Miuccia’s Angels: Five New Models To Watch-------
After leaking last week, images from Steven Meisel’s Prada Fall ad campaign were officially released today. And leave it to Miuccia (and casting director Ashley Brokaw, of course), to throw a curveball: After tapping some of the modeling world’s biggest for her recent campaigns, she went for lesser-known beauties this time around. Statuesque Swede Frida Gustavsson is the only remotely recognizable face in the bunch. The other five mystery girls making their big splash—Kelly Mittendorf, Julia Zimmer, Ondria Hardin, Antonia Wesseloh, and Dorte Limkilde—are unknowns…for now. They’re all but guaranteed to be in-demand at the Spring ’12 shows, despite the fact that some of them have never set foot on a runway. The one attracting the most buzz is 17-year-old Kelly Mittendorf. The Arizona native, recently signed by the Marilyn agency, has that strong and unique, expressive look that is distinctly Prada. (She’s already been making her fashion chops known on her Tumblr and Twitter pages.) The label’s endorsement is hard to match, let alone to beat. Mrs. P launched careers of many of the top models today, including Sasha Pivovarova, Daria Werbowy, Lindsey Wixson, and Daphne Groeneveld.