Friday, February 1, 2013

Calm Before the Storm

With the Fall/Winter 2013 season due to commence in New York in less than a week a battalion of models has descended on the streets of Manhattan for the all important pre-castings. With a client list that includes Prada, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Balenciaga, Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim, Production at Art + Commerce attracts the very cream of modelling talent to its office locations in New York and Paris. Casting polaroids afford the opportunity to view models in their natural state, unfettered by excessive styling, make-up and digital retouching. Last season bore witness to an avalanche of newcomers who logged serious runway mileage via a raft of runway exclusive appearances for the likes of Prada, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Calvin Klein. Inoubliable Model Army is hedging its bets on Stina Rapp Wastenson, Athena Wilson, Chiharu Okunugi, Esther Heesch, and Juliana Schurig to  show their true mettle at the Fall/Winter 2013 collections. Waiting in the wings though are a smattering of fascinating new faces including Malaika Firth, Irene Hiemstra, Li Xiao Xing and "Young Americans", Courtney Shallcross and Olivia Ross. The only guarantee that can be counted on is that casting directors and designers will have their work cut out in determining which of these ingenues will illuminate their runways for the Fall/Winter 2013 season.

Stina Rapp Wastenson
Agency - Swedish
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Chiharu Okunugi
Nationality - Japanese
Agency - New York Model Management
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Nastya Kusakina
Nationality - Russian
Agency - Women Model Management
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Magdalena Jasek
Nationality - Polish
Agency - Marilyn Model Management
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Esther Heesch
Nationality - German
Agency - Next Model Management
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Ji Hye Park
Nationality - Korean
Agency - Elite Model Management
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Irene Hiemstra
Nationality - Dutch
Agency - DNA
Mother Agency - Paparazzi Model Management
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Athena Wilson
Nationality - American
Agency - Ford Model Management
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Courtney Shallcross
Nationality - American
Agency - Ford Model Management
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Natasha Remarchuk
Nationality - Belarusian
Agency - Elite Model Management
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Li Xiao Xing
Nationality - Chinese
Agency - Women Model Management
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Juliana Schurig
Nationality - American
Agency - Ford Model Management
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Irina Kravchenko
Nationality - Ukrainian
Agency - Women Model Management
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Olivia Ross
Nationality - American
Agency - Next Model Management
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Mailaika Firth
Nationality - Kenyan
Agency - New York Model Management
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Louise Parker
Nationality - American
Agency - Marilyn Model Management
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