2 posts tagged "Ashley Brokaw"
Prada’s Spring ’12 Steven Meisel-lensed ad campaign was released yesterday, and unlike last season, when casting director Ashley Brokaw cast unknowns like Kelly Mittendorf, Ondria Hardin, and Antonia Wesseloh, the blonde and brunettes in this campaign—Natasha Poly, Kati Nescher, Elise Crombez, Ymre Stiekema, and Meghan Collison, included—are more familiar faces. One name, however, was new to us: Katryn Kruger. The brown-haired teenager from South Africa made her big debut in October in Paris, where she walked exclusively on the runway at Givenchy. She might be a newcomer, but this isn’t Kruger’s first time working with Prada—she appeared in the label’s Resort lookbook last summer. Her agency, IMG, wouldn’t dish any details about what she’s got in the works, but after booking one of the coveted spots in Prada’s ad campaign, she’s a model we’ve got our eyes on.
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 fashion week series, the industry’s top casting gurus share their thoughts on who we’ll be seeing this fashion week—and beyond.
Ashley Brokaw casts Proenza Schouler, Narciso Rodriguez, Rag & Bone, and Tommy Hilfiger in New York this season. Below, she weighs in on a few of her favorite new and new-to-us faces.
Maria Bradley at FACTOR (left): “New face from Wichita, Kansas. Great tomboy vibe with a killer body.”
Vika Falileeva at DNA (center): “Beautiful blonde with a fantastic body. She has a great attitude and much more confidence this time around [the Russian model has walked in several shows over the past two seasons].”
Xiao Wen Ju at IMG (right): “A season under her belt has done wonders for her confidence. She has great presence when she walks and her face is divine. Xiao doesn’t look like anyone else out there.”