Which Models Are Making The Grade For Resort?-------
For most models, the Spring and Fall runways are the battlegrounds where all the glory is earned, so to speak. But as we’ve witnessed over the past few weeks with Resort, the pre-collections are becoming increasingly important, particularly for those fresh faces looking to sustain momentum (and possibly nab ad campaigns) going into their sophomore seasons.
By the books, Ava Smith (pictured, left) and Mackenzie Drazan (pictured, right), who both had breakout Fall ’12 seasons, are Resort’s top contenders. So far, Drazan has posed for six top-tier lookbooks including Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Richard Chai, and Bottega Veneta, and turned up on the Salvatore Ferragamo catwalk at the Louvre. On her end, Smith has caught the eye of downtown designers like Altuzarra, Derek Lam, and Yigal Azrouël, and walked for Chanel, Calvin Klein, and Ferragamo as well.
Naturally, veterans like Julia Nobis (who was Fall’s top catwalker with 72 shows under her belt) and Caroline Brasch Nielsen have been getting plenty of work this season, too. Both did Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, and a slew of others. As for our favorite Resort highlight, well, that’s a tie between androgynous nineties supermodel Erin O’Connor‘s surprise appearance in the Zac Posen lookbook and spotting Madison Headrick (a Prada runway exclusive back in February) in the Altuzarra and Donna Karan lineups. Just this week, Headrick landed the coveted Prada campaign shot by Steven Meisel, and we have a hunch we’re going to be seeing a lot more of her come Spring.