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.
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
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
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
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
Peter Som ZAC Zac Posen Tadashi Shoji Monique Lhuillier Edun Honor Milly Marchesa Sophie Theallet Preen Peter Pilotto
Tome Public School Mara Hoffman (closed) Dennis Basso Kenneth Cole Collection Naeem Khan (opened) Jeremy Scott Nanette Lepore Mathieu Mirano
Peter Som Rag & Bone Rebecca Taylor Monique Lhuillier Thakoon Belstaff Topshop Unique Erdem
Adam Selman Zimmermann Public School Kenneth Cole Zero + Maria Cornejo Kaufmanfranco Sass & Bide Nicole Farhi
Jason Wu Hervé Léger Ralph Rucci Reem Acra Oscar de la Renta Marchesa J Mendel
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
Ralph Rucci Zac Posen Marc by Marc Jacobs Oscar de la Renta Topshop Unique Mary Katrantzou
Lucas Nascimento House of Holland Jasper Conran Ashish Mother of Pearl
Gary Graham Houghton Tess Giberson Adeam Cynthia Rowley
Mark Fast Bora Aksu David Koma KTZ Osman
Hellessy Lee Jean Youn Venexiana
RUBY JEAN WILSON
Marc Jacobs Mary Katrantzou Matthew Williamson
Creatures of Comfort Hache
Roksanda Ilincic Richard Nicoll
Polo by Ralph Lauren
Rag & Bone
Christopher Kane (exclusive)
Christopher Kane (exclusive)