Archive for December, 2008

More, More, More

December 31st, 2008 |Posted by Janelle

More S/S 09 ads than you can shake a stick at! This season the vibe is elegant, eclectic and as always, fashionable. Natasha Poly, Lily Donaldson and Abbey Lee Kershaw reprise their roles as Gucci girls in a colorful tropic setting joined by former MOTW Jonatan Frenk. The Inez and Vinoodh helmed ads are a breath of fresh air. Meanwhile, Karl Lagerfeld does double duty as designer and photographer for Chanel and Fendi – capturing Toni Garrn and Heidi Mount looking lovely.

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For the New Year: Having a Voice

December 31st, 2008 |Posted by Betty

While Feed usually reports on the factual side of the fashion and modeling industry, every so often we come across a topic not so directly related that demands to be addressed. This is an industry filled with a huge percentage of powerful women (editors/photographers/designers, etc) and models who are visually the “perfect” faces in the public’s view. In recent years, however, with the advent of the Internet and the ensuing onslaught of blogs, it has been especially easy to draw attention to the imperfections in front of and behind the scenes. 2008’s focus, in the fashion and modeling world was the much needed call for more faces of color on the runway and in the pages of the top style bibles.

The post that I just came across, however, cuts across all issues of race, weight, etc, affecting people of all color and all sizes. On the website Jezebel, “Tatiana” is the resident model who blogs about her experiences in the industry. Her most recent post is the scarily named “Not Rape Epidemic”: The Modeling Industry is Anything But Immune,” where she picks up on a powerful essay by a young writer named Latoya Peterson and relates it to her own experiences in the fashion world. It’s a must read, most definitely for female models, but also for anyone who is female or has a sister or a female friend because as Ms Peterson puts it, “not rape” is an epidemic that is everywhere.

A heavy topic to end an old year and to begin a new one, but a vital one indeed. In a year of “Change”, let’s hope that it will always include women having a voice not only politically but personally as well.

For Tatiana’s account (in the modeling industry): click here

For Latoya Peterson’s original essay: click here

Gucci S/S 09 by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. (As Tatiana mentions, Inez and Vinoodh are 2 of the few photographers who usually shoot women over the age of 18.)

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So Ad-dictive

December 29th, 2008 |Posted by Janelle

The holidays may be almost over but new ads are the gifts that keep on giving. Fresh from her latest Longchamp ads, Kate Moss shines as the face of Fred Joaillier. In the black and white ads shot by Patrick Demarchelier, the British beauty looks as exquisite as the sparkling diamonds adorning her wrist. Christy Turlington lends her classic allure to Bally’s colorful S/S campaign, looking lovely in the line’s signature styles as she does. Rounding out the pack, Marc by Marc Jacobs treats us to an exceptionally angelic looking Daisy Lowe photographed in Juergen Teller‘s distinctive style.

Kate Moss by Patrick Demarchelier, Christy Turlington by Mario Sorrenti & Daisy Lowe by Juergen Teller

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Bits and Bytes: Happy Holidays!

December 26th, 2008 |Posted by Betty

If you need a break from holiday festivities and need your fashion/modeling fix here are some stories and links just for you!

For aspiring photographers/models/agents who wonder why a photo shoot gets killed and what to do with your portfolio (for photographers), A Photo Editor gives you the real deal.

100 Male Models is back!

If you don’t know Bryanboy by now, get to know him: Frockwriter and Paper Magazine.

Supermodels are just like us! Jourdan Dunn talks to Vogue UK about doing her chores at home: Vogue UK

Dude of the year results: Young dudes

Milan Vukmirovic talks to Style.com

Ponyryder scores an interview with MDC top S/S 09 newcomer Stephanie Carta.

In another take on Chuck Close‘s photorealism, Red Models wishes you happy holidays!

Happy Holidays from Red Models!

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Ellis and Rob

December 25th, 2008 |Posted by Betty

As we wind down the old year and gear up for the new, how fitting that we sneak a peek at 2 hot new S/S 09 faces shot by Jeremy Kost for D-Mode Magazine. Here are some outtakes of Ellis McReadie and Rob Devita. Enjoy!

Ellis McCreadie with Major Model Management

Rob

Rob Devita with Red Model Management. Images courtesy of Jeremy Kost.

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Sex, Love and Fashion

December 22nd, 2008 |Posted by Betty

Bruce Hulse by Paolo Roversi, circa 1981 for Vogue Hommes. Bruce Hulse with Nous Model Management LA and DNA Models NY. Video courtesy of Nous LA. To see more pictures and where to purchase the book, check his website: www.brucehulse.com.

Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts and Calvin Klein are just some of the iconic names with whom Bruce Hulse has worked. Check out our reviews of the book and the video interview with male supermodel Bruce Hulse, author of “Sex, Love and Fashion“.

Janelle: Male models are rarely known for their introspection. On the contrary, with their rippled physiques and perfect faces male models are often stereotyped as being vapid. One need only look at some of the more unflattering pop culture representations of male modeling (Zoolander, anyone?) to get an idea of the cliches and misconceptions that exist regarding the industry.

Bruce Hulse‘s autobiography “Sex, Love & Fashion” defies the male modeling stereotypes and concerns itself primarily with issues of a deep and heartfelt nature. While the book has been sensationalized as a steamy tell all about Hulse’s relationships with some of the most prominent faces of the early 90s the bulk of the material draws inspiration not from tabloid fodder but instead from Hulse’s complex and interesting life.

Beginning his fashion career under the careful tutelage of Bruce Weber and Calvin Klein, Hulse was one of the most well known and respected presences within the industry. His iconic Calvin Klein ads were plastered on billboards and in magazines but behind the scenes he struggled with not only his career but also his tumultuous personal life. Depression, family and the search for spirituality are all topics that weigh heavy on Hulse’s mind throughout the story.

These moments of personal exploration are perhaps the most interesting portions of Hulse’s tale. While it is exciting to peer behind the scenes of the fashion elite – Hulse doesn’t scrimp on details about well known fashion icons like Calvin Klein and Bruce Weber – those moments pale in comparison to the more intimate details. Hulse’s mother’s battle with depression and his journey towards self discovery are issues that will resonate with readers and give a glimpse into the man behind the perfection.

Betty: As an ex modeling agent, I found Bruce’s biography very absorbing. There was a lot of intriguing insider tidbits about this world that no one knows about unless you are a supermodel, which Bruce most certainly was. His honesty about family problems and his own difficulties grappling with depression during his most successful years are what make his rise to fame ultimately compelling.

There was much talk in the media about the political incorrectness of his kissing and telling, especially as many of the supermodels he bedded are still some of the most recognizable names today. What I found instead was that in many of the instances, many of the supermodels were portrayed as powerful women who took charge of their encounters with Bruce. There are definite moments, though, of complete caddishness from Bruce that made me utterly annoyed with the male gender. Certain subjects like unsafe sex and drug use are tossed into the conversation as everyday occurrences. 25 years later these formerly commonplace events seem taboo and even dangerous.

What WAS delightful was stumbling across random industry names from Didier Malige to Marpessa to Paolo Roversi and the in depth look from the model’s point of view of the machinery of our business. Fascinating also was how so much of the modeling industry has changed in 25 years and how much of it remains the same. For aspiring models and fashion insiders, it’s a must read of one man’s intense journey. For everyone else, read if you want a peek into a fascinating world and complex personality.

See video below of Bruce answering some of our questions.

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Bits and Bytes: January Vogue Covers Galore!

December 22nd, 2008 |Posted by Betty

10 Chic Citizens that changed 2008, on Fashion Week Daily. 1-5, 6-10.

What a cool concept, Me Magazine: Starworks

Kathy Lo captures industry’s finest for Supreme: Supreme blog

NY Times declares older models are in. We say they’re always in, in our book!

Dolce & Gabbana‘s online magazine, Swide.com: WWD

Jourdan Dunn and Lily Donaldson in action by Nick Knight: Production

Though American Vogue rarely uses models, how wonderful that most of the other Vogues still do! Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite January Vogues from around the world (and a bonus February one thrown in).  Note the elegant arms and hands of all of the cover ladies. Whether gracefully placed on the face or striking the classic arms akimbo pose there is a reason that these are the supermodels of today.

Freja Beha Erichsen for Vogue Nippon February 2009.

Daria Werbowy by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for Vogue Nippon January 2009.

Naomi Campbell by Mario Sorrenti for Vogue China January 2009. Styled by Andrew Richardson

Toni Garrn by Tom Munro for Vogue Russia January 2009.

Coco Rocha by Arthur Elgort for Vogue Espana January 2009

Isabeli Fontana by Vincent Peters for Vogue Germany January 2009

Agyness Deyn by David Byun for Vogue Korea January 2009, all covers from the Fashion Spot.

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Bits and Bytes: Natasha Poly for Blumarine

December 19th, 2008 |Posted by Betty

Lydia Hearst is an intern at Blackbook! With Kanye West looking for a gig and much ado about Sean Avery for Vogue, it seems interning is the cool new thing to do..

Madonna in Rio shoots with Brazilian hunks for W magazine, including top models Romulo Pires and Miro Moreira: Made in Brazil

If you want to submit for your favorite male model of the year, go to Young Dudes.

Art & Commerce’s Glen Luchford interacts with his fans.

The political becomes personal. Read how fashion and politics intertwine for James at Women Management.

We love Natasha! Natasha Poly by Craig McDean, styled by Joe McKenna.

Natasha for Blumarine from Women blog.

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