing family video that desperately makes me want to marry into Nix’s family.)

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Field Trip: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Gemma Ward” on The Style Con

 

 

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The following is an excerpt from my piece “What We Talk About When We Talk About Gemma Ward,” as seen on The Style Con:

          “Gemma’s in a different stratosphere. She’s got that extra thing, that inexplicable thing.”

– Kristie Clements, Vogue Australia

In 2004, Paolo Roversi photographed then rising-star Gemma Ward for the cover of W Magazine. The Australian model was barely 17 at the time, a child with wide-set eyes and a downturned mouth, a little baby bombshell in the making. Her alien, supernatural beauty would inspire a sea change in the industry, superseding the models of Tom Ford’s oversexed Gucci days and paving the way for the subsequent success of ethereal stunners like Sasha Pivovarova, Snejana Onopka, Vlada Roslyakova, and Abbey Lee Kershaw. That cover, in all its dusty romanticist glory, signaled a new era in fashion, and Gemma Ward was placed squarely at the helm.

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