MODEL OF THE MOMENT: BAMBI NORTHWOOD-BLYTH
If you haven’t heard the name or seen the face of Bambi Northwood-Blyth you have been living under a rock, seriously. This eighteen-year-old fresh face of Australian modelling has literally been converting every editorial spread, runway and advertising campaign she can say ‘yes’ to since appearing on our radar in the blink of an eye.
Melbourne bred, Bambi’s real name is actually Stephanie but goes by ‘Bambi’, which I think suits her baby doll face much better. Signed to Priscillas Model Agency Bambi stands at only 5’7”, which in modelling terms is quite short, however, this has not stopped her from rising to the ranks. Bambi is nothing short of average with her amazing features she is being likened to that of supermodel Kate Moss and Brooke Shields.
Those sea green eyes, and distinctive eyebrows are the reason everyone is so obsessed with her unique and irreplaceable look. She is unlike anything we have seen in a long, long time and it’s so refreshing to see an upcoming model with such a fresh face. Recently walking for nearly every show at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week she is not your regular beyond tall model, her catwalk strut is less strut and more bouncy, I-am-so-young-and-free. More recently, she has appeared in Grazia Australia, Russh, Oyster and starred on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar The rise of the Australian Supermodel issue along with fellow models Georgia Fowler, Juliana Forge, Meg Lindsay and Stephanie Cherry. Bambi is also the face of the latest fashion collaboration for chain store Sportsgirl with cool Aussie fashion label Aje and stars in the spring catalogue for Myer with Australia’s Next Top Model 2009 runner-up Cassie Van Den Dungen.
The thing about Bambi is she portrays a childlike innocence, yet, in a split second can transform from a rock and roll goddess to a free loving hippy. This is why she is currently the cream of Australian local talent. I can’t exactly pin point the exact moment I first saw this rare beauty but I’m glad I did as I think she will be cemented as one of the biggest influences in the Australian fashion scene for 2010 and set the benchmark for new generation of talented Australian models. By letting her personality shine through both on and off the runway Bambi has become the name on everyone’s lips. No matter if you love the eyebrows or hate them you can’t deny she is something amazing, similar to that of a work of art.
Nothing is new here- leather is hot! And this season it is heating up even more as it breaks away from the traditional tattoo loving hardcore bikie-gang leather to take on a more feminine and delicate role transforming into a fabric for all seasons. Lately, the designers are turning their attention away from the ubiquitous jacket piece and exploring all new silhouettes, styles and colours.
We all know leather lasts forever and is one lust worthy look definitely worth investing in as a wide spread wardrobe staple. First spotted on the international runways of 3.1 Philip Lim, Karl Lagerfeld and Celine, more recently, the all wear leather trend dominated the Australian SS 10/11 runways. Flannel, Camilla and Marc and Kate Sylvester all demonstrated this fabric in new and beautiful ways, working it into pieces of the softest brown and cream leathers. Pencil skirts, high waisted shorts, cropped tops and even dresses offered the perfect contrast to the material’s inherent toughness.
Taking a step back from the predicted leather jacket, which has been a major staple trend for the last few seasons, the experimentation of these new leather pieces suddenly take centre stage on our must-have lists. Toughen up a delicate top with leather shorts or pair a leather top with your favourite bikie jeans and boots to truly get into the spirit of grunge. These are some pieces that can transition through all seasons.
When choosing what looks to add to your wardrobe it’s best to follow the professionals and stick to a monochromatic palette and muted tones. These pieces are condemned to the rule ‘less is more’ as the simplicity speaks for itself. So ease back and let the leather do the sophisticated talking this season and remember: leather is forever.
She creates photographs filled with an intense raw softness; draws inspiration from the dream catcher universe by Wendy Bevan and believes that photography is a way to create a mystical universe and tell stories. Danish photographer Olivia Folich creates more than photographs, she creates artworks.
Born on the 7th of September 1984 she currently lives in Norrebro, Copenhagen and is unlike your ordinary photographer who admits that they have been interested in photography ‘since I can remember.’ After high school Olivia travelled to Switzerland to become an actress in the film Nachbeben. Once there, the photographer on the set strangely captivated her and she began to turn her attention away from acting and more on photography. Her interest quickly got more intense and serious before later moving to New York to complete a few short courses to learn the technical stuff. Frolich then moved back to Denmark where she attended the Danish School of Photography.
Frolich works’ main focus is on fashion photography, and although she studied artistic and commercial photography she later discovered fashion photography is where she found the greatest thrill. She has since worked as an assistant for some of fashions greatest including Helena Christensen on a Spanish Vogue photo shoot and David Shery for Dazed and Confused. She manages to capture each photograph in its raw environment portraying a unique and unmistakable innocence that hold so much emotion. Olivia’s universe “inspires people and moves them in some kind of way, creates stories and makes beautiful pictures of women creating special universes.”
In the future Frolich would love to photograph Anja Rubik, Kate Winslet and Kate Blanchett as she thinks they’re all interesting, beautiful people while she wishes she had the chance to photograph her grandmother some more. Her Scandinavian culture and heritage is evident in her style of images. The dream-like softness of each photograph draws you away from reality and captivates you in its intensity of light, expressions and emotion. Olivia Frolich is one serious up and coming fashion photographer that never fails to amaze. She takes you to a place like no other as you dream away in the atmosphere of the unknown.