Breaking fashion news this afternoon: Pixie Geldof, Daisy Lowe and Alice Dellal have left their modelling agency, Select. 'It's correct we no longer have a talent section in our agency. This included girls such as Lowe and Geldof but we cannot comment on individuals because of legal issues,' confirmed a spokesperson for Select. Rumours are already flying around that the group of It Brit models – who last London Fashion Week took to the catwalk for PPQ, Pam Hogg, Issa, Vivienne Westwood, Aquascutum and Luella between them – were dropped because their famous partying habits were giving off the wrong image for a serious agency. But we've heard that the girls' model booker Sarah Leon, who started the careers of Alexa Chung, Lily Donaldson and Agyness Deyn, has also left Select, an agency she's been with for years. Given that Sarah is renowned for being close friends with Pixie, Daisy and Alice socially as well as at work, there is speculation she might be setting up her own agency or something similar. ‘No comment' was the official line from Select though, so we'll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, check out Sarah's latest model protégée, Tali Lennox (daughter of 1980s pop sensation Annie), in this week's Grazia. And here's hoping the situation's resolved by September so the Brit crew can resume their places on the catwalk..
UPDATE: Hmmm... the plot thickens! We've just had official word that Pixie Geldof, Daisy Lowe and Alice Dellal have been signed up by NEXT modelling agency, following, as the press release says 'their decision to leave Select Model Management'. Director of the NEXT London office, Amanda Bretherton says: 'We are delighted to welcome Daisy Lowe, Pixie Geldof, and Alice Dellal amongst other top names to Next Model Management. We pride ourselves on being one of the very top global model agencies and these girls will certainly benefit from moving to a company with offices in all the fashion capitals of the World. They all have an international profile and are regarded as true professionals within the fashion industry. We are sure that they will be eagerly sought after by our most prestigious and exclusive clients.' No word yet of Sarah Leon or her involvement. But at least we know the LFW catwalks won't be missing their usual cast of characters.