Kia Low is killing it

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kia low - mary katrantzou FW1415 via wwd.com

And they’re off and running on the runways of Fall/Winter 2014/2015, with New York and London Fashion Weeks wrapped and Milan kicking off today.

So far, by our count, there are at least 26 Australasians on the runways this season. For the second consecutive season, we are wrapping in the Kiwis, who continue to power ahead. They are: Ashleigh Good, Anmari Botha, Emma Champtaloup, Holly Rose Emery and Lili Sumner.

Yes the big local names are front and centre.

But what is very interesting this season is to see a newcomer such as Kia Low emerge at the top of the Australasian show list, with 17 shows under her belt - notably Calvin Klein Collection in New York.

Last September, in the leadup to the Spring/Summer 2014 season, we mentioned Low as a face to watch. In the end she walked away from that season with a respectable tally of nine shows.

There are shows and shows, however. And this time, Low looks to have really captured the attention of the big brands and casting directors, walking for a number of other major names, such as Rodarte, Victoria Beckham, Richard Nicoll and Christopher Kane.

Just a reminder that Low is yet another name to have emerged from Australia’s Next Top Model, having made it into the Top 100 of Cycle 7 in 2011 – the season won by Montana Cox – but, curiously, not the show itself.

And now here she is walking for Calvin Klein, one of the most prestigious shows of the season.

Only two AusNTM alumni have in fact ever come within a cooee of the Calvin Klein Collection show and, amusingly, neither is a series winner.

In September, Cycle 5 runnerup Cassi van den Dungen was booked by the brand as an exclusive.

Now also comes Talisa Quirk, who made it into Cycle 8's Top 50 last year but, just like Low, was not even given a lookin on the show itself.

Quirk made her international debut walking for Christopher Kane in London, alongside three other Australians: Low, again, plus Gabby Westbrook-Patrick and another circuit debutante, Madison Stubbington. Both Stubbington and Quirk were booked as London Fashion Week exclusives.

It's not the first time that Kane - and more to the point, his casting director, the influential Russell Marsh - have booked a bumper cast of Australians, including several brand new faces. This time last year five Australians walked in Kane's FW1314 show: Catherine McNeil, Kaila Hart, Rihanna Porter, Eva Downey and Gabby Dover.

Together with the winners of AusNTM Cycle 6 and 7, Amanda Ware and Cox, there are four AusNTM alumni on the circuit this season.

Here are their showlists to date.

COVER: KIA LOW BACKSTAGE AT CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION FW1415 VIA WWD.COM
 

madison stubbington - christopher kane FW1415 via wwd.com
gabby westrbook-patrick - christopher kane FW1415 via wwd.com
talisa quirk - christopher kane FW1415 via WWD

KIA LOW

Houghton
Adeam
Tadashi Shoji
Tibi
Victoria Beckham
Honor
Edun
Rodarte
Custo Barcelona
MM6 Maison Martin Margiela
Calvin Klein Collection
Koonhor
Mary Katrantzou
Richard Nicoll
Christopher Kane
Antonio Berardi
Peter Pilotto

ASHLEIGH GOOD

Jason Wu
Lacoste
Prabal Gurung
Altuzarra (closed)
Alexander Wang
Derek Lam
Diane von Furstenberg
Theyskens' Theory
Donna Karan
Vera Wang
Diesel Black Gold
Michael Kors
Anna Sui
Marc Jacobs

JULIA NOBIS

Alexander Wang
Victoria Beckham
Diane von Furstenberg
Donna Karan
Diesel Black Gold (opened and closed)
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Narciso Rodrigquez (opened and closed)
Michael Kors
Hugo Boss
Proenza Schouler
Calvin Klein
Marc Jacobs

CODIE YOUNG

Peter Som
ZAC Zac Posen
Tadashi Shoji
Monique Lhuillier
Edun
Honor
Milly
Marchesa
Sophie Theallet
Preen
Peter Pilotto 

AJAK DENG

Tome
Public School
Mara Hoffman (closed)
Dennis Basso
Kenneth Cole Collection
Naeem Khan (opened)
Jeremy Scott
Nanette Lepore
Mathieu Mirano

EMMA CHAMPTALOUP

Peter Som
Rag & Bone
Rebecca Taylor
Monique Lhuillier
Thakoon
Belstaff
Topshop Unique
Erdem

MONTANA COX

Adam Selman
Zimmermann
Public School
Kenneth Cole
Zero + Maria Cornejo
Kaufmanfranco
Sass & Bide
Nicole Farhi

ANMARI BOTHA

Jason Wu
Hervé Léger
Ralph Rucci
Reem Acra
Oscar de la Renta
Marchesa
J Mendel 

GABBY WESTBROOK-PATRICK

Helmut Lang
Tommy Hilfiger
Tory Burch
Ralph Lauren
Richard Nicoll
Jonathan Saunders
Christopher Kane

HOLLY ROSE EMERY

Hunter Original
House of Holland
Preen (opened)
Topshop Unique
Grace MMXIII
Peter Pilotto

NICOLE POLLARD

Ralph Rucci
Zac Posen
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Oscar de la Renta
Topshop Unique
Mary Katrantzou

MADDISON BROWN

Lucas Nascimento
House of Holland
Jasper Conran
Ashish
Mother of Pearl

ALICIA DAVIS

Gary Graham
Houghton
Tess Giberson
Adeam
Cynthia Rowley

AMANDA WARE

Mark Fast
Bora Aksu
David Koma
KTZ
Osman

LAUREN BROWN

Hellessy
Lee Jean Youn
Venexiana

RUBY JEAN WILSON

Marc Jacobs
Mary Katrantzou
Matthew Williamson

LILI SUMNER

Creatures of Comfort
Hache

MADI FOGG

Roksanda Ilincic
Richard Nicoll

BRIDGET MALCOLM

Polo by Ralph Lauren

CATHERINE MCNEIL

Jason Wu

SOPHIE HIRSCHFELDER

Preen Line

ANDREJ PEJIC

DKNY

JESSICA HART

Rag & Bone

MADISON STUBBINGTON

Christopher Kane (exclusive)

TALISA QUIRK

Christopher Kane (exclusive)

EMILY GREEN

Antipodium