New York Fashion Week is creeping up on us, which means in a matter of days, the streets will be filled with an army of beautiful, impossibly tall models visiting designers for their castings. IMG, one of the top-tier modeling agencies in each fashion capital, released its show package for the Fall 2014 shows on Tuesday, debuting its impressive roster of models for the season.
Aside from seeing a number of our favorite girls represented — Joan Smalls, Ali Michael, Jac — and noticing how diverse IMG’s lineup is this season (there’s a number of plus-size models included, as well as a significant selection of models of color), one model’s card caught our eye in particular. Karlie Kloss, who has officially reached supermodel status, has a bit of a disclaimer attached to it: She’s only available by “special arrangement.”
This likely means that Kloss won’t go on castings like most of the models have to. It also has a number of different implications, the main ones being that a) designers probably need to be buddies with Kloss to have her walk their shows, or b) they’d better be willing to fork over some extra cash in order to cast her. We reached out to IMG for clarification and we will update as we hear more.
Kloss has taken some time away from the runways before — she completely skipped New York Fashion Week during the fall 2012 season to pursue another opportunity — and she has scaled back on the number of shows she walks each season because, face it: she totally can. The “MTV House of Style” host and Victoria’s Secret Angel has a lot on her plate, including aspirations to go back to school. Kloss did once admit to Vanity Fair that designers have told her she’s “too famous” to walk in their shows, since “no one will pay attention to the clothes,” so this could just be a way to weed out those who don’t want the competition for attention on the catwalk.
Kloss has a stable of shows that she tends to walk in season after season, including Jason Wu, Oscar de la Renta and Michael Kors, so we’re hoping we’ll be lucky enough to witness that mesmerizing, panther-like walk at least once here in New York.