The Verdict On NYFW: Brunettes Have More Fun-------
If there’s one thing we learned about trends in fresh faces during NYFW, it’s this: Brunettes are the ones having the most fun (and success) right now. Casting directors have lately been favoring a dark and mysterious, intelligent kind of beauty, à la Kati Nescher, the worldly sophomore season breakout who opened nine shows last week and isn’t about to slow down anytime soon. But it looks like Nescher might have some competition across the pond.
Nadja Bender (pictured, below) is the rookie at the top of every model obsessive’s watch list. The 21-year-old Danish stunner has plenty of momentum after scoring the coveted first slot at Alexander Wang and Rodarte, and booking other biggies like Altuzarra and Calvin Klein. Other girls on the rise include Marie Piovesan (left), who’s already caught the eye of Phoebe Philo as the star of the new Celine campaign (those cheekbones!) and will have a hometown advantage in Paris, and the Proenza Schouler “exclusive” (although she did walk Richard Chai Love earlier in the week) Argentinean catwalker Melissa Stasiuk (pictured, below). With her Patti Smith-esque, raven-colored locks and an editorial in the latest issue of Love shot by Mario Testino, Stasiuk has that edgy look-of-the-moment, which should take her far in Europe. But fashion is forever unpredictable, and many of the best newcomers wait to make their debut in Milan or Paris. So you never know. We wouldn’t be surprised to see peroxide blondes stage an uprising these next few weeks.