Meet two of the newest faces for Gosha’s SS17
From personal friends of Gosha Rubchinskiy to a handful sourced through social media, the Florence presentation boasted a fantastic roster.
Following the show, we caught up with Liam Cobbledick and Felix Edwards when they touched down in the UK. We asked them what the experience was like and what they think of the industry they’re now immersed in …
First of all how old are you and where are you guys from?
Liam : 15 from Manchester, England
Felix : I’m 17 and was born In Clapham and have lived here for my entire life.
Were you always interested in modelling or did somebody put you forward?
Liam : Being genuinely honest, I have always wanted to model. When Gosha chose me to walk in his show, I was over the moon. I appreciate Gosha as a person and it really was a life changing experience.
Felix : To be honest I was never interested in modelling before it all happened as it just didn’t ever cross my mind. I was found through Instagram as my friend applied to the casting call for the Gosha Rubchinskiy SS17 show. A little later, Gosha came across a photo of me on his account and got in touch.
What do you think is the best way for young models to be discovered today?
Liam : In my own opinion social media is the answer. For example Leo Mandella, he is at around 16k followers on Instagram and he is only 14. Yeah, social media is your best bet to get yourself out there both as a person and a model. This is how I got chosen to model for Gosha Rubchinskiy. There’s also Jonathan darby, a 15 year old boy who also walked for Gosha’s SS17 show and got picked up through Instagram like me. As soon as I saw Jonathan at the show we had a spark and we speak on a very regular basis. We even have some modelling jobs lined up with each other in the future.
What was the experience like being a youth from the UK modelling for Gosha?
Felix : The show in Florence was an amazing experience, and one which was very new to me. Therefore I have little to compare it to but it certainly wasn’t a let down. I met many new faces and interesting people who made my perception of the fashion industry change for the better. Additionally travelling is a passion of mine and Florence was a great place to be. To be paid to be there was a dream.
Liam : The experience was absolutely amazing, I have never ever in my life experienced anything like it, it is amazing to be young and pursuing my dream and I would like to thank Gosha so much for letting me participate in his show.
Is modelling something you would pursue or is it more of a stepping stone into the creative industries?
Liam : I would most definitely like to pursue modelling. It is so much fun and opens many doors for people. You also get to travel and meet new faces from around the globe which is amazing! When I was in Florence I met people from different places, some places I have never even visited!
Felix : I don’t believe it can ever be a career for me, although for now I am pursuing it because so far I have enjoyed it. I also appreciate my luck at being a part of an amazing brand like Gosha Rubchinskiy and I’m privileged to be doing more work with him following the show. In terms of the simple benefits it’s money in my pocket and I’m learning new things everyday about such a fascinating industry.
Gosha Rubchinskiy aside, which brands inspire you and which do pull out of the closet day to day?
Liam : Many brands inspire me but it’s not brands, it’s the people who wear them which really inspire me. If I had to choose Neighbourhood and WTAPS inspire me and day to day I usually wear; Gosha, Supreme, WTAPS, and sometimes Palace. I also love COMME des GARCONS.
Felix : To be honest I don’t own many clothes from big brands although I do love Levi’s and a simple t-shirt tucked into them. I love the skinhead look from the 70’s and of course the punk era and Vivienne Westwood’s influence on that. I do own clothes based on those looks like Doc Martens and that kind of thing. I admire many brands such as CDG and Stone Island is also a personal favourite of mine. Also in terms of inspiration a lot of Gosha’s clothing inspires me too because I’m very interested in Russian culture and I believe he captures the essence of that really well.
Lastly, do you think it’s important for models to be varied and innovative to prevent the industry from becoming bland?
Felix : Definitely! Otherwise the industry would simply be full of models who capture the most obvious perception of human beauty. This would be boring and I wouldn’t have ever got a modelling job.
Liam : Yes I really do, if every model had the same look and style the brand wouldn’t function. Most models do have different looks and styles; long hair, short hair, tall and small it varies between different brands and shows. If every model had the same everything the industry would fall down.