We round up ten of SS17’s strongest new faces
June’s menswear shows have seen a host of fresh modelling talent, from Prada exclusives to first-time show openers. New faces have taken the catwalks of London, Florence, Milan and Paris by storm, while some of last season’s newcomers have gathered more momentum. Chosen by Dazed’s casting director Noah Shelley, get familiar with ten of SS17’s most promising breakouts – with portraits captured by Adam Katz Sinding.
Myles Dominique has had a stellar first season, booking over 20 shows in London, Milan and Paris, including Prada, Rick Owens, Craig Green, Maison Margiela and Paul Smith. Signed to Supa, his long neck and elfin features have attracted a broad range of brands – still, he’s so up-and-coming that there’s next to nothing to be found about him other than a handful of polaroids. A bookies’ favourite to bag major campaigns in the coming season.
Wilbert made his SS17 debut with considerable force – opening for Prada, where he also landed an exclusive. The Danish model appeared in three other shows: Valentino, Dior Homme, and Loewe, where he joined Wang Hong Yu and Oscar Kindelan as one of four models selected to present the collection. Wilbert’s arched brows, blue eyes and square jaw line make an arresting impression, and guarantee to see him feature on runways and editorials in coming seasons.
Another SS17 breakthrough is the mysterious Premium-signed Jonny ‘B’. Without a models.com profile or a readily-accessible Instagram profile, and only a handful of polaroids with his French agency, Jonny hurtled into the fashion spotlight when he walked for Louis Vuitton exclusively. From there, he went on to walk for Christian Dada, Kolor and Paul Smith, which he opened.
Hailing from France, Lye-Amone Cassac made his grand debut at J.W.Anderson’s AW16 show in January and returned to the Irish designer’s LC:M show this season. His dark blonde curls and soft features also saw him nab spots on the MSGM, Off-White and Acne Studios catwalks.
20-year-old Montell Martin hails from Jamaica, and appeared in a total of 16 SS17 shows, among them Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Dior. In a recent interview with Wonderland magazine, he describes closing for Raf Simons last season as “the highlight of his life”. This same exuberance and sense of fun comes through in his shots – his laugh is a clear gift to photographers. Montell has also featured in the video for Mura Masa’s latest single, “What if I Go?”.
Represented by Elite Paris, Max Fieschi has the kind of curly brown hair that makes him look like a real-life classical statue. Striking with his pale grey eyes and olive skin, he appeared on the scene last season but walked in over 13 shows this time around, including Topman, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Valentino. He opened at Paul and Joe, and closed at Tiger of Sweden.
Oscar Kindelan was Valentino’s darling this season, both opening and closing their SS17 show. He also opened for Coach, as well as sporting a camouflage anorak at Dries Van Noten, ski goggle-style sunglasses at J.W.Anderson, and luxury adventure gear at Prada. Having recently dyed his hair back to dark brown from a shock of bleach blonde, there’s something classic and sporty about Oscar, giving him a commanding presence on the runway.
WANG HONG YU
Wang Hong Yu made his official debut last season, but his career gained a lot of traction this time around, capturing the attention of casting agents from the likes of J.W.Anderson, Loewe, Fendi and Prada among others. Wang brought something sharp and confident to runways this season, with his angular face and ruler-straight fringe.
Tomorrow Is Another Day signed model Georges Labbat has had a good season, hitting up the catwalks at J.W.Anderson, MSGM and Dior Homme. With a shaved head, classic features and cool green eyes, he’s got a minimal but nonetheless striking look.
With his steeply angled cheekbones, German based model Alpha has a striking presence on the runway. Having graced the cover of Indie Magazine, and a growing portfolio of editorials, Alpha stormed the SS17 menswear shows, walking for Prada, Dries Van Noten, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dada and Off-White.