Regardless of whether it’s a blown-out Jeremy Scott extravaganza or an indie designer's runway show, Fashion Week has always served as a breeding ground for "It" girls. Although we're used to seeing big-name celebrities and DJ multi-hyphenates (like Harley Viera-Newton and Hannah Bronfman) each season, there's a new generation of talented women – actresses, models, musicians and more – who have been quietly taking over the red carpets and ad campaigns as of late. Their next stop? The front row, of course.
Before New York Fashion Week kicks off, meet the women who we expect to emerge as the next generation of "It" girls during the spring 2016 season.
The stunning Swedish actress has been on Hollywood's radar for years now, thanks to a breakout role in 2012's "Anna Karenina" and her turn in this year’s "Ex Machina." The fashion world has taken notice, and it appears that brands are smartly making up for lost time. This summer, the 26-year-old was tapped as the newest face of Louis Vuitton, joining fellow Ghesquière muse Jennifer Connelly and models Angel Rutledge, Liya Kebede and Fernanda Ly in the fall campaign. When she's not representing the French fashion house on the red carpet, we can find Vikander mixing it up in Proenza Schouler and Valentino. And the best part is, this is only the beginning for the rising star: She has no fewer than six films due out in the coming year. Despite her busy schedule, we're betting she'll make some time to squeeze in a fashion show or two this season.
Doe-eyed actress Bel Powley charmed Sundance audiences earlier this year as the title character in the festival's breakout hit "Diary of a Teenage Girl." Not only did she hold her own against co-stars Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard (who plays her much-older love interest), she also slipped into her '70s-inspired movie wardrobe effortlessly. While the 23-year-old donned bell bottoms and covetable fur coats in the coming-of-age film, Powley favors mod miniskirts and printed dresses offscreen. She might be new on the scene, but with her English charm and her killer style sense, we think designers will take note this Fashion Month.
Sama & Haya Abu Khadra
If you follow Gigi Hadid, Devon Windsor or Kendall Jenner on Instagram, then you're probably already well-acquainted with these Saudi-born Palestinian twins. They're the younger sisters of singer Fai Khadra (who’s dating Devon Windsor) and are currently studying fine art and film production at the University of California. When they're not in class, you can find them knee-deep in the fashion scene. They've attended runway shows since their teens, have been featured in Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld's "The Little Black Jacket" book and, according to V, are currently working on a jewelry collaboration. Thanks to their posse of famous friends – not to mention, a modeling contract with NEXT – they are certainly the industry's newest set of sisters to watch.
Just in case you had any doubts that the Kirke family was one of the coolest, most creative broods in New York City, look no further than the youngest daughter, Lola. The 24-year-old London native bears a striking resemblance to her big sister (and "Girls" star) Jemima, but boasts an elegant, pared-down style that's all her own. After appearing in Vogue and W — as well as popping up on more red carpets than we can count — it wouldn't be surprising if the "Mistress America" actress's next cameo is at an ingénue-friendly indie designer's Fashion Week show.
As the eldest daughter of Oscar winner Meryl Streep, 32-year-old Gummer has star power running through her veins. She's been acting for years, nabbing small parts in "Side Effects," "Cake" and "The End of the Tour." Thanks to a new starring role alongside her mom in this year's comedy "Ricki and the Flash," we hope we'll see more of her at some of the bigger shows, adding to her regular appearances at presentations like Creatures of Comfort. After cruising just-below-radar for a few seasons, she's ready to fully leap into the spotlight.
Jillian Hervey of Lion Babe
This 25-year-old singer certainly knows how to make an entrance. As the lead singer of New York musical duo Lion Babe, fans are used to seeing Hervey flaunt her wild mess of curls onstage in jaw-dropping outfits like leotards, moon boots and bright yellow kimonos. Her attention-grabbing aesthetic has already caught the eye of Fendi, which recruited the band to perform at a party back in March. This fashion cred, killer genes (her mom is Vanessa Williams) and natural ease in front of crowds make her an obvious choice for any Fashion Week front row — and after-party.
This season, Marc Jacobs unveiled the ultimate posse of cool kids for his fall 2015 campaign, and chief among them was, yes, an actual kid: British 9-year-old Betty Lowe, otherwise known as the daughter of singer-turned-designer Pearl Lowe (and sister of model Daisy). According to her mom, starring in the campaign was just the "odd dress-up day," but if you ask us, she's a total natural, holding her own among fashion veterans like Cher, Sofia Coppola and Winona Ryder. At the very least, we expect her to make an appearance in the front row at Jacobs's show with the rest of her campaign castmates.
Talk about hitting the genetic jackpot. Whereas 99% of the population’s teenage years are some of the most awkward of their lives, 13-year-old Kaia Gerber makes them seem like a total breeze — largely because the LA resident happens to be the daughter of entrepreneur Randy Gerber and supermodel Cindy Crawford. She's the complete doppelgänger of her mother – from the complexion to the shiny waves to the beauty mark – and she's using it to her advantage, nabbing photo shoots in Italian Vogue and CR Fashion Book. She may be too young to walk the runway this season, but we'd be shocked if we didn't see her front row.
Over the past several months, this 16-year-old actress has proven herself to be an entirely different kind of teenage celebrity. Not only is she outspoken on feminist and racial issues – see: that time she called out Kylie Jenner — but she's also surrounded herself with a crew of wise-beyond-their-years stars like Tavi and Willow Smith. But while we're used to seeing Stenberg onscreen, it appears she's now dipping her toes into fashion: She's just signed a deal with New York-based modeling agency One Management, and is already posting Instagram photos with its social media-savvy founder, Scott Lipps. Stay tuned to see what this new kind of "It" girl is up to next.