Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Evolution of Bette Franke

Dutch model Bette Franke, who has been modelling since 2003, was the big surprise package of the Spring/Summer 2012 collections. Franke, a runway veteran at age twenty-two, left a gaggle of newcomers quivering in her wake during her, wait for it, 54 runway appearances for the likes of Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Chloé, Chanel, DSquared2, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Oscar de la Renta, Hermés, and Jil Sander amongst others.

Bette Franke
Australian Harpers Bazaar - January 2012
Photographer - Benny Horne

Australian Harpers Bazaar - January 2012
Photographer - Benny Horne

Australian Harpers Bazaar - January 2012
Photographer - Benny Horne
Source - fashiongonerogue.com


Over the course of her modelling career, Franke has not only been a regular fixture on the international catwalk circuit but has also gained significant editorial exposure in publications including British Harpers Bazaar, Italian Flair, W, V Magazine and in the Japanese, British, German, Italian and French editions of Vogue. Campaign appearances throughout 2006 and 2007 for Hugo by Hugo Boss, Max & Co., Celine, Blumarine, Oscar de la Renta, cK Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana and Lacoste suggested that Franke would continue to ascend the rungs of the modelling ladder.

US Harpers Bazaar - September 2011
Photographer - Camilla Akrans

US Harpers Bazaar - September 2011
Photographer - Camilla Akrans
Source - models.com

I have had my eye on Franke's evolution over the past eight years and have always thought of her as a beautiful, sweet looking kid. As happens all too often with models having started out so young, interest in Franke began to wane from 2008 and her editorial and show options slowly dwindled. In 2010, Franke took an extended break from the international show circuit only to reemerge at the Spring/Summer 2012 collections with a renewed vigour and a sensual, womanly allure that shed her in a completely new light.

Franke not only looks sensational but she also exudes a confidence and sense of knowing that perhaps this is now her time to fulfil her true potential. I am certain that in 2012, Franke will be turning up in blue chip editorials and campaigns everywhere as fashion editors, casting agents, stylists and photographers clamour for a piece of fashion's "newest" star.

Polaroid courtesy of Why Not Models
Source - thefashionspot.com

Roland Mouret - S/S 2012
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos

Alexander Wang - S/S 2012
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos

Barbara Bui - S/S 2012
Photographer - Alessandro Viero

Isabel Marant - S/S 2012
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos

Nina Ricci - S/S 2012
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos

Calvin Klein - S/S 2012
Photographer - Filippo Fior
All runway images courtesy of style.com

2 comments:

  1. So glad someone covered her recent runway successes! I love her but she seems to fly under the radar a lot. Thnx for posting!

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  2. Your most welcome, glad you enjoyed the post. I have been a huge fan of Bette since her early days as a model and it is gratifying to see her doing so well again. Thank you for the feedback. Cheers, Neill.

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