The Russian Federation is striking back this season with a new crop of unknowns dazzling casting directors. The largest country in the world has always had an advantage when it came to churning out heavy-hitters—Natalia Vodianova, Natasha Poly, Sasha Pivovarova—but it feels like it’s been a Siberian winter since the last Slavic beauty rose to the top of the pack.
Enter Nastya Kusakina. The Bolshevik bombshell with husky-blue eyes may very well be the next Russian name you’re struggling to pronounce. Her first runway season, fall 2012, earned her top spots at Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Maison Martin Margiela and, most notably, Raf Simons’ final collection at Jil Sander. It’s about time the Eastern Bloc made a comeback. (Women)