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Fashion Week’s most talked about models

Each Fashion Week, focus shifts from the top designers' clothes to the models they use to showcase their spectacular wares. This is a mutually beneficial relationship, crucial for upcoming catwalk stars to raise their profile, while for established design houses, a talked about model - like a star-laden frow- is the icing on the cake of a 'relevant' collection.

Cameos by legendary super Naomi Campbell at various presentations in Milan and of late-90s favourite Maggie Rizer at Michael Kors in New York added a layer of interest to those shows, while more recently established models, including Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls and Georgia May Jagger, continued their impressive domination of big name shows on the circuit.

But, just as designers must create original and exciting new collections every season, only certain models capture the fashion zeitgeist - take a look at the most talked about runway stars of this season, from the endless fascination with reality TV star-turned-Super Kendall Jenner to the resurgence of 'retired' Gemma Ward.

And Paris Fashion Week has yet to properly kick off...

  • Kendall Jenner

    Just as her omnipresent half-sister Kim Kardashian has shed the 'reality TV star' shackles to become one of the world's most recognisable and talked-about women, 18-year-old Kendall Jenner has conquered high fashion with this season's round of shows.

  • Kendall Jenner

    Transitioning from Keeping Up With The Kardashians to walking front and centre for the world's top fashion houses hasn't been an easy road for the teenager, thanks to a slew of tabloid features focusing on her TV star past, family and body.

  • Kendall Jenner

    From reports that she had been "bullied" by other models at New York Fashion Week to claims of sibling rivalry, the most staggering example came from Australia's Famous magazine, which carried a 'fat-shaming' cover featuring images of Jenner walking for Tommy Hilfiger in a Reuters image that appeared to show cellulite on the model's leg.

    L: Pictured with Ralph Lauren

  • Gemma Ward

    The Australian model shocked the fashion world with a high-profile return to the runway this season, opening Prada's show in Milan, following a six-year break.

    Ward was just 15 when she made her runway debut in 2003 and quit modelling five years later despite being one of the world's most in-demand and lucrative runway stars.

  • Gemma Ward

    Ward was the youngest cover star of US Vogue and earned millions from shows and campaigns, but pulled away from modelling in 2008 following the death of her friend Heath Ledger.

    Left: Pictured at Paris Fashion Week in 2004

  • Gemma Ward

    IMG, Ward's model agency tweeted: don't call it a comeback, @Gem_Ward is here to stay! @Prada #IMGirls #GemmaWard

    Left: Modelling for Gucci in 2004

  • Cara Delevingne

    She has hit the runway for Topshop and Fendi this season, but Cara surprised everyone at London Fashion Week's high-profile Burberry show - which she opened last time around - by turning up as a guest, along with Kate Moss.

  • Cara Delevingne

    The model watched from the frow as her peers hit the runway, a move further cementing her rise from industry name to household name.

  • Cara Delevingne

    Then, over in Milan, she made sure to be seen taking the backstage hair and beauty drama in her stride, ordering a huge pizza to be delivered for her lunch, before opening the Fendi show.

  • Roos Abels

    Kate Moss, Coco Rocha and Gemma Ward were all scouted at 14 and this season Dutch teen Roos Abels became the latest youngster to walk for a major fashion house - featuring in both Prada and Giamba's shows in Milan.

  • Roos Abels

    Abels' turn on the runway prompted fresh analysis of whether fashion houses should use girls under the age of 16 to model their collections.

  • Binx Walton

    Binx Walton is a fast-rising model making huge waves this season.

    Left, walking for Fendi

  • Binx Walton

    Currently starring in Coach's autumn/winter 'Dreamers' campaign, the 18-year-old model, nicknamed Binx by her brothers after Star Wars' Jar Jar Binks, has had a turn most of the major shows so far this season.

    Left: Walking for Jonathan Saunders

  • Binx Walton

    The Tennessee-born face-to-watch echoed many of her party-loving catwalk predecessors with an Instagram post that painted a picture of a raucous-looking lifestyle, captioning the hotel room snap 'Bye Milan'.

  • Charlotte Free

    The free-spirited, pink-haired Californian model made even the most world-weary fashion editors smile with her gig as Roller Barbie at Moschino's show, embracing her role with gusto.

  • Charlotte Free

    The 21-year-old was also selected by Karl Lagerfeld to be the face of Chanel's autumn/winter glasses campaign, lending an uncharacteristically poppy look to the classic brand.

  • Malaika Firth

    The Kenyan-born, London-based model has previously starred in campaigns for Prada and Burberry and was in demand at the stellar shows this season - opening for Burberry Prorsum.

    Left: Modelling Michael Kors SS15

  • Malaika Firth

    The 20-year-old has a reputation for being approachable and easy-going - as Stylist can testify.

    Left: Giving us some love backstage at LFW

  • Emma Ferrer

    In a surprise move, Audrey Hepburn's art student granddaughter Emma Ferrer is rumoured to be making her runway debut at Paris Fashion Week, walking for Lanvin.

  • Emma Ferrer

    The 20-year-old is said to have been personally asked by Lanvin's creative director Alber Elbaz to take part in the show.

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