The Prada Persuasion

June 17th, 2011 Posted by Janelle comments (42)

Miuccia Prada keeps us on our toes; whether that is with idiosyncratic collections, or one of a kind imagery depends on the day, but one could never accuse camp Prada of being boring. This season’s campaign is a testament to the brand’s ability to think outside the box, their F/W image is all about the next generation of modeling stars. As such you will find no familiars amongst the stunning cast (well maybe just one – budding supermodel Frida Gustavsson also stars) Ashley Brokaw went in search of girls with the Prada je ne sais quoi, that certain special something that has defined the brand’s faces from Sasha Pivovarova to Daria Werbowy. Only the newest of the new need apply – some of the campaign’s stars haven’t even walked shows yet.

In the first snaps to hit the internet the gorgeous Kelly Mittendorf (Marilyn) gives a star making turn in a beautiful shot by Steven Meisel. The image is pure Prada and Kelly’s one of a kind look is certain to grab the attention of casting directors and model fans alike. BONUS: Gorgeous newcomers Ondria Hardin (Ford) and Antonia Wesseloh (Ford) make equally alluring debuts in the campaign’s two new images!

Casting by Ashley Brokaw | Styling by Melissa Klitzke-Rubini | Hair by Guido Palau | Makeup by Pat McGrath

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42 Comments

  1. glunge says:

    the lavender sofa, the pose and the outfit bring back memories of esther de jong’s prada campaign.

  2. xoAsh says:

    While shes keeping us on our toes, I hope she breaks the race barrier and use Jourdan <33

  3. JM says:

    love it!

  4. jake says:

    was she featured in new faces a few months or so ago? i seem to remember somebody looking like her but im probably wrong as you would have provided the link i assume. its a beautiful shot – i like it a lot.

  5. Chungkit says:

    I Agree 100% with what @xoAsh said. Why still no models of color in Prada’s ads? Especially given the flak that Prada (and many European design houses) have received recently regarding the lack of divere representation on their runways and campaigns. It would be truely fashion forwad for Russell Marsh to ‘discover’ talent of color!

  6. Lauren says:

    Ahhh my best friend looks so breathtaking! Kelly is so amazing!

  7. anlabe says:

    Frida Gustavsson and Ondria Hardin are also in Prada.

  8. Mob B says:

    her eyebrows look weird….makes her look angry.

  9. anlabe says:

    Oh and Chungkit, I think I read a rumour that maybe a black model will be in Prada too but I dunno if thats true.

  10. jake says:

    i thought so: http://models.com/newfaces/dailyduo/10221 – she has a very memorable face

  11. Style Savvy says:

    It reminds me of Sasha’s Prada ads back in the day. Although this is bland, the other shot that surfaced with Ondria Hardin and Frida Gustavsson is stunning. I can’t wait to see the rest. Oh, and Antonia Wesseloh is rumored to be part of the campaign too.

  12. anlabe says:

    Antonia Wesseloh for Prada too.
    I guess they really went for the right looks for the collection this season.

  13. Josh says:

    I just recently googled Kelly, and her face is so stunning! She looks great in this ad, but that fugly bag is ruining the shot. Frida G. and another unknown blonde girl are also in this campaign, and I hope Xiou Wen Ju is a part of this.

  14. IS THIS IT? models review says:

    Kelly Mittendorf + Ondria Hardin?!!! I’m… so, so glad. I like both a lot – Ondria especially, it’s such a long time I (super-optimistically) wait for news from her, and now that they’re coming… have I said I’m so, so glad? :)
    And I’m sure best is yet to come…

  15. memble says:

    the last pic is my fav. who’s that girl beside Frida?

  16. Marty says:

    this is actually my favorite yet.
    and this is going to bring Frida up in the ranking :)… I like it alot :)
    and the new girls make it speical i love it.

  17. janice says:

    i liked it when she used asian models, now THAT would be groundbreaking. there are some amazing amazing asian models she should use them! new faces galore

  18. frank says:

    Antonia wesseloh is so gorgeous !
    motheragency is modelwerk.

  19. Chungkit says:

    Regarding my comment above. Russell cast so many Prada campaigns so I though this was him and not Ashley Brokaw. I certainly don’t mean to single any person out but people in certain positions (like but NOT specifically casting directors) have the power to impact change. Ultimately, I understand that it’s the designers that have the final say but with so many black, asian, and latin models to choose from, it saddens me that it’s still an issue… @anlabe, that would be wonderful @janice that would be as well.

  20. Max says:

    I don’t want to be mean, but what so special about this camp?
    Meisel should be already retired.

  21. Davidoff says:

    Finally a major campaign for Frida!!! <3 Frida <3

  22. trumancapote says:

    this s not good at all

  23. Lulu says:

    Ya Frida!
    but…i feel she is being outshined by the other girl. still great job!

  24. RICCARDO says:

    does miuccia makes clothes only for 15 years old chicks? i dont have a clear memory of a decent casting of the meisel /prada house in a very long time.
    PS I FASHION SPOT kelly mitt. and i was traumatized

  25. Michael says:

    They look like Elves from the Lord of the Rings.

  26. anlabe says:

    I think Frida is a bit of a miss cast.
    Antonia steals the show for me.
    I hope they don’t fade into oblivion like some other Prada models did… (Katlin, Giedre, Katrin, Julia, Rasa, too many actually)

  27. poo says:

    The expression on Kelly Mittendorf’s face in the first pic is terrific. I love how Steven turned her out.

  28. Maddie says:

    So so so happy for Kelly :’)

  29. Michael says:

    Photos look over photo-shopped. Although this has been said, I adore the colours. Muccia always keeps things refreshing. I really don’t know how she could always pull it off.

  30. Nico says:

    btw, who the hell is frida gustavsson?

  31. molly says:

    Frida is not a miscast, shes the only thing thats right here

  32. manuel says:

    I LOVE ONDRIA SOOOO MUCH

  33. carola says:

    Kind of weird casting but nice they picked some mostly new girls. Reminds me a bit of that old campaign with Sierra Huisman.. from 2000 I think.

  34. Julien says:

    Kelly Mittendorf=AMAZING
    I’m so proud of you!!

  35. NĂ¡dia says:

    wow, kelly looks sooo gorgeous!!! love her stare!

    http://myfashioninsider.blogspot.com/

  36. GP says:

    Prada always does good campaign no matter what cast she uses.

  37. yurmamma says:

    toooo much retouching! seriously this is getting out of control, between this the versace, we might has well just have velvet paintings

  38. IS THIS IT? models review says:

    I agree with comments concerning retouching… but in fact if I think about “retouching” and “ad campaign”, D&G is generally the first name that comes to my mind… :)

  39. fernanda says:

    I just don’t understand how little dolls can sell fashion. Are teens buying Prada? As a 35 yr old woman teens in advertising do nothing for me nor make me want to run out and buy. SMH

  40. carola says:

    I saw more pictures of Kelly M and I have to say I’m her newest fan, so lovely!

  41. mosey says:

    Kelly and Julia look stunning!!!!
    There isn’t enough credit given to Julia Zimmer!

  42. Janelle says:

    ^ Your comment is just as negative as the others so why are you complaining…

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