Monday, September 17, 2012

The One That Got Away - Nastya Kusakina

Amongst the seas of brunettes dominating the Spring/Summer 2013 show season, stands one solitary blond who has had casting directors clamouring for their phones. I first spotted seventeen year old Nastya Kusakina as she scuttled down the street on her way to a casting in the lead up to the New York collections. The 180 cm tall beauty looked ethereal with her waist length golden hair, haunting blue eyes and her perfectly cherubic features. Suffering from jet lag and adjusting to the hectic pace of New York, I regretfully missed the opportunity to capture Kusakina on film. The following week, I was scheduled to photograph and interview Kusakina at the Oscar de la Renta fittings however a last minute scheduling change meant that I had to forgo the meeting.

The buzz surrounding Kusakina is warranted considering her impressive debut at the Fall/Winter 2012 collections where she booked gigs for Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Maison Martin Margiela and Jil Sander. In New York during the Spring/Summer 2013 collections, the Russian native blitzed a scorching trail with well placed appearances in twelve shows including Proenza Schouler, Donna Karan, BCBG Max Azria, Hervé Leger, Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung and Vera Wang. It was at the Oscar de la Renta presentation that I finally seized the moment and caught Kusakina in full flight as she glided down the runway in a baby blue tulle dress embroidered with flowers. Kusakina is represented by Women Model Management and possesses the kind of mesmerising beauty that has not been seen since Australian modelling sensation Gemma Ward dipped out of the industry in 2009.

Nastya Kusakina
Photographer - Jurij Treskow
Source - thefashionspot.com

Photographer - Jurij Treskow
Source - thefashionspot.com

Photographer - Dimitri Hyacinthe
Source - thefashionspot.com

Photographer - Dimitri Hyacinthe
Source - thefashionspot.com

Hervé Leger - S/S 2013
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Backstage at Vera Wang S/S 2013
Photographer - Alfredo Piola
Source - tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com

Oscar de la Renta - S/S 2013
Photographer - Neill Seeto
Property of Inoubliable Model Army

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