Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Givenchy Collective

Two distinct faces from two very different gene pools form part of Riccardo Tsici's exclusive collective for Givenchy's Fall/Winter 2012 campaign. Dutch model Stef Van der Laan and Brazilian newcomer Daniela Braga were amongst the sea of newcomers to trounce down the runway as 'exclusives' for Givenchy's Fall/Winter 2012 presentation. Tisci however clearly has Braga and Van de Laan singled out for greater things having selected both models to appear alongside industry icon Stella Tenant and current leading top model Joan Smalls for Givenchy's Fall/Winter 2012 ads. 

Stef Van der Laan
Image courtesy of IMG Model Management
Source - thefashionspot.com

Daniela Braga
Photographer - Unknown
Source - vogue.it

Van der Laan is practically a veteran by industry standards, having modelled for the best part seven years locally in Holland. Represented by powerhouse agency IMG, Van der Laan emerged like a bolt out of the blue at the Fall/Winter 2012 collections as an exclusive at Givenchy. Twenty-two year old Van der Laan's experience and maturity is clearly apparent with the 175 cm bleach-browed beauty commanding the runway with a stealth-like presence. I'll admit to being completely transfixed by Van der Laan as she possesses what I would refer to as a "fascinating beauty", with looks that are reminiscent of a young Kristen MacMenamy and a distinct Freja Beha Erichsen vibe. Van der Laan recalls the defining moment in her modelling career in an interview with Dutch L'Officiel, "When I found out that Riccardo had booked me for his show exclusively, I cried tears of joy. I think Riccardo is a very interesting man. He is so creative and good at what he does."

The Renegade - Stef Van der Laan
Image courtesy of IMG Model Management
Source - thefashionspot.com

Stef Van der Laan
Image courtesy of IMG Model Management
Source - thefashionspot.com

Stef Van der Laan
Image courtesy of IMG Model Management
Source - thefashionspot.com

Givenchy - F/W 2012
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - thefashionspot.com

Twenty year old Daniela Braga was discovered six months ago in her native Sao Paolo whilst working in a pharmacy as a clerk. Measuring at 180 cm in height with hazel green eyes and a striking jaw-line, Braga could well be the love child of Miranda Kerr, Adriana Lima and Magdalena Frackowiak all rolled into one. Braga impressed at the Fall/Winter 2012 collections with appearances at Nicole Miller, Tibi and Custo Barcelona in New York, before gaining speed in Milan walking for Blumarine, Roccobarocco and Maurizio Pecorato. It wasn't until her scorching exclusive appearance at Givenchy in Paris that Braga truly made her mark with industry insiders duly taking note. Represented by Next Model Management in New York, Braga possesses that indefinable 'it' factor that will ensure her a spot on every casting director's must have list.

In Your Face Beauty
Photographer - Unknown
Source - vogue.it

Photographer - Unknown
Source - vogue.it

Photographer - Hannah Hillier
Source - hhilliercouk.blogspot.co.uk

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