The stilettos have come out within the talent-poaching conflict between two rival New York modeling companies.
The famed Elite modeling company insisted Wednesday that they by no means stole high vogue plates from the smaller Ladies’s Fashions Administration — and that big-name stars like Behati Prinsloo catwalked over on their very own to flee a “toxic” atmosphere wherein they have been insulted as “cockroaches” by their boss, in response to court docket papers.
“Women N.Y. Management is an agency in free fall . . . an environment of fear and disrespect has permeated the agency,” Elite wrote within the submitting obtained by Web page Six. “There is little wonder that a ‘mass exodus’ is taking place.”
Elite Mannequin Administration was responding to a go well with filed earlier this month by Ladies, which claimed the extra well-known agency poached some 55 fashions, together with cowl stars like Anna Ewers, and price the lesser-known company some $22 million in misplaced bookings.
Ladies fashions even bought a restraining order final week, barring Elite from taking any extra lovely faces from their steady of vogue stars.
Elite, nevertheless, mentioned the fashions have been determined to flee Ladies, which they are saying was racked by “gross mismanagement” — wherein, Elite alleges, proprietor Silvio Scaglia even put his inexperienced then-girlfriend Julia Haart in cost.
Haart, who would later marry Scaglia, began as Chief Artistic Officer in 2018 after which shortly rose to CEO, Elite’s submitting claims.
Elite says this administration transfer result in “incompetent leadership,” with fashions lacking main jobs as a consequence of failed bookings and to employees and never being paid. They mentioned that the proprietor even referred to fashions as “cockroaches.”
“Rather than continuing to suffer under Haart’s dangerously incompetent ‘leadership,’ Women’s executives and employees . . . began to give notice of their resignation in accordance with their employment,” mentioned the submitting, which is Elite’s opposition to Ladies’s movement for a preliminary injunction.
Elite additionally denied that the entire 55 fashions and 16 different staff who left the smaller agency wound up with them. They mentioned that solely 14 vogue stars and two different employees from Ladies fashions joined their firm.
Along with Prinsloo, who’s married to rock star Adam Levine, different catwalk stars like Alana Zimmer, Alexina Graham and Alicia Burke moved over to Elite.
The opposite escaped to a number of different direct opponents together with Purple Mannequin Administration NY, IMG NY, The Trade NY and One Mannequin Administration, Elite alleges.
“This action is the desperate publicity stunt of a struggling model management agency in an attempt to staunch the flow of its own self-inflicted wounds,” Elite’s court docket submitting mentioned of Ladies’s go well with.
In its go well with, Ladies — which is owned by its co-plaintiff, Elite World (to not be confused with defendant Elite Mannequin Administration) — additionally claimed that the opposite Elite’s M.O. is to place sleazy males in cost, and mentioned it was anxious concerning the wellbeing of its former mannequin purchasers.
Miami real-estate mogul and Elite’s proprietor, Eddie Trump, “has a history of choosing men with a sordid past to join him,” Ladies claimed in court docket papers.
Based on the court docket docs filed by Ladies, Trump, who isn’t any relation to President Trump, in 2005 rehired the founding father of Elite, John Casablancas, who had been sued by a girl claiming he sexually abused her when she was a 15-year-old aspiring mannequin.
The legendary agent, who died in 2013, settled that lawsuit. He additionally had an affair with supermodel Stephanie Seymour in 1983, when he was 41 and he or she was 16.
Ladies claimed in its go well with that “some of the older men who currently lead [Elite] have engaged in sexual relations with the models they represent, and otherwise condoned, facilitated, or knowingly turned a blind eye to similarly exploitative conduct.”
An lawyer for Ladies had not responded for remark by time of publication.