Natasha Poly Is Milan’s Top Model

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Milan came out swinging with the big guns. Megawatt runway stars Mariacarla Boscono, Elise Crombez, and Angela Lindvall hit the catwalks for Moschino, Prada, and Versace, respectively. Refreshing considering the season, though slightly more diverse, continues to be dominated by newbies. But Milan was still a great launching pad for rising stars as well. At Fendi's spring collection, we expected the two-year face of the label Raquel Zimmermann to do the honors of opening, but instead German teen Toni Garrn snatched that spot. With Garrn's Calvin exclusive now over, it seems Karl has developed a liking for her clean, classic look (he also shot her for the October German Vogue issue). Meanwhile, Arlenis Sosa continues her meteoritic rise, opening for Bottega Veneta’s leather-loaded show. But overall in Milan, you just could not avoid the dominance of Natasha Poly and Lily Donaldson. Poly stomped down the runways opening for Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, and Versace, while Donaldson closed for all three. At MaxMara the duo switched places, with Donaldson opening and Poly closing. But Poly, nearly five years into her career, edged out the elegant Donaldson with the additional opening and closing slots at Dolce & Gabbana and Blumarine. And she somehow managed to make time to close the Moschino and Etro shows, too. Goodness gracious, Poly wins by a landslide.

SHOW OPENER CLOSER
Alberta Ferretti Anna Selezneva Vlada Roslyakova
Alessandro Dell'Acqua Aline Weber Aline Weber
Bottega Veneta Arlenis Sosa Emma Maclaren
Blugirl Constance Jablonski Constance Jablonski
Blumarine Natasha Poly Natasha Poly
Burberry Amanda Laine Anabela Belikova
C'N'C Costume National Eniko Mihalik Sigrid Agren
D&G Natasha Poly Aline Weber
Dolce & Gabbana Natasha Poly Natasha Poly
Etro Eniko Mihalik Natasha Poly
Fendi Toni Garrn Toni Garrn
Gianfranco Ferré Magdalena Frackowiak Mariacarla Boscono
Giorgio Armani Bruna Tenorio Jessica Stam
Gucci Natasha Poly Lily Donaldson
Iceberg Yasminka Muratovich Sheila Marquez
Jil Sander Yulia Kharlapanova Magdalena Frackowiak
Just Cavalli Anya Kazakova Toni Garrn
La Perla Constance Jablonski Lakshmi Menon
Marni Katrin Thormann Suvi Koponen
Max Mara Lily Donaldson Natasha Poly
Missoni Olga Sherer Olga Sherer
Moschino Mariacarla Boscono Natasha Poly
Moschino Cheap & Chic Kate Somers Tanya Dziahileva
Pollini Alana Kuznetsova Heidi Mount
Prada Ymre Stiekema Sigrid Agren
Pringle of Scotland Sasha Pivovarova Anna Selezneva
Pucci Jourdan Dunn Lily Donaldson
Roberto Cavalli Natasha Poly Lily Donaldson
Salvatore Ferragamo Toni Garrn Toni Garrn
Versace Natasha Poly Lily Donaldson