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Model Runway Rivalry: Manuela Frey and Nastya Sten

Manuela Frey and Nastya Sten share top-model honors and talk backstage essentials, celeb sightings and friendly competition.

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WWD Collections issue 04/14/2014

The runways saw a slew of conspicuous coifs and reality stars—and regular folks, too.

REAL DEAL

Sorry, Karlie. This season, some designers eschewed long-legged lookers in favor of regular, nonmodel types. Following last season’s memorable step team performance, Rick Owens cast friends and employees to model his futuristic collection. Also walking in the show were Nadège du Bospertus and Kirsten Owen, both far above the average model age of 19.

In New York, Donna Karan drove home the urban ideal of DKNY by casting real New Yorkers, including DJs Hannah Bronfman and Chelsea Leyland, rapper Angel Haze, as well as lesser-known locals to don her streetwear collection on the catwalk.

FROM REALITY TO RUNWAY

Forget Kim. There’s a new Kardashian—or, Jenner—in town. On the last night of New York fashion week, Kendall Jenner, half-sister of Kim, Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian, walked in her first runway show—Marc Jacobs, no less—wearing a sheer brown Henley.

Jacobs was just the beginning. In London, she made an appearance at Giles, while in Paris she nabbed coveted spots at Givenchy and Chanel.

Jenner was not the only reality star to make her runway debut this season: Gigi Hadid, daughter of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Yolanda Foster, walked Desigual and Jeremy Scott, fresh from her cover appearance on CR Fashion Book.

CAUGHT RED-HEADED

Crimson was a strong theme throughout Prabal Gurung’s fall collection. It was in the clothes, the nail art and, in the case of Natalie Westling, the hair. The natural brunette flaunted her recently dyed hair—a shade of neon fire-engine red—for the first time on Gurung’s runway, wearing a similarly hued ensemble. From there, she appeared at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Fendi and Chanel, among others.

Fashion’s original Manic Panic enthusiast, Chloe Nørgaard, also walked, changing spring’s electric-green do to a softer pastel pink that showed up at Rodarte, Sister by Sibling, Ashish and Fyodor Golan.

INVISIBLE INK

Back in spring 2010, Karl Lagerfeld introduced a runway trend that caught on big: tattoos. The Chanel-branded ink might have been temporary, but the transferable tats sparked endless industry buzz. More fashion houses followed with inked-up models—Rodarte, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marchesa and Maison Martin Margiela among them.

This season, however, it was all about clean skin. With nary a faux tattoo in sight, much of any real ink was covered up. Cara Delevingne, for example, made headlines last fall when she got a lion’s head emblazoned on her right index finger. Yet the lion was seemingly back in its cage during the latest round of shows. At both Fendi and Chanel, Lagerfeld outfitted Delevingne in gloves, while Stella McCartney sent her out in knuckle-grazing sleeves. Apparently, bare is beautiful.

 

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