As the lights came up on the Rodarte runway, out strode Julija Step,her eyelashes, lips and hair gilded with accents of burnished metallicmakeup. It’s no wonder one of fashion’s buzziest labels chose Step to openthe show. The 17-year-old Lithuanian is one of beauty’s newest goldengirls. This season—only her second on the international fashion circuit— Step walked in 42 shows. In addition to Rodarte, her roster includedMarc by Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler and Rag & Bone in New York;Dolce & Gabbana and Missoni in Milan, and Chanel, Lanvin, Rochasand Nina Ricci in Paris. She’s been photographed by Steven Meisel forItalian Vogue, by Craig McDean for W andInterview, by Chad Pittman forNuméro, and already has a Balenciaga campaign under her belt.
Not bad for a full-time student currently in her junior year of high school back home in Vilnius.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"