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Daniel Olze at Dior Homme
Daniel Olze at Dior HommePhotography Lucie Rox

15 male models you should be keeping an eye on

Dazed casting director Noah Shelley selects the models to watch from the AW18 men’s shows

We’re midway through the busiest two months on the fashion calendar, as New York Fashion Week kicked off last week, and London, Milan, and Paris sprawl out ahead of us. Still fresh in our minds, though, are the AW18 menswear shows of January, and the models that walked in them.

With a host of new faces hitting the runways at Dior Homme, Maison Margiela, and Louis Vuitton, Dazed casting director Noah Shelley rounds up 15 of the boys he thinks we should have our eyes on over the course of the next few seasons, and we asked them to tell us a little more about themselves.


After being scouted on Instagram, Belgian Daan Duez joined agency Rebel Management and since then, he’s walked for a number of fashion heavyweights: Alexander McQueen, Valentino, and Calvin Klein among them. His favourite moment of the AW18 shows, though, was when he opened for Prada (NBD) – “It was the second time I opened, and it was incredible, one of those things I will never forget,” he tells us. When he’s not pacing the catwalk, he’s usually tucked away in his darkroom at home, developing photographs he’s taken, or listening to an audiobook by George Carlin.


Nils Wendel would either be hanging out, skating or painting had he not been spotted on his brother’s IG account – good genes obviously run in the Wendel family, as his brother is a model too. When he’s not walking in shows for fashion houses including Dior and Louis Vuitton, the Scandinavian relaxes with his all-time favourite movie – Lords of Dogtown.


After being spotted walking down 23rd Street in New York City while delivering food, Oumar has exchanged the pavement for the runways of Hermès and Valentino (“The first show I closed, it was amazing!” he says). If he wasn’t modelling, he’d either be hanging out on the basketball court, finishing his sophomore year in college, or watching his favourite movie, American Gangster.


Growing up in Estonia, Tony wasn’t interested in a modelling career when he was first approached by Sage Management, but when they tried him a second time, they managed to convince him to give it a go. Racking up appearances at Off-White, Valentino, and Dior, Homme when he’s not on the runway, he’s studying physics or playing computer games.


The Latvian model balances his new job in fashion with playing professional billiards, which he’s been doing since he was 7. Though in the future he’s got his sights set on a career in sports, at the moment, he’s happy walking for the likes of Prada, Fendi, and Valentino.


Daniel was first scouted when he was 14, and then again when he was 16, and has walked in shows for the likes of Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Hugo Boss and many (many) more. His favourites, though, were Prada and Dior Homme, where he was seen sporting some of the show’s signature. “I loved Prada because it was my first show in Milan, and Dior was just full of fun,” the model tells us.


Efraim caught the eye of a photographer who was travelling through the model’s hometown in Brazil, and made his debut in the AW18 menswear shows in three of the four fashion cities – Paris, Milan, and New York. Citing Prada as his favourite show – “I feel goosebumps when I listen to good music, and my entrance to Prada gave me them” he says – the model hopes to use his artistic skills within the industry at some point in the future.


Jakob was scouted at an exhibition in Kreuzberg in his hometown of Berlin, and walked for Rick Owens, Comme des Garçons and Kenzo, which was “a nice ending to my time at Paris Fashion Week,” he tells us. As well as modelling, Jakob spends his time making music and sculptures, reading and studying – “being a model is giving me plenty of time to do the things I love while not getting a regular student job,” he laughs.


Half Singaporean, half Indian model Arun (who lives in London) hit the runways of Kenzo, Acne Studios and Fendi for AW18, with Fendi – and its monogrammed umbrella hats – his favourite show of the season. Scouted as he was walking into a Chick-fil-A in Manhattan’s East Village, Arun says he’d be studying if he wasn’t modelling, but loves that he’s getting to travel the world in his new job. The model’s also obsessed with Trippie Red’s “In Too Deep”, which he tells us he’s “listened to constantly” throughout the AW18 show schedule, “because it’s a straight up banger.”


“The set for Hermes with the burning torches in the street was amazing, Valentino was great and opening Ann Demeulemeester was a wonderful experience. I could never just choose one,” says Gena of his favourite AW18 shows. The model was discovered on the streets of Moscow while skateboarding with friends, and says if he hadn’t been, he’d be playing online games all day long or working on his secret talent: playing yo-yo.


Al joined the Elite army last summer, finally relenting the second time the agency approached him to model, and last season saw him take to the runway for the likes of Alexander Mcqueen, Prada, and Louis Vuitton – alongside none other than Kate and Naomi. The Leeds-born model is also studying for a degree in fashion communication and runs a club night called Slump Sounds back up North.   


With his red curls, freckles and pale skin, Daniel made quite the entrance on the fashion stage this season, racking up appearances at Maison Margiela, Dior Homme, Marni and Kenzo (among others). You won’t see the model on the catwalks next season, though, as he’s heading home to Utrecht. “I’m on a break for a year now, I’m just trying to take care of myself and my future,” he tells us, “and my girlfriend is too. She’s learning photography, so we’ll probably hang out, have fun and do small silly photoshoots.” 


Bertie was scouting for a good burger stand at Latitude Festival when he got scouted himself, and has since walked for Valentino, Ann Demeulemeester, and Marni – he’s also graced the pages of Another Man. If he hadn’t been discovered at Latitude? “I’d still be in school, working to become an archaeologist,” he tells us, before also informing us that customising Tesco pizzas and drinking coffee are both v high on his list of interests.


Italian Malick (who lives in the South of France) was scouted on Instagram just three months ago, which didnt give him much time to prepare for Januarys AW18 shows. The new model walked for heavyweights including Lanvin, Maison Margiela, Alexander McQueen, and Louis Vuitton, before rounding things off at Clare Waight Kellers first Givenchy couture show.


Newcomer Simon was scouted on the streets of Stockholm, where hes from, and though this wasn’t actually his first season pacing the catwalk, AW18 saw his schedule amp up considerably; the model racked up appearances at Prada, Kenzo, Valentino, Lanvin, Sacai, and Fendi (his favourite). If he wasn't modelling, he‘d be back at home in Stockholm working with his mum on her jewellery line.