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August 20 2014

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Assessing Alexander Wang’s Fall Campaign

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Coming soon to the billboard on the corner of Lafayette and Prince Streets in Soho: Alexander Wang’s new Fall ’14 campaign, which will also appear in select print publications. Similar to Wang’s Spring ads, the new images strike a balance between naïveté and explicitness, channeling a subtle, naughty schoolgirl vibe. Steven Klein shot the series at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. When it comes to models, Wang and casting director Anita Bitton definitely like to play favorites. This time around, they brought back Anna Ewers (the star of the label’s Spring ’14 campaign, who also turned up on the designer’s arm at the CFDA Awards back in June) and Wang’s new model muse, Vanessa Moody, who opened both his Fall show and Balenciaga. Other fresh faces appearing in the Fall ads include Lexi Boling, Katlin Aas, and Kat Hessen.

Photo: Steven Klein

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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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

Fresh Faces End Spring ’14 on a High Note in Paris

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It was a whirlwind month for this season’s freshman class of models, who ended things on a high note in Paris by making their final first impressions at the shows that really count. We were ecstatic to see many of the fresh faces we’ve had our eye on since early September go on to solidify their spots on our top newcomer list. After making the grade in New York, London, and Milan, Malaika Firth demonstrated the poise of a veteran in the City of Light, where she bookended Valentino and walked sixteen other runways including Anthony Vaccarello, Céline, Giambattista Valli, Miu Miu, and Stella McCartney. Altogether, Firth totaled an impressive fifty-five shows for Spring ’14, and we can’t wait to see her in upcoming ad campaigns and editorial spreads. Several of the other front-runners who’ve been in the spotlight from the start picked up the pace for the final segment. Alexander Wang opener Anna Ewers finished with thirty-seven catwalk appearances and did turns at Balenciaga, Céline, Chanel, and Isabel Marant in Paris, among others. Our personal favorite, Binx Walton (bottom right), took the city by storm—Acne Studios, Alexander McQueen, Céline, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Saint Laurent were just a few of her credits.

Moving along, we simply cannot get enough of Kate Goodling (top left). She’s the total package, with a combination of all-American good looks, editorial appeal, and a killer runway body. Well managed by Ford NY across the Atlantic, Goodling also racked up thirty-seven shows, hitting top-tier catwalks in Paris like Balenciaga, Chanel, Chloé, Dior, Givenchy, Lanvin, and Nina Ricci. We were also dazzled by Lexi Boling, another Ford NY girl, who turned up at Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Céline, and Chloé. French belle Elodia Prieto (top right), who opened and closed Calvin Klein in New York, took advantage of her hometown advantage and finished up at Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Céline, Dior, Givenchy, Haider Ackermann, and Nina Ricci. Finally, check out Svetlana Zakharova’s (bottom left) mesmerizing gaze and bone structure. She was an Alexander Wang exclusive in New York, and blew us away in Paris at Chlo#233;, Balmain, Giambattista Valli, and Isabel Marant. We could go on and on raving about this season’s successful rookies—and there were plenty other notables, including Irina Liss, Ine Neefs, Ophelie Guillermand, Devon Windsor, and Sabrina Loffreda, who made the Spring ’14 runways all the more vibrant.

Photos: IndigitalImages.com