Fashion is continuously evolving, as is the modeling industry. Both brand new models and second season superstars made an impact during the spring / summer 2015 shows, with designers and casting directors looking to discover fresh talent more than ever. Sometimes that meant a girl straight from the development boards, but other times it meant a girl with a wellspring of talent who had never before gotten the chance to really shine.
Take a look at Models.com’s selection for Top Newcomers S/S 15 – these are the faces who stood out for us this season, girls destined to make their way onto the industry’s biggest covers and into its most prestigious campaigns. In addition to our selection, for the very first time, we’ve asked some of fashion’s most influential editors to contribute their choices, and their answers add a new layer of excitement. See who Edward Enninful, Katie Grand, Marie Chaix, Bethann Hardison, and Charlotte Stockdale have to say about this season’s stars. Get to know Spring’s true catwalk queens and brace yourselves to see these faces a lot in the coming months.
It’s easy to chart which girls are walking the best shows, but who are editors really noticing? We’ve asked 5 of the biggest names in fashion who they noticed this season and their answers may surprise you. From brand new faces to established favorites who’ve once again struck a chord, these are the beauties fashion’s insiders can’t get enough of.
After making waves during resort the baby-faced beauty Adrienne was everywhere this season especially in Paris where she dominated. Turns at Dior, Givenchy, Giambattista Valli, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton and Valentino were nothing short of impressive.
Valentino SS15 Runway Photo: Antonio de Moraes Barros / WireImage / Getty Images
Exclusives are one of the best indications of a model’s success and with two of the most coveted exclusives this season Angel Rutledge’s future looks bright. After opening and closing Proenza Schouler the exquisite Angel wrapped up her season with a walk for Louis Vuitton – doesn’t get better than that!
Proenza SS15 Runway Photo: Peter Michael Dills / Getty Images Entertainment/ Getty Images
An incredible face deserves an incredible start and Aya Jones showed up in all the right places this season. From her debut as a Prada exclusive to selective turns at Miu Miu, Valentino and Sonia Rykiel Aya made an impact. With campaign season right around the corner Aya is poised to show up somewhere else very selective very soon.
Some girls just have a certain je ne sais quoi on the runway and Dylan Xue has it in spades. Dylan brought something special to the catwalks of Louis Vuitton, Acne, Loewe, Balenciaga, Prada and more. With her elegant good looks and rising star we’re sure she’ll bring that same chic to the pages of fashion’s best magazines very soon.
Bottega Veneta SS15 Runway Photo: Antonio de Moraes Barros / WireImage / Getty Images
The impeccable Elena brought grace to the runways of brands like Prada, Dior, Gucci and Calvin Klein which she opened and closed. Though she’s blessed with a pristine beauty make no mistake, Elena can still shake things up like she did at sexier shows like Emilio Pucci, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana.
A face like an angel and a walk that can’t be stopped! Emely Montero is the total package. Coming off a Miu Miu worldwide exclusive Emely rocked the catwalk at Proenza Schouler, J.W. Anderson, Giles, Prada, Marni and Viktor & Rolf.
Viktor and Rolf SS15 Runway Photo by: Victor VIRGILE / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images
Classic beauty Lina has a look that is unquestionably appealing and her show list is a testament to her universal appeal. Alexander Wang one moment, Versus the next, stints at Burberry, Jil Sander and Balenciaga prove she can take on any look with ease.
Every so often the modeling business gets a game changer on its hands and this season it is Molly Bair. The elfin meets alien beauty was girl most wanted by designers with a fearless take on femininity – Proenza Schouler’s Jack & Lazaro, Dior’s Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada all joined team Bair and it’s only a matter of time before photographers compete to capture Molly’s one of a kind look.
When you’ve got Calvin Klein, Anthony Vaccarello and Versace under your belt you don’t need much more but the striking Niki is already making waves off the runway with a David Sims Vogue Paris feature.
Anthony Vaccarello SS15 Runway Photo: Kristy Sparow / Getty Images Entertainment
Riccardo Tisci knows a cool girl when he sees one, so when Sarah Brannon strutted down the Givenchy as look no. 1 it was an official moment. With her arresting beauty and innate ease in front of the camera it’s easy to see why designers from Tisci, to Joseph Altuzarra and Alexander Wang enlisted her to bring a bit of chic to their catwalks.
Walking the runway for Calvin Klein, Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs, Fendi and Bottega Veneta is generally considered an amazing season, but Sora Choi doesn’t simply settle for amazing. The exquisite Sora finished off her season with a Louis Vuitton exclusive after being handpicked by Nicolas Ghesquière which pushes her spring show list into epic territory.
Alexander Wang SS15 Runway Photo: Victor VIRGILE / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images
Though she first appeared on the scene back in F/W 14, spring offered Alexandra a chance to shine in every city with strong showings across the board. Her versatile show list boasts over 60 shows across a variety of aesthetics – from the urbane chic of 3.1 Phillip Lim & Prabal Gurung – both of which she opened – to the refinement of Hermes, Lanvin and Christian Dior. Alexandra was a girl for all seasons which can only mean good things are on the horizon.
Dries Van Noten SS15 Runway Photo: Victor VIRGILE / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images
Second full season is a charm and for the ultra-chic Dasha Denisenko that meant a S/S15 filled with top tier shows and impressive moments. With appearances at Calvin Klein, Rodarte, Christopher Kane, Versace, Dries van Noten, Hermes and Chloe, Dasha has proved herself on the catwalk.
Classic beauty with a touch of cuteness that makes her irresistible, Jing Wen dominated in a big way with appearances for all the big names – Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Hugo Boss, Chanel, Paco Rabanne, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, the list goes on!
With campaign work for Gucci, Proenza and Prada already under her belt Julia Bergshoeff took on this season with a vengeance, racking up an impressive set of shows complete with key opening and closing spots. When you can open Alexander McQueen and close Giambattista Valli in the span of a week you’ve done well for yourself but throughout the month Julia opened 4 shows and closed 6.
Though she’s been making waves as a frequent presence in campaigns for Valentino and Prada, Maartje’s momentum this season was unmatched. From walking a staggering 66 shows to opening Donna Karan and closing Ralph Lauren, Victoria Beckham and Valentino, Maartje was a girl on fire during S/S15.
With her bright red hair and delicate features Madison brings us back to the days of the babydolls. Designers and casting directors couldn’t help but fall for the ethereal Madison and her presence at Carven, Saint Laurent, Viktor & Rolf, Giles, Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton mean she’s here to stay!
Saint Laurent SS15 Runway Photo: Victor VIRGILE / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images
The art of the selective season is exemplified in Marta’s choosy showlist. Only the coolest labels need apply – established houses like Givenchy, Miu Miu, Loewe and Prada took to her effortless prettiness as did edgier houses like J.W. Anderson and Acne studios.
As the only completely new face selected by Meisel for his 50th Anniversary Vogue Italia cover, the stunning Rianne was in a rarified place at the start of the season. Naturally this lead to equally enviable exclusives – when your two shows are Prada and Louis Vuitton what more do you need?
Louis Vuitton SS15 Runway Photo: Victor VIRGILE / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images
An artsy beauty for the ages! With her ever so slightly off-kilter beauty, Sabina Lobova resonated with fashion’s idiosyncratic set and snagged spots on the runway for Marni, Jil Sander, Balenciaga, Celine, Mugler and more. Of course the very first designer to take a shine to the Sabina was Victoria Beckham, who snagged her for an exclusive and tapped her for the opening spot of her show.
Céline SS15 Runway Photo: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images
The regal Sanne Vloet made waves opening both Ralph Lauren and Chloe this season, but her show season domination is only the beginning. With her versatile good looks and natural charm Sanne has made an impression on everyone from Tom Ford to Karl Lagerfeld – the sky is the limit!
From the moment she emerged on the scene back in 2012 Tami Williams has been turning heads, but the full-fledged Tami takeover began this season. After gliding down the Calvin Klein runway Tami went on to have a S/S15 full of highs including turns at Dolce & Gabbana, Giles, Balmain, Dries van Noten, Lanvin and Kenzo.
Calvin Klein SS15 Runway Photo: Peter Michael Dills / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images
Alexander Wang, Donatella Versace and Steven Meisel have all fallen for the sublime Ms. Moody, who with her lush features and big brown eyes calls to mind a young Cindy Crawford. With opening spots at Versace and Wang, plus closing spots at Givenchy and Derek Lam, Vanessa has cemented herself as an in demand presence on the runways of major designers. Add in her impressive editorials and Vogue Italia cover and you have the makings of a major star.
Versace SS15 Runway Photo: Victor VIRGILE / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images
Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana revisited their homeland of Sicily again for Fall 2013. After a Spring collection of simple workwear and easy suits, the duo picked at the island’s overwhelming Catholicism this season, printing their shirts with images of saints, Madonnas, and other icons of religious devotion. While most of the pieces had a distinctly old-world feel, with loose cuts decorated with lace and embroidery, there were nods at modernity—in the velvet loafers, in the sleek suiting, in the cartoon of a choir, hands fervently clasped in concentration, that ran across one top. The set, an appropriately opulent design of chandeliers leading down the runway to a garlanded altar, brought out the richness of the floral needlework that softened the strict lines of several pieces of outerwear. Using real Sicilians again in place of the catwalk stars they favored in the past, Dolce & Gabbana reminded us once more that if, as Thomas Wolfe once wrote, you can’t go home again, you can always take a little bit of home with you.
Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2013
Sicily, its heritage and culture are never far from the minds of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. Over the years the designers have looked to the Sicilian way of life countless times for inspiration, whether it is recreating the ethos of Visconti films on the runway, or putting Monica Belluci’s innate sensuality to good use in advertising campaigns, interpretations of all things Sicily are ingrained into the Dolce iconography. Spring finds the designers revisiting their failsafe source material, but offering a new twist, one filled with bright color and a vibrant selection of prints culled from traditional ceramics.
This was a collection defined by its details, particularly the idiosyncratic ones. Vases, frescos and other Catlagirone art history references found their way onto the body via nipped-waist dresses and skirts, while graphic stripes appeared on jackets and jumpsuits seemingly cut to resemble vintage bathing costumes. In a humorous turn, barely there mini-dresses bore logos and fringed details informed by sacks of doppio zero flour, a deliberately outlandish touch and one that should land those dresses in every s/s editorial.
There was something kitschy about the whole affair, but not in a way that was unpleasant. The Dolce woman has always been passionate and sensual, but this season’s offbeat flair moves their heroine into fresh territory; she’s still a siren, but she’s good for a laugh or two as long as she’s in on the joke. Naysayers may find the explosive combination of print, pattern, glitter, glitz and glamour all too much, but they’re forgetting the golden rule, finchè c’è vita c’è speranza – where there’s life, there is hope.
There was plenty of life on the runway, especially during the finale; all the stops were pulled out, not an inch of tulle was spared. The framed corsets on Zuzanna Bijoch and Bette Franke, were the kind of sumptuously decadent pieces that exist only on catwalks and in museums. It is hard to imagine a woman wearing the exaggerated proportions, or delicately boned corsets in real life, but perhaps that was the point. The D&G re-imagining of Sicily is a fashion fantasy, one that remains relevant and palatable after all these years.
If there’s one thing we can expect from Dolce & Gabbana, it’s a full-throated celebration of all things Italian. For Spring 2013, Domenico and Stefano went for broke, with a glorious invocation of the former’s Sicilian heritage full of luminous sailor stripes and intricate painting prints. Shown on a cast of real-life inhabitants of the island off the southern tip of Italy, the clothes had a simple elegance that felt like a fresh new direction for a label better known for intricate embroidery and a penchant for the trappings of athletics. These were pieces that felt very real, directly linked to a not-so-distant past that can still be seen today in the small towns along the Mediterranean. There was a lightness to the collection, with its soothing, predominantly gray palette, that made you appreciate the personal history that is so often lost in fashion when designers pull inspiration from artists long-dead or eras long-past. It was like looking through a yellowing family photo album, with boys headed home in their school clothes and men dressed up for a trip to the mainland. And all the while the band—dressed in shirtsleeves and traditional red sashes—played on.
Dolce & Gabbana Men Spring/Summer 2013
Photos: Dirk Alexander / models.com
Text: Jonathan Shia
models.com presents an exclusive preview: Made in Brazil #5
You wanted more. Well, here you have it. More boys, more beauty, more fashion, more fantasy and more BRAZIL than you can handle. The action-packed lineup of Made in Brazil 5 doesn’t allow for dull moments and this issue pushes the envelope with more than just flesh. Fashion is at the forefront of the spectacle, with a full range of edgy menswear looks appearing in the pages for the first time — but don’t worry, there is still plenty of skin to enjoy. Watch Luca Finotti‘s hypnotic video put a psychedelic twist on male beauty and take a glance at Brazilian actor & all around phenom Cauã Reymond like you’ve never seen him before. Star turns from Rodrigo Braga, Gustavo Krier, Diego Fragoso, Alexandre Cuhna and Francisco Lachowski are guaranteed to entice, and try not to faint over that revealing Felipe Anival shot. Experience all the Made in Brazil goodness for yourself with a look at our exclusive MDX preview and be sure to turn up the AC: things are about to get hot.
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Michel Cleis’s “La Mezcla” [download link]
remixed by Paul Kalkbrenner
used courtesy of STRICTLY RYTHM RECORDS, INC.
Styling Paolo Zagoreo
Camera and editing Federico Forlani
Mapping projection Roberto Ortu
Grooming Nancy Gallardo
Sound designer Andrea Ratti
Assistant Director Marco Crema
Second Assistant Lorenzo Fanfani
Knit pants by Bernard Wilhelm, axe necklace by Ransouen, bracelets by Miansai
Trainer shorts by Charlie by Matthew Zink, unisex connector necklace by WeSC + Biba Magazine, sunglasses by Dsquared2, hiking shoes by Bernard Wilhelm x Camper
Stripe knee-high socks by American Apparel
Lifeguard brief by Charlie by Matthew Zink, denim shorts by Jeremy Scott, blue jacket by DSquared2, unisex connector necklace by WeSC + Bing Bang, bracelets by Miansai
Black leather cap by The Leather Man, stud earring by Mark Davis, tear tusk post oxidized earring backing by Made Her Think
Left: Belted wool gilet and long wool skirt by Alexandre Plokhov, white/bronze cuff by 1-100 for Alexandre Plokhov, oxidized sterling silver rings by Made Her Think. Right: Black velour felt hat by Albertus Swanepoel, black semi sheer wool jacket and black wool pants by Maison Martin Margiela, double tusk pendant necklace and oxidized sterling silver rings by Made Her Think, sterling silver curb chain ring by David Yurman, sterling silver tiger head ring by John Hardy, belt stylist’s own.
Black cotton shirt by Tim Hamilton Redux, black leather tie by The Leather Man, black wool bermuda shorts by Jean Paul Gaultier, sterling silver chevron cross necklace with armory cushion charm by David Yurman, neoprene cuff by The Leather Man, streamline band ring in black titanium by David Yurman
Left: Black wool trousers by Dolce & Gabbana, neoprene cuff by The Leather Man. Right: Black leather perfecto jacket by Tim Hamilton, “New York Fuckin City” t-shirt by Tim Hamilton Redux, latex jockstrap by The Leather Man, boots stylist’s own.
Photography: Cristiano Madureira, clothing all model’s own, Model: Natan Machado
Photographer: Hugo Toni, all clothing model’s own, Model: Gustavo Krier
Lifeguard brief by Charlie by Matthew Zink
Lifeguard brief by Charlie by Matthew Zink, towel and glasses stylist’s own
Photography: Cristian Madureira, Stylist: Julian Corbetta, Grooming: Carlos Carrasco
Photography: Rogerio Cavalcanti, Fashion Editor: Paulo Martinez, Retouching: Breno de Faria. All bracelets stylist’s own. Models: Paulo Dalagnoli, Pedro Bertolini
Shirt by Amapo, earring and neck pin by Skull, eye pendant by Boogie, necklace by Camaleoa, headpiece by Davi Ramos
Left: Track pats by Adidas by Jeremy Scott, headpiece by Eduardo Laurino. Right: Shirt, jacket, leggings, and cape by Vitor Zerbinato, swimsuit by Butch, hat by Diego Cattani, scarf by Dabdab by Surface to Air, creepers by Cavalera.
Boots by Coca-Cola Clothing, fan by Walerio Araujo, braceles by Armani Exchange
Swimsuit by Butch, boots by Coca-Cola Clothing, headpiece by Davi Ramos
Left: Shirt stylist’s own. Right: Skirt by Agatha, bracelets by Camila Klein, turbant (made of flags) stylist’s own.
Photography: Hugo Toni, Fashion Editor: Heleno Manoel, Grooming: Ricardo dos Anjos, Retouching: Breno de Faria, Set Design: Frank Dezeuxis
Hat and short stylist’s own, stripe socks by American Apparel
Boots by Dr. Martens, hat stylist’s own
Photography: Marcelo Krasilcic, Fashion Editor: Heleno Manoel, Grooming: Helder Rodrigues, Set Design: Frank Dezeuxis, Model: Diego Miguel.
Shirt and denim pants by Bottega Veneta, shoes by Marc Jacobs, shirt, sweater, and pants by Bottega Veneta, shoes by Burberry Prorsum, jacket, pants, and shoes by Bottega Veneta.
Left: Blanket by Louis Vuitton, Jeddi hi-tops by Alejandro Ingelmo. Right: Shirt, jacket, and pants by Louis Vuitton, sunglasses by Silver Lining Opticians, scarf, shirt, and shorts by Louis Vuitton, sweater and shorts by Louis Vuitton, all shoes by Louis Vuitton.
With his insider perspective and a keen eye for a fashion moment no one captures the energy backstage quite like Julian Schratter. Take a look at his dynamic shots from Milan, from Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, to Vivienne Westwood.
Naomi Campbell, the notorious and inimitable icon, does not easily grant interviews. So who better to handle the task than an industry figurehead who has known Naomi since her beginnings. Francesca Sorrenti, a renowned fashion photographer in her own time and head of a family of talented photographers, has a deep and very personal understanding of fashion and the period that formed one of the most famous supermodels of our times. Francesca sat down with Naomi for models.com to talk about her love of fashion, her current projects and her advice to new talent.
We hear about Ms. Campbell in fashion mags and tabloids, we know who she’s dating, where she’s partying, but how much do we really know about the icon herself?
I met Naomi through Kate Moss and my son Mario (when Kate and Mario were dating) and my first thought was “Here is a woman who exudes glamour from head to toe”. The word girl just didn’t seem to fit with her persona even though she was just a girl back then. Naomi was always glamorous even at home in jeans and a tee shirt. It wasn’t in her mannerisms, it was just her.
…my first thought was “Here is a woman who exudes glamour from head to toe”. The word girl just didn’t seem to fit with her persona even though she was just a girl back then. Naomi was always glamorous even at home in jeans and a tee shirt. It wasn’t in her mannerisms, it was just her.
That season I went to shows in Paris, NY, and Milan and each time Naomi walked out all eyes would look on in amazement and the room would start to buzz. I could almost swear that at the Versace show in Paris I could hear a collective gasp. The buzz didn’t end there, no matter where she went every head would turn. To this day, Naomi still commands the attention of the industry and the world at large. In a business where girls come and go, she has indeed stood the test of time. These simple questions, asked over a cup of tea, give insight into the woman behind the legendary career and the dynamic personality that still captivates fashion.
Growing up have you always loved Fashion?
I think so, you know growing up in London you got to see so much happening all the time, Rifat, Body Map, there were so any others all around me.
How do you view the Internet and fashion?
Well that’s how the world is today, isn’t it? It’s a great tool for corporations and sales. People get to read what’s going on in the world of fashion and give their opinions right then and there.
Do you have any aspirations in fashion going forward?
One day I would like to display all that I have collected through my career, like a time capsule up for the viewing. It will speak for itself.
Didn’t you do a special edition for Russian Vogue last year?
Yes! It was my 25th Anniversary in the business and I worked with the Editor in chief of RV on that issue. I worked with Steven Meisel, Solve Sundsbo, with Russian photographer, Danil Golovkin, Matt Owen. We really had so much fun putting it together.
Who is your favorite designer?
Now that’s a very difficult question to answer, I’ve grown with so many people, Marc Jacobs, John Galliano, Azzedine, Karl, there’s Gianni Versace, Ozbek, Dolce & Gabbana, and I love so many of the young new designers. This again is a very difficult question to answer. So many of them have been so supportive of me and my growing and great to me in my career, I have also created so many great personal relationships with any them.
This is another hard question, there’s again so many I have worked with that have been there for me from day one since I came to New York. I love how each and every one of them has depicted me differently; it’s a different side of your persona that they have captured. I like when I don’t look like myself.
Do you have any advice for the young “new faces” in the business?
Try to stay true to yourself and stick to your roots and your friends that you have come into the business with you and who have stayed true to you. Try to stay focused on your goals and not be deterred from them.
The Met Ball, how was it?
It was fun, in the beginning it was a bit sad but than I thought Lee would be very proud. I felt it was a definite celebration of him.
What is your favorite perfume?
As you know I have my own fragrance for the past 12 years, and I love Molecules.
What do you most dislike about yourself?
Who is the person you most admire in the world?
What is your biggest regret?
I haven’t got any. I think that everyone needs to take their path in life.
What personal possession do you most value?
Your favorite color?
What is your biggest fear?
Roller coasters, jet skis.
If you could change the world?
I would free the world of AIDS and cancer.
To celebrate the close of the Autumn/Winter 2011 season we have a very special and fun treat. We are very excited to present an exclusive collaboration between models.com and video director Justin Wu with the very kind support of LaneCrawford.com.
models.com and Justin Wu take you on a whirlwind tour of fashion week in Milan and Paris, from castings to backstage, the shows and the models off-duty, lip-synched to the classic fave of ‘Can’t Take My Eyes off of You’!
A very very big thanks to Justin Wu, all the models, their agencies and LaneCrawford.com who have made this possible. To see Behind-the-scenes pictures, and learn more about Justin Wu, please go to www.lanecrawford.com