Fashion Week

Fashion Week Flashback: Models of the Moment at IMG

Mind if we just go back once or twice more to New York Fashion Week? Cool.

IMG Models isn’t just an international juggernaut responsible for booking some of the most talented faces of fashion in the world, they are also—as part of an entertainment partnership called WME-IMG—the folks behind the official Fashion Week headquarters in midtown where we saw Naeem, Prabal and more. The partnership also owns and runs MADE, the Chelsea-neighborhood spot for talent on the rise, such as the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund candidates we checked out. Guess that makes them a double juggernaut? Triple?

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We stopped by the IMG New York office on our last day in the city and chatted with the team as well as a major up-and-coming model who came into the agency through IMG’s #WLYG (we love your genes) program. Meet Lameka Fox and get a download of the model stats of the season. 

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Ethan Miller of the booking team showed us around HQ before taking us out on the deck to meet Ms. Fox, who had walked for Public School and other big-deal designers, and who was on her way to London to rock it there.

If you’ve ever been inside an agency, you know that the focal point is the wall of ‘cards’ that bookers share with clients. Sure, these days, it’s mostly a digital share, but we’re happy whenever we see analog holdovers. Especially analog holdovers as beautiful as these.

Here’s Fox’s card:

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And here’s Fox out on the deck, mid-backpack unload.

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The Washington, DC, native is a great example of how IMG breaks new talent, and their big-name successes this time around have to be pretty inspiring to girls like her.

IMG at NYFW, the numbers and the stories:

42 IMG models walked in more than 65 shows including Givenchy, MARC JACOBS and Alexander Wang

14 of the 21 models featured on Forbes’ highest-paid models list are WME-IMG clients

Frida Westerlund opened and closed Calvin Klein
(we also think she may be the reason the word ‘ethereal’ was invented, but hey … —eds.)

@weloveyourgenes-find Allyson Chalmers debuted as a Calvin Klein exclusive
(that’s a big deal)

Alexis Primous, winner of the W Mag Model Search, walked in shows such as DVF and 3.1 Phillip Lim

Hanne Gaby Odiele celebrated her 10th runway season—highlights include MARC JACOBS and Jason Wu

IMG talent Liv Tyler, Sky Ferreira, Will Peltz, Gemma Ward and Lara Stone sat front row at Givenchy’s giant-deal show on the Hudson River (that’s a big deal, too)

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—Laura Cassidy