Boys To Watch: Milan SS16

22 June 2015

Three cities. A dozen runways. A new found circle of friends. Fashion weeks bring an international camaraderie for the boys, as the rest of us are getting excited about the fresh faces, who will be the boys gracing the catwalks this time, what will be the most memorable designs and shows to remember. It all lingers in your mind until the next one falls upon us again.

For the boys it's a chance to meet friends they have made on their paths as they travel from city to city, make some new ones and explore cities inbetween castings. After sharing our Boys to Watch features for London Collections: Men and Paris Fashion Week SS16, in this feature we head to Milan with photographer Maud Maillard and stylist Francesca Colli to catch the freshest of fresh faces, as well as those comfortably acquainted with the catwalks from previous seasons.

Frolicking on rooftops, and creating the boyish mischief we all love inbetween their days full of castings, we soon find out that lifes biggest questions inbetween queues and dancing in designers clothes is simply, what superpower would you have if you could have one. These are our Boys to Watch in Milan as the shows continue to go on.

Above Left: Shirt by NUAGY.
Above Right: Coat by NORTH SAIL, Dungaree's by LEVI'S and T-Shirt by PIERRE LOUISE MASCIA.

Ben Rees at Boom Models

What shows have you walked?
Some shows I've walked are Margaret Howell, Missoni, Diesel, Dior, Valentino, Kris van Assche, Comme des Garçons and Coach.

What's the soundtrack to your life?
Madvilliany by Madlib and MF DOOM.

If you were an animal what would you be?

What skills are you most proud of?
My ability to make people hate me instantly, haha.

Above Left: Shirt by CARHARRT.
Above Right: Jeans and T-Shirt by DEPARTMENT 5 and Coat by CORNELIANI.

Bjorn Winiger at I Love Models

Where are you from?
I am from Stockholm, Sweden.

What shows have you walked?
I've walked for James Long, Katie Eary, Sankuanz and Cheap Monday among others.

What was your favorite subject in school?

What makes you happy?
Cigarettes and Vita Coco.

What was the last song you listened to?
Hype Williams - Galice.

Above Left: Shirt by COVERT and Sweater by LACOSTE.
Above Right: All look by AMERICAN VINTAGE.

Darwin Gray at Elite Milan

Where are you from?
I am from Lincolnshire.

What shows have you walked?
I’ve walked for Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Etro.

If you could have any pet in the world what would it be?
A monkey of course!

Favourite subject at school?

Above Left: T-Shirt by DEPARMENT 5 and Jacket by ALESSANDRO DELL’ACQUA.
Above Right: Coat by TAGLIATORE, T-Shirt by DEPARTMENT 5, Trousers by AMERICAN VINTAGE and Shoes Models Own.

Charlie Taylor at Elite Milan

What shows have you walked?
Dior, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry and Dunhill.

What's your favourite thing about modeling?
My favourite thing about modeling is all the wonderful people I get to meet as well as working with some cool brands.

What's your biggest dream?
To set up my own company.

What skill are you most proud of?
The skill I am most proud of is being able to dance.

Above Left: Sweater by LACOSTE.
Above Right: Sweater by ANDREA POMPILIO and Trousers by MASSIMO REBECCHI.

Carl Axelsson at FASHION Models

Where are you from?
I am from Karlskrona in Sweden.

What shows have you walked?
Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Burberry, Corneliani, etc.

What did you want to be when you were younger?
A footballer. I have always dreamt to play for my favourite club, Real Madrid.

What is your favourite quote?
Love the life you live and live the life you love – Bob Marley.

Above Left and Right: Sweater by LUCIO VANOTTI and Jeans by LEVI'S.

Fabian Gray at Storm London, Boom Models Milano and Bananas Models Paris

Where are you from?

What have you walked?
Christopher Shannon, Dgnak, N21 and Guglielmo Capone.

What is your favourite thing about modelling?
My favorite thing about modelling would have to be having the chance to go to other countries and learn about different cultures, because I feel like it helps me grow as a person and mature.

What is the soundtrack to your life at the moment?
Underground Kings - Drake.

What are you most passionate about?
Growing and learning.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In LA having done my first movie.

Above Left: Shirt by NUAGY, Jumper by 100% CASHMERE and Trousers by LUCIO VANOTTI.
Above Right: Shirt by MIAORAN.

Jesper Trip at Independent Men

Where are you from?
I am from Arnhem in The Netherlands.

What have you walked?
So far I’ve walked for Gosha Rubchinskiy, Kenzo, Lou Dalton and J.W. Anderson.

If you could have any pet in the world what would it be?
Definitely a little dog, like a French bulldog or a pomeranian.

If you could have a superpower what would it be?
I think it would be flying. No more queues for boarding planes sounds good to me.

What would your dream shoot be?
Anything that involves nice weather and a beach.

Above Left: Sweater by LEVI'S, T-Shirt by ERREA REPUBLIC, Trousers by DEPARTMENT 5 and Shoes Models Own.
Above Right: Jacket by DROME and Trousers and Socks Models Own.

Haavard Kleppe at I Love Models

Where are you from?
A small fjord in Norway.

What have you walked?
Prada, Gucci, Lanvin, Paul Smith, RAF Simmons, Rick Owen and others.

What is your favourite thing about modelling?
Traveling and meeting people from all over the world.

What was your favourite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school was history.

What is the soundtrack of your life at the moment?
The soundtrack of my life this moment is probably Turbonegro - Fuck The World.

What is your favourite quote?
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth." - John F. Kennedy.

Above Left: Sweater by LACOSTE.
Above Right: Coat by CANALI, T-Shirt by ERREA REPUBLIC, Trousers by LACOSTE and Shoes by PUMA.

Hiskia Gabriel Hengeveld at FASHION

Where are you from?
I'm from Amsterdam in Holland.

What have you walked?
I did Gucci Exclusive, Raf Simons, Miharayashuiro, Lou Dalton and Hardy Amies.

What is your dream job?
If I ever get to grow up to be a big boy I would like to get my own motorbike building company known world wide, and build, drink and ride all day - everyday.

What makes you happy?
Sex, drugs and Rock'n Roll makes me happy! haha

Above Left: Shirt by NUAGY.
Above Right: Full look by ASICS.

Abiah Hostvedt at I Love Models

Where are you from?

What have you walked?
Prada, Givenchy, Coach, Louis Vuitton, Paul Smith, Burberry, Topman, Philip Lim and others.

What is your favourite thing about modelling?
I LOVE travelling!

What would your dream job be?
To shoot in Jamaica underneath a waterfall, as far as modelling goes. But ultimately to direct, star, produce and screen write the greatest box office movie ever.

What is your favourite quote?
Give less fucks… more love. Abiah Hostvedt.

Above: Full look by LEVI'S.

John Meadows at Independent Men

Where are you from?
I’m from Windsor, UK.

What have you walked?
Alexander McQueen, Dior, E Zegna, Andrea Pompilio, Topman, Casely Hayford etc.

What is your favourite thing about modelling?
My favourite thing about modelling is travelling the world. I’ve been all over Europe, I went to Japan for 3 months and after Paris I go to Hong Kong for 2 months.

What did you want to do when you were younger?
I wanted to go in the army as a paratrooper until I was scouted.

Where were you scouted?
I was scouted outside the toilets at Reading train station on a night out.

What makes you, you?
I believe that I can’t be perfect, but I want to be, so I am always pushing myself to achieve.

Above Left: T-Shirt by DEPARTMENT 5 and Jacket by K-WAY.
Above Right: T-Shirt by ERREA REPUBLIC and Jumper by AMERICAN VINTAGE.

Linus Wordemann at FASHION Models

Where are you from?
I am from Hamburg in Germany.

What shows have you walked?
I walked Prada, Dior, Burberry, Hermes, Jil Sander, Kenzo, Tom Ford, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Canali, Cornelliani, Bottega Veneta, etc.

What is your biggest dream?
I'd love to become a professional Illustrator. I love to draw, it's my passion and I was studying Illustration before I started my modeling carreer. I will chase this dream as well.

What makes you happy?
To spend all my spare time with my girlfriend.

Above: Shirt by NUAGY and Trousers Models Own.

Senna Van Plateringen at Why Not Milan

Where are you from?
I’m from Holland, Netherlands.

What shows have you walked?
I have walked for Katie Eary and I worked for Louis Vuitton last season.

What is your favourite thing about modelling?
I think my favourite thing about modelling is travelling around the world and meeting new people.

What is your favourite soundtrack of the moment?
505 by Arctic Monkeys.

If you had one super power, what would it be?
If I had one super power, I’d want to fly.

If you could have one pet, what would it be?
A monkey.



Words by Sophie Mayanne.

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