In a change of practice, we saw only two true Prada exclusives this season chosen to walk alongside a cast of big names and promising rising stars. The names that Miuccia Prada and casting director Ashley Brokaw have now put on the radar are “debut” exclusives Jessa Brown from Canada and Gina Bock from Germany. It is certainly an interesting move to have a select smaller number of exclusives in comparison to other designers as well as past seasons. Another model that was exclusive and will only be seen at Prada in Milan this season is Dutch Irene Hiemstra. However, she was not completely unknown until now, having already debuted last season in Paris, and one of the eleven models in the label’s Spring campaign. This season, she was Prada’s looks model and walked only in this show for MFW.
In addition to these three faces, two other models walked only the Prada runway in Milan, but have already made appearances this season. Amanda Murphy, who had debuted at Proenza Schouler earlier this season, both opened and closed the show. The second city exclusive is Joanna Tatarka, who Ashley Brokaw seemed to have taken a liking to in New York. We also saw several interesting surprises on the Prada runway this season. Esther de Jong, Iselin Steiro, Liisa Winkler, Jessica Stam, Mariacarla Boscono, Kirsten Owen (one of the faces of the Prada Spring/Summer 2013 campaign) and Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima (one of the faces of the Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2013 campaign) were all specially requested to walk for Prada this season.
Hmmm… Is Mrs. Prada totally over the newcomer exclusivity game? Has exclusivity gone out of style? Or maybe Alexander Wang, Hedi Slimane, and Riccardo Tisci are pulling more weight in collecting fresh faces from the middle of nowhere to debut in their shows?
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Breaking into the business of fashion is no easy task. An industry composed of so many brand aesthetics, it becomes hard to separate one from another. Capturing attention in the midst of a very hectic New York Fashion Week which simultaneously showcases menswear and womenswear is a feat in itself, but that is exactly what the brand SECOND/LAYER was able to do. What sets the new label apart is the designers’ focus on creating “a tailor made, non-gender bias form”—the most interesting point here being a blurring of the lines between womenswear and menswear. There is a conscious choice to create simple silhouettes expressing an attitude regardless of gender. It only seems fitting that in these changing times, such a notion is being embodied by a new fashion brand.
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Elena Bartels (14 shows) closing Jean-Pierre Braganza FW 2013
TOP 5 CATWALKERS – LFW FW 2013
- Elena Bartels (Premier Model Management) – 14 shows | Close: 2
- Ashleigh Good (Storm Models) – 13 shows
- Antonina Vasylchenko (IMG Models) – 12 shows | Open: 2
- Sam Rollinson (Select Model Management) – 12 shows | Open: 1
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As the Fall/Winter 2013 runway season continues to Milan and Paris, we want to turn the spotlight on 15 faces who have been on our radar since last fashion month or during couture fashion week a month ago in January 2013. These girls stand out but have not yet peaked. Although some of them have had some successes either in booking 1 major campaign and/or walking some of the top shows in previous, these fresh faces or underdogs have not yet ventured into the overexposed, overbooked, and overrated playing field. They have not been featured on Style Minutes ‘s Top Catwalkers or Top Breakout Stars lists. With faces and high fashion careers that are still fresh and under the radar, will these beauties continue to rise in the Fall/Winter 2013 season? We have been keeping track of their bookings in New York and London. The top clients in Milan and Paris are more unpredictable and daring in their casting decisions. So, let’s watch the rest of the casting season and onward to the campaign musical chair game to see if any of these girls will get her modeling wings and additional blue chip boost! And please share who you think should also be on the radar!
Sasha Luss, 20, from Russia – WOMEN MODEL MANAGEMENT
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Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs know what it means to be a powerful woman. The models on the runway looked ready for a mission in their lace-up heels, which added to the vampy effect created by leather, fur, slits or cutouts. This season, the designers took inspiration taken from witches. The only colors were white, black, forest green and grey, as well as a woods print. The vibe could be felt through a dimension of volume which was present in both hair and silhouettes. The looks were clean, more haunting than pure—this effect aided by the unflinching makeup and hair.
Patricia van der Vliet
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Tilda Lindstam (29 shows) at Narciso Rodriguez FW 2013
TOP 5 CATWALKERS – NYFW FW 2013
(by quantity and quality)
- Tilda Lindstam (IMG Models) – 29 shows | Open: 2 | Close: 2
- Julia Frauche (Next Model Management) – 25 shows | Open: 0 | Close: 1
- Kel Markey (Supreme Model Management) – 24 shows | Open: 2 | Close: 0
- Julia Nobis (DNA Models) – 23 shows | Open: 2 | Close: 3
- Manon Leloup (Wilhelmina Models) – 22 shows | Open: 2 | Close: 1
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New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 has come to a close, and our favorite models are in Europe for more Fashion Week appearances in London, Milan and Paris. Everyone from the top catwalkers, to the new faces to the icons documented their best moments; we gained an inside perspective of all the after-parties and backstage drama of NYFW Fall/Winter 2013. Here are the some of our favorite 15 shots taken by the girls, as shared publicly on their Instagram and Twitter accounts:
“Protecting my @MarcJacobsIntl bag from hairspray!! – @liuwenlw on Instagram
A fresh-faced Liu Wen shows off her valuable Marc Jacobs.
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Taking influence from Russia, Eudon Choi continued his steady climb to proving that he is the designer to watch at London Fashion Week. The Fall/Winter 2013 collection was composed of twenty-five pieces, inspired by the David Lean’s film Dr Zhivago and the character Lara (played by Julie Christie), who served as Eudon’s muse for Fall 2013. The collection was very much a departure from what we have seen in Choi’s previous work, the silhouettes being softer and more feminine. Yet the Eudon masculine/feminine signature was still very apparent. New for the fall season was knitwear, noticeably in soft boucle baby pink wool, paired with tough oxblood wide-leg leather pants. Announced only a few days before the show, the brand was awarded membership to the Swarovski Collective. Eudon adorned his stiff striped dresses and skirts with magma red crystals, a nod to his romantic folk inspiration. Collaborating on this collection was Piers Atkinson who created the ever so beautiful floral headpieces that simply sewed the collection to its original theme. The tough cut and deconstructed silhouettes may have taken a back seat this season, but we can’t deny the collection was still very much a move in the right direction for Eudon Choi.
Model wears head piece designed by Piers Atkinson for Eudon Choi
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