Catwalk Watch: Agnus Munro and Noah Shelley Before a model hits the runway—and before she snags her first editorial, her first ad campaign, and her first billboard—she’s got to make it past the sharp eyes of fashion’s casting directors, who are tasked with finding the perfect girls for designers’ exacting visions. In our fashion week series, the industry’s top casting gurus share their thoughts on who we’ll be seeing this fashion week—and beyond.
Angus Munro and Noah Shelley, of AM Casting, cast Preen and Richard Chai Love, among others, in New York this season. Below, they weigh in on a few of their favorite new and new-to-us faces.
Erjona Ala (FORD): “Not a newcomer, per se. Her Balenciaga exclusive for Fall precluded her from having the stellar show season that was imminent. Set free from exclusives and emboldened by a strong editorial season, she is sure to be fast-tracked to the very top of the industry. Her strong nineties supermodel feel is the quality that sets this former Elite Model Look contestant apart from her peers.”
Juliane Gruner (SCOOP Copenhagen): “There are many times that girls picked up by Steven Meisel shine very brightly and then disappear quicker than you can say ‘Italian Vogue!’ [Gruner appeared on the July cover.] Juliane is not going to be one of them. She is a girl who has it all, facially—strength, classical beauty, and a small dose of quirkiness that will appeal to brands across the board. She also has that great Danish extra: a personality!”
Corinna Ingenleuf (FORD): “When we first saw Corinna in the late Spring, we were blown away by her. She mixes a masculinity with fragility that we haven’t seen for years. We were going to shoot her for one of the magazines we cast for as a boy, but the shoot never happened. Her frame and inherent elegance will ensure her a stellar season. Watch for her upcoming editorial in W, shot by Craig McDean.”
Every designer is on a continuous search for a model that runs synonymous to the vision of their label. It’s a casting director’s job—and talent—to scope the entire range of new faces before each season, to identify those special girls who will bring the designs to life on the runway. Jennifer Venditti of JV8INC has been in the casting business for over a decade, and can spot a fresh face with a promising future in a crowd of hundreds.
This New York Fashion Week, Venditti is casting shows from Rodarte to Band of Outsiders to Tory Burch, and after long days of seeing troves of new models we asked her who’s really got it. Check out her picks for the top 10 new faces for the season, and look out for them on the runways!
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Who: Saara Sihvonen Agency: Silent Models Why she’s top 10: “Saara comes all the way from Finland, which is a rare scouting destination for models. She is more than just a pretty face—she is confident, professional, charismatic and intelligent. I love her milky skin, and translucent coloring. Her look resembles Iselin Steiro, and her personality reminds me of Karlie Kloss. She’s the whole package... and then some!”
Who: Cora Keegan Agency: Next Model Management Why she’s top 10: “Cora’s look is a mix of throwback Gemma Ward and the hottest newcomer at the moment, Arizona Muse. She is on the smaller size for runway, but her face and personality make up for it.”
Who: Antonia Wesseloh Agency: Ford Models Why she’s top 10: “Baby Freja! Antonia could be [model] Freja Beha’s little sister. I love her translucent milky skin. A cool, yet refined girl.”
Who: Edie Campbell Agency: DNA Models Why she’s top 10: “This girl is a future muse to designers because of her strong sense of style, as well as her well-defined sense of self. She has a look that combines beauty with a little character quirk as well. She reminds me of Jane Birkin.”
Who: Cris Agency: New York Models Why she’s top 10: “Cris not only commands the room with her beauty, but with her mind and personality. She is a very sophisticated, refined beauty, and I love the uniqueness of the lone split in her teeth.”
Who: Kelly Mittendorf Agency: Marilyn Model Agency Why she’s top 10: “Her look is a beauty that is not so obvious to the average eye. Some may even say it’s ‘strange,’ but not to the fashion world! When you combine her uniqueness with high fashion, you get a very strong image. She could be a character straight out of a Harmony Korin or Terrence Malick film!”
Who: Karo Agency: Marilyn Model Agency Why shes top 10: “Elegant, graceful and beautiful… and a body for days! Karo has the perfect runway body—long and lean.”
Who: Krystal Glenn Agency: DNA Models Why she’s top 10: “It is always nice when a girl comes along with a strong, unique look. Her uniqueness makes the clothing interesting, and helps give that character/beauty combination that every designer seeks. She’s ‘space age beauty!’”
Who: Nyasha Matonhodze Agency: Marilyn Model Agency Why she’s top 10: “As a model, she is beautiful, stylish, professional, and charming. She intends to use her beauty to help the world with human rights issues, which makes her down right gorgeous!”
Who: Gertrud Agency: IMG Why she’s top 10: “She reminds me of the classic beauties of the 1980’s that were on the covers of all of the magazines. It is nice to see a womanly and powerful body. She is the classic Helmut Newton girl!”
Before a model hits the runway—and before she snags her first editorial, her first ad campaign, and her first billboard—she’s got to make it past the sharp eyes of fashion’s casting directors, who are tasked with finding the perfect girls for designers’ exacting visions. In our fashion week series, the industry’s top casting gurus share their thoughts on who we’ll be seeing this fashion week—and beyond.
James Scully casts Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Reed Krakoff, and Victoria Beckham in New York this season. Below, he weighs in on a few of his favorite new and new-to-us faces.
Beegee at SUPREME (left): “This is only Beegee’s first full season, but she enters the shows with the pedigree of having banked future editorials with Carine Roitfeld and Mario Testino. I expect her to be a hit right from the beginning of the week.”
Alyona Subbotina at MARILYN NY (center): “Her milky skin, white hair, and eyebrows definitely stand out. Although she may be categorized along with some of the more android-looking models, don’t be fooled. What the others lack is her personality and that catlike walk, which set her apart from the rest.”
Julia Frauche at NEXT (right): “My underdog of the season, she is a dead ringer for Raquel Zimmermann, who, in my opinion, is the ultimate chameleon with one of the best bodies in the business. Julia reminds me so much of Raquel when she started out, so I’m curious to see how her season goes. I, for one, will definitely be using her.”
Photos: Courtesy of Supreme; Courtesy of Just WM; Courtesy of Next