As the namesake women’s boutique and Towne by Elyse Walker concept stores grow, Hollywood stylist owner Walker is betting on a new type of retail model. She’s betting that consumers are looking for a friendly community and luxury service.
This year, Walker is launching the Rising Talent Program to support up-and-coming designers. It includes mentorship from Walker and the FORWARD team, which will guide the designers through a two-day workshop.
British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, 30, is one of the most recognized and sought after fashion stars in the world. She has walked the runways for Victoria’s Secret and Burberry. She also has an acting career that includes supporting roles in the American sci-fi action film Transformers: Dark of the Moon and the thriller Mad Max: Fury Road.
She was born on April 18, 1987, in Plymouth, Devon, England. She is the daughter of Fiona and Charles Huntington-Whiteley. Her mother is a fitness instructor and her father is a chartered surveyor.
She was spotted by Profile Model Management when she was just 16 years old, and her modelling career quickly took off. She has since appeared in Levi’s, Burberry, Karen Millen, Agent Provocateur, Godiva and Miss Sixty ads. She is also the face of Burberry Body, a fragrance that was launched in 2011. In 2011, she was named as one of the top 100 highest paid models in the world.
Kate Grigorieva is the model for FORWARD by Elyse Walker’s latest ad campaign, which takes designer looks from the runway to street style chic. She stars in a photo shoot that features vibrant colors and embellished pieces with a graffitied background.
Kate is a Russian supermodel who is best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. She became an official Angel in April 2015 and has walked the runway for Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Prabal Gurung, and Donna Karan to name just a few of her illustrious clients.
She is a fashion-forward type, and she’s not afraid to wear bold colors or show off her figure in the right outfit. Elyse Walker is also strong in photos and has graced the pages of many high fashion magazines. She has a svelte figure and must be diligent about her diet and workout routine. She’s a definite must-follow on Instagram! She also walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show in three segments, and is a regular presence on the red carpet.
Gigi Hadid is a well-known model who is credited with putting her heart into her work as an activist. She has a strong social media presence and has been active in many causes, including promoting anti-immigration policies.
Born Jelena Noura Hadid, she is of Dutch and Palestinian descent. She was discovered by Paul Marciano, co-founder of Guess clothing, when she was two years old and has since walked in fashion shows for designers like Tommy Hilfiger and Chanel.
She is signed to IMG Models and made her New York Fashion Week debut in February 2014, walking for Desigual. She joined Maybelline as a brand ambassador in 2015, and has since appeared in various advertising campaigns.
She began dating English singer Zayn Malik in late 2015 and is rumored to be pregnant with their child. She appeared in Malik’s music video for the song “Pillowtalk,” which became a huge hit.
Naomi Campbell has been in the business for over 30 years, and she’s one of the most respected and well-known models of all time. She’s graced the cover of hundreds of magazines and walked the catwalks for some of fashion’s most renowned designers, including Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Christian Dior, Versace and Azzedine Alaia.
She’s also a powerful activist and was called to testify at the Special Court for Sierra Leone during the war crimes trial of ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor. She reportedly alleged that Taylor had given her a “blood diamond” during a 1997 Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund event in South Africa.
She is an inspiration to a younger generation of models and has played a major role in helping her mentees, such as Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber, launch their careers. She continues to champion authentic relationships with designers, editors and photographers and uses her platform to speak out against racism in the fashion industry.