This group of models took the season by storm—either by walking the most number of shows or garnering coveted spots. And they managed to make it look effortless despite towering stilettos and complicated wardrobe changes.
Name: Siri Tollerød Hometown: Kristiansand, Norway Age: 20 Shows Booked: 66 (opened five) “I loved doing Chanel, and Sonia Rykiel was a lot of fun, and also John Galliano!”
Name: Suvi Koponen Hometown: Vantaa, Finland Age: 20 Shows Booked: 65 (opened five; closed seven) “If there’s something wrong with the shoes, or the clothes are falling off you, you think about that. If the music is really good I just sing the song in my head. Usually I think about going to the bathroom because they won’t let you go right before the show.”
Name: Jourdan Dunn Hometown: London Age: 17 Shows Booked: 42 (closed one) Special note: Dunn is the first black model Prada has booked since the Nineties. “[After modeling] I’d love to go back to school and take some business and acting courses. Business and acting might sound like an unusual mix for some, but I’d love to open up my own performing arts school.”
Name: Heidi Mount Hometown: Salt Lake City Age: 20 Shows Booked: 54 (opened four; closed one) “I’ve been acting for a long time. I always would like to get back into that. But most important to me is being able to spend a lot of time with my son and maybe get back to doing some of my sculpting.”
Name: Olga Sherer Hometown: Minsk, Belarus Age: 19 Shows Booked: 64 (opened four) “When I’m on the runway I’m just enjoying the moment. I love it. I do my best. All the shows are fun to do, but I love Lanvin, Galliano and Dolce & Gabbana.”
Name: Natasha Poly Hometown: Perm, Russia Age: 22 Shows Booked: 55 (opened six; closed five) “My biggest satisfaction is to see the results of what I’m doing—when I see how after the show the designer has happy tears, or then to see my fashion story in the magazine and I cannot believe that it’s me in the pictures.”
Name: Ali Stephens Hometown: Salt Lake City Age: 16 Shows Booked: 46 (opened one; closed one) Calvin Klein hired Stephens exclusively in New York. “Opening the Calvin Klein show this past season was an honor. I will never forget that. Balenciaga and Prada were also highlights of the month because the runways were very fun and the atmosphere and clothes were great.”
Name: Kasia Struss Hometown: Ciechanów, Poland Age: 20 Shows Booked: 57 “I lost my shoes twice at Dsquared2 this season, so that was rather embarrassing. They kept slipping off so I just took them off and walked barefoot. I try to enjoy it all, and if any problems come along, just think of them as life’s ups and downs.”
The Breakout If runway model status could be measured on a meter, Karlie Kloss would be in megawatt territory. She walked almost more shows than any other model for fall, and her success is amplified by the fact that she’s merely 15.
Hometown: St. Louis Age: 15 Shows Booked: 64 (opened six; closed eight; opened and closed three) “I never in a million years imagined that I would have been doing this to the extent I am. The other models definitely looked out for me and are very understanding of my age. I feel like I have a second family.”
The Veterans While most of the models filing onto the runways were barely out of their teens, a few notable veterans were spotted this season. But even the most seasoned pros aren’t immune to a model’s worst fear: slipping on the runway. Karen Elson took a tumble in Zac Posen’s finale frock and was given a helping hand by Sean “Diddy” Combs and fellow model Caroline Trentini. But Elson took it in stride and came up smiling — and holding onto Posen’s hand as he took his bow.
Name: Guinevere van Seenus Age: 30 Recent history: Last walked in fall 2006. This season: Prada, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, Sophia Kokosalaki, Gianfranco Ferré and Anne Valerie Hash.
Name: Angela Lindvall Age: 29 Recent history: Walked very selective shows since spring 2005. This season: Prada, Versace, MaxMara, Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain, Valentino and Hermès.
Name: Daria Werbowy Age: 24 Recent history: Last walked in fall 2007. This season: Versace
Name: Caroline Ribeiro Age: 27 Recent history: Last walked in fall 2003. This season: Oscar de la Renta
Name: Karen Elson Age: 28 Recent History: Walked very selectively since spring 2006. This season: Zac Posen and Rodarte
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@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty