Milan and Paris men’s shows may be done but it’s just the start for the fantastic new faces that debuted in 2010. Most are brand new here, several may be slightly familiar; all have that unique beauty and perfect designer fit that set them apart from the masses. The European shows of S/S 11 were the definite launchpads for our picks of the season. Who’s your favorite to go the distance?
Adnan Djinovic ‘s breakout season was a stellar one for this charismatic young Frenchman. (Burberry, Z Zegna, Prada, Neil Barrett, Gaspard Yurkievich, Cerruti, YSL, Kenzo, Dunhill, Lanvin)
American Christian Plauche was whisked away to Europe for his first season ever within days of arriving in NY. And what a season it was. (Prada, Jil Sander, Versace, Burberry, Lanvin, Dunhill, Raf Simons)
Germany’s Christian Ochsenfahrt may not have the easiest last name to pronounce but it was no problem for the top casting directors during his first excellent season . (Jil Sander, YSL, Raf Simons, Dior Homme, Dunhill, Lanvin, Prada, Gaspard Yurkievich, Dries Van Noten, Kenzo)
Half Grenadian, half Trinidadian, all gorgeous, Corey Baptiste only did Milan but as predicted would make a splash. The market needs a flawless beauty like this. Imagine if he had gone to Paris! (Z Zegna, Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Calvin Klein, Canali)
Demy Matzen was just featured on Daily Duo but this young Dutchman had the big guns immediately interested for S/S 11. (Burberry, Gucci, Jil Sander, Missoni, John Varvatos, Albino Deuxieme) (image Roy Seerden)
Felix Badman‘s breakout season was in a word, fantastic. He shot up out of nowhere to walk in many of the premium designers’ shows. (Burberry, Dries Van Noten, Prada, Jil Sander, YSL, Dunhill, Raf Simons Kenzo, Neil Barrett, Cerruti) (With Ford Models Europe)
The Swede Gabriel Gronvik has been making his mark editorially but this was his breakout season scoring many of the blue chip catwalks. (Burberry, Gucci, Giuliano Fujiwara, Neil Barrett, Gustavo Lins, closed Raf Simons, Hermes, Kenzo, closed Wooyoungmi, Lanvin) (Ph by Johnny Kangasniemi)
Denmark’s Peter Beyer had it easy his first time in Milan with his Prada exclusive tying him up in Milan. In Paris, Dries Van Noten, Kenzo, Dunhill, Romain Kremer and Lanvin were fans of the Dane. (Screenshot from Burberry/Gucci casting director Barbara Nicoli’s video)
The beautiful Belgian Tom Fonteyn had all the major clients clamoring for him his premier season and we can easily see why. Look for our upcoming new faces profile on Tom. (Jil Sander, Costume National, Gianfranco Ferre, Prada, Z Zegna, YSL, Raf Simons, Lanvin, Dunhill, Gaspard Yurkievich. (image courtesy of IMM Bruxelles)
Our final slot goes to 4 brand new faces used by blue chip brands to debut their S/S 11 collections. Calvin Klein’s Jacob (Ford Homme), Givenchy’s Pablo Otero (View) (opened and closed), Prada’s Luka Badjnar (Success Models) (opened and closed), YSL’s Tobias Lundh (Ford Homme).