As New York Fashion Week steps into gear, Vogue calls on casting agents Ashley Brokaw and Gilleon Smith to introduce the models poised for a breakout season.
Who’s that girl? The next Liu Wen? The next Kate Moss or Karlie Kloss? These are questions casting agents Ashley Brokaw, the woman responsible for the model line-ups at Calvin Klein, Coach and Proenza Schouler, and Gilleon Smith, the woman behind Chromat’s applaudable inclusive and diverse casting, get all the time. It is never a straightforward answer, especially with the multitude of scouting methods in action these days. Smith is partial to street-scouting talent for Chromat but regularly works with freelance models and agencies to introduce new faces – and ideas – to the runway. Instagram, too, has launched the career of many. As New York Fashion Week swings into action, here are the faces to watch this season.
Nationality: Trinidad and Tobago
Represented by: IMG Models
Aged just 17, Wing was hand-picked by Anthony Vaccarello and casting director Piergiorgio Del Moro for Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2018 show, set against the glittering Eiffel Tower. She went on to walk for Altuzarra, Giambattista Valli, John Galliano, and Rochas that season, succeeded by appearances at Dior, Givenchy, Valentino and Jean Paul Gaultier at couture in January. When off duty, she enjoys nothing more than rewatching Stranger Things and Vampire Diaries on Netflix. Her favorite supermodel? Fellow Caribbean talent Joan Smalls.
Represented by: DNA Models
Committing Nicholson’s pre-Raphaelite looks to memory is not hard. The 17-year-old transgender model was first spotted on the Calvin Klein catwalk last September. Less than two weeks after signing with DNA Model Management, the high school sophomore’s status as fashion’s newest darling was cemented. She still lives with her family in Park Ridge, New Jersey, and her favorite subjects at the school include History and English. She hopes to study Sociology or Political Science at university, but we expect to see her on many more catwalks before she gets to prom.