Friday, March 9, 2012

Save the Best for Last

The final days of Paris Fashion Week bore witness to an avalanche of incredible modelling talent as casting directors sifted through the hundreds of new hopefuls who could become the defining faces for the Fall/Winter 2012 season. With casting director Ashley Brokaw at the helm, designer Nicolas Ghesqiuere's Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2012 presentation took place on the 27th floor of a Paris skyscraper. Competing with the stunning Paris panoramic skyline is no easy feat, so for Brokaw the challenge lay in assembling a cast of models who could generate as much of a buzz as Ghesquiere's innovative fashion-forward incarnations.

Establishing the right mix of current stars, iconic faces and red hot new talent is a delicate balancing act which comes naturally to Brokaw who has been the defining force behind the casting for Prada, Miu Miu, Proenza Schouler and Balenciaga. I must profess that upon viewing the Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2012 presentation, I was simply in awe of Brokaw's line-up. The iconic Jamie Bochert rose from the ashes alongside the newly relevant Jeneil Williams and Querelle Jansen, and current stars Julia Nobis, Liu Wen, Zuzanna Bijoch, Saskia de Brauw, Hanne Gaby Odiele and Kasia Struss. Kati Nescher, Marte Mei van Haaster, Maria Bradley and Nadja Bender reaffirmed their status as the most relevant faces of the season with their star turns on the Balenciaga boardwalk. Opening and closing the show were newcomers Julier Bugge and Kremi Otashliyska, however it was fellow newbies Elena Bartels, Elza Luijendijk, Irina Nikolaeva, and Hedvig Palm who emerged as the true show stoppers.

Jamie Bochert
Balenciaga - F/W 2012

Hedvig Palm
Balenciaga - F/W 2012

Kremi Otashliyska
Balenciaga - F/W 2012

Elza Luijendijk
Balenciaga - F/W 2012

Julier Bugge
Balenciaga - F/W 2012

Irina Nikolaeva
Balenciaga - F/W 2012

Nadja Bender
Balenciaga - F/W 2012

Marte Mei van Haaster
Balenciaga - F/W 2012

Elena Bartels
Balenciaga - F/W 2012

Julia Nobis
Balenciaga - F/W 2012

Liu Wen
Balenciaga - F/W 2012

Jeneil Williams
Balenciaga - F/W 2012

Kati Nescher
Balenciaga - F/W 2012

Maria Bradley
Balenciaga - F/W 2012
Photographer - Monica Feudi
All runway images courtesy of style.com

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