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Spring Awakening

January 5th, 2012 Posted by models.com comments (21)

Spring/Summer 2012 has proved to be a great run for a string of first timers for their respective houses; many of them also choosing new faces to front their campaigns for the season. How do you think these guys have fared?

Greg Nawrat for Gucci by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott | Alex Cunha for Bottega Veneta by Jack Pierson

While usually having a bevy of models in their ads, Gucci went solo this season with new and fresh faced Greg Nawrat. It also seems that Bottega Veneta had the same idea and tapped spring show opener Alex Cunha to star in their campaign, shot by contemporary artist Jack Pierson.

Simon Nessman for Giorgio Armani by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott | Ryan Barrett for Versace by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Running champs of the campaign season again, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott explored two different sides with Giorgio Armani and Versace. Simon Nessman solidifies his place on our list in a sleek and simple setting while relatively unknown British face Ryan Barrett snags an only guy campaign beside the illustrious Gisele.

Baptiste Radufe for Yves Saint Laurent by David Sims | Florian Van Bael for Emporio Armani by Alasdair McLellan

Coincidence that a pair of black and white ads feature new Belgians? One of our Top Newcomers this past season, Baptiste Radufe shows us there’s a new Baptiste in town starring in Yves Saint Laurent‘s sleek spring looks. Another one of our Top Newcomers, Florian Van Bael is set on the streets of Hong Kong shot by Alasdair McLellan for Emporio Armani‘s latest campaign.

Noah Mills for Salvatore Ferragamo by Mikael Jansson | Simone Nobili & Chris Moore for Givenchy by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Classic good looks seem to be the key to success, and Noah Mills is proof that it’s true. Shot on location in Jamaica by Mikael Jansson, Noah continues the tradition of the luxurious lifestyle of the brand. On the opposite side of Salvatore Ferragamo, new faces Simone Nobili and Chris Moore hold their own in Givenchy‘s dark and moody spring ads by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

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21 Comments

  1. jill says:

    Alex Cunha :D

  2. Nik says:

    Yeah. It looks like a big turn is coming for Top 50 Men. A whole lotta new faces this season for the big brands. So happy Simon has graduated to Goorgio Armani this season. He is just capital I.T., point blank. Has been wonderful watching his ascension. (I remember when he debuted on Top 50 in Feb. 08, and his first big edit in V Man FW07 by Hedi.) And Mr. Noah Mills is still missing from the Icons list. Why you say, BECAUSE HE IS JUST THAT!! He has had such an awesome career, and longevity. But with the campaigns, I hope to see more present top faces in upcoming ad campaign debuts. (Anybody know anything about Kenzo or Etro?? Better yet Calvin Klein??)

  3. Gustavo says:

    newcomers have less expensive day rates, that´s why the maisons have chosen them. Fashion is no longer on its peak my dears!! :/

  4. Michael says:

    Love Alex Cunha! SO happy for him, and the ad is gorgeous. Greg Nawrat is stunning, and looks great in Gucci…those eyes.

    Simon Nessman always brings it. Love Ryan Narrett, and Baptiste is definitely one to watch.

  5. Gav says:

    I quite like all these ads. Ryan, Simon and Alex are my favourites here. I assumed Ryan was american when I first saw him, something about his ruggedness.

  6. Vinciano says:

    8 years later, Noah can’t be stopped. Repeat bookings with top clients and he still manages to find new blue chip work. There are few male icons, Noah is definitely one of them. Not only should he be on the icons list IMO, he has a strong case for #1

  7. Howard Yang says:

    Alex Cunha has modeled for major runways and campaigns for years. He’s by no means a “first-timer/new face.”

  8. TeeVanity says:

    Yes for Alex spotlight. This is making me do the macarena!

  9. someone says:

    I would love to be Simon Nessman’s sex slave!!!

  10. Gerard says:

    Mad about Givenchy, Bottega Veneta and Gucci…Love ‘em all

  11. Nik says:

    I second that Vinciano!! (He should be top 5 for sure.)

  12. Joe says:

    Greg Nawrat looks AMAZING in the Gucci campaign

  13. Janelle says:

    someone I don’t think you’re going to accomplish that goal but hey everyone needs a dream.

  14. Ewa says:

    Janelle ,Your sense of humour slays!!!:)

  15. Matteooo says:

    Alex Chuna is one of the best model in the world. He’s such a nice guy! I’m so happy for him!

  16. joan says:
  17. Nádia says:

    loved Bottega one! The setting is amazing, it has a delicacy to the clothes!

    Giveaway – glitter colar!!!
    My Fashion Insider

  18. poo says:

    I’ve loved Florian’s big handsome face ever since he was a model-of-week here years ago (though I can’t seem to find it when I search under his tag). So glad to see he got this. I think he’s so gorgeous.

  19. Edwin Armour says:

    Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Versace, Emporio Armani, Salvatore ferragamo my favourite of all time.

  20. Christopher Y says:

    Ryan Barrett & Alex Cunha – MY OH MY!!! – both STUNNERS!!! <3

    F(art)!!!
    http://f-artshion.blogspot.com

  21. BOGOSS says:

    I am here for Alex, Florian and Simon!!

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