3 posts tagged "Marie Piovesan"
Watching the models shoot down the runway at this morning’s Roberto Cavalli show, we found ourselves doing a triple take at look 41. Is that a young Emmanuelle Alt? It was Brazilian up-and-comer Muriel Beal (pictured), who we also saw at Emporio Armani on Thursday as well as Proenza Schouler and Theyskens’ Theory during NYFW, but with those razor-edged cheekbones, that shock of dark hair, the spray of freckles—there’s no denying Beal’s resemblance to the lanky Paris Vogue editor. It’s not the first time we’ve noticed doppelgängers for fashion’s power players on the catwalks, either. In-demand Marie Piovesan would easily pass for a young Marie-Amélie Sauvé, while we’ve imagined Kel Markey to be Carine Roitfeld’s long-lost love child.
Last week in Paris, as is typically the case, the season’s trends came into focus and the top newcomers broke away from the pack. Front-runners Nadja Bender and Marie Piovesan finished out the marathon month with about 50 shows apiece, while Vanessa Axente (pictured) and Elza Luijendijk, who both debuted as Prada exclusives, made their respective impacts on the runways that matter. Axente opened Valentino and Celine, and walked Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, and Miu Miu, among others. And naturally, there are already Prada campaign rumors swirling around the 16-year-old Hungarian stunner—but then again, that’s always a given when Miuccia selects you to open her influential Milan show. Luijendijk, who we think is a dead ringer for a young Michelle Pfeiffer, bookended Yves Saint Laurent and scored other highly selective spots in the Balenciaga and Hakaan shows. While these new girls definitely stepped it up, possibly the most inspiring model story this season was the handful of models who unexpectedly came out of the woodwork—girls like Ava Smith and Kel Markey, who had been flying under the radar for quite some time and then started turning up on all the major Fall catwalks. Proof that you don’t necessarily need a white-hot first outing to make it big in this industry—just a little perseverance, a striking personality (and look), and maybe a superstar booker.
If there’s one thing we learned about trends in fresh faces during NYFW, it’s this: Brunettes are the ones having the most fun (and success) right now. Casting directors have lately been favoring a dark and mysterious, intelligent kind of beauty, à la Kati Nescher, the worldly sophomore season breakout who opened nine shows last week and isn’t about to slow down anytime soon. But it looks like Nescher might have some competition across the pond.
Nadja Bender (pictured, below) is the rookie at the top of every model obsessive’s watch list. The 21-year-old Danish stunner has plenty of momentum after scoring the coveted first slot at Alexander Wang and Rodarte, and booking other biggies like Altuzarra and Calvin Klein. Other girls on the rise include Marie Piovesan (left), who’s already caught the eye of Phoebe Philo as the star of the new Celine campaign (those cheekbones!) and will have a hometown advantage in Paris, and the Proenza Schouler “exclusive” (although she did walk Richard Chai Love earlier in the week) Argentinean catwalker Melissa Stasiuk (pictured, below). With her Patti Smith-esque, raven-colored locks and an editorial in the latest issue of Love shot by Mario Testino, Stasiuk has that edgy look-of-the-moment, which should take her far in Europe. But fashion is forever unpredictable, and many of the best newcomers wait to make their debut in Milan or Paris. So you never know. We wouldn’t be surprised to see peroxide blondes stage an uprising these next few weeks.