Recently I had the oppurtunity to assist one of my friends Ryan Kenny on a shoot for the Adelaide Magazine. Now a Sydney boy, he rang me one day asking if I could assist him, and said, ‘we’re shooting that new April girl, the one that signed to Finesse.’ Immediately I was pretty excited. I’m normally never a model obsessor or anything close to it, but I was excited to work with April Tiplady – she had already been signed to IMG within days, everyone knew she was destined for huge, huge things.
The shoot was incredible, she was amazing, the shots looked great.
Yesterday, I was watching the Junya Watanabe show. You may have noticed I’ve been rather quiet with my Fashion Week coverage – I don’t want to be ‘that guy’, but I have been waiting for Paris, because I found everything else underwhelming this year. ANYWAY. I was watching the Junya show, and suddenly a familiar looking face in a red jacket walks out to close the show. And you know what I did? I said internally ‘oh wow, that girl looks like April’. It wasn’t until the lady herself posted on Facebook that she had just walked her first show in Paris, that it clicked. And I punched the air in happiness. I should’ve pieced it all together much quicker – it was only about 3 weeks ago that I was chatting to Finesse Director Brigette Mitchell, and she was telling me that she herself was jetting off to Paris.
Seriously Junya Watanabe. The girl has never walked a show in her life before this one. She walked for one of the most incredible designers in the world, for her first ever show. The girl is a phenomenon. Keep an eye out for this one. Congrats April, Congrats Finesse, Congrats IMG! x