Enfin! Paris Fashion Week has paixed out. To calculate the City of Light’s top model, we took into account each candidate’s number of opening and closing spots, the amount of runways walked, and whether she could hold her own in a conversation with Julie Delpy. In first place was Ashleigh Good, who booked twenty shows — and opened and closed Chanel. Her strongest competition came from Catherine McNeil (with seven prime slots) and Kati Nescher, perhaps the proud owner of one of the most perfect show lists ever. Click ahead to see who else rounded out our list (spoiler: Mariacarla Boscono is back!).
Ashleigh Good (Elite)
After appearing on sixteen New York runways — and earning a spot on our inaugural top model list of the season — the New Zealand resident booked another thirteen shows in London, and fourteen more in Milan. In Paris, she took turns for twenty fashion houses and opened and closed for Lagerfeld chez Chanel. Good was previously one of his haute couture lesbian brides, and possibly the model for his sketch France in an Evening Gown and Pink Smurf Hat. Show list: Acne, Balenciaga, Balmain, Cédric Charlier (opened), Céline, Chanel (opened and closed) Christian Dior, Dries Van Noten, Emanuel Ungaro, Gareth Pugh, Giambattista Valli (opened), Givenchy, Hermès, Lanvin, Loewe (closed), Miu Miu, Rue du Mail, Sacai, Sonia Rykiel, Valentino, and Zadig & Voltaire.
Catherine McNeil (Oui)
Is it possible that Models.com might have cursed McNeil, writing she “skyrocketed to supermodel status in 2007,” without putting jinx! in parentheses? In any case, the Aussie returned to the runway circuit this season, booking twelve shows in New York, four in London, nine in Milan, and seventeen in Paris — including the first and last looks at both Barbara Bui and Nina Ricci. And she put in face time at most of the major shows, like Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuittion, and Dior. Show list: Acne, Anthony Vaccarello, Balmain, Barbara Bui (opened and closed), Christian Dior, Dries Van Noten, Elie Saab (opened), Givenchy, Guy Laroche (opened), Hakaan, Hermès, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Nina Ricci (opened and closed), Rue du Mail (opened), and Saint Laurent.
Kati Nescher (Viva)
Look at this show list. Have you ever seen anything more perfect? Show list: Balenciaga, Chanel, Chloé, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Haider Ackermann, Hermès (closed), Lanvin (opened), Loewe, Louis Vuitton (closed), Sacai, and Valentino.
Suvi Koponen (Next)
A runway veteran at this point, Koponen walked for big-name brands this season (Calvin Klein Collection, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Gucci, and Fendi), until arriving in Paris where she opened and closed for big name brands (Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Anthony Vaccarello, Rue du Mail, and Hakaan). The Finland native booked eleven shows total in the City of Light, which means she nabbed prime spots 45 percent of the time. Show list: Anthony Vaccarello (opened), Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Dries Van Noten, Givenchy, Hakaan (closed), Hermès, Lanvin (closed), Rue du Mail (closed), Saint Laurent, and Stella McCartney (closed).
Esther Heesch (Next)
What’s left to say about Heesch? The 16-year-old ranked among the Cut’s top New York models and top Milan models (she skipped London Fashion Week), and 22 shows in Paris later, here she is, again. She opened Viktor & Rolf, Sonia Rykiel, and Felipe Oliveira Baptista, and closed Roland Mouret. She’s probably on her way back to high school in Lübeck, Germany, showing photos to her teachers and doing piles of homework. Show list: Alexander McQueen, Anthony Vaccarello, Barbara Bui, Carven, Céline, Chanel, Chloé, Dries Van Noten, Felipe Oliveira Baptista (opened), Giambattista Valli, Hermès, Isabel Marant, Lanvin, Loewe, Miu Miu, Paco Rabanne, Roland Mouret (closed), Sonia Rykiel (opened), Stella McCartney, Valentino, Vanessa Bruno, and Viktor & Rolf (opened).
Mariacarla Boscono (Viva)
Boscono, last seen on a runway during Givenchy’s spring 2012 show, resurfaced in Milan for Prada’s recent procession of hausfrau-worthy looks. The Italian then turned up in Paris, where she walked for Vionnet, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Hakaan … and Givenchy, which she strangely neither opened nor closed. Maybe she’s making room for newer models. Always thoughtful, that Mariacarla. Show list: Givenchy, Hakaan (opened), Hermès (opened), Louis Vuitton, and Vionnet (opened and closed).
Cristina Herrmann (Next)
Any friend of Phoebe is a friend of ours. Show list: Céline (opened and closed — exclusive).
Vanessa Axente (Viva)
The Hungarian had a great start — she booked ten shows in New York (including an Alexander Wang semi-exclusive, the opener at Marc by Marc Jacobs, and the closer at Narciso Rodriguez) and walked as an exclusive for Tom Ford … then, she didn’t make it to Milan. Too much fish and chips? Lost on a double-decker bus? A bad case of royal baby fever? Axente more than excused her absence come Paris, wearing the last looks for Miu Miu and Alexander McQueen. Bonus points for the beaded face cage. Show list: Alexander McQueen (closed), Balenciaga, Céline, Chloé, Christian Dior, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu (closed), Nina Ricci, Sacai, and Valentino.
Janice Alida (Oui)
We thought Alida might be better known around these parts after the fall 2013 season, but for the first three weeks of fashion month, the Canadian turned up at fourteen shows total. Come Paris, however, she wore the final outfit at Dior and the first ensemble out at Galliano, and hit the runway for Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Chloé. Show list: Chanel, Chloé, Christian Dior (closed), Costume National, Guy Laroche, Haider Ackermann, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano (opened), and Lanvin.
Irene Hiemstra (Viva)
Another one of the Cut’s ten rookie models to watch (like Alida), we didn’t spot Hiemstra until Milan, where she walked as a Prada exclusive. The Netherlands native booked opening or closing spots for Paris Fashion Week’s art-fashion trifecta: Dries Van Noten, Haider Ackermann, and Rick Owens. Show list: Acne, Dries Van Noten (opened), Emanuel Ungaro, H&M, Haider Ackermann (opened), Loewe, Miu Miu, Rick Owens (closed), Sacai, and Valentino.