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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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Coco Rocha on Sweatpants, Kanye West and Her Hometown of Vancouver | Model Moment

In honor of our big store opening in Vancouver next month (September 18—mark your calendars!) we’ll be bringing you a slew of Vancouver content here on The Thread between now and then. First up, an interview with our Vancouver campaign cover girl: supermodel, mom and muse to many, Coco Rocha. Without further ado …

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Personal life motto:
The most important words of advice to me have always been: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.” I think treating everyone with the utmost respect is vital to a healthy view of self and others.

What three words would you use to describe Vancouver style?
Modern, eclectic, fresh.

24 hours in Vancouver with no plans—what would you do?
Start the day with a run around Stanley Park, have coffee on Robson Street and then lunch with friends in Steveston getting fish and chips. Take an afternoon nap on the beach at Spanish Banks and then a night out in Yaletown.

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Araya Nicks: Model of the Moment and Rising Singer | Listen Up!

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Where have you seen Araya Nicks before?

Perhaps you know the SoCal stunner as the face of Nordstrom’s summer shorts campaign. Or maybe you remember her wearing electrodes on her head and negotiating a vine-covered labyrinth in Chris Brown’s “Don’t Wake Me Up” music video?

Here’s a new context in which to view her: solo recording artist.

Nicks is currently working on her own album as a vocalist, and we’ve been turning up on the bus ride to work lately to her cut “One Good Reason.” Check that out below–and get the low-down on her favorite jams, movies and travel bucket list.

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Ariel Beesley, a Behind the Scenes Chat with our Model of the Moment

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When Los Angeles-based model Ariel Beesley isn’t posing with a blow-up swan for Nylon magazine, she’s singing sweetly forlorn ditties with her ukelele at music festivals and on small stages. And when she isn’t doing either of those things, sometimes she’s modeling for Nordstrom. Lucky us! Check her out in shades by Illesteva and Oxydo. And here she is in the season’s best floral pieces, cool summer dresses and hot trends.

And here she is in an exclusive video, plucking the strings at our shoot—and telling us all about her favorite tunes, her grocery store hit list and her on-the-rise career—as a in-demand model and as a neo-folkie songstress.

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Eating French Fries with the Model of the Moment and Picking Out Handbags at Chloé with the Luckiest Nordstrom Shopper in the World (This Week)

Fashion Week Journal for Tuesday, March 10

Whether you’re watching the runway from home or from the front row, it’s impossible to not be completely captivated by certain models. There are the classically beautiful ones and the offbeat beauties, the girls who seem to come from another world and those who might be your awkward neighbor from kindergarten.

The best ones just have that something. Sometimes they’re even a little distracting—you look at them as closely as you do the clothes they’re modeling. But that plays into the brand too. Some models are cast because they have the perfect proportions and walk like they’re in a dream. Some are cast because they simply possess a spirit that draws you in—and keeps you there.

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Napavine, Washington’s Emilie Evander is among the last group. After she walked in the Gucci men’s show (they’re gender benders, you’ll recall) and made big waves there, Alexander Wang cast her as an exclusive for his New York Fashion Week show, then Gucci nabbed her as an exclusive for Milan. And they had her close the show. In Paris, she walked in the much buzzed-about shows for Rick Owens and Margiela.

It’s a big deal to be booked exclusively; it means it’s the only show you do in that market. It means you’re paid more. It means the brand really wants your certain something to represent their certain something. Evander’s certain something is in her 5’11” frame and her ethereal coloring, but it’s also in her goofball spirit and small-town roots. She’s a total sweetheart and a complete teenager. She loves her mom and family and her community, and she’s curious about the world. She also likes steak and french fries, as I learned when I had dinner with her at Le Relais de l’Entrecote.

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Shopping with Models Nana Keita & Shena Moulton at Paris Fashion Week

Yesterday, we spotted runway regulars Nana Keita (left) and Shena Moulton walking in Rick Owens’ fall ’13 show; today, the two fashion partners in crime were found off duty, causing a commotion at a street market in the Mairie de Paris in the 4th arrondissement.

It’s not hard to see why these two beauties are adored for their style both on and off the runway.

Mixing Business with Pleasure: Nana and Shena are both signed with Muse Model Management. From New York to Paris, the BFF’s have walked for some of the biggest names in fashion. “We really support each other,” says Nana, who originally hails from Mali. “Shena just got confirmed for Jean Paul Gaultier this evening, and I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

Shena shared a similar sentiment for Nana as they browsed for gifts to take back stateside. “Fashion Week can be exhausting. I can always count on Nana to make me laugh. Her smile just perks me up.”

I’ll Never Tell: This Jamaican model graced her first runway when she was only 13 years old. “I basically kicked off my teenage years being dressed in Dior, Jil Sander and Marc Jacobs,” Shena says with a laugh. “I learned pretty quickly what works best for me, especially working with so many great designers and stylists at such a young age.” So, what’s her secret style weapon? “I wear a lot of dark colors and try to mix things up with colorful, bold rings and necklaces.”

Class Act: A model must give off some sort of star quality to be personally invited to walk in a Lanvin show. Well, when Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz first met Nana, that’s exactly what happened! “I have three seasons of Lanvin under my belt. Alber is so wonderful to me. From the clothes to the accessories, he knows how to make a girl look and feel special.”

Make the world your runway and hone in on your own Parisian chic statement with these cool pieces we spotted Nana and Shena wearing.

Kendra Scott ‘Marcella’ Reversible Statement Necklace & ‘Ruthie’ Stone Ring

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Photos by Ford Leland

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