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September 1 2014

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Catwalk Watch: Barbara Pfister

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Before a model hits the runway—and before she snags her first editorial, her first ad campaign, and her first billboard—she’s got to make it past the sharp eyes of fashion’s casting directors, who are tasked with finding the perfect girls for designers’ exacting visions. In our new fashion week series, the industry’s top casting gurus share their thoughts on who we’ll be seeing this fashion week—and beyond.

Barbara Pfister casts VPL, Gary Graham, William Tempest, and Mandy Coon, among others, in New York this season. Below, she weighs in on a few of her favorite new faces.

I love Ali Stepka at IMG (left) for her uniqueness and her never-ending legs. She has a very unassuming quality, like Shalom had in the early nineties, but when she turns to you in front of the camera there is a depth to her beauty that is very captivating. Her eyes are slightly Eurasian and gorgeous, and the mere fact that she is from Oxford reverberates a quality of subtle intellect.

I’m a big fan of So Young at Marilyn (center), too. She’s so elegant, and what a great name!

Caroline Brasch Nielsen from Elite is a girl you just can’t stop looking at. She is so fresh, and has an air of confidence but is equally sweet. She’s a stunning beauty with an ethereal Vermeer quality, but equally modern. Timeless, I suppose. And Ilva Heitmann with Supreme (right) is of the same ilk as Caroline, but even more silky and delicate and utterly ethereal—just otherworldly.

Photos: Courtesy of IMG; Courtesy of Marilyn; Courtesy of Supreme

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