Girls To Watch—Breakthrough Model Predictions For Spring 2013-------
If you’ve been walking around Soho this week, you’ve probably noticed the mob of lanky girls clad in black, clutching portfolios, and rushing from one open call or fitting to the next. Casting director Andrew Weir (who works with Thakoon, Viktor & Rolf, and Jen Kao) estimates there are over 1,000 models in town for NYFW, and predicted that out of the hundreds of fresh faces he’s seen the past few days, there are “maybe a handful of rookies with the potential to actually break through.” Of the brand-spanking-new girls, Weir called out Russian beauty Lena Lomako (Women) and Caroline F. (Elite Management), who he says “looks perfect for Celine.” We’ve got our eyes on several girls, too. Icy Dutch blonde Stef Van Der Laan (pictured, top right) and Grace Mahary (pictured, top left), who previously starred in a Trey Songz music video. Both made a splash as exclusives on the Givenchy Fall runway, then went on to rack up key Couture appearances in July (Van Der Laan walked Chanel and Atelier Versace, while Mahary popped up at Givenchy again). We wouldn’t be surprised to see each of them do upwards of 50 shows this time around. Others on our radar include 18-year-old South Carolina native Madison Headrick (pictured, bottom right), who made her catwalk debut at Prada, then turned up in the label’s latest ad campaign, and Margita Zuchova (pictured, bottom left), who recently did the Alexander McQueen Resort lookbook and stalked the Dior Couture catwalk. Still, you can never pinpoint just who is going to blast off until the shows get under way, so check back in for our model updates at the end of each city’s fashion week.