Abbey Lee Is Milan’s Top Model


With runway regulars Raquel Zimmermann, Coco Rocha, and Catherine McNeil missing in action, Milan proved to be a battleground for the new class. After a breakout fall 2009 season, Russian model Jac opened for Bottega Veneta and Pucci, closed Gianfranco Ferré, and did both at Etro. Alla Kostromicheva was the first face at the Rami Fernandez and Maida Gregori Boina–cast Jil Sander show. Meanwhile, Kansas native Lindsay Wixson opened Prada, which instantly elevated her rookie status to rising star. And the Dutch ingénue Nimue Smit opened and closed for Salvatore Ferragamo. Not bad for the newbies, eh? But this Milan Fashion Week was all about the return of Abbey Lee. After skipping the fall 2009 season owing to a knee injury, the Aussie tore up the runways, from opening D&G to having the first and last looks at Fendi and Versace. It's safe to say she's back! See all the openers and closers from Milan in our slideshow.