#585 Boys to watch – Jonathan K and Zdenek Z


Image /Emerson Marant

I’ve been asked a few times recently why I spend more time talking about models than fashion on my blog. The answer, put simply, is that I’m more interested in people than I am in things. I was a stylist for a very short time (I enjoyed picking the models more than picking the clothes), then a booker at 62, and it’s always been the people side that’s attracted me to the industry. I love the buzz backstage before a big show, I love to know who has booked which campaign, and I especially love predicting who will make it big. With that in mind, I had a look at the current crop of boys who are emerging at the moment, and picked two that I can see doing well.

My favourite male models of all time are Cole Mohr, Clement Chabernaud, Conrad Matschke, Boris Kolensnikov, Matthias Lauridsen and Vincent Hoogland. I’m not a fan of the whole tattoo/rock’n’roll boy thing that’s been going on for the past few seasons but I like them as skinny and gaunt as possible with cheekbones that pop. I first saw this guy Jonathan Kramloft backstage in Paris. As you can see in the above photo, he was very shy and had quite a frightened deer-in-headlights look whenever the camera went on him.

Multiple Google searches haven’t given me any personal information about him, but I know that he’s walked for Lanvin and Marc by Marc Jacobs – I took all these shots backstage at Lanvin last season (bar the white tee shirt one). I’ll be interested to see how he goes this season – if he bags some biggies in Milan like Burberry, Prada and Jil Sander then has the same success in Paris, he could convert it all with some good editorial and be ready for campaigns by next year. He’s probably still a bit young yet.

His showcard (below) from Elite Milan isn’t doing him any favours though, he looks like a hairdresser. And not in that good way.


Image /models.com


Image /Emerson Marant

I first saw this guy Zdenek Zaboj in photos on the catwalk at the S/S 09 shows – I think Jil Sander was his first ever show. As far as I can see he’s from Prague, he’s about 19 or 20 and this season coming will be his third. I saw him in real life in Paris last season and he walked in a lot of the big shows including Lanvin, Dries Van Noten and Hugo Boss where most of these photos were taken. He’s had a few good show seasons and some great editorial, so another good run this time at the shows and I’d expect we’ll see him booking campaigns very soon.


at Dries Van Noten – Image /Anouk Rondel


at Dries Van Noten – Image /Anouk Rondel


at Lanvin


at Lanvin


at Blaak – Image /Jordan Rondel


at Blaak – Image /Jordan Rondel


at Hugo Boss – Image /Jordan Rondel


Backstage in Paris

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