New kids on the New York Fashion Week block – SS14

Marnie Harris, Charlee Fraser and Australia's Next Top Model alumna Kia Low lead the new faces pack at the Spring/Summer 2014 shows

New York Fashion Week is ready for takeoff.

The official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week schedule does not start until Thursday, but shows and presentations are due to commence across town in the days to come.

For the first time since the GFC, three Australian brands will be showing on schedule in New York: sass & bide, returning to NYFW after eight seasons at London Fashion Week and, showing for the first time there, Dion Lee and Zimmermann.

As per usual Frockwriter will be keeping score of the Australian model show tallies at the event. And it is shaping up to be another blockbuster season.

Runway stalwarts Julia Nobis, Ruby Jean Wilson, Nicole Pollard and comeback queen Catherine McNeil are, it seems, to be joined by Abbey Lee Kershaw, who has recommenced modelling after a year-long hiatus shooting Mad Max: Fury Road and personal music/art projects – and who has a SS14 showcard in the show pack of her New York agency, Next Model Management. Great to also see Myf Shepherd with a showcard in the Next pack.

Above and beyond these headliners, in New York right now attending castings and fittings is a score of Australian newcomers, many of whom have never previously appeared at New York Fashion Week before – and some of whom have never even in fact walked at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

They include Maddison Brown, Gabby Westbrook-Patrick, Marnie Harris, Charlee Fraser and Kia Low. Other new faces, such as April Tiplady and Gabby Dover, will be joining them on the season’s London Fashion Week leg, which commences on September 13th.

charlee fraser via

Both Harris and Fraser were scouted by Sydney agency eMg Models in December 2012. Back in April, we briefly profiled Fraser, who is an indigenous Australian. Harris appears in the September edition of Vogue Gioiello, Condé Nast Italy’s bi-monthly high-end jewellery supplement.

marnie harris – vogue gioiello via

Who is Kia Low?

An 18 year-old from Brisbane who was one of the Top 100 in Cycle 7 of Australia’s Next Top Model – the 2011 series that was won by Montana Cox.

Low never made it into the show itself, but was recommended to and subsequently signed by Brisbane agency Tamblyn Management last year. In the interim, she has done a few bits and pieces of extremely low profile work, including various shows at a Brisbane bridal expo and the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane.

This year, however, Low’s options changed.

She was signed with Chadwick Models in Sydney, cast in both last month’s David Jones and Myer Spring/Summer 2013/2014 showcases in Sydney, signed internationally with Next Model Management and featured on

Low is currently on option for a New York Fashion Week exclusive. It will be very interesting to see what happens.

With her strong chin and eyebrows and low hairline, Low has a particularly intense look, that is part young Brooke Shields, Gretel Packer and Joan Sutherland.

Will she be the next Australia’s Next Top Model alumna to make her mark OS?

kia low – all images via tamblyn management

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