>> Paul Rowland is heading into his first major show season as head of Ford's women's division. Though he recently said that as he aims to reinvigorate the 64-year-old agency, adding that his vision "is very different from [Ford co-founder] Eileen Ford’s," the first show package showcasing his stable of models — which gives a first visual idea of his brand presentation — does pay tribute to the Ford Model of yore. Teased wigs, retro twinsets, and pearls adorn the likes of Tao Okamoto, Karmen Pedaru, and Alana Zimmer. As Models.com points out, "Irony is the original Ford girls (sans the Rowland twist) looked something like this, all white gloved and be-hatted."
>> THE MODELIZER — Karolin Wolter, who topped a number of Fall 2009 newcomer lists after opening Jil Sander, took a risk yesterday — especially in the middle of her first campaign casting season — and cut her hair off. Is doing the chop the new way of being at Supreme? It wasn't that long ago that Iris Strubegger debuted a similar crop. [Supreme Management Being]
>> It was no Prada Spring 2009, but this evening Herve Leger proved to be quite the war zone for walking models. Supposedly, two or three fell, and a number more slipped — the crowd clapped each time one got up, and Max Azria, who blamed the slippery wood runway, says he didn't care about the falls. Among the casualties, two promising new faces — 15-year-old Polish model Monica "Jac" Jagaciak, who Models.com just named among their top 10 Fall 2009 newcomers, and 17-year-old German model Karolin Wolter, who Style.com just noted as one to watch.