Natasha Poly

New York Fashion Week is right around the corner, so we figured it was time to whip up an ode to one of the most important catwalkers in recent historyÂ--Natasha Poly. The Russian beauty is in the midst of a stellar season; you might have noticed her presence in the fall advertisements for Givenchy, Nina Ricci, Jil Sander, Blumarine, and TSE. Landing just one of these high profile clients would be impressive for most models, but the fact that Poly pulled five blue chip campaigns in a single season is quite a coup. (Even Glossy Mossy doesnÂ't have that many high fashion houses to her name this fall.)

One of the reasons that PolyÂ's (or Poleyshchikova, if weÂ're being formal) able to book these coveted campaigns is because sheÂ's got an insane amount of runway appeal. During the last series of fashion weeks (for the Fall 08 collections), she opened shows for: Derek Lam, Malo, Matthew Williamson, Belstaff, Blumarine, Gucci, Moschino, Isabel Marant, Paul & Joe, and Kenzo. Additionally, she closed Herve Leger, Temperly, Phi, Balmain, Dries Van Noten, and Paul & JoeÂ--astonishing, no? Putting her catwalk adeptness and otherworldly features aside for a moment, we think PolyÂ's fashion industry popularity can be attributed (at least a bit) to her excellent personal style.

As seen in todayÂ's layout, Poly has a razor-sharp way of putting herself together. When running between runways, she goes for super skinny jeans, toughened up with zipper details, foot-friendly flat boots or moderately high booties, and her trusty leather moto jacket. The little leatherÂ's not the only item PolyÂ's partial to; sheÂ's also quite dedicated to her snakeskin Gucci Hysteria Clutch. We spotted it in her hand backstage at Dior (seen above, far right), Nina Ricci, Sonia Rykiel, and Valentino during the last round of shows and the clutch was PolyÂ's bag of choice for a fash week Prada party (above, third image from left). We canÂ't wait to see what Poly has in store for this fashion season (style-wise and runway bookings alike) and hope this model extends her moment with continued success.

Nina Ricci and Sonia Rykiel backstage photos, First View.
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