Archive for March, 2012

mdc ♥s: The Scent of Spring

March 31st, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Looking to get into a spring mood – check out Aline Weber in the ultimate floral editorial shot by Liz Collins for the new issue of Numero

VALENTINO VALENTINA – Under the direction of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli the Valentino label has become one of the most romantic lines in all of fashion. How do you take that spirit of femininity and capture it in a fragrance? Master perfumers, Olivier Cresp and Alberto Morillas created a blend of bergamot, white truffles from Alba, jasmine, orange blossom and tuberose, that practically sparkles. The scent is sweet, flirtatious and resplendently invigorating. Oh and the bottle design is one of the best we’ve seen in years — a true original!

CHLOE L’EAU DE CHLOE – A bracing blast of feminine freshness that also made our list of favorite green scents. The unfussy yet polished looks you see on the Chloe runway, find their counterpart in the citrus chypre created by Michel Almairac – the force behind the super popular original Chloe scent. Where the original wears like fine silk suit, L’Eau is more of a sheer chiffon blouse – lighter than air and laced with sex appeal.

MCMC MAINE – The coasts of North Haven might not be the most exotic locale on the planet, but its the perfect place to fall in love. MCMC’s talented Anne McClain, crafts a scent that is fresh yet enveloping. Bulgarian rose absolute, local clary sage & wild Somalian myrhh combine to create memorable & beautiful moment.

JO MALONE IRIS & LADY MOORE – Is it just us or has the Jo Malone brand gotten a little punk now that Charlotte Stockdale is on board? The London Bloom’s collection boasts a great deal of that signature Stockdale irreverence. We were impressed by the artistic packaging and unexpected scent combinations. Picking a favorite is hard, the Iris & Lady Moore cologne is a compelling mix of iris nobile, vetiver and an oh so on trend geranium note.

TOM FORD SANTAL BLUSH – It is hard to write about a Tom Ford fragrance without using the word sexy and Santal Blush is no exception to the rule. Ford explores the exotic and erotic, with an ode to sandalwood and spice that is light and airy. To quote the man himself, “if it were a color it would be the shade of sunkissed skin.”

VIKTOR & ROLF FLOWERBOMB – The modern classic and perfect spring scent. Bombastic florals, a hint of sweetnes and the oh so Viktor & Rolf playfulness that makes it addictive. Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia and Patchouli all in a pretty pink grenade.

MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN AQUA UNIVERSALIS FORTE –  As one of the kings of niche fragrance, Francis Kurkdjian’s unorthodox perfumes are works of art. Aqua Universalis Forte is all about the allure of white flowers – jasmine, lily of the valley and Moroccan roses all in one ethereal blend.

ARQUISTE INFANTA EN FLOR – Architect Carlos Huber dips into fragrance with a collection of scents based around important moments in history. Created in honor of “Maria Teresa, the Infanta of Spain, who was offered to Louis XIV in exchange for peace” the orange blossom and leather based blend is a touch of regal grace.

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Culture Pop

March 30th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

The events & people worth talking about.

VUITTON’S HISTORY LESSON

Marc Jacobs gets the gallery treatment a special exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs simply titled, Louis Vuitton — Marc Jacobs. Charting the brand’s history from Vuitton’s inception to its Marc-ification with a look back on how LV moved from being a purveyor of monogrammed trunks, to one of fashion’s biggest powerhouses. Take a look at Louise Roe‘s guided tour of the exhibition below and experience her introduction to the word zoetrope.

ROSEN’S REIGN

Andrew Rosen, is the name on everyone’s lips. With labels like Theory, Proenza Schouler, Helmut Lang and Rag & Bone under his watch he’s created America’s most formidable fashion corp. When Anna Wintour compares your company to Europe’s luxury magnates LVMH and PPR, you’re kind of a big deal. The insightful Wall Street Journal profile of Rosen‘s business is an eye-opener and the week’s must read piece of fashion journalism.

NEWTON TAKES PARIS

In the pantheon of fashion legends, there is a special place reserved for Helmut Newton. With his boundary breaking, seductive style he revolutionized the world of photography and set the stage for a slew of provocateurs that followed — we wouldn’t have Olivier Zahm or Carine Roitfeld, without the influence Helmut Newton. The first French exhibition of his work since his death, launches at the Grand Palais Museum. Curated by his widow, June Newton the exhibit contains several hundred photos tackling the major themes in Netwon’s work; fashion, nudes, portraits, sex and humour.

ANDRE LEON TALLEY, REALITY STAR

After years of playing second fiddle to one maniacal fashion queen after another, ALT steps into the spotlight with his very own reality show, Fashion Stories of New York. According to BRAVO the show will ‘follow four up-and-coming fashion design teams as they produce the defining collection of their careers, all under the watchful eye of fashion icon Andre Leon Talley.” Sounds interesting, but we would prefer something where cameras just followed Talley around capturing those oh so witty bon mots he specializes in.

PRIEZLER’S PORTRAITS 

Speaking of artists, the very talented Naomi Preizler offers a model viewpoint on the season that was with her dreamy drawings and watercolors inspired by F/W 12. Everything from the floppy hats at Marc Jacobs’ Alice in Wonderland extravaganza, to the ethereal perfection of Raf Simons’ final collection is captured beautifully.

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Four Visions

March 29th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Unless you’ve placed yourself on a magazine ban, or been living beneath the safety of a rock, you’ve heard the murmurs about Vogue Paris losing its edge. Whether it is blog posts about lackluster covers, or tFS rumblings, it feels like everyone has an opinion on the excitement level (or lack there of) in the post Carine Roitfeld era.

While we admit to missing the sexed up, controversy courting, boundary pushing days of Mme. Roitfeld, the Emmanuelle Alt helmed VP has its high points - Wham lipsync moment non-withstanding. April’s issue features a striking beauty story by Karim Sadli, featuring Malgosia Bela reinvented by four of the top young talents in hair & makeup. Anthony Turner, Lucia Pica, Yadim & James Pecis create a series of strong, attention grabbing looks for Malgosia that showcase their creativity and modern views of what a striking editorial look can be — how’s that for excitement.

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Global Beauty

March 29th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Let’s face it, models of color on magazine covers is not something that we see enough of. In spite of the diversity that exists all around us, fashion still has a very homogenous physical ideal. The lack of African-American, Latino, Asian faces on covers and in campaigns is disconcerting to say the least, but every so often a major magazine turns the focus towards an ideal that is more inclusive. The latest issue of Vogue Australia looks to the new faces of global beauty, with the unstoppable Joan Smalls on the cover and rising star Shanina Shaik in the editorial pages.

With her Estee Lauder contract and continued editorial domination, Joan is the perfect representative for fashion’s push towards diversity. Her stellar cover shot by Kai Z Feng is a testament to her posing prowess and she’s also conscious of her role as the leader of a new group of multi-ethnic models who are rising to the top of the heap. Smalls told WWD back in Feb“It’s nice to show the world that we don’t only have to be one thing or categorized in one box. It’s important to show the world—and fashion—that diversity is beautiful.”

While certain male model boyfriends might be claiming credit for Shanina’s rise to the top, her elegant Vogue shoot by Nicole Bentley shows she doesn’t need any help, she’s a natural in front of the camera. The South Asian beauty hails from Melbourne, but is a mix of Lithuanian, Pakistani and Saudi heritage. Considering that it is even rarer to see South Asian faces in major magazines, Shaik’s success is landmark. When asked by Aussie journalists how she felt about the lack of representation on the runways Shaik had this to say. “It does actually bother me quite a bit. I think there’s so many beautiful mixed and South East Asian girls and sometimes i don’t think we really get the chance to show our potential. People will cast for one certain look. Hopefully that changes.”

Joan Smalls by Kai Z Feng | Fashion Editor – Naomi Smith | Hair – Roberto Di Cuia | Makeup – Jessica Nedza

Shanina Shaik by Nicole Bentley | Fashion Editor – Meg Gray | Hair – Kevin Mancuso | Makeup – Justine Purdue

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Blast from the Past: Editors As Models

March 28th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Much is said about the relatively short span of most modeling careers. If you’re among the lucky few like Malgosia Bela or Naomi Campbell, you can model for decades, but most people who start their careers on the catwalk find that 15 minutes of fame comes and goes quickly. This isn’t always a bad thing, many move on to bigger and better things; you can’t see a movie without spotting a model-turned-actress and you can’t work on a fashion shoot without stumbling into someone had a modeling moment. Today we take a look at a few of the fashion editors who’ve done their share in front of the camera.

Camilla Nickerson  – Camilla has been styling since the 80s, but back in 1993 she graced the cover of Vogue Italia shot by Steven Meisel and if that doesn’t count for a model moment, we don’t know what does.

Tabitha Simmons – Shoe designer, stylist, Vogue Contributing editor – Tabitha Simmons has got a full plate on her hands, but somehow she found the time to strut down the Balenciaga runway back in Spring/Summer 02 when she was modeling. We have to say that Ms. Simmons looks right at home in those Ghesquière trousers – wouldn’t mind seeing her on back on the catwalk again if she ever gets a moment free!

Julia Sarr-Jamois Wonderland Magazine‘s Fashion Editor is a rising star and a regular on the street style blogs, where she always looks camera ready. It should come as no surprise then that she modeled in her teens in ads for brands like Diesel and Fred Perry, but switched to styling because she wanted to express herself creatively.

Grace Coddington – If you’ve Netflixed The September Issue, you know that Grace began her fashion tenure as a model for 60s superstar photographers like Avedon & Carpatian – see her 1962 Vogue cover below. Her modeling career was cut short by a car accident at 26, but she went on to innovate the industry behind the scenes at British Vogue & American Vogue.

Edward Enninful – When he was 16, Edward was spotted on the train by none other than Simon Foxton, two weeks later he was scouted by a modeling agent! By 17 he was shooting with Nick Knight and introduced to i-D’s Terry Jones – thus began one of fashion’s most prolific and interesting careers.

 

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Bits & Bytes: And we’re back!!

March 28th, 2012 |Posted by Betty

You know you missed us! We’re back in time for spring to give you interesting news from around the ‘net.

Charities, Model news and more:

Parker Gregory and Patrick Sullivan by Kevin Tachman

More fabulous boys of Jeffrey Fashion Cares at Kevin Tachman’s Backstageat. We love Jeffrey Fashion Cares, an organization that helps multiple incredible groups like Lambda Legal, The Hetrick Martin Institute, The AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA) and The Point Foundation. Check out the JFC website, here.


Sarah and friends try out all the ice cream in Milan.

We’re obsessed with models who shoot but Sara Blomqvist‘s images for The Last Magazine are especially fun: New York, Milan, Paris. (view it large for the full effect).


Claudia Schiffer by Ellen Von Unwerth, Guess 30th Anniversary Campaign Spring 2012

What child of the 80’s doesn’t remember Claudia Schiffer‘s iconic images by Ellen von Unwerth for Guess? She returns for the new campaign celebrating Guess’ 30th Anniversary (full story on WWD, subscription required)

Tao Okamoto, the lovely Japanese model is still tirelessly working to help victims of the Japanese disaster. “Contrary to some reports insinuating that Japan is a wealthy country that does not need help, there is indeed much need for assistance, and not just of the financial kind, but of physical and mental as well“. Check out their new Tumblr, where you can make donations, learn about different charitable organizations and send messages to people in affected areas.


Leighton Meester and Kerri Mullen, leukemia survivor, photographed by Alexi Lubomirski

DKMS is working with Vera Wang and Leighton Meester to encourage people to “get swabbed” to donate bone marrow. I’m registered, are you?

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The Music Men

March 28th, 2012 |Posted by models.com

This past week we were graced with new music videos by two pop divas and a queen. The month started when a Canadian singer Carly Rae Jespen debuted her music video for “Call Me Maybe” featuring the first in spring’s wave of videos with male models. Say goodbye to the days of the model video vixen, we welcome the presence of fashion’s finest men.

No stranger to a Lana Del Rey video, Bradley Soileau makes his second video appearance in “Blue Jeans” as her half-man-half-crocodile pool side lover.

What’s the best way to get over your cheating ex? Katy Perry makes her statement by enlisting with the Marines after catching Lucas Kerr red handed at the office in the “Part of Me” video. Let’s just hope that Katy and Baptiste Giabiconi can find a happier ending than that.

And never to be outdone, Madonna takes no prisoners in her Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott directed video by taking on not one, but five of the top male models in her video for “Girl Gone Wild.”

Fashion and music seem to go hand in hand and we can’t help but wonder; who will be the next fabulous face in this growing trend?

Carly Rae Jespen – “Call Me Maybe” featuring Holden Nowell

Lana Del Rey – “Blue Jeans” featuring Bradley Soileau

Katy Perry – “Part of Me” featuring Lucas Kerr

Madonna – “Girl Gone Wild” featuring Brad Alphonso, Jon Kortajarena, Rob Evans, Sean O’Pry, and Simon Nessman

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Rad Vision

March 27th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Rad Hourani brings his signature style to the pages of Dress to Kill with a stark black and white story featuring an eclectic mix of fashion favorites. From power stylists Patti Wilson & Kate Lanphear, to models Herieth Paul & Elisa Sednaoui and Hollywood star Jared Leto, everyone gets the Hourani treatment. The darkly androgynous look is always alluring, but ultra-feminine faces like Herieth, Elisa and the stunning Zoe Duchnesne provide that added touch of sex appeal.

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