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New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014: 8 Models to Watch (PHOTOS)

From the latest face of Gucci to a Daria Werbowy look-a-like, a slew of fresh faces are coming to the New York runways. The Daily Beast predicts who will be this season's standouts.

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Each season, New York Fashion Week brings a fresh crop of models to town who are hoping to score a spot on the runway of some of the season's most anticipated and exclusive shows. From the latest face of Gucci to a Daria Werbowy look-a-like, a slew of soon-to-be major models will soon be taking this year's fashion week by storm. With the help of tips from some casting insiders, The Daily Beast predicts who will be the standout models of the Fall/Winter 2014 season.

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Nastya Sten

Last season, Nastya Sten made her exclusive New York Fashion Week catwalk debut on the Proenza Schouler runway, which led to a seriously successful season abroad where she walked for the likes of Prada, Jil Sander, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, and Miu Miu. With platinum blonde hair and icy blue eyes, the young Russian model has solidified her spot as a major player with Spring/Summer 2014 campaigns for both Saint Laurent and Prada.

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Sabrina Ioffreda

Although Argentinian model Sabrina Ioffreda has been modeling since the Fall/Winter 2011 season, it wasn't until last season—when she walked for Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Prada, and Fendi, among others—that she finally hit the fashion radar. Discovered at the age of 16 in Acassuso, Argentina, Ioffreda's edgy look, with fringed bangs and defined cheekbones, has earned her strong editorials in the likes of CR Fashion Book, Dazed & Confused, and Vogue Paris, on top of her already thick runway portfolio. Reminiscent of Ruby Aldridge, the now 25-year-old has a rare ability to master both masculine and feminine looks, proving that age is really just a number.

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Amanda Wellsh

Amanda Wellsh had a quiet season at New York Fashion Week, walking for the likes of Rebecca Minkoff, Tibi, Helmut Lang, and Peter Som. But when Frida Giannini, creative director of Gucci, hand-picked Wellsh to open and close the brand's Spring/Summer 2014 show in Milan as an exclusive and to star as the face of its latest campaign, shot by photography duo Mert and Marcus, it became obvious that Wellsh was on the path to modeling success. The 5'10" Brazilian's more mature look has now become a favorite of Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Balmain, Maison Martin Margiela, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Dries Van Noten. If anything, Wellsh is proof that it only takes one job—and one person—to help start the career of a lifetime.

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Lexi Boling

Born and bred in Chicago, Lexi Boling is one cool new girl thanks to her work with Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, and Celine. First popping up in Balenciaga's Resort 2014 campaign, Boling made her runway debut as an Alexander Wang exclusive, and then went on to open the Balenciaga show (clearly, she's a favorite of the young, hip designer). Now, with a slew of runways under her belt, from Chanel and Valentino to Chloe and Louis Vuitton, and a Steven Meisel campaign (Prada Spring/Summer 2014), Boling—who looks up to Cara Delevingne—may just have what it takes to be the next big thing.


Imaan Hammam

Helena Suric, bookings director at Vogue UK, describes Imaan Hammam as “observant, unself-conscious, a rare type of model who can step effortlessly into whichever character a story requires.” The 17-year-old Dutch model, who was scouted in Amsterdam, made her runway debut at the Jean-Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2013 show, which led to her most siginificant career move thus far: opening the Givenchy show last season as an exclusive in a draped, camel-colored frock with leather detailing. Hammam, who is of Egyptian and Moroccan descent, has petite features and enviable thick dark curls that captivated the major photographers, including Steven Meisel, Craig McDean, and Mikael Jansson. She appeared in editorials in both U.S. and Italian Vogue within three months of each other.


Julia Bergshoeff

Julia Bergshoeff has a face to remember—one that, in my opinion, looks like a blend of Kate Moss and Daria Werbowy. Bergshoeff, who first walked the catwalk at Prada's Mens and Womens Spring/Summer 2014 Resort show in June, has been taken under Prada's wings, walking in its Spring/Summer 2014 show (as well as Miu Miu's) and starring in its latest campaign shot by Steven Meisel. With her soft, green eyes and light freckles, the 16-year-old Dutch model is one of the first to bring back the original 90s supermodel aesthetic. 

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Natalie Westling

Favored by two of fashion's greatest power players—Hedi Slimane and Marc Jacobs—young Natalie Westling's career is already off to an impressive start. Last season, Westling opened the Marc Jacobs show and walked the Saint Laurent runway as an exclusive, only to end up in both of the brands' Spring/Summer 2014 campaigns (where she stars alongside Miley Cyrus). Between her runway work for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and editorials shot for Interview and Vogue Russia, Westling's long, red locks and stern pout are sure to continue gracing a variety of catwalks and magazine spreads.


Irina Liss

Seventeen-year-old Irina, who was born and raised in Russia, proved that she is one to watch last season when she walked the runways of Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Prada, Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Celine. Within a year of being discovered on Facebook, Liss's petite lips, angular face, and full eyebrows captivated countless brands, catipulting her to the top of the fashion sphere within just a short amount of time. Following a strong Spring/Summer 2014 season in Milan, and Paris, Liss was featured in editorials in Interview Germany and Intermission magazines. Now, with many haute couture shows under her belt, it's about time Liss made her New York Fashion Week debut.