Words: Collen Demerez
So in what seems like a blink of an eye, its that time again; the eventful year of 2018 has come to a close, as we look on to what 2019 has to bring. Of course, there’s nothing like reflecting on the year to pick out the highlights and what we can expect in 2019. This year was a personal favourite bringing so much new energy and great talent into the conversation. I was bombarded with endless candidates for #MCM, interviewed some of tomorrows biggest stars and through all that I watched very carefully to see the boys that fell nothing short of sheer excellence. So, without further ado, I introduce our Reflex Models of 2018/19 List, filled with the 2018's biggest stars and 2019’s trailblazers. This list is the biggest prediction of who will be the main faces of 2019 ( as the 2017/18 list saw all its stars wreak havoc on the fashion scene all year round).
I and the Reflex Team take into account many things when making this list but first and most importantly who’s booking the CAMPAIGNS, secondly who is walking in the major SHOWS and lastly SOCIAL PRESENCE we’re talking exposure e.g. covers, editorials, media coverage & presence on brand’s social media.
10. Luc Defont-Saviard
Luc has to be one of the most recognisable faces in fashion in recent years and 2018 saw him even more pronounced. He starred in the SS18 campaigns for both Salvatore Ferragamo and Isabel Marant and walked on the runways for Boss SS19, Versace SS19 & Pre Fall 19, Hermes SS19, Burberry SS18, Calvin Klein FW18, Balmain and Louis Vuitton FW18 to name a few. Luc also covered magazines such as An0ther Magazine SS18 Issue, H Magazine FW18, Behind The Blinds SS18 Issue and FW18 Issue. With Luc also set to feature in Versace’s SS19 #VersaceEverywhere campaign, 2019 is set to be a most impressive year for him.
9. Janusz Kuhlmann
Janusz is one of Versace’s new faces and we are just as in love with him as they are. Janusz was on all the big runways throughout 2018, walking for the Dsquared SS19 show, Balmain FW18 & SS19 Shows, Dior Homme FW18, Emporio Armani SS19 Show, Versace FW18, SS19 and PreFall 19 shows. He also starred in the Versace Jean’s FW18 Campaign and Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood F/W18 Campaign. In addition to all this, the appeared in editorials for Essential Homme, Dior Homme and covered the Fall issue of NU Icons Magazine. It couldn’t be any clearer to us Janusz is going to be one of 2019’s most consistent faces.
8. Jegor Venned
Jegor had a strong 2018 and impressed us all with the work he added to his resume. Jegor rolled in the year appearing in the Balmain Couture SS18 Campaign, Polo Ralph Lauren’s SS18 Campaign, Polo RL CP-93 Campaign, Polo RL Coast to Coast Campaign and Trussardi’s SS18. Fall saw him round that up with another two Ralph Lauren campaign including Polo Ralph Lauren’s FW18 and Polo Ralph Lauren’s 50 Year Anniversary Campaign. Jegor Venned is easily becoming one of biggest names in men's fashion and his relationships with major brands make us incredibly optimistic about his 2019.
7. Alton Mason
Alton is a powerhouse and 2018 proved even more that he is not only a star but a pioneer. Alton started 2018 walking for the like of Boss, Jeremy Scott, Michael Kors and Tom Ford to name a few, then starred in Campaigns for Gap’s Wearlight SS18, Off White X Sunglass SS18 Capsule Collection, Hugo Boss’s SS18 Campaign and appeared in Chanel’s Beauty Coco Mademoiselle commercial. Alton’s fall 2018 saw him in campaigns for Philipp Plein FW18, Nike’s Sports Pack FW18 and Express’s Holiday Winter 18. On top of walking in the fall SS19 shows for the likes of Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Michael Kors, Thom Browne and Lanvin, Alton made history becoming the first black male model to walk a Chanel show, appearing on the Chanel Pre-Fall 19 runway. 2019 feels like it’s going to be Alton’s biggest year yet and everyone’s
excited to see what he does next.
6. Hamid Onifade
Hamid is certainly the shoo-in for this generations Tyson Beckford, 2018 saw him working with all the major brands. Hamid landed multiple Ralph Lauren Spring Campaigns including the Polo Ralph Lauren SS18 Campaign, Polo RL Snow Beach SS18 Campaign & Ralph Lauren Purple Label SS18 Campaign and also featured in H&M’s Men’s SS18 Campaign. While that was already impressive he finished of the year scoring 5 more Ralph Lauren Campaigns including their Polo 5Oth Anniversary FW18 Campaign and their Polo RL Demin Campaign, while also featuring in the Tom Ford Lip’s & Boys Beauty Campaign, Theory’s Fall 18 Campaign, H&M’s Man F/W18 Campaign and Mango’s Winter Campaign. 2019 can only bring more accolades for Hamid and rightly so, he’s going to be one of those classic faces to remember
5. Salomon Diaz
Everyone could tell that Salomon was a face to watch and 2018 proved why. The model started the year walking for shows like Versace, H&M & Jeremy Scott to name a few, while also starring in Campaigns for Equinox’s Commitment SS18, Tom Ford’s 'Eau de Soleil Blanc' SS18 Fragrance, Calvin Klein’s White Label SS18. Salomon then took it further featuring in Versace’s F/W 18 Campaign, Versace’s Flame Fragrance FW18 Campaign, Calvin Klein Underwear Campaign and Topman’s It Holiday Campaign. In addition this work, he also appeared in editorials for Attitude Magazine, Esquire Mexico, Man About Town, Reflex Homme and covered Flesh Magazine. If all this wasn’t enough to make you think he is going to obliterate 2019, Salomon is also set to feature in Versace SS19 Spring Campaign, so safe to say we’ve not seen anything from him yet.
4. Kohei Takabatake
Kohei had an astounding year, walking over 80 shows this year (which I’m sure is breaking some record that hasn’t been announced yet), this includes runways for most of the biggest brands in fashion, e.g. Tom Ford, Balmain, Ralph Lauren, Fendi, Boss, Moncler, Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger and the list goes on. With all that, Kohei also booked Calvin Klein’s Jeans, Watches & Jewels and Performance SS18 Campaigns, Prada’s 365 SS18 Campaign, Coach’s SS18 Campaign and for fall landed Dior Homme’s FW18 Campaign. He additionally appeared in editorials for publications like Vogue Ukraine and covered 10 Men Australia and Dazed & Confused Korea. Seems Kohei is not missing a beat and I have no doubt 2019 will see him reach new heights.
3. João Knorr
I’ve nicknamed this one Starboy, with only a year under his belt, João managed to become one of 2018’s biggest stars. Joao started the year walking for shows the likes of Versace, Thom Browne, Balmain, Moschino and D&G. He then pulled out the big guns with the arrival of fall, bagging 3 of the biggest campaigns of the season, starring in Versace’s FW18 Campaign, Philipp Plein F/W18 Campaign and Tom Ford’s FW18 Campaign. João also appeared in editorials for VMan, Vogue Italia and covered Rollercoaster's FW18 Issue. Joao’s potential is endless and I think we’ve only seen an ounce of what he can do, 2019 is going to be a huge year for him.
2. Noah Luis Brown
Noah Brown is that kid you feel was touched by an angel. This career took off in almost a Hollywood-esque way and completely overnight he has managed to become one of the most exclusive faces in fashion. 2018 saw him bagging the LV SS18 Campaign and Versace SS18 Tribute Campaign as the only male model amongst a cast of Supermodels like Gisele & Christy. Come fall he also topped that off with a Fragrance Campaign for Iceberg 1974, featured in the H&M X MOSCHINO Campaign and starred as the new face of Calvin Klein’s Main Label and Underwear Label. If that’s not enough he managed to grace the Cover of GQ Korea and walked for Paul Smith, Balmain and Cerruti to name a few. 2019 is going to see Noah’s brand get even stronger and if we can take anything from his performance this year it’s that he’s going to be a strong contender for 2019/20’s number one spot.
1. Kit Butler
Yet again, Kit Bulter tops this list. There’s nothing stopping this guy, you cannot deny he is the current face of men's fashion and named the male 'Cara Delevingne’ by Vogue itself. Kit walked out of 2018 having gained 13 advertising campaigns including Cerruti 1881 SS18 Campaign, Sandro SS18 Campaign, Giuseppe Zanotti SS18 Campaign, Corneliani SS18 Campaign, Polo Ralph Lauren SS18 Campaign, Church’s FW18 Campaign, Ralph Lauren Purple Label 50th FW18 Campaign, Express Fall 18, Topshop it Holiday , Polo RL Purple FW18 and Ralph Lauren Eyewear FW18; appeared in over 20 shows including DSquared FW18 Show, Moschino FW18 Show , Emporio Armani FW18 Show, Ralph Lauren SS19 Show and Plein Sport SS19 Show. The model also graced 7 covers for the publications GQ Korea, Harrods Man, L’Officiel Hommes Poland, Manifesto, MMScene, Vanity Teen and Issue Man, while also appearing in editorials for GQ Style, GQ China, Vogue Hommes, V Magazine, Elle Germany and Man About Town to name a few. I think we can all agree that Kit is no longer competing for Top Model status and gunning for Supermodel status. What Kit is managing to do within fashion is extremely rare for male models, at this point he’s just competing in his own league. The longevity is certainly there and with a year or two of booking jobs of this magnitude, he will easily have that supermodel title. I have no doubt that this young man will be joining the timeless and adored faces of talents such as Sean O’pry and Simon Nessman.