MODEL MO­MENT: AM­BER WIT­COMB

Fashion (Canada) - - Fashion News - —Nancy Won

“When Prada asks you to cut your hair, you just go with it,” wrote AM­BER WIT­COMB on In­sta­gram dur­ing the Spring 2017 shows. Lead hair­styl­ist Guido Palau had just chopped her long curly locks into a blunt chin-length bob—et voilà, the 22-yearold new­comer was im­me­di­ately pro­claimed “one to watch.” Orig­i­nally from just out­side of Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake, Ont., Wit­comb, who grew up read­ing fash­ion mag­a­zines and watch­ing Amer­ica’s Next Top Model, was dis­cov­ered at a mu­sic fes­ti­val at the age of 19. The five-foot-11 brunette was study­ing at Brock Univer­sity, in St. Catharines, Ont., and made the atyp­i­cal de­ci­sion to put off mod­el­ling full-time un­til af­ter graduation. Three years later, with a quick stint in Syd­ney and a few lo­cal shoots un­der her belt, Wit­comb made her Euro­pean run­way de­but at J.W. An­der­son’s Spring 2017 pre­sen­ta­tion, fol­lowed by turns at Mul­berry, Al­berta Fer­retti and Roberto Cavalli. And then Prada hap­pened. Cue im­me­di­ate book­ings for Marni, Ba­len­ci­aga, Cé­line and Givenchy, not to men­tion open­ing the Dries Van Noten show. Need more proof that this home­town girl has hit the big time? This spring, look for Wit­comb’s quirky-cool-meets-aris­to­cratic fea­tures in Cé­line’s Juer­gen Teller-shot sum­mer cam­paign.

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