The spring 2016 ready-to-wear shows have just concluded, and with each season comes a brand new crop of fresh faces. Sure, the industry is still a bit behind in terms of diversity, making for less than interesting castings across the board. However, there were a few positives that stood out. On one hand, newcomers who debuted last season, at the resort 2016 shows, and at the fall 2015 haute couture shows really shined; Lineisy Montero walked more shows than anyone else, while girls like Karly Loyce, Amilna Estevão, Pooja Mor, and Aamito Lagum also racked up some seriously impressive résumés this season. With the exciting success of these fascinating models transcending more than just one season, they’ve paved the way for even more captivating beauty during the latest show circuit. Cue the latest group that really broke through this season, some with previous modeling experience, others who took their first steps on the runway at the start of Fashion Month.
Afrodita Dorado Dominguez
Like Lineisy, Karly, and plenty of other models having a stellar moment, Afrodita Dorado Dominguez is the latest woman to prove that natural hair is beautiful no matter what shape or texture. The Spanish / Dominican stunner made her debut at Alexander Wang’s final show for Balenciaga – not a bad start. From there, she took her immaculate face and elegant presence to the runways of labels like Acne Studios and Stella McCartney. Classically beautiful looks never go out of style, and with a first few shows this impressive, we’re sure to be seeing more of Afrodita in the near future.
Everybody loves a cool girl from LA, and Alice Metza is no exception. Though she technically debuted at last season’s Proenza Schouler show, Metza really made it this time around, walking for the likes of Prada, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Lanvin, and many more. Not only does she have a look to die for, but her effervescent personality is what’s really catapulting her into further success. Stay tuned to more from Ms. Metza.
Hyun Ji Shin
A lot of the most noteworthy new faces really get our attention from that one big show, regardless of how many others they’ve walked. But Hyun Ji Shin had more than just one big break. Debuting in New York, the entrancing Seoul native kept it going at the major European shows, taking turns for Prada, Vionnet, Dries Van Noten, Elie Saab, and more. With a face like that, there’s no denying an exceptional portfolio of print work to come.
German newbie Kris Gottschalk is a model with quite the story to tell. Starting her career on the more commercial side, Gottschalk was in a serious motorcycle accident while on a spiritual retreat in Southeast Asia. Blessed to have made it out in one piece, she emerged with a freshly shaved head, which gave her the androgynous edge that had her cast in shows for Theory and Public School during New York’s first menswear Fashion Week this summer. But her big break really came this season thanks to none other than Riccardo Tisci. Gottschalk – a natural brunette – got a last-minute casting call for the New York Givenchy show, which was followed by a bleach (including eyebrows) and buzz at Pickthorn in Bushwick. And Tisci had the right idea, as confirmed by the collective gasp of awe from the audience when Kris emerged on the runway. From there, the model conquered the runway at Versace, while we’re sure her look will keep plenty of image-makers interested for seasons to come.
Sometimes there’s nothing wrong with a little All-American beauty. That’s certainly the case with Lameka Fox, the Maryland native with a penchant for horseback riding. Discovered through an Instagram hashtag, Fox is living proof of the power of social media, bolstered by impeccable facial symmetry and cheekbones to die for. Her look landed her in the lineup for Marc Jacobs’ resort 2016 show, which was followed up with strolls down the runways for Burberry Prorsum, Valentino, Hood By Air, and more.
Quality over quantity is a pretty good mantra to go by, especially in the case of Luisana Gonzalez. An exclusive for Nicolas Ghesquière’s latest Louis Vuitton show, Luisana Gonzalez is yet another new face to prove that the Dominican Republic is arguably the best place to find a model. Her lithe frame, razor-sharp cheekbones, and beautiful natural hair brought her LV look to life, and we can’t wait to see where this debut takes her next.
A chameleon-like model doesn’t have to be a boring blank canvas. See Nirvana Naves, the Dutch-born newcomer who transformed her beauty for a slew of top-tier designers this season. Opening J.W. Anderson was a great way to start, landing her the ultimate exclusive: Prada. Afterwards, Naves jetted off to Paris to walk for Chloé, Céline, Hermès, and more. There’s no doubt a lineup like that will take her far.
Poppy is an appropriate name for this fresh face, because she’s literally reminiscent of a flower. Even better, there isn’t a single other model who looks like this 19-year-old Brit, which could easily explain why she’s been cast in buzzworthy shows like Jacquemus, Vivienne Westwood, Chloé, and Alberta Ferretti. A magnetic personality and noteworthy runway presence is sure to take this one far.
Just like Kris Gottschalk, Ruth Bell proved that less is more when it comes to hair. Also bleached and buzzed, this English rose first appeared in the fall 2015 ads for Alexander McQueen. Since then, she’s shown up on the runways for Gucci, Versace, and Saint Laurent, to name a few. Rumor has it that Bell is already set to star in some more noteworthy print projects, and we can’t wait to see the final results.
It takes a lot to be known by just a single name, but Wangy’s got it. After winning the Longteng Supermodel Contest, this Chinese stunner killed it for labels like Dior, Calvin Klein, and Burberry, impressing an abundance of image-makers along the way. We’re sure this doll-faced new face will be one to watch for quite some time.