Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fashionable Game of Musical Chairs

Hanne Gaby Odiele, former Supreme model (currently @ Ford) shot by Paul Rowland, formerly of Supreme (currently @ Ford)

Ask any agency/model stalker what the biggest news story so far this year, and they'll probably tell you about the Paul Rowland-Ford-Woman-Supreme switch up. For those of you not in the loop, photographer & most notably founder of Women and Supreme Management in New York City, Paul Rowland, left his seat at Supreme to head up the woman's board at cookie cutter agency, Ford Models. Rumor has it Rowland had a "huge" salary at the agency he founded back in 1988 but wasn't happy with the management, so he left. His arrival at Ford bumping former head of the woman's board Caroline Poznanski from her seat, she chose to go over to Supreme to take Rowland's old job. Confused yet? Try being their models. Chanel Iman, formally of Ford has defected to the once edgy Supreme (and in this writer's opinion, doesn't fit in at all...) while the super editorial Hanne Gaby Odiele sashayed on over to the uber commercial Ford. Getting dizzy yet? I am.

Will Ford no longer be the 'girl next door' go to agency it has been for the past 52 years? Probably not. Hear what Rowland has to say about American girls and his vision for the new Ford Models in his New York Times interview by David Amsden.


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