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The Top Models From Resort ’15

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Resort’s significance has grown across the board. For models, the season has become a particularly important platform for exposure outside of the standard ready-to-wear runways. During the busy summer months, many in-demand girls juggle shooting Pre-Spring lookbooks, advertising campaigns, and glossy editorials at once—in addition to jetting to far-flung destinations like Dubai or Monaco for big-budget brands’ Cruise shows. Here at Style.com, we’ve been keeping tabs—as usual—on models’ respective Resort performances. In general, the season was dominated by fresh-faced blonds like Lexi Boling, Harleth Kuusik, Nastya Sten, and Manuela Frey, who each made nine or more Resort appearances in lookbooks or on the catwalks. Tomboyish brunettes Mijo Mihaljcic and Waleska Gorczevski were hot on their heels with seven Resort cameos apiece. Meanwhile, we couldn’t get enough of spunky Binx Walton, who posed for Balmain and Fendi, among others, and Jamie Bochert—the Style.com/Print cover star turned up at The Row, Lanvin, and Emanuel Ungaro.

Below, we’ve tallied Resort’s nine most in-demand models.

Name: Nastya Sten (THE SOCIETY), above left
Total Resort Appearances: 9
Resort Highlights: Chanel (runway), Bottega Veneta, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Jil Sander, Prabal Gurung, Kenzo, Marc by Marc Jacobs

Name: Harleth Kuusik (THE SOCIETY), above center
Total Resort Appearances: 10
Resort Highlights: Dior (runway), Louis Vuitton (runway), Calvin Klein Collection (runway), Miu Miu (runway), Valentino, Jason Wu, Derek Lam

Name: Maja Salamon (NEXT), above right
Total Resort Appearances: 9
Resort Highlights: Louis Vuitton (runway), Calvin Klein Collection (runway), Miu Miu (runway), Giambattista Valli, Donna Karan, Diesel Black Gold

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Name: Lexi Boling (FORD), left
Total Resort Appearances: 7
Resort Highlights: Prada (runway), Dior (runway), Miu Miu (runway), Balenciaga (runway), Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen

Name: Charlene Högger (ELITE PARIS), center
Total Resort Appearances: 6
Resort Highlights: Emilio Pucci, Mugler, Richard Nicoll, McQ, Mulberry

Name: Manuela Frey (THE SOCIETY), right
Total Resort Appearances: 9
Resort Highlights: Dior (runway), Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Kenzo, Maiyet, Julien David

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Name: Mijo Mihaljcic (IMG), left
Total Resort Appearances: 7
Resort Highlights: Chanel (runway), Louis Vuitton (runway), Balenciaga (runway), Altuzarra, Chloé, Narciso Rodriguez

Name: Waleska Gorczevski (DNA), center
Total Resort Appearances: 7
Resort Highlights: Dior (runway), Ralph Lauren (runway), Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, Suno, Trademark

Name: Katlin Aas (IMG), right
Total Resort Appearances: 7
Resort Highlights: Dior (runway), Balenciaga (runway), Bottega Veneta, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Public School, Diane von Furstenberg

Photos: Courtesy Photos

PFW Was a Modelizer’s Dream

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Louis Vuitton

Just when we thought Paris had maxed out on its supermodel sightings, Freja Beha Erichsen caused us to audibly gasp when she opened Louis Vuitton on the final day of shows. Sure, seeing Gisele Bündchen close Balenciaga and the high-wattage cast at Balmain earlier in the week were definite highlights, but for true model obsessives, it’s difficult to top a surprise appearance by Erichsen, who has been absent from the runways since Spring ’12. Among the other noteworthy ladies in the LV lineup were Liya Kebede, Maggie Rizer, Marte Mei van Haaster (who took a break this season to focus on school), and scads of newcomers including closer Rianne von Rompaey and Julia Bergshoeff. While Bergshoeff also walked Miu Miu later that day, we wish she had done more shows and taken a less exclusive route. Her only other Fall outing was Proenza Schouler.

There were plenty more major modeling moments during the second half of PFW. Miranda Kerr turned up at Sonia Rykiel of all places—the brand stepped things up this time around by enlisting stylist Katie Grand and casting director Anita Bitton. Elsewhere, Sasha Pivovarova made a lovely cameo at Chloé, and Kendall Jenner convinced us to consider her a serious model at Givenchy and Chanel. But even doing those big shows won’t quite earn Jenner a spot on our forthcoming top new models list. The competition in that category is steep, with fresh faces like Lexi Boling, Ola Rudnicka, Waleska Gorczevski, and Harleth Kuusik each walking more than fifty shows. All in all, a very strong season for veterans and promising rookies alike.

Photo: Alesssandro Garofalo / indigitalimages.com

A Midway Fall ’14 Model Report

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Ola Rudnicka and Imaan Hammam

We’ve just passed the midway point of fashion month with the Milan shows well under way, and there have been plenty of memorable modeling moments thus far, particularly for newcomers. In general, the top-tier, A-list catwalkers have been more selective with their schedules, leaving room for fresh faces to ascend the ranks. Perhaps the easiest way to break down our favorite rookies is by hair color. By and large, it’s been the season of the platinum blond, with familiar faces Julia Nobis, Ashleigh Good, Juliana Schurig, Sasha Luss, and Devon Windsor making a strong case for bleached tresses (reminiscent of Khaleesi from Game of Thrones). Several new models have been riding Fall’s peroxide wave, too. First is ethereal Polish beauty Ola Rudnicka, who debuted at Prada’s Spring show and landed a spot in the label’s latest campaign. She’s turned up on just about every major runway in each city so far. Rudnicka kicked things off on a high note in New York, walking Jason Wu, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, and Marc Jacobs. She went on to do Burberry and Christopher Kane in London, and continued to take Milan by storm, bookending No. 21 on Tuesday in addition to walking Max Mara and Moschino yesterday. Another noteworthy newcomer rocking a flaxen mane is Harleth Kuusik (who currently stars in Proenza Schouler’s Spring ads). In New York, she did turns at Rag & Bone, Victoria Beckham, and Proenza Schouler, then followed those up with J.W. Anderson and Erdem in London. We plan to see a lot more of both Rudnicka and Kuusik next week.

Waleska Gorczevski and Sophie Touchet

Next up is the fiery-tressed group of redheads led by sophomores such as Lera Tribel and Nika Cole (who can forget her teased-out, lamp-shade ’do from Schiaparelli’s Couture show?). They are joined by Quebec native Sophie Touchet, who made an early impact at Thakoon, 3.1 Phillip Lim, MBMJ (a.k.a. Marc by Marc Jacobs), and Burberry Prorsum, then moved on to open Alberta Ferretti and walk in Fendi yesterday. Finally, we’ve got a mixed bag of brunettes, ranging from Dutch stunner Imaan Hammam (she won the genetic lottery with a Moroccan mother and a father from Egypt, and her exotic looks have helped earn her key spots in top-tier casts including Prada, Proenza Schouler, Narciso Rodriguez, and Fendi) to fierce-looking Ronja Furrer (that strong jawline gave her an edge at Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane, and more). And how about this season’s most buzzed-about newcomer? Waleska Gorczevski has a hell of a name and a hell of a presence. During NYFW, the Brazilian model was the first girl out at Marc Jacobs. She also opened Yigal Azrouël and bookended Victoria Beckham, and has continued to rack up an impressive show list including Calvin Klein Collection, Hugo Boss, Proenza Schouler, Christopher Kane, and Fendi. No doubt Paris will take to her serene, slightly quirky appeal.

Aside from Fall’s freshman class of catwalkers, we’ve witnessed plenty of noteworthy cameos by old-school veterans, too. For example, Alexander Wang’s finale featured the likes of Angela Lindvall, Bridget Hall, Candice Swanepoel, Caroline Trentini, Anne V., Hilary Rhoda, and Jacquetta Wheeler. Meanwhile, Karen Elson has been going at full throttle this year, and she continued to dazzle at Tom Ford, Donna Karan, and Diane von Furstenberg. On the other hand, we’ve got Karolina Kurkova, who surprised us by opening Cushnie et Ochs and turning up at Christopher Kane (where she was easily the most experienced model in the lineup). Other highlights included: Kirsten Owen opening and closing Mary Katrantzou; Mini Anden at Proenza Schouler; Liberty Ross and Stella Tennant at Tom Ford; and the triple threat of Carolyn Murphy, Frankie Rayder, and Liisa Winkler at Michael Kors. Last but not least was the brilliant cast at Burberry Prorsum, which featured Edie Campbell in addition to her two younger sisters, Olympia and Jean. Mark our words, those Campbell girls are stars in the making. And speaking of stars, you can’t deny that Kendall Jenner was a total natural on the runways at Marc Jacobs and Giles.

Photos: Indigitalimages.com

At Home With Proenza Schouler

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Proenza Schouler Spring '14 Ad Campaign

Domesticity was a strong theme in Proenza Schouler’s artful Spring ’14 collection, so it makes sense that designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez chose their Massachusetts home as the setting for their new David Sims-lensed campaign, which breaks exclusively here. “We wanted to layer in a more private and personal tone to the campaign this season, which David has captured in a series of abstracted portraits and atmospheric landscapes shot on location,” the designers told Style.com. The brand’s Spring stars, Charlotte Lindvig and Harleth Kuusik, appear in Proenza’s cleverly constructed pleated wares, their hair blowing in the Northeastern wind. The leafy, rural backdrop only adds to the ethereal mood. Have a first look at Sims’ Spring snaps (above), and catch the debut of Proenza’s heady campaign film—a collaboration between Sims and Eddie the Wheel—below.

Photo: David Sims