The catwalks of 2021 have been like no other. Ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions and protocols have kept the fate of each city’s fashion week trapped under a cloud of uncertainty. Now that fashion month has wrapped, it’s clear from the shows of the big fashion capitals that some new stars are emerging.
Last-minute booking amendments and travel restrictions have disrupted the show circuit. Yet despite the difficult circumstances, a group of new faces has appeared as the ones to watch.
Allana Santos Brito
Brazilian natural Allana Santos Brito is one of the season’s most promising new faces. Brito made appearances on the runways of Dior, Etro and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini. She has also been recently featured in an editorial in British Vogue, Vogue Netherlands and on the cover of Vogue Brasil.
A French national, Lalande is just over 5’9″ with brown hair and eyes to match. She has walked for a number of design houses throughout the AW21 shows, including those of Louis Vuitton, Dior, Hermés, Jil Sander, Dries Van Noten, Valentino, Sportmax and GIADA.
This year, Anna Sui put forward a collection with a Bohemian psychedelic twist. Five fresh faces were put forward, including that of Lara Park. featured in Anna Sui’s AW21 collection for NYFW, Sui says of Park,
“A new discovery! She reminds me of a Biba girl.”
Source: Vogue UK
See the Anna Sui AW21 presentation below:
French-Indian model Ashley Radjarme was scouted in London by Mollie. She’s an industry favourite newcomer, having graced the catwalks of AMI, Louis Vuitton, Giambattista Valli, Courrèges. She also featured in Fall lookbooks for Supriya Lele, Paco Rabanne and Longchamp. Originating from Rueil-Malmaison, the French newcomer was first discovered in London last year and was shipped off to Milan soon afterwards.
Radjarame says of modelling,
“On the runway, the energy is building up as you do the castings, then you get confirmed, you get your hair and makeup done, and finally when it’s time to get dressed and wait in line everyone is kind of hysterical (in a good way haha!) because everything needs to be perfect. Then the show begins and you hear the music and it’s time to go. I can’t describe this feeling it’s amazing. As for photoshoots, it’s much calmer. I love the fact that you have the time to meet people, get to know them as you spend hours with them. The coolest part is when you get to see bits of the result on the set and then the final product that you kept secret finally released and you can now finally share it.”
Brazilian native Loli Bahia walked for Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Isabel Marant, Coperni, Courrèges, Valentino and Ports for Fall of this year.
Bahia was also featured in an editorial for Vogue Japan in March 2021 entitled ‘When Creator Meets Creator’. She appeared in an editorial spread for Vogue Paris in the same month.
See the Dior AW21 show below:
Canadian-born McNeill graced the AW21 Givenchy catwalk this fall.
McNeill was also featured in editorials for Vogue Greece, Vogue Singapore this year after a busy Spring runway schedule. She walked for the likes of Chanel, Kenzo and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini.
Sierra-Leone/German native Dija Kallon walked in the Fall Prada show this year. In addition, she has featured on the cover of Numéro France, a recent editorial in Vogue Germany and various campaigns including Prada. See the full Prada show below:
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