Thursday 27 April 2017

Jet-setting models Tabea and Lorna fly the high fashion flag for Ireland in Milan and Paris

Irish model Lorna Foran walks for Gucci at Milan Fashion Week
Irish model Lorna Foran walks for Gucci at Milan Fashion Week
Tabea Weyrauch walks the runway at the Piccione Piccione Ready to Wear show during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 on September 26, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Tabea Weyrauch walks the runway at the Piccione.Piccione show Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 on September 26, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Estrop/Getty Images)
Tabea wears a blouse by Givenchy, €2,590 at the new Autumn Winter 2016 International Designer Collections at Brown Thomas.
Lorna Foran walks the runway during the Maison Margiela Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)
Tabea Weyrauch walks the runway at Oscar De La Renta Bridal Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Show at Oscar de la Renta Boutique on April 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
Lorna Foran presents a creation by Jean Paul Gaultier during the 2016-2017 fall/winter Haute Couture collection fashion show on July 6, 2016 in Paris. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAY
Tabea wears Celine Dress €1560. Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland
Model Tabea Weyrauch. Picture: Eilish McCormick
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Tabea Weyrauch and Lorna Foran are both Fashion Week veterans.

Derry native Tabea (23) enjoyed success early on - she was snapped up by IMG when she was just 16 years old after winning RTE's The Model Scouts in 2010. Before moving back home last year, she travelled the world with stints in Paris and New York before packing it in for xxxxx.

Lorna's success came relatively late in a career for a model - at 25, she made her runway debut (for Gucci) and there's been no stopping her ever since.

While the Irish modelling climate continues to change from photocall to high fashion, these two are representing Ireland on the most international of stages.

Tabea Weyrauch walks the runway at the Piccione.Piccione show Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 on September 26, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Estrop/Getty Images)
Tabea Weyrauch walks the runway at the Piccione.Piccione show Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 on September 26, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Estrop/Getty Images)

With fellow supermodels in the making Galway girl Emily Butcher, Dubliner Laura O'Grady and Cork's Clara McSweeney all taking a break from the relentless demands of the catwalks this fashion month, we have two top models to style stalk before Paris Fashion Week ends on October 5.

Weyrauch, who is represented by Distinct Model Management in Dublin, walked for Piccione.Piccione and Byblos in Milan, while Lorna, who is with The Hive in London, was signed exclusively to walk for Gucci again.

Earlier in the month, she walked for Preen and Pringle of Scotland in London.

Lorna, who quit her job as a retail manager last year to focus on modelling full-time, tries to visit her family home in Celbridge, Co Kildare every six months or so, but her parents are struggling are finding it hard to wrap their heads around her new career path.

Tabea Weyrauch walks the runway at the Piccione Piccione Ready to Wear show during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 on September 26, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Tabea Weyrauch walks the runway at the Piccione Piccione Ready to Wear show during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 on September 26, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

“I think my mam is slowly getting it, and the more big names I drop to her she’ll be impressed, but she thinks it’s a bit strange. My dad hasn’t a notion, but I don’t really mind it that way," she told Independent.ie earlier this year.

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