>> Last week, the New York modeling agency scene experienced a great shakeup when Women and Supreme founder Paul Rowland and Ford women's division head Caroline Poznanski essentially switched places. The fallout is expected to take weeks to settle, but in the meantime, some models have already started switching agencies to stay with their original management — Tao Okamoto and Hanne Gaby Odiele among those reported yesterday, and today, word comes of more movement: Lakshmi Menon has followed her agent Poznanski to Supreme, while Ranya Mordanova, Daiane Conterato, Karolin Wolter are all said to have moved from Supreme to Ford.
Fashionista cites a source saying that Chanel Iman, too, has left Ford to follow her booker to Supreme, while it appears that Jacquelyn Jablonski is staying put at Ford for the time being. But the source also notes: “No one is clear if models are moving back and forth — it’s all up in the air.” In the same vein, The Imagist reports: "A new wrinkle emerged this morning around the allegation that the former head of one of the world's most powerful agencies is set to join a certain Dream Team currently in formation."
>> Last week, rumors of a major shift in the New York modeling agency setup floated around; eventually, it came out that Paul Rowland, the founder of Women Management and its Supreme offshoot, was leaving Supreme to head up the women's division at Ford.
According to Page Six's industry insider, Rowland, who sold the company which he founded in 1988 a few years ago, "had a huge salary there, but wasn't really getting along with management. So basically, he just left." Ford "cleaned house and canned everyone," says another source, to make way for Rowland and the agents he was bringing with him.
Caroline Poznanski, meanwhile, who ran Ford's women's division until Rowland's arrival, has been chosen by Supreme to take Rowland's old job. "It's one big game of musical chairs," reports the source. "There were rumors around that Supreme was just going to close, but instead they hired Poznanski and absorbed some other people who had been let go from Ford."
One booker notes: "The models at these places are in a tailspin. A lot, including [Ford girls] Chanel Iman and Jacquelyn Jablonski, don't know if they're staying or going. There will likely be a spate of lawsuits because both Paul and Caroline are trying to bring their girls over, but they have noncompetes in their contracts."
>> Couture kicked off in Paris today, but back in New York plans are being laid for ready-to-wear fashion week — just two and a half weeks away. Supreme Management released their show package for New York Fashion Week today, with the likes of Alana Zimmer, Hanne-Gaby Odiele, and promising newcomer Reina Montero captured in darkly balletic portraits by agency founder and photography dabbler Paul Rowland. Missing from the lineup are Cecilia Mendez, Flo Gennaro (who just walked Dior couture runway today), and last seaons' Prada closer Kate Kosushkina, but perhaps they'll pop up anyway. Full show package at Models.com.
>> 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]
>> THE MODELIZER —She's a little Coco Rocha, a little Lily Donaldson, and now she's also the newest winner of the V Magazine/Supreme model search. All 16 year-old Canadian Addison Gill can hope for is to follow in the successful footsteps of previous winner Amanda Laine; Supposedly, she's already well on her way: According to Models.com, you can "Brace yourselves for a full fledged Addison moment coming very soon." [Daily Feed]
>> THE MODELIZER —Legendary model Veruschka is in town, celebrating the arrival of her new eponymous Assouline book before jetting off tomorrow because she doesn't "get into fashion" anymore. You can take the woman out of fashion, but you can't take fashion out of the woman — she may not be interested in attending shows, but Veruschka did stop by the Supreme offices to shoot a few polaroids. [FWD, Of the Minute]
»Vanessa Traina and Harley Viera-Newton have Elite+ show cards going out for Spring 2009 [Of the Minute]
»Paul Starr, makeup artist to Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana, mysteriously passed away Tuesday [BellaSugar]
»Coco Rocha acts out for Barneys Fall catalog [The Cut]
»Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann has a new cause [FWD]
»Lakshmi Menon has some upcoming work in Vogue Paris [Models.com]