The casting landscape of the Spring/Summer 2013 season in New York, London, Milan, and Paris demonstrated the fickle recessional taste of designers, stylists, and casting directors in the current economical climate — a phenomenon that is heightening worries in the modeling world as new and old faces are now even more disposable than ever. S/S 2013 was undoubtedly the season of new faces — and a powerlessly long list of exclusives. In fact, there were few runways that were not dominated by beginner catwalkers. Nonetheless, in the sea of hundreds of girls that began their first full international runway debut this season, there were some standout and breakout stars that caught our eyes a few times over. The following 13 new runway models have made an impression this season from a combination of the quality and quantity of their show list and notable opening and closing spots. Throughout the entire fashion month, it was these 13 girls that continued to inspire multiple designers and tastemakers of the cities in which they walked. All 13 models are true new faces — girls who have not fully debut intensively in more than one major fashion capital until S/S 2013. The list includes 2 Americans, 2 Ukrainians, 2 Frenchies, 1 South Korean, 1 Russian, 1 Belgian, 1 Canadian, 1 Pole, 1 German, and 1 Dane. While there were also other girls that caught our attention, we definitely believe that these 13 Top Breakout New Faces should be recognized for the outstanding show season they just had, and we wish them more success and an enjoyable modeling career!
Irina Kravchenko from Ukraine
Ford New York – Premier London – Monster Milan – Nathalie Paris
33 Shows | Open: 4 | Close: 3
Highlights: All eyes on the girl who opened Alexander Wang during the middle of New York Fashion Week! The redhead that was on fire this runway season, Irina booked major top shows, such as Marc Jacobs, Bottega Veneta, Jil Sander, Marni, Missoni, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Sportmax, Balenciaga, Chanel, Givenchy, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Nina Ricci, and Valentino. One of the strongest faces that debut this season, we’re sure all the editors are just as intrigued as us about the girl that also opened Haider Ackermann, Sacai, and Viktor & Rolf and closed Versus, Costume National, and Loewe.
From: Kiev, Ukraine
Shows Walked: 32
Why She Made the Cut:
Alexander Wang has a sixth sense for picking fashion's next top model to open his show (for more on that story, order a copy of Style.com/Print Issue 3), and this season Irina Kravchenko was it. After starting things off with a bang at Wang, the henna-haired model opened Haider Ackermann and Viktor & Rolf, and turned up at Balenciaga, Chanel, and Givenchy, among others.