As we know in fashion, timing is everything. It’s a good thing 19 year-old New Dutch face Abel van Oeveren decided to take a break from the books and give this a shot. The result? A Burberry Prorsum opener + exclusive, and booking only the top tier shows in Europe in his debut season (SS14). Hard to miss his perfectly chiseled jaw line (and body) - his look evokes a youthful masculinity bound to flourish into the ranks of top male model down the line. Somehow, Abel managed to find some time in his busy schedule for a brief interview exclusively for 322434!
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Name: Abel van Oeveren
Nationality: Dutch / Netherlands
Place of Birth: The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands
Agencies Worldwide: VNY (New York), Elite (London), Bananas (Paris), Tony Jones (Amsterdam/Mother Agency)
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322434: How did you start modeling?
AvO: I submitted to an agency (Tony Jones) in Holland, and got scouted the next day.
322434: What made you submit yourself?
AvO: A friend from my hometown was at this particular agency doing modeling work, and that’s how I got into this. My studies were running into a dead end so I was trying to find something new.
322434: How long have you been modeling?
AvO: Three months.
322434: Did you have an interest in fashion or modeling before you started?
AvO: Not at all, I was a student and kite surfer.
322434: What were you studying in school?
AvO: I was studying Commercial Economics at the University of Applied Sciences in The Hague. I decided to go full-time on the modeling career and take at least one gap year.
322434: Congrats on the exclusive and opening the Burberry Prorsum show! Tell me about that experience for you.
AvO: It was awesome! My exclusive was Fit-to-Confirm so I didn’t know I got the job just two days before the show. I was so happy when I got it. Also, I didn’t know I was opening until an hour before the show. Three looks and opening, damn I was shocked. Head designer Christopher is a really cool guy and made me feel comfortable right up to the last second before the show started. He’s an awesome guy, great pleasure working with him.
322434: You then went on to walk in Milan for Jil Sander, Prada - some of the most important designers in the world; how did you feel when you booked these shows?
AvO: Great, haha! I was scared at Prada because I know the stories about them cutting people from the show seconds before it starts! But, all went well and I was really stoked.
322434: What do you like most and least about the shows?
AvO: Most is the traveling and meeting new people who have become good friends. Least… at this moment, not getting enough sleep. During fashion week it’s crazy, sometimes I’m working 17 hours straight, in the morning a show in Milan and in the evening 6 fittings in Paris. But it’s worth it of course.
322434: Your first season in Paris - how did it go?
AvO: I can look back to a great first season, The shows I did here were: Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Kenzo, Kris Van Assche, Dries Van Noten, Carven, Melinda Gloss, and Miharayasuhiro. I opened 3 shows this season.
322434: Overall, which were your favourites?
AvO: Burberry & Dsquared2.
322434: After such a great season for a newcomer, industry eyes are now on you. How do you feel about what’s to come?
AvO: Excited! I hope to book a (or multiple) campaign(s). But if not, I like the life I live right now.
322434: Anything exciting brewing post-show season?
AvO: Some great editorials coming up, having a break in Ibiza and another fashion week coming up. Then it starts all over again.
322434: Looking forward to those editorials and seeing you next season. Thanks Abel!
AvO: You’re welcome!
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