JAM | Jun 1, 2023

SAINT’s hot-girl summer!

/ Our Today

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SAINT’s Martinican face Aurelie Giraud in Studio 83’s feathered minidress for the label’s Say My Name collection lensed by Kostas Avgoulis (Photo Contributed)

As summer days inch ever closer, red-hot SAINT International stunners Kai Newman, Naki Depass, Tomiwa and Aurelie Giraud are sizzling in a flood of freshly unveiled campaigns for the fashion industry’s trendsetting labels.

 The model quartet based in Paris and New York make commanding debuts for the summertime collections of relatively new American-based labels Fforme, Another Tomorrow and Cinq a Sept as well as the six-year-old Grecian label Studio 83. 

Newman appears for Fforme’s creative director Paul Helbers’ Summer 2023 collection described as “a wardrobe exploring fluidity between two different shapes: the corset and the tunic.”.

 The Jamaican supermodel who recently co-headlined global advertising campaigns for the Italian luxury fashion houses Prada and Ferragamo adored her Big Apple shoot for Fforme, a label jointly founded last year by Laura Vasquez and Nina Khlosa and launched at New York Fashion Week.

 “It was truly a pleasure working with a new label, especially one generating so much excitement in fashion right now,” Newman shared. “I loved the tailored mix of cropped high waist pants, tuck pleat skirts, crew necks, and v-back tank tops that I was photographed in.” 

Kai Newman rocking the v-back tank and ankle pants from Fforme’s summer 2023 collection lookbook shot by Mel Bles (Photo Contributed)

Like Newman, it was first-time too for Depass with her Another Tomorrow booking. Lensed in December in New York by Jon Ervin and styled by Roxane Danset, the SAINT model became a convert of the sustainable womenswear label established by onetime banker Vanessa Barboni Hallik and former DKNY founding designer Jane Chung in 2020.

“It’s an amazing brand, and I love the creativity of the campaign’s final images,” gushed Depass whose wardrobe consisted of structured dresses, pleated shorts, contrast jackets and belted shirtdresses. 

Her new campaign for Another Tomorrow was a reflection of her eight-year-long model life.

“Being part of the industry this long, patience is the biggest life Iesson I’ve learnt. Patience is key as everything changes constantly… sometimes there’s a low season and another high season so one needs to have a lot of patience to make it through whatever the industry brings,” she revealed. 

As for SAINT’s Nigerian supermodel-in-the-making Tomiwa, who recently relocated to New York, she stars in the new online summer campaign for fashion designer and founder Jane Siskin’s label Cinq a Sept titled ‘A La Plage’ which translates to mean ‘at the beach’.

Photographed by Jon Ervin, Naki Depass in Another Tomorrow’s structured dress from the label’s summer collection (Photo Contributed)

“I am a fan of the whole collection,” Tomiwa said of the label’s new assortment of bodycons, coverups, knits, embellished tops and one-shouldered dresses. “We shot in Garrison, in upper east side New York in March when I moved from Paris and I   worked with a really great team,” said the former-nursing student-come-globe-trotting model.

Further afield, SAINT’s Martinican star Aurelie Giraud is tickled to be an advertising face for Studio 83, a womenswear label from Grecian designer Nadia Sidiropoulou.

Shot by Kostas Avgoulis two months ago in the capital city of Athens, Giraud co-stars in the label’s Say My Name-titled collection campaign featuring summer-perfect peony-print bustiers, denim, feathered crop and satin tops, and much more. 

SAINT’s Nigerian star Tomiwa in the Cinq a Sept woodblock zebra cover-up and bikini shot by Yelena Yemchuk (Photo Contributed)

‘’It feels good to be the face of a young brand and being able to encourage them in their journey,” said Giraud, who counts a yellow feathered mini-dress and pink suits as her faves from the new collection. In her life thus far in the fashion industry, one of her most important credos is standing up for herself.

“You decide whether or not something is too much for you. You are not just a model, you have a voice and should use it whenever if feels right,” was the beauty’s closing salvo, en route to boarding a Paris-to-London flight for a new work assignment.


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