Fashion Reverie’s Model Watch: Fall 2021

2020 has brought a crop of models who are the ideal—they can walk a runway, shoot a look book, and become a memorable character in a magazine editorial. Each of the models on our list possesses that compelling quality that pulls you in and leaves you wanting more. Meet our model class of 2021.


The Men

Maurits Buysse

Mother Agency: IMM Bruxelles (Brussels)

Instagram: @mauritsvbuysse, 1,037 followers

This young Belgian was scouted in Times Square and went on to walk in the Dior, Hugo Boss, and Louis Vuitton spring 2021 shows. His booker, Hugo, tipped us off that he is featured in a short film, “Behind the Blinds” coming out this spring. In his downtime, Maurits designs clothes, and prepares exotic dishes in his kitchen.

Fernando Cabral

Mother Agency: Marilyn Models

Instagram: @fernandocabral07, 16.9K Followers

This Portuguese native’s recent modeling work includes “The Trench” campaign for Matches Fashion, and the Etro fall/winter 2020 campaign. He’s had editorials in Purple, Elle Romania and walked the spring/summer 2021 Fendi show. In addition to a growing list of impressive editorial work, Fernando is an entrepreneur.

Fernando Lindez

Mother Agency: Uno Models (Barcelona)

US: Wilhemina Models LA

Instagram: @Fernando_Lindez, 205.7k Followers

This Spaniard is on a roll: he’s currently one of’s top 50 ranked models.  Fernando possesses a compelling beauty that is part waif,  part pretty boy, and all heart throb. His bookers refer to him as “el guapo” (the handsome one). His editorial work includes Vogue Espana, and Esquire Spain. Fernando just won the Reader’s Choice title for “Breakout Star: Men” in the Model of the Year Awards 2020. He’s walked in the Jacquemus, Versace, Isabel Marant spring/summer 2021 shows, and in Etro’s fall/winter 2021 show, and also stars in the Ami Paris campaign. We’d love to see him come stateside for New York Fashion Week (NYFW) week in September.


The Women

Alexa Kissling

Agency: Marilyn Models

Alexa is a versatile model who can go from Grace Kelly or Tuesday Weld debutante to a punk princess in a heartbeat. Super stylist, Mimi Lombardo, brought her to our attention as one to watch. Her recent editorial in Billy Magazine shows-off Alexa’s range. While she’s currently a dark horse, we look forward to seeing what she’ll book in the coming months.


Agency: Metropolitan Models

Instagram: @xingxingmao1, 21.9k followers

Mao is one of the few Asian models to gain significant traction in the fashion space. She’s starred in a head-turning number of campaigns including Max Mara, Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Maison Margiela, Prada, and Diesel X Coca-Cola. Her ability to transform herself into a brand’s ideal woman has also earned her turns walking for Louis Vuitton, Paco Rabanne, Max Mara, and Fendi at the spring/summer 2021 fashion week shows. 

Sihana Shalaj

Mother Agency: Scouted by Mollie (London) and IMG Models

Instagram @sihana, 4.03k followers

This Kosovo raven-haired beauty has an old-time Hollywood male screen idol’s cleft chin, heavy brows, and intense brooding eyes that grab one’s attention, even in a simple run of the mill headshot. Highlights so far include walking the Saint Laurent spring/summer 2021 and Haider Ackermann fall/winter 2020 shows. She’s also got one of the coveted Saint Laurent look books under her belt (summer 2021), as well as Givenchy pre-fall and spring/summer 2021. Indie magazines i-D and Pop have shot her, celebrating her stark androgynous look styling her as a young Patti Smith.

Joanna Krneta

Agency: One Management New York

Instagram: @jkrneta, 4,898 followers

Joanna’s austere punk gamine look speaks to fashion’s ongoing love affair with androgyny. With her shaved head, she resembles a modern-day Joan of Arc. So far, she’s walked Armani Prive Haute Couture spring/summer 2021, and the Gabriela Hearst spring/summer 2021 shows. Her cover for the Harper’s Bazaar Serbia’s August 2020 issue shows-off her potential. In addition to modeling, this Serbian beauty is an Irving Penn enthusiast and budding artist.

Sacha Quenby

Mother Agency: The Squad (London)

Instagram: @sachaquenby, 5.48K followers

Superstar makeup artist, “Mother” aka Pat McGrath, and stylist, Carine Roitfeld, are both fans of this elegant British beauty. Sacha has the striking bone structure of a young Iman (Mohamed Abdulmajid-Bowie) and shows that she can cover a range of characters. She depicts a Sade-like chanteuse character in “Sweetest Taboo” for Vogue Paris’s November 2020 issue. Sacha plays an elegant bourgeoise at the Bottega Veneta spring/summer 2021 show, and a beautiful gypset princess at Etro‘s spring/summer 2021 presentation. Her co-starring role in Zara’s ‘Amazing’ fall/winter 2020 campaign shot by Steven Meisel, rounds-out her growing portfolio of work.

Madeleine Fischer

Mother Agency: Women Model Management

Instagram: @madeleine_fs, 1.60k followers

At first glance, Madeleine looks like just another cute blonde California skater girl you’d see on the Venice Beach boardwalk.  On closer inspection, this Berlin native has the innocent vibe of a young pouty lipped Kate Moss. Both can go from cool edgy downtown girl to bourgeois princess in the blink of an eye.  Madeleine’s waifish looks landed her on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Germany’s October 2020 issue, and got her work with dream team Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for British Vogue. Madeleine has also walked in the Chanel spring/summer 2021 show and the Longchamp spring/summer 2021 look book further rounds-out her budding portfolio.

—Vivian Kelly

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