Caroline Brasch Nielson

14 Mar

It’s been almost a week since fashion week ended and it has taken almost that long to recover. One thing I have never really covered on my blog but have always been tempted too is models. I was recently asked who my style icon was and really stumped as to how to respond. I always look through street style  photographs and love the art and intricacy in these photos…yet I have never really taken note of the names and true character of these people. These are the women who embody the clothing we dream about — we subject them to endless criticism yet completely idolize them anyway. It’s a completely hypocritical relationship. With the ending of fashion week, why not start with one of the absolute top models walking this season — Nielson walked a stunning 71 shows this month. She’s seventeen and ranked #39 and only entered the business last spring for Paris’ fall collections.

For a perverse reason, I was curious about all the shows Nielson walked in –and it was a lot. For such a newbie, she opened and closed quite a few and some pretty big venues such as D&G. The long list is as follows: Acne, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Anna Sui, Anteprima, BCBG Max Azria, Balenciaga, Bill Blass (Open), Bottega Veneta, Burberry Prorsum, Chanel, Christopher Kane, Christian Dior, Chloe, D&G (Open), Daks (Open), Derek Lam, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Edun, Emanuel Ungaro, Emilio Pucci, Etro, Fendi, Gianfranco Ferre, Giambattista Valli, Giles, Gucci, Hakaan, Herve Leger, Iceberg, Isaac Mizrahi, J. Mendel, J.W. Anderson, Jason Wu, Jill Stuart, Jonathan Saunders, Kenzo, Lanvin, Loewe, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs, Marni, Matthew Williamson (Open + Close), Michael Kors, Missoni, Moschino, No. 21, Narciso Rodriguez, Nina Ricci, Oscar de la Renta, Paul & Joe, Pedro Lourenco, Prabal Gurung, Preen, Proenza Schouler, Rick Owens, Richard Chai, Rochas, Roberto Cavalli, Rue du Mail, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sass & Bide (Open), Sonia Rykiel, Sportmax, Tommy Hilfiger, Topshop Unique, Valentino, Vera Wang, Viktor & Rolf.

Nielson really made a splash when she entered the business — and Valentino saw her potential immediately. The same season she walked in her first show — Dries van Noten — she opens for Valentino (also for Balenciaga, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel). She was then mentioned in The Cut’s top 10 newcomers and there we have the astonishing start to her career. She has either opened or closed for Valentino each season since her debut and is also the face of Valentino (and Marc Jacobs).

Nielson has an utterly spot on sense of style — I love the combination of polka dots and cheetah print, it’s really bold but really beautiful. They are so similar yet combine to such a strong look. I read an interview with her where she mentioned her favorite designer is Alexander Wang and she loves Miu Miu wedges — but really, who doesn’t?



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