October 10th, 2014
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.
Prada SS15 Runway Photo: Catwalking/Getty Images
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.
Fendi SS15 Runway Photo: By: Victor VIRGILE / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images
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.
Jil Sander SS15 Runway Photo: Victor VIRGILE / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images
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.
Dior SS15 Runway Photo: Dominique Charriau / WireImage / Getty Images
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.
Givenchy SS15 Runway Photo: Victor VIRGILE / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images
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.
Rodarte SS15 Runway Photo: Victor VIRGILE / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images
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!
Sonia Rykiel SS15 Runway Photo: Dominique Charriau / WireImage / Getty Images
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.
Hermès SS15 Runway Photo: Victor VIRGILE / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images
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.
Dolce & Gabbana SS15 Runway Photo: Victor VIRGILE / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images
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.
Loewe SS15 Runway Photo: Catwalking / Catwalking / Getty Images
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!
Ralph Lauren SS15 Runway Photo: JOSHUA LOTT / AFP / Getty Images
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