Models Line Up to Audition for Fashion Week

Posted: Aug. 29th, 2013  |  By DailyLuxe News

While it may appear that being tall, having an adrogynous, and fitting into a size-zero outfit would land you on a catwalk, the process of selecting models for a show is complicated. Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo, the partners of Tome, a three-year-old fashion company, are auditioning models for Fashion Week.

Both men know what they want but have difficulty putting that “Je ne sais quoi” into quantitative terms. Defining it qualitatively is not too simple eiither. However, when they see it, a potential new star of the catwalk could be in the making. So many come forth; so few are selected; and the entire process is riddled with vagaries. There is one of three piles each model falls into for Martin and Lobo: “likes,” “hmms,” and also-rans. Try and write an algorythm for that one with a straight face. This story in The New York Times attempts to break down the action...

Neither designer is new to the process. In his native Australia, Mr. Lobo was much in demand as a stylist and consultant. His fellow Aussie, Mr. Martin, most recently worked as design director for Derek Lam. The partners, each 34, introduced their label, which marries opulent fabrics and ascetic cuts, in 2011, calling it Tome because, as they explained at the time, the name represented a new chapter in their careers.