Models.com’s selection of Top Newcomers from S/S 16 is the newest class of on-the-radar models who set the benchmark walking for the biggest designers with exclusives, openings and closings, to boot. Respectively they’ve got that special something that can translate into top campaigns, covers and editorials. In addition, we’ve reached out to industry influencers who, season after season, are important players in the big picture and asked for their odds-on favorites. This year’s exclusive three includes top editors Edward Enninful, Katie Grand and industry legend Bethann Hardison. See who they believe have that coveted it-factor followed by our list of top performing rookies.
Lululeika Ravn Liep
Vera Van Erp
An exclusive New York debut at Calvin Klein Collection, lifted this freshman to new heights in the remaining fashion capitals. The hits kept on coming with big-name, runway jaunts at Christopher Kane, Gucci, Marni, Dior, and Nina Ricci.
Effervescent Hyunji’s season started in NY but truly K-Popped once she hit Milan and walked for Prada. From there it was hit after hit, with Elie Saab, Vionnet, Dries van Noten, and Miu Miu all singing this super Seoul girl’s tune.
This American beauty lit up the S/S 16 shows from NY all the way to Paris. With Calvin Klein, Fendi, Versace, Chloe, Celine and Valentino amongst the bookings of her rookie runway season, Philly native Julia has proven she has this fashion “jawn” perfected.
Starting with a JW Anderson exclusive, then the coveted combination of Prada exclusive/ opening spot, it was nothing but blue chip perfection for Mayka’s debut season. Appearances at Loewe, Chanel, Miu Miu, and Louis Vuitton rounded out this pixie-eared poppet’s immaculately curated catwalk credentials.
This Dane’s jewel blues, bushy brows and V-shaped jawline made Mathilde a hot commodity, showing face at top shows Céline, Calvin Klein and Coach.
This curly-haired, Dutch newcomer debuted opening up for J.W. Anderson in London and then went on to an exclusive at the show of all shows – Prada. From there on it was clockwork bookings at buzzworthy shows like Chloe, Celine, Hermes, and Valentino.
This rookie stunner and her sculpted cheekbones were in every major show you can think of this season, throwing her weight in with seasoned veterans. After walking the runway for Versace, Fendi, Alexander Wang, Valentino, and Balenciaga the native New Yorker is sure to set the upcoming shoot season on fire!
A quirky, bowl-cut can make you stand out from the crowd and such is the same for Peyton Knight. The Alexander Wang exclusive platform she jumped off, catapulted her to walking in the biggest shows you can imagine – Gucci, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, and Acne Studios.
In a season dominated by brunettes, Piene’s flaxen-haired flair debuted on the Gucci runway and took hold at the shows for Chanel, Stella McCartney, and Valentino. Her effortless cool and composed beauty brings an irresistible kind of sunny serenity to the S/S 16 season.
The twin from England made quite an entrance after an out-of-the-blue appearance in the Sims photographed McQueen F/W 15 campaign sporting a brand new buzz. Come S/S 16 that military grade look made Ruth unmissable on the runways of Gucci, Versace and Saint Laurent.
Opening and closing Burberry’s S/S 16 show as an exclusive says it all. Victoria is a downright, delicate beauty. So it’s no surprise that Prada also gave the Russian newcomer an exclusive and Dior, Valentino and Miu Miu couldn’t do without her.
It’s been a whirlwind year for this Chinese model and after winning the Longteng Supermodel Contest she went on to storming the global fashion circuit walking in top shows like Calvin Klein, Burberry, Gucci, Dior and Alexander McQueen. Not bad for her first time out the gate!
Alluring Ala already had a Prada & Miu Miu exclusive and some pretty impressive resort and haute couture collection appearances in her back catalogue, but S/S 16 was the season that she solidified her status as a catwalk conquerer. Walking for Jil Sander, Chanel, and Dior to name but a few, this polished Polish girl’s runway resume is pristine.
Alice Metza has been on the scene since her debut last season at Proenza Schouler, but this LA darling struck it big this time with walks at Marc Jacobs, Prada, Lanvin, Sacai, Valentino, and Miu Miu. Her bubbling personality and unique look is sure to set her apart from the crowd.
Elite Model Look winner Bara truly takes the prize for one of the most selective seasons yet. A Prada exclusive in Milan, this Czech beauty’s delightful dreaminess reigned supreme in Paris, where she floated down the runways of Lanvin, McQueen, Chanel and Dior.
Her first season gained Chiara some major runway mileage walking the likes of Boss, Calvin Klein, Prada, Alexander McQueen and Miu Miu. That rare golden glow and striking, one of a kind angles have this Italian poised for coming sweeps.
Elizabeth and her adorable, elvish ears flirted with the catwalk in F/W 15 making appearances at Alexander Wang and Marc by Marc. But her real splash came this season after confirming an impressive list of shows that includes Wang, Coach, Prada, Balenciaga, Chanel and Miu Miu.
Her first season boasted Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton, but S/S 16 rounded out her résume with Dolce & Gabbana, Chloe, Dior, and again Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton all eager to take advantage of Estelle’s sophisticated allure.
An equestrian with quiet intensity, Frida has been simmering in Sweden since opening the Balenciaga show back in Spring/Summer 2013. It wasn’t until this season when she reappeared at the Alexander Wang show that ferocious Frida cemented herself as a girl-to-watch — and her majorness was made even more evident as she went on to score the opening and closing spots at Calvin Klein.
The lovely Irina from Montenegro had a great 2015, starting with January’s Dior Couture and then Prada and a number of other top shows for F/W 15. What makes her stand out this season is not only walking again for top shows such as Celine, Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Miu Miu (a sure sign of a great runway model) but gaining new brands such as Burberry, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Proenza Schouler and Versace.
With her debut in the Balenciaga Pre Fall 2015 lookbook, it didn’t take an industry insider to see that Jamilla’s star was on the rise. Two select turns (for Rick Owens and Celine) on the F/W 15 Paris catwalks were but a sign of things to come — this season the daring Dutchie from Den Haag started at Alexander Wang and ended at Esteban Cortazar, with notable appearances at Balenciaga, Kenzo, Missoni, and Vera Wang in between.
A F/W 15 Louis Vuitton exclusive merited the lovely Kirin’s runway readiness. Come S/S 16 and the fair-haired Belgian had a most flattering show season, walking J.W. Anderson, Burberry, Dior, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, and opening Alexander McQueen.
This Maryland equestrian rider was discovered with an Instagram hashtag and swiftly took off to New York for a debut at Marc Jacobs’ resort collection. Walks for Hood By Air, Burberry Prorsum, Valentino, and Moncler Gamme Rouge soon followed for the fresh face, All-American beauty.
An inaugural walk in Louis Vuitton for F/W 15 prospected a big next season presence for the willowy, Danish model. And that was just the case–J.W Anderson, Gucci, Prada, Valentino and Louis Vuitton all made sure to confirm the rosy-cheeked Lululeika.
A bold beauty from central Ukraine, Nastya hit her stride in New York at Calvin Klein, a show that sent her sophomore season into overdrive. Opening and closing Christopher Kane in London, then walking for Prada, Dior and Chanel, Nastya’s strikingly strong look has fashion’s elite sitting up and taking note.
Twin sister, Lia, took the spotlight last season but for SS16 Russian beaut, Odette shined in a bevy of shows, none more notable than Chanel, Dior, Dries Van Noten, Fendi, Alexander Wang, and closing Saint Laurent.
Paula made her debut in January for Prada Pre Fall and followed up with a very solid season for F/W 15. For S/S 16, Paula had her first full show season, and her appearances in the 4 cities- Givenchy, Jason Wu, J.W. Anderson, Christopher Kane, Gucci, Prada, and an excellent Paris finish- Kenzo, Lanvin and Miu Miu- show that her cool serene beauty is still all the rage.
You couldn’t have had a better year than Indian beauty Pooja Mor if you tried – a debut at cruise collections for Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney put her on the fashion radar. She re-emerged this season walking in Givenchy’s infamous NY show, then Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, and Alexander McQueen.
Romy’s presence was made known strutting in haute couture for Valentino, but S/S 16 was a season well played for the ruddy-faced brunette who crossed off top shows like Coach, Burberry, Hermès, Valentino and Chanel, to name a few.
Along with her stark good looks, Vera Van Erp’s lean figure was made for the catwalk, a point she proved after her F/W 15 debut for Louis Vuitton. This season, she was nothing short of a runway fixture walking Oscar de la Renta, Burberry, Gucci, Valentino and Louis Vuitton.
A Saint Laurent muse heretofore, but S/S 16 had the bleach blonde Veronika Vilim diversifying with a top-notch stretch of shows that included Alexander Wang (exclusive), Marc Jacobs, and, of course, Saint Laurent.
A Prada debut will have people wondering who you are undoubtedly, and Dutch wonder Yasmin was no exception. After a small couture season showing in Jean Paul Gautier and Valentino, she took the Milan SS16 center stage going on to Paris to walk in big shows like Lanvin, Chloe, Carven, Loewe, Kenzo, and Valentino.