Sunday, September 18, 2011

NYFW - Top Ten Breakthrough Models

With New York Fashion Week drawing to a close, the task of compiling my list of Top Ten Breakthrough Faces for the Spring/Summer 2012 NYFW season has proven to be arduous. The ten models listed in this post are all undeniably beautiful and blessed with an exquisite physicality. What these models possess however which has been lacking in seasons past is personality and a distinct focus on individual beauty. Take a gander and let me know if you agree with my selection or if you think I have overlooked one of your own favourites.

1. Josefien Rodermans
Dutch sensation Josefien Rodermans was a vision of pure loveliness as she opened and closed for Calvin Klein on the final day of New York Fashion Week. The 180 cm tall beauty is represented by Women Model Management and possesses a tough yet endearing insouciance which is reminiscent of Freja Beha Erichsen. With a Calvin Klein exclusive under her belt, Rodermans looks poised for a stellar season ahead.

Josefien Rodermans
Photographer - Ingmar Sannes
Source - ingmarsannes.blogspot.com

Too darn hot
Photographer - Unknown
Source - models.com

Calvin Klein S/S 12
Photographer - Filippo Fior
Source - style.com

2. Karolina Waz
Poland's Karolina Waz blitzed an imposing trail through New York Fashion Week with her star turning opening slots at BCBG Max Azria and Marc by Marc Jacobs, as well as her appearances at Cushnie et Ochs, Doo Ri, Thakoon, Band of Ousiders, Carlos Miele, Vera Wang, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Elie Tahari and Ports 1961. Represented by Ford Models, Waz has industry pundits fawning over her pristine beauty and illuminating runway presence.

Karolina Waz
Photographer - Ryan Kalivrentonos
Source - ryankalivretenosphotographytumblr.com

BCBG Max Azria - S/S 2012
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs - S/S 2012
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

3. Cora Emmanuel
Cora Emmanuel is the surprise package of New York's Fashion Week. Discovered at the 2008 Elite Model Look of the Year, Emmanuel failed to place within the top 25 competitors. Now represented by NY Model Management, Emmanuel true star potential is being realised with riveting appearances at Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, Elie Tahari, Edun, J. Crew and Tommy Hilfiger. The Martinique-born native stands at  180 cm and possesses the kind of bone structure and gazelle-like dimensions that model agents dream of.

Cora Emmanuel
Photographer - Ryan Kalivretonos
Source - ryankalivretenousphotographytumblr.com

Alexander Wang - S/S 2012
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Edun - S/S 2012
Photographer - Filippo Fior
Source - style.com

4. Valerija Sestic
Fifteen year old Swiss model Valerija Sestic charmed her way through New York Fashion Week with her felinesque features, beguiling presence and adorable personality. Represented by Women Model Management, Sestic is 176 cm in height and owes her exotic looks to her Croatian heritage. Sestic  was ubiquitous during New York Fashion Week, walking for BCBG Max Azria, Rag & Bone, Doo Ri, Prabal Gurung, DKNY, Y-3, Carolina Herrera, Mar by Marc Jacobs, Herve Leger, Tory Burch, Rodarte, Oscar de la Renta, Theysken's Theory, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Ports 1961 and Philosophy.

Valerija Sestic
Photographer - Tibi Clenci
Source - thefashionspot.com

Prabal Gurung - S/S 2012
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

BCBG - S/S 2012
Source - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

5. Cris Urena
Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Cris Urena's sophisticated beauty coupled with a killer physique and diligent work ethic has the fashion industry in raptures. Represented by New York Model Management, nineteen year old Urena brought her trademark sizzle to the runways of Herve Leger, Band of Outsiders, Ruffian, Rachel Roy, Elie Tahari and Peter Som. Urena possesses that rare mix of high fashion moxie and girl next door appeal which will make her an attractive option for a broad spectrum of clients.

Cris Urena
Image courtesy of NY Models
Source - thefashionspot.com

Band of Outsiders - S/S 2012
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Herve Leger - S/S 2012
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

6. Daga Ziober
Daga Ziober's star has been steadily on the ascent since her Calvin Klein exclusive debut at the Fall/Winter 2011 shows. The Polish newcomer stunner left all in her wake at New York Fashion Week, logging serious runway mileage at Herve Leger, Donna Karan, Peter Som, Richard Chai, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Calvin Klein, Doo Ri, Diane Von Furstenburg, Micahel Kors, Rag & Bone, Prabal Gurung, Reed Krakoff, Tommy Hilfiger and Theysken's Thoery.  Represented by Marilyn Model Management, seventeen year old Ziober stands at at 177 cm and has a quiet ethereal-like quality that translates beautifully onto the runway and in print.

Daga Ziober
 Photographer - Unknown
Source - thefashionspot.com

Altuzarra - S/S 2012
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Reed Krakoff - S/S 2012
Source - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

7. Julia Frauche
French model Julia Frauche has the kind of mesmerising beauty that stays with you long after the final turn on the runway. At 178 cm in height, Frauche stands out from the model pack with her melancholic eyes which emit an intensity of emotion that is all too missing from today's vacant-eyed models. Frauche landed only the most blue chip of bookings at New York Fashion Week, walking for Calvin Klein, Altuzarra, Derek Lam, Carolina Herrera, Jason Wu, Reed Krakoff, VPL and Tommy Hilfiger. Frauche's je ne sais quoi allure and sophistication will make her an attractive proposition at the shows in Milan and Paris.  

Julia Frauche
Photographer - Unknown
Source - bellazon.com

Carolina Herrera - S/S 2012
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Calvin Klein - S/S 2012
Photographer - Filippo Fior
Source - style.com

8. Bette Franke
Runway veteran Bette Franke is experiencing what can only be described as a rebirth in the modelling world. Franke made a triumph return to the runway at New York Fashion Week with a staggering 16 show tally. There is a distinct shift in Franke, from the confident swagger in her strut to her newly evolved womanly sensuality. Credit has to be given to Franke's management team at DNA Models for relaunching her onto the catwalk circuit at a time when Dutch models are very much in Vogue. Franke has never looked better walking for the likes of Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, Donna Karan, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam, Rag & Bone and Reed Krakoff.

Bette Franke
Polaroid courtesy of Why Not Models
Source - thefashionspot.com

Calvin Klein - S/S 2012
Photographer - Filippo Fior
Source - style.com

Reed Krakoff - S/S 2012
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

9. Jasmine Tookes
California girl Jasmine Tookes looks set to make the crossover from commercial modelling to high fashion with her stellar runway appearances at New York Fashion Week. Tookes tread the catwalk for Carlos Miele, Cushnie et Ochs, Peter Som, Elie Tahari, Jason Wu, Vera Wang and Tracey Reese. It was Tookes appearance however at the Calvin Klein show on the final day of NYFW which has Tookes marked as one of the "it girls" for the season. With recent appearances in Sports Illustrated, Vogue Italia and campaigns for DKNY, Gap Jeans and Abercrombie & Fitch, Tookes is a model capable of appealing to the masses. Tookes verstaility and mass market appeal could be just what high fashion houses need in these recession cash strapped times.

Jasmine Tookes
Image courtesy of IMG Models
Source - models.com

Calvin Klein - S/S 2012
Photographer - Filippo Fior
Source - style.com
Elie Tahari - S/S 2012
Photographer - Filippo Fior
Source - style.com

 10. Brenda Kranz
As Germany is my newly adopted homeland, I am delighted to include Hamburg native Brenda Kranz in my top ten breakthrough models of New York Fashion Week. Kranz is part of Ford Model's battalion of new beauties storming the runways during the Spring/Summer 2012 season. Kranz was riveting in her 14 show appearances which included BCBG Max Azria, Herve Leger, Zac Posen, Chado, Doo Ri, Richard Chai, Theysken's Theory, Adam and Port 1961. Kranz has an imposing runway presence and the most sublimely svelte figure and impeccable bone structure.

Brenda Kranz
Image courtesy of Oui Models
Source - thefashionspot.com

Herve Leger - S/S 2012
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

BCBG Max Azria - S/S 2012
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com


Thursday, September 15, 2011

You've Got the Right Stuff

What do Natalie Joos, Andrew Weir, Michelle Lee, James Scully, and Ashley Brokaw, all have in common? This talented group are the masterminds behind the casting of runway shows for the likes of Zac Posen, Yigal Azrouel, Thankoon, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Hererra, Jason Wu, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler, and Rag & Bone, to name but a few. The job of determining which newcomers will rise from obscurity to become the most coveted faces of the season is a nearly implausible task. The Cut probes Joos et al. for their tips on who will be this seasons breakthrough models.

Valerija Sestic
Photographer - Unknown
Source - thefashionspot.com

Switzerland's Valerija Sestic is of Croatian descent and is high on casting agent Michelle Lee's must have list, "Works a striking dichotomy - while very young and fresh, she also has a domineering quality reminiscent of a young Cordula Reyer."

Beegee Margenyte
Image courtesy of Supreme Models
Source - thefashionspot.com

Lithuanian stunner Beegee Magenyte is represented by Supreme Model Management and has casting maestro James Scully backing her as this season's face to watch, "This is only Beegee's first full season, but she enters the shows with the pedigree of  having banked future editorials with Carine Roitfeld and Mario Testino. I expect her to be a hit right from the beginning of the week."

Kelly Mittendorf
Photographer - Unknown
Source - thefashionspot.com

With a Prada campaign under her belt before having set foot on an international catwalk, Kelly Mittendorf is destined for super success. Casting agent Natalie Joos concurs; "She has a more than intriguing look, with slanted wider-set eyes, a full head of curly chestnut hair, and a big smile at all times. Kelly, a proud American girl from Arizona who can be seen in the new Prada Ads, is sure to shoot straight to the top this season."

Xiao Wen Ju
Photographer - Unknown
Source - models.com

The buzz surrounding Chinese model Xiao Wen Ju from IMG Models is palpable and with casting agent Ashley Brokaw in her court, its no wonder. "A season under her belt has done wonders for her confidence. She has great presence when she walks and her face is divine. Xiao doesn't look like anyone else out there."

Julia Frauche
Photographer - Unknown
Source - models.com

Also getting the nod from casting maestro James Scully, is French newcomer Julia Frauche who is represented by Next Model Management, "My underdog of the season, she is a dead ringer for Raquel Zimmerman, who in my opinion is the ultimate chameleon with one of the best bodies in the business. Julia reminds me so much of Raquel when she started out, so I'm curious to see how her season goes. I, for one, will definitely be using her."

Senait
Image courtesy of Elmer Olsen models
Source - thef-list.blogspot.com

Canadian newcomer Senait is represented by IMG Models in New York and is another of Michelle Lee's favourite new faces, "She has an undeniable classic beauty, and a lovely personality to match."

Gertrud Hegelund
Photographer - Unknown
Source - models.com

IMG Models Gertrud Hegelund is the baby sister of model Agnete. With a current Louis Vuitton campaign is rotation, Gertrud according to Natalie Joos is destined to be amongst tis seasons most wanted. "Getrud hails from Sweden and is the younger sister of Agnete. I booked her for a Turkish Vogue editorial that came out a few months ago. She's super tall and regal, and a little bit of an enigma, and she's being kept very exclusive."

Ilse de Boer
Photographer - Unknown
Source - models.com

The wave of Dutch models continues with Andrew Weir's pick, Ilse de Boer represented by IMG Models. "Ilse has a powerful combination of features, making her one of the strongest faces I have seen in a long time."

Monday, September 12, 2011

New Kids On the Block

The folks over at COACD have been working around the clock in the lead up to New York Fashion Week sifting through the new faces on offer for this season. Judging by the polaroids featured on COACD's twitter page from castings held over the past month, the competition will be extreme with exciting  modelling prospects heralding from the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands, China, France, Brazil, Trinidad and the USA. The new girls this season have a distinctly United Nations vibe, with "good old fashioned - pretty" being the common denominator. Whether it be the va-va-voom allure of Portuguese bombshell Sara Sampaio or the Parisian chic of Vitoria Tuaz and the all-American wholesome looks of Josilyn Williams, what all of these girls possess is a commercial appeal and accessibility which casting agents will no doubt be tapping into to help put a smile on consumer's faces.

Victoria Tuaz - France

Heleen - The Netherlands

Varsha Thapa - Nepal

Annemara Post - the Netherlands

Marihenny Passible - the Dominican Republic

Shiyu Liao - China

Marleen - the Netherlands

Hind Sahli - Morrocco

Cris Urena - USA

Josilyn Williams - USA

Sara Sampaio - Portugal

Chrishell Stubbs - Turks & Caicos

Crystal Noreiga - Trinidad

Amanda Schmidt - USA

Greylin Quelliz - the Dominican Republic
All images courtesy of COACD