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13 Top Breakout New Male Faces of F/W 2013


The Fall/Winter 2013 menswear casting season was one filled with many newcomers, making it very difficult to narrow down the list of top new faces. Here are 13 new models fresh on the scene whose looks particularly caught the industry’s eye—this being apparent in the overall strength, calculated by the quantity and quality of their showlists. The following list is comprised of models from all over the world including 2 Dutchies, 2 Canadians, 1 Belgian, 1 Brazilian, 1 Australian, 1 English, 1 Argentinian, 1 South Korean, 1 Hungarian, 1 German and 1 Lithuanian. It will be interesting to see how the careers of these 13 breakout guys will develop in the coming months, and possibly years.


Almantas Petkunas from Lithuania
Elite London – Why Not Milan – Success Paris
13 Shows | Open: 1 | Close : 1

Highlights: As menswear shows drew near, we were wondering where we would see newcomer Almantas Petkunas, as he was getting much attention before making his debut. We first saw him on the runway when he opened  J.W. Anderson and his adaptable and understated look worked well for many other shows, such as Jil Sander, Burberry, Iceberg (as opener), Y. Project, Raf Simons, Louis Vuitton, Dries van Noten, Damir Doma, Christophe Lemaire, Wooyoungmi and Tillmann Lauterbauch (as closer). With such an impressive showlist, there is no question that the Lithuanian newcomer has staying power.


Botond Cseke from Hungary
Bananas Paris
10 Shows  | Open: 1 | Close: 2

Highlights: The Hungarian  first showed his modeling skills in an editorial for Novembre Magazine showcasing a variety of designer looks. This translated onto the runway as well, for Botond made his runway debut walking for a multitude of labels that include Alexander McQueen, Dior Homme, Lanvin, Qasimi, Damir Doma, John Galliano (as opener), Cerruti, John Lawrence Sullivan (as closer), Christian Lacroix (as closer), Neil Barrett and Jil Sander.


Conor Doherty from the UK
Elite London
12 Shows | Open: 0 | Close: 0

HighlightsAt just 16 years old, the young model has a look that has demonstrated versatility on the catwalk; his youthfulness not only worked for his Topman Design debut, but also translated well to the refined Valentino runway. His three weeks ended with a total of 12 shows: Richard Nicoll, Christopher Shannon, James Long, J.W. Anderson, Qasimi, Burberry Prorsum, Belstaff, Valentino, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Dries van Noten, and Damir Doma. Although the British boys were well represented during their own London Fashion Week, Conor was the main newcomer Brit who impressed throughout the rest of Europe.


Frederik Meijnen from Belgium
Ulla Models Amsterdam – Uno Barcelona
1 Show | Open: 0 | Close: 0

Highlights: As one of the Prada exclusives this season, Frederik caught Miuccia’s attention with his blond crop of hair. It’s always buzzworthy to debut exclusively for Prada, which usually brings attention to a new model and could very well propel their career forward. We hope to see his distinct look translated elsewhere as well as it will be interesting to see what this debut could translate into for his future career.

Julian de Gainza from Argentina
Bananas Paris
9 Shows | Open: 0 | Close: 0

Highlights: If anyone had the ultimate debut season, it was Julian de Gainza. This Argentinian newcomer first appeared at Burberry Prorsum, followed by bookings for Jil Sander and Prada in Milan. Then in Paris, he made appearances at Damir Doma, Dior Homme, Dries van Noten, Kris Van Assche, Lanvin and Paul Smith.

Julian Sonne from the Netherlands
Bananas Paris – Unique Denmark
3 Shows | Open: 0 | Close: 0

Highlights: We were looking out for Julian who had landed on our radar  months ago, and he finally made his first runway appearance at Louis Vuitton. He then went on to walk the John Galliano and Lanvin shows. With a commanding look that we have just seen on the runway, we look forward to seeing those inimitable features translated in print as well.

Justin Sterling from Canada
Why Not Milan – New York Models – Liz Bell Vancouver
13 Shows | Open: 1 | Close: 1

Highlights: With unique features which time favors, Justin certainly caught the eye of many designers walking for Dries Van Noten, Damir Doma, Dior Homme, Louis Vuitton, Christian Lacroix, Jil Sander, Moschino, Kenzo and closing for Joseph Abboud. Most notably, his impressive opening for Kris Van Assche marks this particular newcomer as one to watch.

Lars van der Brink from the Netherlands
Ford Europe
9 Shows | Open: 1 | Close: 1

Highlights: The Dutch newcomer had quite the assorted  runway showlist for his debut season, walking for Qasimi, Lanvin, Wooyoungmi, Tillman Lauterbauch, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry and Jil Sander. First catching a buzz on the Milan runways, he picked up even more steam finishing his first season in Paris.

Michal Bilinski from Germany
Success Paris – PMA Hamburg
5 Shows | Open: 0 | Close: 0

Highlights: The final menswear city of Paris was the debut one for this German newcomer. He made his first showing on the Valentino runway. Later, we saw this mysterious new model at  Lanvin, Wooyoungmi, Louis Vuitton and Boris Bidjan Saberi.

Reuben Ramacher from Australia
The AGENCY Models Australia
1 Show | Open: 0 | Close: 0

Highlights: Brand new Australian face Reuben Ramacher made his debut walking exclusively for Saint Laurent. Going into the F/W 2013 season, the 19 year old first caught our eye  in an editorial for Manuscript Magazine shot by Rene Vaile and has an international magazine editorial coming out soon that will sure bring the bring attention to his sharp angles and piercing blue eyes. Modeling seems to have been in the cards for Reuben, whose mother was a former model.

Sam Freedberg from Canada
IMG NY – Elite Milan – Success Paris – Elmer Olsen Toronto
1 Show | Open: 0 | Close: 0

Highlights: When we first saw Sam’s test shots months ago, we knew great things were in store for this 17 year old from Toronto whose mother agency is Elmer Olsen. Sam was one of the first newly signed models with IMG NY’s expanding men’s board. Soon after, he appeared on the boards of Elite Milan and Success. This season, he walked only for Jil Sander as an exclusive, and we will be watching his trajectory closely in the coming months.

Sergio Fonseca from Brazil
Independent Men Milan – Amazing Brazil
5 Shows | Open: 1 | Close: 0

Highlights: The demanding strong features of Sergio Fonseca probably explains his buzzworthy runway debut opening for Kenzo. The Brazilian model also did very well in Paris walking for Costume National, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Christian Lacroix. It has been a while since a male Brazilian model has made a splash in the high fashion world and we look forward to seeing more of Sergio.

Soo Hyuk Lee from South Korea
Bananas Paris
5 Shows | Open: 1 | Close: 0

Highlights: The model turned actor made his runway entrance walking for Balenciaga, Wooyoungmi, Songzio, Juun J. (as opener) and J.W. Anderson. Prior to the F/W 2013 season, Soo appeared in editorials for Vogue Korea and L’Officiel Hommes with seasoned model Cole Mohr. We’re sure to see more of Soo Hyuk on and off screen.


Editor’s Note 1/28/2013: Changes made to reflect Soo Hyuk Lee as opener of Juun J.

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Credit: Written by Tori Leung and Jessica. Images courtesy of the modeling agencies.

8 comments on “13 Top Breakout New Male Faces of F/W 2013

  1. scottmax says:

    soo hyuk also modeled for balmain, and he’s the first face of juun.j, excuse me for any improperness.

  2. jay says:

    I’m sorry but could you tell me what the name of typeface you used on the photo..? please?

  3. Suzzie says:

    Soo Hyuk is my favorite model!! I’m rooting for Soo Hyuk. I am very proud of his accomplishment!

  4. Lucía says:

    Go Argentina!! He’s gorgeous

  5. angelique says:

    sorry boy’s,.. Lars rules

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