NEW YORK — You might not think that the hoary maxim, “You have to suffer tobe beautiful,” applies to young models. But it certainly did this season. Besidesthe usual poking and prodding to go to castings, girls had to pound the citypavement in their three-inch heels amidst the chaos of the Republican NationalConvention and some rather unpleasant weather. Here, WWD’s biennial guide tothe freshest faces working the New York runways.
— David Yassky
Marta Berzkalina/One Age: 19 Home country: Latvia Favorite feature: “My elfish ears. My friends even have a nickname for me because of them: Elf.” Guilty pleasure: Fries and ice cream — mixed together. Biggest pet peeve: “When people walk slowly in front of me.” Favorite drink: B52s and Long Island iced teas. I think that George W. Bush is... “The guy responsible for making me late to my castings. I never even heard of him until a few days ago.” If I wasn’t modeling, I’d be... “In school, sitting in detention, cleaning the classrooms as punishment.” Madonna is... “Amazing. The story of her success should be written in history books.” The bottom line: This girl is strikingly and unconventionally beautiful. She’s in the new Prada campaign by Steven Meisel and is walking for, well, everyone.
Elyse Taylor/Next Age: 17 Hometown: Sydney Favorite designer: “YSL. Gotta get me one of those new puffy jackets.” Favorite movie: “Muriel’s Wedding” Favorite drink: “I don’t. I’m underage. Cheers, Mum!” Role model: My agent, Stephen Lee. When I’m 40, I’ll be... “Retired in Australia surrounded by rugrats and a hot husband.” Madonna is... “Like me...a virgin!” The bottom line: This girl is a great classic beauty. She looks like Grace Kelly, and jokes like one of the guys. She’s walking for Ruffian, Nicole Miller, BetseyJohnson and BCBG, among many others. Sally Lotter/Next Age: 17 Hometown: Reading, Mass. Favorite food: Vegetable lo mein Favorite designer: Nicolas Ghesquière: “He’s super-duper.” One thing you wouldn’t want your agent to know: “That I missed a casting this morning.” If I wasn’t modeling, I’d be... “Waitressing at home.” Madonna is... “A valid icon — she’s done it all.” The bottom line: Sally is quirky and cool, and she even makes some of her own clothes. Michelle Smith, designer of Milly, says, “Great style, really sweet, her face looks like a doll. Her book is phenomenal.” She has shot Italian Vogue with Karen Collins and Teen Vogue with Patrick Demarchelier. This season, she’s walking for Perry Ellis, Swarovski, Cynthia Steffe, Vera Wang, Milly and most likely, Marc by Marc Jacobs. Melody Woodin/Supreme Age: 18 Hometown: Wilmington, Del. Favorite food: Ravioli Guilty pleasure: Kevin Bacon Most embarrassing moment: “Singing Britney Spears in my room, thinking I was alone, and realizing that my brothers’ friends were standing in the doorway laughing at me the whole time.” Biggest pet peeve: Magazines that don’t have page numbers. When I’m 40, I’ll be... “On my farm.” Madonna is... “Awesome. A woman who forged her own path.” The bottom line: Melody has that all-American charm. She walked at Doo.Ri and Matthew Earnest this season, among others. Hawa Diawara/Supreme Age: 19 Hometown: Mali, Africa Favorite designer: “Definitely Dolce & Gabbana.” Favorite food: Coconut shrimp Favorite drink: “I don’t drink. I drink ginger ale and pretend it’s champagne.” Biggest pet peeve: “Men who don’t hold doors for ladies.” I think George W. Bush... “Should not run for reelection.” When I’m 40, I’ll be... “35.” If I wasn’t modeling, I’d be... “A cop.” The bottom line: Seeming to come from out of nowhere, this beauty was confirmed for Proenza Schouler, Miguel Adrover and Imitation of Christ.Dalia Dubrindyte/Major Age: 17 Hometown: Jonava, Lithuania Favorite feature: “My eyebrows.” Favorite food: “Everything my mom makes.” Favorite designer: “Whoever gives me the most clothes.” One thing you wouldn’t want your agent to know: “When we say we’re going to the gym, we’re really going for ice cream. I’ve been to the gym twice in my life.” I think George W. Bush is... “I have no idea. I don’t have a TV.” When I’m 40, I’ll be... “A businesswoman.” Madonna is... “Immortal.” The bottom line: She’s in the J. Mendel ad campaign, and is walking for Lacoste, Vera Wang and Alice Roi. Roi says, “She’s got that quiet confidence that we’re always looking for.” Morgane Dubled/DNA Age: 20 Hometown: Paris Guilty pleasure: Swimming in the sea naked. Favorite movie: “La Vie est Belle” Biggest pet peeve: Racism Favorite drink: Dubonnet When I’m 40, I’ll be... “The president of my country.” Madonna is... “Britney’s girlfriend, right? I saw it on TV.” The bottom line: She’s burning up the New York runways, walking for Kenneth Cole, Proenza Schouler, Vera Wang, Zac Posen and Lela Rose, to name a few. Sarah Seewar/New York Model Management Age: 19 Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa Favorite food: Steak Favorite designer: “Alexander McQueen because he’s different and very inspiring.” Favorite movie: “Fight Club” Biggest pet peeve: Models Role model: Karmen Kass I think George W. Bush is… “An a--hole.” If I wasn’t modeling, I’d be... “An actress.” The bottom line: Sarah is super edgy and super blonde. She’s walking for Matthew Earnest, Tracy Reese, Rebecca Taylor and Betsey Johnson. She’s shot with Terry Richardson and she has been in the new D&G ad campaign shot by Steven Klein.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews