With show season just around the corner, raise your runway IQ with Vogue Arabia’s top eleven male and female models to watch in 2017. Scroll down to meet the next generation of runway stars.
Alanna Arrington was discovered by Jeff and Mary Clarke, the same people who scouted Karlie Kloss. Now signed to Next Model Management, the Iowa-born runway heroine has walked for the likes of Altuzarra, Mulberry, and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. Watch this space.
Louisiana-born Selena Forrest has amassed 9k Instagram followers after starring in Saint Laurent campaigns and closing the Emilio Pucci Spring 2017 show. The American model already has an impressive runway CV, including walking for Hugo Boss, Roberto Cavalli and Chanel.
Singer and model du jour Trè Samuels’ runway debut was for Prada Spring 2016, closely followed by opening the Public School menswear show. The sought-after male model has 21k Instagram followers who adore his Soundcloud offering just as much as his stints in front of photographers’ lenses.
Rafeea Alhajsi made history as the first Emirati model during her runway debut at Paris Fashion Week for Lebanese designer Ziad Nakad. At Dubai Fashion Week October 2016, Alhajsi walked for Aiisha Ramadan. Her 149k Instagram followers await her next move.
Rising German runway star Alice Metza has already had bookings for many leading fashion houses, including Acne Studios, Sacai, Ellery, and Givenchy. No doubt come February 2017 her 10.5k Instagram following will rise.
Jamaican model Jermaine Downer made his runway debut for J.W.Anderson and closed for Wales Bonner. Widely regarded as an elegant gent in the fashion month line-up, Downer has also walked for Paul Smith and Diesel Black Gold.
After being scouted at school aged fourteen, Nora Attal kicked off her fashion career with a prime campaign for J.W.Anderson Spring 2014. Known for her sleek silhouette and striking looks, the Moroccan model is now signed to Viva Paris model management. Attal has been seen on the Mary Katrantzou, Christian Dior, and Prada runways, to name but a few.
Scottish model Michael Walker started his runway career for Coach 1941, Craig Green, and J.W.Anderson, bringing his boyish British looks to the fashion fold. Expect to see the former engineer student throughout the men’s shows this season.
With a Vogue Japan cover story currently on the shelves, model Yasmin Wijnaldum’s star is evidently on the rise. Noting 21.5k Instagram followers who look out for her turns on the Chanel, Alexander McQueen, and Valentino runways, she is also the star of Vogue Arabia’s Inez and Vinoodh Controlled Abandonment short fashion film.
Long Island-born Dilone is the cool girl on the fashion block at the moment. Having stormed the runways at Bottega Veneta, Balmain, Stella McCartney, and Marc Jacobs season after season, the Dominican model’s style CV is only set to elevate in 2017.
Elias de Poot is not only the menswear runway model of the moment, he also goes by the pseudonym “Sokot” as an electro musician. When he’s not on the decks, he’s been on the roll call for Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Craig Green shows, having debuted as the opening model at Topman.