When almost any fresh face can get an exclusive nowadays what makes a new model stand out? Some of our top picks for F/W 11, Europe/NY (Alexander Beck, Jae Yoo, RJ King, Robin Ahrens, Miles McMillan) cleaned up as expected but these below are our choices for the breaking faces for 2012. Expect these pristine young men to generate some serious heat come fall.
Alfred Kovac: Though not technically a newcomer, this former Daily Duo-er, had a top season walking for Calvin, D&G, Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, Louis Vuitton, Zegna, Emporio Armani, Phillip Lim and Roland Mouret.
Baptiste Radufe. Prada and Jil Sander took him in Milan but it was Paris that really took a shine to this young Belgian with blue chip brands booking him like Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Raf Simons, YSL.
Benjamin Eidem. (Image courtesy of Modellink for models.com) Former MOTW. Opened and closed Prada (exclusive Milan). Opened and closed Louis Vuitton (exclusive Paris). Can’t get much better for a first time walker.
Charlie Timms. After a Prada exclusive last season (and the Prada campaign this spring), Charlie’s first complete season in Europe was très full indeed. From Burberry to McQueen to Gucci in Milan to Dries to Hermes to YSL, they all booked this young promising Brit.
Chris Moore. The opening slot of Givenchy always generates much interest for the label’s continued support of fantastic new finds. The young American’s opening and closing slot is sure to catapult him into the spotlight.
Mike Spadino (image by Sean Kilkenny). Fashion loves a comeback and Mike’s time modeling several years ago was altogether too brief. An opening (exclusive) slot at Versace and a berth in Givenchy (also exclusive) re-ignites the career of this brooding brunette who was first scouted on models.com in 2006.
Olli Greb. Prada’s exclusive closer last season was a free agent this time around and people snapped him up. He walked for Jil Sander and Gucci in Milan and Paris saw him sauntering down the runways of Dries Van Noten, Kenzo, Lanvin, Raf Simons, Phillip Lim and YSL.
Staffan Lindstrom. Staffan’s Gucci exclusive closer in Milan was followed up by a great week in Paris (Cerruti, Dries Van Noten, Kenzo and Hermes). That face is pure sophistication.
Tom Barker. Calvin Klein booked an exclusive on him in Milan; Paris saw Mugler, Louis Vuitton, Kenzo, Lanvin, Roland Mouret and Petar Petrov taking a shine to him.
Stay tuned for our honorary mentions for the spring/summer 2012 men. Because you know there are too many gorgeous young men just for one story!