They say that clothes make the woman, but in this case, it’s the women that make the clothes. As the blank canvas upon which designers project their visions, models have the all-important task of translating a high-minded concept into a wearable proposition.
Now, with the Spring/Summer 2019 shows freshly wrapped, we’re left with the vivid impressions cast by the models that brought the runway to life. From Shalom Harlow’s closing appearance at Versace and the return of beloved 90s supermodel Kristen Mcmenamy to the catwalk to the exciting batch of newcomers walking in the season’s most important shows, these are the model moments that are still lingering on our minds.
The Spring/Summer 2019 catwalk shined the spotlight on many veteran supermodels, including Karen Elson, Sasha Pivovarova, Edie Campbell, and Amber Valletta. The shows also offered the opportunity for one-off appearances from beloved 90s and early 00s era supermodels like Stella Tennant (Burberry), Helena Christensen (Dolce & Gabbana), and Gemma Ward (Alexander McQueen). We also saw Shalom Harlow close for Versace, and Kristen McMenamy open for Valentino.
With massive social media followings, famous families, and associations with fashion squads like the #BalmainArmy, the Instagram generation of supermodels has helped elevate the profile of many brands at Fashion Week. While some of the biggest supermodels in the business like Kaia Gerber, Joan Smalls, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, and Adwoa Aboah walked in dozens of shows, we were only treated to three sightings of Kendall Jenner – at Burberry, Off-White, and Fendi – and one surprise return of Cara Delevingne to the runway, where she auspiciously opened and closed for Balmain.
“Who is that? And who is that?” we found ourselves musing repeatedly at the shows. There were so many fresh new faces that it was hard to keep up. Half-Nigerian, half-Chinese newcomer Adesuwa Aighewi brought her striking features to the catwalk at Chanel, Fendi, and more, while boho beauty Fran Summers wowed us Louis Vuitton, Loewe, and Dior.
Meanwhile, Chu Wong was a cool, compelling addition to the Burberry and Elie Saab line-ups, and Hiandra Martinez stole the show at Isabel Marant and Stella McCartney. Finally, the newcomer creating the biggest buzz is easily Sudanese refugee Adut Akech, who not only walked in dozens of shows, but also garnered the coveted position of show closer at Valentino. Did we mention she’s only 18 years old?