At the age of 27, model Kati Nescher is no sprightly, spring chicken … at least in industry terms. But the Russian-born, German-raised Nescher offers something her prepubescent modeling peers often lack: life experience. Represented by DNA Models, the model-mother (she has a son, Theo, who will be 2 years old in January) was spring 2012’s silent threat. With virtually no preseason buzz, Nescher scored Marni’s spring 2012 opening and closing looks, and also appeared in shows for Prada and Jil Sander in Milan. But it was in Paris where Nescher’s chameleon-like ability was put on full display, walking for everyone from Alexander McQueen to Givenchy to Louis Vuitton to Yves Saint Laurent. We met with Nescher last week between an editorial and campaign shoot to talk about working alongside Kate Moss and Gisele Bündchen, her favorite books, and how she feels about kick-starting her career when a lot of models are thinking about retirement plans.