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The Week IN HISS: A NEW Landscape

"Agyness Is The Girl Of The Decade" Steven Meisel in ID Magazine:  PH:Terry Richardson for ID May 08 via TFS"Agyness Is The Girl Of The Decade" Steven Meisel in ID Magazine: PH:Terry Richardson for ID May 08 via TFS

I hadn't left NY is almost two months which was quite unusual as the big grinding machine that is Gotham usually has me ground out after a three week cycle. But now that Spring is clearly here, I find myself running through the city streets excited, invigorated and stimulated. (Literally!) I love how the new kids are dressing now in those clashing colors, in that skintight silhoutte, with all that generation/seperating bravado. I see more eccentricity, daring and individuality than I have seen in a long time. I love Agyness Deyn , I love all these exciting new bands and DJ's bursting out of not only America and England but also from Germany, Canada, France and Australia. I love how much information you can glean from Google/MySpace/Facebook/Youtube and I love that every entrepreneur large and small gets into the viral marketing of that. In other words I love the time I'm living in, the late Zeroes.


Baby Woman, Naomi Campbell right at the very start of her career. She gave it from Day 1 no?Baby Woman, Naomi Campbell right at the very start of her career. She gave it from Day 1 no?


Abbey Lee poses up a storm in May's Vogue China PH: David VaseljevicAbbey Lee poses up a storm in May's Vogue China PH: David Vaseljevic


We're sure given enough clues all our beloved model maniacs will suss out the clients in question...but the Hiss Squad reports that La Linda is on set this week with that most blue chip of blue chip photographers shooting what could be that most blue chip of editorials (as well as a seriously iconic campaign). You didn't hear it here first!

The Kids Are Alright!

Shameer Khan snaps Salieu JallohShameer Khan snaps Salieu Jalloh

18 year old Red fledgling Salieu Jalloh from Sierra Leone posed in front of lens of 18 year old photographer Shameer Khan and the results were beautiful. There something about these pics with the everyday wear and perfectly calculated casualness that remind me of that legendary Corrine Day shoot with Kate (Not to infer Salie is a new boy Kate or Shameer, a Corrine ). It' s very high school kids hanging out in a New York City park snapping shots of each other and I adore the truth of that. This is a testament to the ideal of picking up the camera and bravely expressing your viewpoint. Tracking down Mr Khan's contact info to give him due props!


Ali Stephens is getting used to that spotlight:Image via frillr.comAli Stephens is getting used to that spotlight:Image via


Raquel Zimmerman: Hercules Spring/Summer 2008 via the fashionspotRaquel Zimmerman: Hercules Spring/Summer 2008 via the fashionspot

Proof perfect that Raquel Zimmerman is a true Brazilian girl. I think this might be what Erik meant when he talk about girls who build a bridge between high fashion and the commercial world.

CAMPAIGNORAMA : It's 1998 All Over Again.

Claudia Schiffer rides again! Just ask VFClaudia Schiffer rides again!Just ask VF

Question. If as hiss has it, Claudia is Chanel FW 08 and Naomi YSL with Kate set to log her inevitable 4-pack of camps, where does that leave today's mob of bright eyed newcomers? The magazines are awash with Top Newcomers edits. V must do one. German Vogue has one pending and the new incarnation of Interview under Karl Templer's stewardship kicks off with a visual ode to today's Top New Stars but these girls will not be populating the blue chip campaigns this season from the look of things.
This is not a new story. Clients are clear where they stand on this issue. In the rare cases that they cast from the current ranks of models, they still contract those girls with a track record. Think for instance about that certain haute editorial blonde who dropped out from the scene a few seasons back. She's in much demand these days proving that certain girls will always find a space on the call sheet waiting for them. Or you could be Lara Stone and find yourself constantly needed on those best sets. Now consider the curious political change-ups at that hallmark American label which seems to be hopping from girl to girl per season. The days of long term commitments seem to be over at that house.

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