the runways’ winningest new models
With the return of the old guard—Tatjana Patitz, Tasha Tilberg, Adriana Lima, etc.—and smaller castings due to recessionary constraints, it was tougher than ever for up-and-comers to stake a claim this season. Here, Style.com’s favorite new faces. —Romney Leader
1. alla kostromicheva (women direct)
After some impressive cameos on the Spring catwalks, this arresting Ukrainian stomped onto the New York scene with appearances at Alexander Wang and Donna Karan. A streak in Paris yielded the first-exit honors at Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen.
2. anna de rijk (dna)
A lucky break on a Dutch reality show led this runway newbie from top London castings (Christopher Kane, Jaeger) to the most enviable shows in Milan and Paris. A moon-shaped face and a cleft chin are her standout features.
3. dorothea barth jorgensen (women direct)
Beguiling eyes and a Cupid’s bow mouth helped this Stockholmer parlay the grand prize in a Swedish modeling contest into a runway takeover. Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Prada, and Chanel were just a few of her blue-chip Fall bookings.
4. hanna rundlof (marilyn)
With a look that reminds us of a young Cate Blanchett, this fresh-faced Swede was a steady presence on the Fall catwalks. Turns at Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, and Dries Van Noten (the latter of which she opened) are just the start of good things.
5. jac (img)
This Poland native caused quite a stir when she landed a succession of covers and an Hermès campaign at just 13. Two years later, she still had to sit out Paris due to age restrictions, but she closed Marni and was first and last out at Calvin Klein, the Fall campaign of which she scored last week.
6. karolin wolter (supreme)
A hectic month that included the coveted first exit at Jil Sander, coupled with a recent editorial in Vogue China, should yield an impressive campaign season for this regal-looking German.
7. katie fogarty (next)
Not letting a spectacular spill at last season’s Prada show get her down, this Missouri teen proved herself a worthy strutter this time around. A stellar show list, including Balenciaga and Chloé, makes this her true breakout season.
8. kendra spears (ford)
She hails from the Pacific Northwest, but there’s nothing laid-back about this sociology student’s rise. After winning a Ford modeling contest via MySpace, Spears—who draws comparisons to Cindy Crawford—landed on the runways at Nina Ricci and Louis Vuitton.
9. nimue smit (women)
Not a newcomer in the truest sense—she’s the face of the latest Prada campaign, after all—this doll-faced Dutch cutie decided against the exclusives that have previously kept her under the radar to claim spots in vet-heavy shows like Michael Kors, Bottega Veneta, and Chanel.
10. tao okamoto (supreme)
This Japanese mannequin has been spotted on the catwalks before, but a fresh look—a chic new bowl cut inspired the wigs at 3.1 Phillip Lim—led to multiple castings: She logged over 45 shows, including Miu Miu, becoming the first Asian model to walk for the brand in two years.
I am kinda of sad y the lack of minorities. They have one minority listed. I love Tao, and I think her hair is great, but to be honest with you guys, I’m not surprised she is the only one up there. Actually I’m more surprised that they had one minority up there.