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Like many editors and card-carrying showgoers, models often skip London fashion week, too. Top-tier girls take the opportunity to rest for a few days before the whirl, while others start fittings early in Milan, and then there are the agencies that often strategically wait to release their prized new show ponies as major exclusives later on. All of which suggests that London is up for grabs in terms of modeling. The playing field is leveled for fresh faces, particularly. In recent seasons, we’ve witnessed London debuts from the likes of Marte Mei van Haaster and Kati Nescher, for example, who are two of the most in-demand girls today, and this week, there were some rookies with similar potential. Seventeen-year-old Noam Frost, a film student from Tel Aviv, clearly caught the eye of casting director Russell Marsh, who put her in the lineups at Acne, Jonathan Saunders, and Christopher Kane. Agnes Nabuurs, who had somewhat of a lukewarm start in New York, heated up across the pond, walking those Marsh-cast shows as well as Giles and Mulberry. On Monday, Spanish stunner Tamara Caravaca Suarez (pictured, right), who was first spotted at Marc Jacobs, seemingly came out of nowhere and did every major show that day: Peter Pilotto, Erdem, Giles, even the Pringle of Scotland lookbook. We’re predicting her insane bone structure (think: a more editorial Erjona Ala) will take her far in the remaining cities. Another debut we can’t stop thinking about is Michon Van As, who opened and closed Peter Pilotto and stopped at that. Why? Is Peter Pilotto the new superstar creator? Regardless, Van As, we’d better see you again—soon, preferably.
How about those girls we first noticed during NYFW? Athena Wilson, Kayley Chabot, and Juliana Schurig have all been on fire this week. Wilson opened Mary Katrantzou and closed Erdem, while Chabot did Preen and closed Richard Nicoll, and Schurig worked the wine-stained lips, smudged eyeliner, and tousled hair at Jonathan Saunders to perfection. Joining them were Calvin Klein exclusives Stephanie Hall and Josephine Le Tutour (pictured, left), who both showed up at shows that matter like J.W. Anderson (Hall) and Burberry Prorsum (Le Tutour). Those turns on key London runways might give them a leg up over the competition in Milan and Paris—at the very least, it boosted their exposure and total show count for the season. Speaking of statistics, hometown heroes Cara Delevingne and Lara Mullen had some of the most successful weeks, posting nine and 12 London appearances, respectively. Today, the big names like Anja Rubik and Joan Smalls kicked off Milan with a bang at Gucci. Newcomers will have those stars to contend with and more surprises over the next few weeks.
It’s been a whirlwind year for Brit model Lara Mullen, who had never walked in a pair of heels before she was discovered by Premier model agency at a music festival in her hometown of Northampton just weeks before her smashing debut at the Spring shows back in September. Flash-forward a few months, and now the 17-year-old has rubbed elbows with Gisele, starred in ad campaigns for Maje and Topshop, covered recent issues of i-D and Dazed & Confused, and has an editorial shot by Josh Olins in the latest British Vogue. Fall proved to be a killer sophomore season for Mullen, who walked the top-tier runways, including Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Prada, and Calvin Klein. With the help of her agents, Mullen kept track of her Paris fashion week experiences for Style.com. Check out her snaps from the week, below.
“I’ve just arrived in Paris, and my lovely chaperone Julie, who showed me all of the sights in the city, took a snap of me waiting for the Métro. I really love the contrast of the black-and-white picture behind me with the colorful seats. Shame she missed the bubble I was about to blow with my gum!”
“In full hair and makeup after Dries Van Noten, en route to the next show. I’m wearing a tweed Marc Jacobs jacket with a scalloped detail that I was given after his show this season.”
“With the girls [Katlin Aas, Marte Mei van Haaster, and Maria Bradley] backstage at Gareth Pugh! I felt fierce walking at that show.”
“What I enjoy most about the shows is seeing the endless hair and makeup possibilities. Here I am backstage at Nina Ricci, embracing my inner screen siren!”
Alexander Wang had catwalk veterans in his Spring ’12 show and on the sidelines this season, including industry icon Linda Evangelista. However, he also had a fresh crop of new talent, including two relatively unknowns: Lara Mullen and Maria Bradley. “She had never modeled before, hopped on a plane from London, and came straight to the studio,” Wang says of Mullen, who made her modeling debut on his runway last month. Bradley, who opened his show, was plucked from a small town in Kansas by Wang’s casting director, Anita Bitton. “When I first met Maria, she was so nonchalant and effortless; she instantly felt like the brand—she reminded me of a young Amanda Moore,” Wang tells Style.com.
Mullen went on to walk in major shows, including Celine and Givenchy, and Bradley appeared on the runway at Versace and Balenciaga. Their journeys to runway stardom were captured in a short film, debuting on AlexanderWang.com today. Style.com has the exclusive clip of Confessional.