Aug 03, 2011 12:00AM

Edge Of Glory

Australian models on the cusp of greatness.

During the Fall 2011 show season an influx of Australian models stormed the international circuit generating some well-deserved hype for our rich Southern hemisphere gene pool and birthing a phenomenon termed the 'Gumleaf Runway Mafia'. During this stellar show season 27 of our best and brightest appeared on catwalks spanning New York, London, Paris and Milan, with several of these faces going on to dominate campaigns and editorial for the season, including now household names Bambi Northwood-Blyth, Ajak Deng and Julia Nobis. So, as the Spring 2012 season approaches (kicking off in New York on September 8th), we're turning our gaze toward the new horizon of next-gen runway stars setting forth from the land down under.

Codie Young is currently listed third on Models.com prophetic list of Top 10 Newcomers. This coveted post, paired with the recent flurry of media attention surrounding her chaotic campaign for Topshop, has resulted in unprecedented buzz for the Sunshine Coast 18-year-old. It looks as if Young's 2010 Vogue exclusive was just the tip of the iceberg.

Perth-raised waif Dempsey Stewart walked in a breakneck 40 shows in her first Fall season. These included top shelf bookings from Louis Vuitton, Prada and Chloe to name a few, proving Stewart has the stamina to secure a far-reaching international career for herself. The question is, can she top 40 bookings for Spring 2012?

Ruby Jean Wilson relocated to NSW from Scotland at the age of 14, but since her mother agency is Sydney-based Priscilla's Model Management we've decided to claim her as our own. Wilson walked in a total of three shows for Fall, which may pale in comparison to Stewart's magic number 40, however Wilson's coveted contracts included a few prize acquisitions, namely a Theysken's Theory exclusive in New York, followed by a second exclusive for Yves Saint Laurant in Paris where she also opened the show - not too shabby! Wilson's body of work is viewable via her Tumblr.

Discovered sunbathing at Bondi Beach in April, Krystal Glynn narrowly missed her window for the Fall show season but certainly didn't waste any time signing with New York giant DNA Model Management in the same month. No mean feat considering DNA's stable includes some of the biggest names in the business - think along the lines of Kristen McMenamy, Dree Hemingway and Natalia Vodianova. Glynn was notably absent from the Resort '12 schedule, prompting rumours that DNA are holding out for something extra special in Spring. With no news as to what this mystery booking might be, we're forced to hold our breath until the big reveal.

Little known Sydney-sider Lydia Willemina Collins made a surprise appearance at the Paris Givenchy showing following a clip posted on Models.com. It later turned out Collins had been booked exclusively by the fashion house, which is quite a coup considering it was only her second job since she began modeling. Collins' TFS thread has fallen conspicuously quiet since her Givenchy appearance (barring a single attendance at Bally Resort) but if her 20 page August Vogue Australia editorial is anything to go by, the chameleon still has a few tricks up her sleeve. Watch this space.

Words: Renee Warne