Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Expect the Unexpected

Each show season, one or two new models surface on the list of the most influential casting directors that you perhaps would not have expected to see. At the Fall/Winter 2012 NYFW collections, Chinese model Lina Zhang appeared like a bolt out of the blue with a show list that read like the who's who of the fashion elite. Zhang stormed down the runways for Hervé Leger, Ohne Titel, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Yigal Azrouel, Proenza Schouler, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Tommy Hilfiger amongst others. Zhang has continued her blue chip winning streak at London Fashion Week, appearing at Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane, Peter Pilotto, Jonathan Saunders and Acne.

The amazonian 178 cm, almond eyed beauty is represented by Fusion Models in New York and is already a big name in China where she has appeared in the Chinese editions of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Numéro and Harpers Bazaar. Zhang first made her mark at the NYFW Spring/Summer 2012 collections, logging runway mileage at Helmut Lang, Band of Outsiders, Vivienne Tam, Jen Kao, Jeremy Laing, Wayne and Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti. Zhang has since parlayed that promising debut into serious Top Ten newcomer contention at the F/W 2012 collections by walking only for the most lucrative of shows. With Milan and Paris still to come, Zhang has emerged as a frontrunner for the most coveted newcomer of the season.

Lina Zhang
Elle China -  November 2010
Photographer - Unknown
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The Surprising Lina Zhang
Photographer - Unknown
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i-D Magazine - S/S 2012
Photographer - Chen Man
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Proenza Schouler - F/W 2012
Photographer - Monica Feudi

Hervé Leger - F/W 2012
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos

Yigal Azrouel - F/W 2012
Photographer - Gianni Pucci

Tommy Hilfiger - F/W 2012
Photographer - Filippo Fior

3.1 Phillip Lim - F/W 2012
Photographer - Monica Feudi

Christopher Kane - F/W 2012
Photographer - Alessandro Viero

Burberry Prorsum - F/W 2012
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
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