2 posts tagged "Athena Wilson"
There’s no simple formula for determining the season’s top new models. With less-is-more exclusive slots and rampant agency shake-ups, these days it’s rarely a numbers game and is more about overall impact. Still, with much deliberation, we narrowed the list down to ten, but there were plenty of other fresh faces from the Spring runways who also deserve mention here.
First up is Nastya Kusakina (WOMEN), above left, an ethereal 17-year-old Russian, who opened Raf Simons’ final Jil Sander show last season, and hit it out of the park at the Spring shows. The doll-faced blonde bookended Vera Wang, opened Ann Demeulemeester and Louis Vuitton, and walked Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, and Givenchy in between.
Natasha Remarchuk (ELITE) was another girl from the Eastern Bloc who turned heads (that pout!). Keeping her show list short and selective, Remarchuk did Calvin Klein Collection in New York, Jil Sander and Prada in Milan, and six others in Paris including Alexander McQueen, Dior, and Givenchy.
Half-Belgian, half-Japanese rookie Yumi Lambert (IMG), below left, has an incredibly unique look, and followed up her major-league week in Milan, where she landed Prada, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, and Missoni, with an equally impressive Paris outing (she hit the Chanel, Dior, Nina Ricci, and Miu Miu runways).
Finally, Marikka Juhler (FORD) and Athena Wilson (FORD) both got off to impressive starts during New York, but slowed down a bit in Paris. We’re expecting Juhler, who gave off an old-school glamazon vibe at shows including Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Gucci, and Lanvin; and Wilson, who popped up at Marc Jacobs, Mary Katrantzou, and Rick Owens, among others, to perform well editorially and in their sophomore seasons a few months from now.
Perhaps the biggest model story of NYFW was the return of Carolyn Murphy to the runways. The nineties-era golden girl opened the Jason Wu show, channeling Helmut Newton in painted cherry red lips and a slicked-back updo, and also walked Marchesa later in the week. Liberty Ross’ exclusive appearance at Alexander Wang also caused quite a stir. In the face of swirling rumors about her director husband, Rupert Sanders, the 33-year-old English actress proved that looking good is the best revenge. Still, a handful of fresh faces tackling their first show season also managed to make an impact. The week kicked off with Marine Deleeuw, who opened BCBG Max Azria on Thursday and Rag & Bone on Friday, then went on to walk shows including 3.1 Phillip Lim and Narciso Rodriguez. She ended things on a high note at Calvin Klein, which is arguably the most coveted show to score. Asia Piwka and Kayley Chabot, two other rookies on the rise, also netted Calvin yesterday. Earlier in the week, Piwka debuted at Alexander Wang (she was the mystery girl in Christopher Kane’s Resort lookbook) and turned up at Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, and Michael Kors. Chabot’s girl-next-door appeal brought about coveted spots at Altuzarra and Proenza Schouler.
It’s safe to say that many catwalking careers have been launched at Alexander Wang, and this season was no different. Striking redhead Irina Kravchenko (pictured, bottom right) was the first girl out there, which paved the way for turns at Marc Jacobs, Thakoon, and Narciso Rodriguez. Juliana Schurig (pictured, bottom left) and Marikka Juhler (pictured, top right) also started with Wang before going on to do other top shows; bleach-blonde Schurig landed at Derek Lam and Theyskens’ Theory, among others, while Juhler, who is serving a serious, old-school glamazon vibe, had everyone asking, “Who’s that girl?” at Tommy Hilfiger, Oscar de la Renta, and Proenza Schouler. Speaking of Proenza, baby-faced Wylie Hays opened the show after walking Alexander Wang and Theyskens’ Theory earlier in the week. Personally, we’ve got a crush on Athena Wilson’s (pictured, top left) ragged pageboy bowl cut. Wilson premiered at Creatures of the Wind and also worked her tomboyish charm at Altuzarra and Narciso Rodriguez. It’s worth mentioning that coincidentally, nearly all the notable newbies (aside from Piwka and Hays) are with Ford Models, so Paul Rowland and company must be doing something right. Nevertheless, there are still three cities left, which means plenty of opportunities (read: major league exclusives) for other newcomers to step up.