>> Catherine McNeil Skipping New York Fashion Week, Plus Details on Karlie Kloss's Snowstorm Shoot —This evening, Next Models held a party at Avenue in Chelsea, and we came away with a couple of choice tidbits. Today's snowstorm may not have kept Sasha Pivovarova away, but it does mean we won't be seeing Catherine McNeil for New York Fashion Week. She has been in Vancouver for pre-Olympics festivities, and when her flight to New York got cancelled today, she decided to stay in Vancouver instead. Karlie Kloss, meanwhile, made an appearance at the party, but left on the early side — just before 9 pm. The snow didn't cancel her plans today — instead, she was left shooting in various locations around New York City — Times Square and Central Park among them — for a major magazine . . . in a bikini.
>> Kendra Spears, the promising 20-year-old Seattle-born model talent who is rumored to be one of the upcoming Fall 2009 Prada faces and has been called "one of the most supermodel-esque new faces to emerge in a long while" by Models.com — she has a mole above her lip, causing her to be billed "the next Cindy Crawford" — is now at the center of a lawsuit.
Kendra, who was discovered by Ford Models on MySpace last year and was then a finalist in the agency's Supermodel of the World competition, recently jumped ship to Next, spurring Ford to sue both Next and Spears (the former for poaching the model, the latter for breaching her contract — which was supposed to span three years).
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, reads:
Kendra Spears is one of the shining stars of the Ford development system. Signed as a prospect while still a teenager in braces, for more than a year, Ford has painstakingly cultivated Spears — literally, taught her how to be an international fashion model. She was not a high-fashion model. In fact, she was an unknown — a teenager with braces, with no modeling experience to speak of.
She is a beautiful, fresh, all-American 'face' who, having been discovered by Ford, trained by Ford, and professionally developed by Ford, is at the precipice of a breakthrough. She is about to become one of a handful of the world's most sought-after high fashion models.
A look at some of her recent work, below.