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On Our Radar: Bhumika Arora

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When you get discovered based on your selfies, it’s safe to say you’ve got something special going on. That’s definitely the case when it comes to 22-year-old Delhi, India native, Bhumika Arora. A photographer discovered her social media photos and offered to help her develop her portfolio for free, which ultimately catapulted her onto some of Paris’ most prestigious runways; in case you missed her, Bhumika walked for names like Maxime Simoëns, Viktor & Rolf, and Dries Van Noten, putting her astonishingly beautiful face on the map.

We hope to see Bhumika Arora’s runway and editorial bookings quickly increase in the near future, as her look is different from that of the majority of her contemporaries. What’s even more exciting is seeing another stunning South Asian woman being represented in the fashion industry; with the push towards diversifying fashion, it’s important to finally recognize multifaceted beauty. Here’s to a successful career to Bhumika Arora!

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All photos via Models.com

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Let’s Talk About the Met Gala

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Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images

This year’s Met exhibit, “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” celebrates the designs of one of America’s most coveted couturiers. His undeniably elegant and glamorous work was to be reflected in an ultra-formal, “white tie” dress-code at this year’s Met Gala, arguably the biggest event in fashion.

Of course, not everyone went by the dress code. You’d think that the theme of elaborate ball gowns would be pretty easy to get into, but just like last year’s Punk-themed fête, a lot of guests somehow managed to completely miss the mark. For many, this actually resulted in some pretty great looks. Take Rihanna for example. The singer – who will be honored with a style icon award at the June 2 CFDA awards – definitely proved her credentials. In a so-not-Charles-James custom Stella McCartney ensemble, Riri showed her immaculate midriff via a white long-sleeve crop top with structured shoulders and a matching long skirt. Honorable mention goes to her curly up-do and “stoner eyes.” McCartney also dressed Kate Bosworth, Reese Witherspoon and Cara Delevingne, whose casual outfit comprised of a revealing black crop top with white trousers. Charles James, who?

We need to talk about Jay Z and Beyoncé for a second, too, or as some like to call them, the king and queen of the universe. The majestic couple, who recently made headlines with the announcement of their joint summer tour, looked nothing short of incredible. Both wore custom Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, with Hov donning a pristine white jacket, and Bey wearing a mostly sheer, black embellished number. Her beaded fishnet veil completed the already divine look, as if the duo could be any more perfect. Frank Ocean, Naomi Watts, Laetitia Casta, and Riccardo Tisci’s date, Naomi Campbell also stunned in Givenchy, though few looked even nearly as breathtaking as Adriana Lima did in her brown sequined gown with a matching leather bustier. Oh, and let’s not forget Erykah Badu, who also slaughtered it. The current face of the label and muse to Riccardo Tisci essentially shitted on everyone with her voluminous, embellished suit and matching over-the-top hat that put Pharrell’s famous Vivienne Westwood cap to shame.

Keeping things in theme, a handful of ladies wore Zac Posen, one of the most similar designers of our time to Charles James. Liu Wen really turned heads in a ginormous ball gown by the New York-based designer and makeup that looked as if it could’ve been personally applied by God. Sarah Silverman went with a similar burgundy number, joking, “it’s like a fucking second skin!” Even though the comedian might have been a little bit of an uncoordinated mess on the red carpet, she looked surprisingly stunning, as did Dita Von Teese (minus the surprising part), who wore a form-fitting Posen-designed version of Charles James’ Clover Leaf gown in nude and red. And what about Karen Elson, who looked like she stepped directly out of the 1950s? Would it be appropriate to say, “yaaaaass?”

Topshop whipped up a frock for it-girl Kendall Jenner, as well as Toni Garrn, Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman. But none of the ladies looked like they were in fast-fashion, especially not Jourdan Dunn, who served early 1990s Tyra Banks realness in a refreshing canary yellow gown, subtle jewels, and a sleek up-do. Sorry to play favorites, but homegirl was definitely on top of it. This would definitely be the right time for a “yaaaaass.” The other three looked great, too, and Chanel Iman looked even better next to her beau, A$AP Rocky. Let’s face it, the guys generally looked painfully boring in their one-note tuxedos, aside from the ridiculous circus outfits worn by Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. But Chanel’s rapper boyf looked kind of really awesome, pairing his sophisticated tuxedo with sleek boots and his own natural style. Andrew Garfield, whose girlfriend Emma Stone looked vibrant yet super casual in a Thakoon ensemble, kept things relatively interesting with a metallic Band of Outsiders tux. But just about every other guy’s coat-tailed tuxedos looked like some type of costume. We know it’s the Costume Institute Gala, but for real, you guys look so lame it hurts. Even a little shade could be thrown Kanye’s way; what happened to the guy who used to be known for wearing red suits? Him and Kim didn’t look too bad, though, as the reality TV starlet cleaned up nicely in her Lanvin look.

Other highlights and lowlights included the usually incredible Lupita Nyong’o in a questionable custom beaded Prada number, Rita Ora ruining what could’ve been a beautiful Donna Karan gown by looking like she rolled around in a New Jersey dumpster, Anne Hathaway showing another example of a perfectly done crop top with her red Calvin Klein outfit, Taylor Swift looking like an Oscar de la Renta Barbie doll and Kylie Minogue looking insanely basic in what appears to be a prom gown by Marchesa. Other catastrophes included Katie Holmes dressed up as Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Elizabeth Olsen running a few months late to the Winter Olympics in her Miu Miu ice skater outfit. In general, the 2014 Met Gala red carpet was kind of boring, sometimes stunning and occasionally disturbing. But instead of going into details about who, what and why things kind of sucked, we invite you to check out some of the most noteworthy looks from the event below and share your comments!

All photos courtesy Getty Images via Style.com

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Having a Moment

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There are few things better than some old school 1990s hip hop. In case anyone forgot, Queen Latifah was on top of the rap game long before her status as an actress and CoverGirl, proven by her 1991 hit, “Ladies First.” The 90s fashion in the music video is everything, while the track itself is enhanced by a strong and empowering message on identity. This is something you’ve got to get into.

 

 

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Festival Dressing

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Angela Pham/BFAnyc.com

Both weekends of Coachella have already flown by, but festival season is just beginning. Whether you’re hitting up Governor’s Ball, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Outside Lands, Made in America or any of the other music festivals going on over the course of the next few months, you can’t deny the recent obsession with dressing for the occasion.

Perhaps a result of the street style phenomenon, everyone’s paying more attention to what others are wearing to these events than ever before. And just like the former, a lot of ridiculous, over-the-top styles are sure to be seen. Regardless of what you choose to wear, there’s a lot to consider when putting together your most stylish festival look. What are the weather conditions? Would this “tribal” accessory be considered offensive? (yes, most likely). Sure, it’s easy to just throw on your wreath of flowers and John Lennon-inspired shades and call it a day, but no one wants to look generic. And while picking out an outfit for whichever huge festival you choose to attend may seem like the most important thing in the world, it’s necessary to remember that these events are basically like huge parties – there’s no need to get so serious.

While we could present countless tips on how to put together your outfit, here’s a handful of Do’s and Don’ts regarding festival dressing:

 

 

There are plenty more Do’s and Don’ts of festival dressing, but sometimes it’s better to explain things visually. So, here are a couple examples of appropriate festival dressing for both girls and guys (click on the thumbnail of each item for more details):

 

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Of course, remember to always make a look your own, and enjoy whichever music festivals you’re attending this summer!

 

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On Our Radar: Issa Lish

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Issa Lish after the Saint Laurent spring 2014 ready-to-wear show. Photo by Scott Shapiro

Issa Lish has made impressive appearances at shows like Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier in the past, while she most recently made waves when she opened the fall 2o14 Anna Sui show. However, with the debut of her April Vogue Italia cover, people are paying a lot more attention to this relative newcomer.

The model lies in a Blumarine dress on what appears to be a bathroom floor, accompanied by Bernd Sassmannshausen and the caption, “Cinematic.” Shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Karl Templer, with hair by Guido Palau and makeup by Pat McGrath, the cover is a promising preview of a captivating spread.

Possibly the most exciting part of this is that Issa Lish doesn’t look like every other cover girl. The Mexico City native’s otherworldly beauty is the result of her Mexican and Japanese heritage. The third Mexican woman to ever cover Vogue Italia, preceded by Elsa Benitez and Liliana Dominguez, Issa represents an important step forward in the underrepresentation of Mexican models and the overall fight towards diversifying the fashion industry. We can’t wait to see the rest of her spread and where her career will take her next.

Photo: Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia

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The Top Moments of the Fall 2014 Season

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Photo Courtesy Vogue

Photo Courtesy Vogue

And that’s a wrap! In the blink of an eye, New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks have all flown by, while January’s fall 2014 menswear shows are already a thing of the past. Yeah, the fashion industry seems like it’s moving faster than ever, leaving us all in some sort of disoriented blur. However, there are still some moments from both the men’s and women’s shows that took place over the past couple of months that really stood out. Whether fashion shows spectacles or simply stunning pieces and collections, here are the top 20 best moments, items, collections and more from the fall 2014 season (in no particular order).

  1. Underrated Talents
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    Photo by Scott Shapiro

    The fall 2014 menswear shows brought a lot of impressive work from the world’s top designers. But some of the best looks came from relatively lesser-known labels. In Paris, 22/04 and Y Project‘s shows of both menswear and womenswear presented some wearable yet totally unique styles. The two labels shared urban aesthetics in ultra-luxurious materials and construction, making them noteworthy ones to watch.

  2. Givenchy menswear
    Photo by Boutayna Fartale

    Photo by Boutayna Fartale

    Though underrated masters showed their skills, the big names were still on top of the game. For Givenchy, that game was basketball, which went surprisingly well with Riccardo Tisci’s Bauhaus inspiration. The master of street chic, Tisci created a to-die-for range of printed sweatshirts, sleek sneakers and awesome outerwear that will surely be on our wish lists this fall.

  3. Lanvin menswear
    Photo by Boutayna Fartale

    Photo by Boutayna Fartale

    Like Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, Alber Elbaz and Lucas Ossendrijver got a little urban for Lanvin’s fall 2014 menswear collection. Featuring sneakers that will probably sell like crazy, amazingly sleek outerwear and graphic tops, all worn by an army of models with the coolest haircuts around, the collection was easily one of the best of the season.

  4. Spectacular Sportswear
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    Photo by Scott Shapiro

    In case the already-mentioned menswear collections – and a bunch of this season’s womenswear collections – didn’t get the message across, let’s put it simply: sportswear has been huge lately. From the shoes to the outerwear to the fabric and more, it seems like everyone’s getting ready to run for fall 2014. But what’s more important is the practicality and usefulness of this trend. Yes, finally, an explosive trend that actually mixes style with comfort.

  5. Vogueing at HBA
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    Photo Courtesy NY Mag

    While few things could ever top the step dancing routine Rick Owens used in place of a traditional fashion show last season, designer Shayne Oliver came pretty close this season. At the conclusion of his extremely urban Hood By Air fall 2014 ready-to-wear show during New York Fashion Week, a series of dancers from different houses and teams fiercely vogued down the runway. A dramatic show finale at the beginning of Fashion Month, it was definitely a refreshing and unique way to show clothes.

  6. Off to Brooklyn
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    Photo Courtesy AP

    Plenty of designers chose to step away from the typical New York Fashion Week venues at Lincoln Center, but no one would ever think to head over to Brooklyn. That is, until Alexander Wang decided to do so. Wang felt that Brooklyn’s Navy Yard reflected the mood of his collection, forcing industry insiders to trek over to the spot by water taxi (though it’s likely that a lot came by water taxi). For those who attended, the trip was worth it, as they got to witness one of the most impressive shows of the season.

  7. Team Simkhai
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    Photo Courtesy Jonathan Simkhai

    One of the best moments during NYFW came from a single look, that being the logo sweatshirt shown in Jonathan Simkhai’s fall 2014 lookbook. Simply reading “Simkhai,” the oversized pinstriped top perfectly embodied his sporty-luxe aesthetic. We’re sure a lot of people will be team Simkhai this season.

  8. Diversity at Burberry
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    Photos Courtesy WWD

    This season unfortunately saw a substantial amount of shows with mostly white casts. While this lack of diversity is extremely upsetting, we do have to acknowledge those who saw the globe as the multifaceted place that it truly is. Cue Burberry Prorsum, where Christopher Bailey and co. cast a diverse cast that not only adequately reflected London’s multiethnic population, but that of the entire world. There are still several improvements that need to be made, but at least some people are finally living up to the truly global nature of the fashion industry.

  9. Moschino Madness
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    Photo Courtesy Imaxtree via Tom + Lorenzo

    It’s safe to say that Jeremy Scott’s first collection for Moschino was a little over-the-top. From a manipulated McDonald’s logo to Cheetos and nutrition facts printed onto eveningwear, things went a little crazy. To many, the collection was so ridiculous that it couldn’t be taken seriously, while others proposed that this was the type of fun that fashion desperately needs. Regardless, one thing’s for sure: the kitschy gear will likely sell like wildfire.

  10. Iceberg
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    Photos Courtesy Style.com

    Dreamlike knitwear, perfectly tailored neoprene suits and pops of color? Yes, please. The fall 2014 Iceberg collection might have gotten lost in the midst of the Milan Fashion Week highlights, but this space-age fantasy was definitely one of the best ranges we’ve seen all season.

  11. Keeping Up with Kendall
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    Photo Courtesy Raannt

    We just talked about Kendall Jenner‘s rise to fame and the polarizing effect it’s had on many people in the fashion industry. But with the Kardashian-by-association walking for A-list shows like Marc Jacobs, Giles, Givenchy and Chanel, it’s safe to say we’ve got a new face to watch. If her latest bookings didn’t convince you, her support from LOVE Magazine’s Katie Grand will probably work up something to do the trick.

  12. Rick’s Ladies
    Photo Courtesy Imaxtree via Fashionista

    Photo Courtesy Imaxtree via Fashionista

    Rick Owens’ latest presentation wasn’t as inspirational as last season’s dance show, but his appreciation for various types of beauty was just as great. Featuring young and old models of multiple sizes and ethnicities, the designer proved that there’s more than one look that fits into his edgy ensembles.

  13. Kenzo x David Lynch
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    Photo Courtesy Kenzo

    For their Opening Ceremony show in New York, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon literally made chocolate drip from the walls. So how did the team top their spectacle for the Kenzo show in Paris? By teaming up with legendary filmmaker, David Lynch, of course. Lynch is no stranger to designing settings, as his conception of Paris’ Silencio club truly showed his creative genius. The “Mysterioso” theme was conveyed through a maze-like runway surrounded by mirrors, while a large, distorted clay head stood in the center of it all. “He really designed the entire thing,” said Leon, mentioning that Lynch even contributed to directing the way the models walked. The director also created a 16-minute soundtrack for the show, adding the cherry on top of the surreal masterpiece that meshed fashion with a totally different form of creativity.

  14. The Chanel Shopping Center
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    Photo Courtesy Style Anywhere

    Though not a surrealist invention like that of the Kenzo show, Karl Lagerfeld’s “Chanel Shopping Center” set was definitely a highlight of Fashion Month. The designer transformed the Grand Palais into a supermarket decked out entirely with Chanel products, including Chanel spaghetti, produce and much more. Meanwhile, editors, models, Rihanna and others played around with the elaborate layout, making it a necessary fun time in the midst of the Fashion Week chaos.

  15. Chanel Sneaks

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    Photo Courtesy T Magazine

    In case anyone forgot, there were clothes that went along with the Chanel spectacle. And there were shoes, too, specifically some noteworthy sneakers. The sporty kicks showed up in Chanel’s latest couture show, and Kaiser Karl didn’t ditch them when it came time for ready-to-wear. Though there are plenty more designers who’ve mastered this style of footwear on a higher level, there’s no doubt that the Chanel sneakers are going to own the fall 2014 season.

  16. Vacuum-Packed
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    Photo Courtesy Imaxtree via Fashionista

    Back on the topic of sets, Iris Van Herpen got in on the elaborate action, too. The ambiance featured fully dressed models like Iekeliene Stange and Soo Joo Park shrink-wrapped in giant plastic bags, hoisted in the air in fetal position…yeah. Don’t worry, the girls were given oxygen through tubes, though their petrified facial expressions didn’t make things any less shocking. The feminine yet futuristic collection supported the antics, including the crazy footwear. A far cry from sneakers, heel-less seven-inch platforms with shin guards that wrapped around the backs of the models’ knees were designed in collaboration with United Nude. Who do you think had a harder time, the models in the plastic wrap or the ones navigating the runway?

  17. The Comeback Kid
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    Photo Courtesy New York Times

    To put it simply, Nicolas Ghesquière won Fashion Month. The iconic designer’s long-awaited comeback as the creative director at Louis Vuitton was phenomenal, displaying an ultra-modern, hyper-luxurious collection of understated strength. There’s not much to be said, other than thank goodness Nicolas and his immeasurable skills are back in the design arena.

  18. Super
    Photos Courtesy Imaxtree

    Photos Courtesy Imaxtree

    One of the highlights of Nicolas Ghesquière’s comeback collection was the top model cast; the show opened with another comeback, that of Freja Beha Erichsen, and the stunning Liya Kebede and Maggie Rizer added to the lineup. Season after season, we’re exposed to new crops of nameless, essentially faceless models who dominate the runways. But for the fall 2014 ready-to-wear shows, we got a fair dose of old supermodels, too. As Natasha Poly opened Prada, Naomi Campbell, Irina Shayk, Anne Vyalitsyna, Izabel Goulart and Lindsay Ellingson joined the cast at Philipp Plein’s Milan show. Meanwhile, Balenciaga brought out ladies like Caroline Trentini and Mariacarla Boscono, who also appeared at Givenchy (alongside Karen Elson, nonetheless). Oh, and Gisele Bündchen closed Balenciaga, too…casual.

  19. Riri’s Reign
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    Photo Courtesy The Citizens of Fashion

    Street style and celebrity fascination are two inevitable yet obnoxious elements of Fashion Month. Yet somehow, Rihanna mixed those two things perfectly during her time in Paris, and everyone was all about it. Whether doing menswear chic at Lanvin or baring it all at Balmain, @badgalriri really killed it in the style game this season.

  20. Lovely Lupita
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    Photo Courtesy Getty Images

    It’s the little things that count. Lupita Nyong’o sat front row at the Miu Miu show fresh off her Oscar win for best supporting actress. On the last day of Fashion Month, it’s likely that everyone else in room was feeling substantially more exhausted than Hollywood’s it-girl. Yet the gorgeous budding fashion icon and face of the label’s spring 2014 ads was as charming as ever, taking selfies with fellow attendees and politely introducing herself to everyone in her row. After a hectic month of fashion shows, this type of positive attitude is the best thing you could ask for.

Well, that’s all for now. Here’s to looking forward to more spectacular moments during next season’s shows!

Kendall Jenner at Givenchy. Photo: Imaxtree

There’s Something About Kendall

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Kendall Jenner at Givenchy. Photo: Imaxtree

Kendall Jenner at Givenchy. Photo: Imaxtree

The Kardashians are kind of everywhere, and to a lot of people, it’s kind of annoying. But then there’s Kardashian Klan member, Kendall Jenner. The 18-year-old had a noticeable presence during the fall 2014 ready-to-wear shows, and a few fashion industry insiders were definitely all about it.

Signed to prestigious agencies like The Society Management in New York and Elite in Paris, Jenner’s had the coveted support of super-editor Katie Grand of LOVE Magazine. While she wasn’t necessarily booking tons of shows, her appearances at Marc Jacobs, Giles, Givenchy and Chanel were certainly remarkable. And the most impressive part? Kendall blended in with all the other models perfectly, coming off as more than just a reality TV gimmick (though we can probably expect to see some mention of her runway work on an upcoming episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians). However, even with Kendall Jenner’s top-tier casting and legitimate model look, some people are pissed off; the word “nepotism” has definitely been thrown around a few times.

“I hate it or maybe more just Kendall’s rise. The out right power grab of the Kardashian machine for girls that have no particular talent other than self promotion bothers me…I want them to go away and stop being welcomed to new opportunities…I think it is more kardashian entitlement hate than anything else,” says one commenter on the always blunt online community, Fashin.

This sentiment has surely been echoed, implying that Kim Kardashian’s relationship with Kanye West and Kanye’s friendship with Riccardo Tisci got Kendall her spot in the Givenchy show. But would Kendall’s “friends in high places” really be doing that much if she only walked four – albeit huge – fashion shows? Although we can expect it soon, she hasn’t yet had the chance to show her print potential in ads or editorials, so it’s hard to truly judge so early in her career. More importantly, even if Kendall Jenner is truly benefiting from her fame-by-association and elevated social status, she’s definitely not the first model to do so.

You know Cara Delevingne, right? One of the few models of the moment who shows signs of potentially bringing back the supermodel, some argue that Cara came into the game thanks to her family’s British socialite status. The same goes for it-girl Edie Campbell, whose mother was once a major fashion editor and stylist with tons of connections. Stella Tennant is said to have risen to fame courtesy of relations to the British royal family, while the privileged upbringings of girls like Dree Hemingway and Devon Aoki have been attributed to their success in the modeling world. And who could forget Lily McMenamy, the unique-looking daughter of supermodel Kristen McMenamy who’s been having her fair share of time in the spotlight in recent seasons? The list goes on. Though nothing has been proven to say these ultra-successful girls didn’t work hard to achieve their careers, they all come from similar situations to that of Kendall Jenner. Yet everyone knows them simply as models, all doing impressive work in their own rights.

Again, it’s hard to adequately pass judgement on Kendall Jenner before she does more runway shows and print work. While the Kardashian obsession is certainly questionable, Kendall’s been doing a decent job at distancing herself from the polarizing family and making a name for herself in the modeling world. At the end of the day, does it really matter how a model becomes a model? Sure, this type of rise can be seen as unfair, as these girls could receive an opportunity over many others who are struggling to make it. But what’s really important is the girl’s ability to perform. And for that reason, we can only wait and see what’s next for Kendall.

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PaRIH

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Courtesy The Citizens of Fashion

Courtesy The Citizens of Fashion

All eyes may have been on the runways during Paris Fashion Week, but if anything was noticeable off the catwalk, it was Rihanna’s omnipresence at the hottest shows. “Badgalriri” was taking the phrase, “the world is your runway” quite literally, looking better than ever in some painfully stylish looks. She owned the sporty trend with her sneakers at Chanel and her killer outfit at Givenchy, while she turned up in multicolored furs and luxe leathers elsewhere. And who could forget the provocative, sheer tops she rocked at the Jean Paul Gaultier and Balmain shows? No one else could come to a fashion show essentially topless and look as good, though no one could really pull off anything Riri does with the same level of immeasurable coolness. Whether going sophisticated, urban or overtly sexy, Rihanna proved why she’s been a front row fixture at Paris Fashion Week this season. Check out some of her best looks below!

At Miu Miu, wearing a Prada coat that debuted just days before in Milan. Photo: Getty Images

At Miu Miu, wearing a Prada coat that debuted just days before in Milan. Photo: Getty Images

At Chanel, the sneakers make the look. Photo: Getty Images

At Chanel, the sneakers make the look. Photo: Getty Images

Wearing a statement coat at Stella McCartney. Photo: BFA

Wearing a statement coat at Stella McCartney. Photo: BFA

Showing us all how to do the sporty trend the right way in Givenchy at Givenchy. Photo: Getty Images

Showing us all how to do the sporty trend the right way in Givenchy at Givenchy. Photo: Getty Images

Channelling her inner provocative Parisienne at Jean Paul Gaultier. Photo: Getty Images

Channelling her inner provocative Parisienne at Jean Paul Gaultier. Photo: Getty Images

Matching her look at Comme des Garçons with the inventive styles on the runway via an oversized leather coat and Adam Selman bunny ears. Photo: Stephane Feugere

Matching her look at Comme des Garçons with the inventive styles on the runway via an oversized leather coat and Adam Selman bunny ears. Photo: Stéphane Feugère

Ultra-glam at Dior. Photo: Getty Images

Ultra-glam at Dior. Photo: Getty Images

Adding luxury to her masculine-inspired outfit at Lanvin. Photo: Getty Images

Adding luxury to her masculine-inspired outfit at Lanvin. Photo: Getty Images

Rocking a safari-esque Balmain ensemble better than anyone could ever dream of. Photo: Getty Images

Rocking a safari-esque Balmain ensemble better than anyone could ever dream of. Photo: Getty Images

Clever coverage in Balmain at the label's party. Photo: BFA

Clever coverage in Balmain at the label’s party. Photo: BFA

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A Rising Force

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Courtesy Ralph Lauren

Courtesy Ralph Lauren

You may or may not recognize stunning Somalian-born catwalker Fatima Siad from the 10th cycle of America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks’ insanely popular reality TV competition. Let’s be real, ANTM rarely produces an actual top model, as most of these girls – though beautiful and often full of potential – seldom go on to book legitimate high fashion jobs. But Fatima’s broken that mold, with her presence in the industry becoming more and more noticeable.

After coming in third place during her cycle of the competition, Siad eventually signed to New York Model Management, booking a substantial series of editorials in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Women’s Wear Daily and many more A-list publications. But things really took off in recent years, as Siad began to appear in top-tier runway shows and substantially more noteworthy print work. Along with Arbonne, Aveda, Avon, Armani Exchange and BCBG Max Azria ads, she had an excellent spring 2012 runway season, walking for Dries Van Noten, Hermès, Andrew Gn and Moncler Gamme Rouge, to name a few. Her successful season led to an ad campaign for Hervé Léger and a spot in Giorgio Armani’s “One Night Only” show.

Fatima proved that ANTM contestants can in fact take their potential beyond a television screen, making her mark in just one short season. But that was just the beginning, as she followed up a brief absence from the scene with even more remarkable appearances. Moving to global powerhouse agency, IMG, the fall 2014 shows had Fatima working for the likes of Tome, Emilia Wickstead, J. Crew, Jonathan Simkhai, Dennis Basso and Ralph Lauren. The latter cast the model in the label’s spring 2014 ad campaign, sealing the deal as a girl to keep an eye on.

While the 27-year-old’s ability to transcend age constraints and reality TV recognition is commendable, her bravery in the discussion of her past are even more moving. Siad was a victim of female genital mutilation, a traumatizing practice that still continues in many African regions, while her and her mother came to America when she was 13 years old after her sister’s were killed in the Somalian Civil War. Both a striking face and an influential voice, this is just the beginning for Fatima Siad. Let’s hope to see much more of her during this week’s shows in Paris.

Courtesy Aveda

Courtesy Aveda

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Courtesy Arise Magazine

Left to Right: Alexandre Vauthier, Dries Van Noten, Hermès. Courtesy Style.com

Left to Right: Alexandre Vauthier, Dries Van Noten, Hermès. Courtesy Style.com

Courtesy Hervé Léger

Courtesy Hervé Léger

Walking for Hermès. courtesy Getty Images

Walking for Hermès. courtesy Getty Images

Walking for Ralph Lauren. Courtesy Style.com

Walking for Ralph Lauren. Courtesy Style.com

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Riley Montana

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Courtesy Models.com

Just her name alone implies superstar status, and it doesn’t hurt that LA Models-based Riley Montana has been killing it in just her first season. The newcomer shows a similar rise to fame to that of Malaika Firth, most recently starring alongside the it-girl and Cora Emmanuel in a W Magazine editorial and booking countless shows during this current Fashion Month. Expected to continue her successful streak in Paris, Riley first captured our attention when she was hand-picked by Riccardo Tisci for the spring 2014 Givenchy ad. Meanwhile, her perfect features and feline beauty, along with spreads in LOVE Magazine and Vogue Paris show her potential to eventually achieve icon status. Riley Montana is definitely one to watch.

Courtesy W Magazine

Courtesy W Magazine

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Courtesy Love Magazine

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Courtesy Givenchy

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