Yes, we love New York Fashion Week for all the great new clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, trends and the spectacle of it all, but what do we really love it for? The models. These are the girls who bring the designs to life on the runway, make us covet what they’re wearing and pull us in with their inherent glamour. These women make us fall in love with them (at least a little bit). So, here are our picks for models we deem the "Faces to Watch" when Fashion Week kicks off today in New York for the Fall 2013 season.
Designers love to cast this catwalker. She was one of the most in-demand models for Spring 2013, making it down an impressive 64 runways, and she was most recently seen on the Haute Couture runways of labels like Alexandre Vauthier, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Chanel and Atelier Versace.
Image at Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture: IMAXtree
Bette’s one of the most in-demand models at the moment and it’s easy to see why. Stunningly beautiful (can someone please give her a cosmetics contract?), she was on our list of top catwalkers last season and we recently got a reminder of her runway awesomeness at the Haute Couture shows in Paris.
Image at Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2013: IMAXtree
Though this novice model (at right) has yet to make her runway debut, she snagged a spot in Louis Vuitton’s checkered Spring 2013 ad campaign. We’ve seen what she can do in print and we’ll be looking out for this redhead on the runway in New York.
Image via the Fashion Spot forums.
This gorgeous face with a surplus of personality is more than just a socialite who models. She’s the real deal, and we’re sure to see her all over the runways once again this season.
Image at Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2013: IMAXtree
Grace has a quiet strength on the runway that we love to watch. She was one of our Top 10 Newcomers last season, and she recently graced the runway of Chanel’s Haute Couture show for Spring 2013 in Paris. We can’t wait to see what this season has in store for her.
Irina’s a new runway fave simply because she looks so different from most other girls out there. Falling into the jolie laide category, she’s not traditionally beautiful, but she’s got the kind of face that you can’t stop looking at.
Image at Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture: IMAXtree
Ji Hye Park
This Asian beauty started off last New York Fashion Week with a semi-exclusive appearance at Alexander Wang and became one of our top newcomers of the season. She has since appeared in ad campaigns for Louis Vuitton and Diesel, and she’s been all over the Haute Couture runways. We’re looking forward to a strong showing from her this time around.
Image at Elie Saab Haute Couture: IMAXtree
Not only is Joan stunning, she continues to be ranked in the top spot in models.com’s list of the Top 50 models. Joan is primed to continue her runway domination and we couldn’t be happier about it.
Image at Versace Atelier Haute Couture Spring 2013: IMAXtree
Julia’s chameleon-like androgynous beauty makes her a favorite both on and off the runway. She booked an impressive 61 shows last season (despite having skipped London altogether!), making her one of our most in-demand catwalkers of Spring 2013. Following a spate of ad campaigns, editorials, and Haute Couture runway appearances, we’re confident that Julia is as strong as ever going into the Fall 2013 show season.
Image at Valentino Haute Couture Spring 2013: IMAXtree
Not only did she get the haircut that everyone can’t stop talking about (including us), Karlie is a close second to Joan Smalls on models.com’s list of the Top 50 models. Prepare to spot her in some (if not all) of the biggest shows of the season.
We fully expect Kati (at left) to dominate the runways in New York (and beyond) this season. She was one of the most in-demand for Spring 2013, and she’s still going strong, coming off an impressive showing at the Haute Couture shows in Paris, where she was one of the statement-making brides who closed the Chanel show.
Image Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2013: IMAXtree
This fresh-faced model is really starting to hit her stride on the runway. She booked a string of stellar shows on the Haute Couture circuit (like Atelier Versace, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Zuhair Murad and more), and her look is sure to translate well to clothes designed by the current cool set in New York.
Image at Zuhair Murad Haute Couture: IMAXtree
We declared this young French model the “Best Model Newcomer of NYFW Spring 2013” and she didn’t disappoint as the fashion shows moved over to Europe. We look forward to an even stronger showing from this stunner for the Fall 2013 season.
Image backstage at Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Spring 2013: IMAXtree
This young Swedish model was a standout for us in London last September and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that she’ll show up in New York for Fall 2013. We definitely want to see more of her.
Image at Burberry Spring 2013: IMAXtree
Nadja was all over the Spring 2013 Haute Couture runways in Paris, and we know she'll take the catwalks by storm in New York this Fashion Week. Her strong, angular, slightly androgynous looks recently landed her the covers of Vogue Russia and Numéro, in addition to Etro’s Spring 2013 ad campaign and lookbooks for T by Alexander Wang's and Pucci’s Pre-Fall 2013 collections.
Image at Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring 2013: IMAXtree
Seemingly on the brink of her breakout moment, we’re hoping to see Sara Steiner hit the NYFW runways. This model from Monaco had a showcard for Paris Fashion Week last season, but was unfortunately a no-show on the runways. We’ve been keeping an eye on her as she’s appeared in magazines like Russh, Interview Germany and Dazed & Confused, and we're hoping to see her cross the pond for her runway debut.
This face from Denmark has had a streak of great print work that showcases the subtle strength of her look. She walked the Spring 2013 runways in Copenhagen Fashion Week, and we’re confident that she’s more than ready to conquer New York.
Tian Yi’s exotic beauty made her our second most in-demand catwalker last season, where she walked the runways for 65 labels. Big-name designers snapped her up for their shows and we like that despite her awesome bookings, she’s not over-hyped.
Designers love to cast this catwalker, so we expect to see a lot of her on the runways this season. She topped our list of the most in-demand catwalkers last season after walking in an astonishing 68 shows. We’re not sure she can keep up the same momentum, but we’re excited to see her try.
Yumi’s unique Asian-European features make her a standout on and off the runway. Last season she impressed us by walking in 25 shows and earning a semi-exclusive deal at Prada in Milan. We named her one of our top newcomers and anticipate another great season on the runway. Did we mention she was cast in Chanel’s Spring 2013 ad campaign? No big deal, of course.
Image: Chanel Spring 2013 ad, scanned by Fashion Spot forum member Stereo_Flo