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Editorial Inspiration: Gloria

April 23rd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

It is no secret that fashion frequently cribs from cinema for editorial inspiration and in the latest Vogue Paris, Terry Richardson recreates the look and feel of John Cassavetes’ film, Gloria. With Joan Smalls taking on the titular role and Géraldine Saglio styling, the VP version of things is considerably more glamourous, but the story is essentially the same – former mob mistresses becomes accidental guardian of a young boy. On the big screen that means shoot outs and grit and in the pages of Vogue that means playground trips and bright red Valentino gowns.

Both the edit and its inspiration are heavy on early 80s / late 70s chic, but we wouldn’t have minded if Joan went all badass and started taking down mobsters. We know the era of Emmanuelle Alt means that Vogue Paris is kindler and gentler, but with source material this fierce it seems a shame not to take things to the next level.

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Love by H&M

April 20th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

H&M offers a kiss for a cause with their latest campaign for Fashion Against Aids. Directed by Dan Martensen and featuring a cast of model couples, the ad is cool, romantic and offers a look at the most important thing there is – love. Of course H&M isn’t just offering lip service – 25% of the purchase price of all Fashion Against Aids items goes towards AIDS Prevention. MDC caught up with the campaign’s casting directors Daniel Peddle & Drew Dasent at Daniel Peddle Casting to find out more about the ad and the process behind the scenes.

MDC: What was the most enjoyable aspect of casting this campaign?

Daniel and Drew: Working with Jenny Friedberg at Creative Chaos on such a positive campaign and meeting such amazingly diverse real couples in love.

MDC: Fashion has always been such a huge support in the fight against AIDS. What other charities or initiatives have caught your eye?

Daniel and Drew: Doctors Without Borders does incredible work, Operation Smile is another favorite of ours which is enjoying a boost from supporters in fashion like Lydia Hearst and J. Lindeberg. We also are big fans of the work of God’s Love We Deliver.

MDC: What do you hope that people will take away after viewing this campaign?

Daniel and Drew: That we really are all the same and love has no boundaries.

For full campaign credits, click here.


Kel and Miles


Taylor and Mackenzie


Adam and Karolina B


Loammi and Mitch


Sedene and Austin


India and Brettony


Oscar and Alana

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The Biz: Roitfeld Inc.

April 20th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Carine Roitfeld by Mario Sorrenti for MAC – this marks the first time Sorrenti has shot for MAC!

Think of this as a Biz meets Beauty Bytes moment – in a move that should please eyeliner afficianados everywhere Carine Roitfeld has teamed with MAC to create a limited edition color collection “with a focus on eyes and brows that reflect Carine’s signature look: smoky eye, bold brows and nude lips.” Sounds brilliant and perfect for the expected Fall 2012 release date, certain to coincide with the launch of Roitfeld’s magazine CR Fashion Book.

LVMH’s Bernard Arnault invests in French label Maxime Simoens – major coup for the relative newcomer and a move that is certain to raise his profile!

Even if you aren’t a blushing bride, there were some interesting trends happening during NY’s Bridal Fashion Week. Vera Wang went for crimson with a round of bright red gowns, Oscar de La Renta also showed red looks, but the highlight of his show were the Spanish influenced gowns topped off with mantilla veils.

Who says fashion editors can’t do it all? British Vogue’s Alexandra Shulman managed to write a novel while editing one of the world’s biggest magazines. We’re impressed!

Can you break up with a label? The New York Times seems to think so -Elle‘s Anne Slowey details post-pregnancy her breakup with Balenciaga, Junya Watanabe and Comme des Garçons.

Ever wonder how the Calvin Klein brand stays ahead of the curve? Find out in WWD’s lengthy and interesting interview with Tom Murry, president and chief executive officer of Calvin Klein Inc.

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Blast from the Past: Linda Loves Chanel

April 19th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

We couldn’t help but rejoice when we saw the supermodel to end all supermodels, Linda Evangelista, showing up in the latest Chanel eyewear campaign. Of course that got us thinking about Linda’s history with the brand; can you believe she’s been working with Chanel for over twenty years now?! Have a look back at some of our favorite Linda + Chanel moments, and be sure to share yours in the comments!

Linda for Chanel Spring / Summer 1991

Chanel No. 5 Fragrance Ad with Linda, Yasmin LeBon,Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell

Linda & Christy Turlington

Linda strutting her stuff down the Chanel couture runway in 1991

In the pages of American Vogue with Naomi CampbellCarla BruniNiki TaylorNadja Auermann & Claudia Schiffer, 1994

Linda and Karl Lagerfeld by Jean Paul Goude for Harper’s Bazaar, 2000

Coordinating Chanel couture looks with Marge Simpson for Harper’s Bazaar, 2007

Linda’s brand new Chanel Eyewear ads, shot by who else – Karl Lagerfeld

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mdc ♥s: cool collaborations

April 19th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

We’re loving the latest round up of collaborations from chic designers and ultra-cool brands, take a look at some of our favorite upcoming collabs.

ALTUZARRA + J.CREW, image by Nagi Sakai

When we heard that Altuzarra was pairing up with J.Crew we were expecting to see some of the unbridled energy of his Corto Maltese inspired F/W collection, or maybe a few of those psychedelic prints from Spring / Summer. The absolute last thing we saw coming were striped sweater dresses and espadrilles. We admire Altuzarra for keeping us on our toes, but we can’t help but hope that he’ll be sneaking in a thigh high slit somewhere into the collection.

JASON WU + NEST FRAGRANCES

Any combo that smells as good as this is a-ok with us. The delicious blend of Cattleya orchid, nashi pear, pomegranate and goji berry is downright intoxicating and in true Nest form the candle’s scent is just enough to fill a room without becoming overwhelming. Fans of Wu’s ladylike designs will not be disappointed, this is easily one of the most beautiful candles to make its debut of late; the delicate petals from the S/S 12 Wu show are emblazoned right on the vessel.

NEAL’S YARD + SAM RODDICK

Collaboration is about more than just cute designer goods, sometimes it all comes back to helping mother earth. Natural beauty pioneers Neal’s Yard Remedies have teamed up with activist Sam Roddick for the Bee Lovely and Help Save the Bees campaign. For every tube sold Neal’s Yard is making a $1.50 donation to Buglife, Landlife and Pesticide Action Network UK, all of whom are working towards saving the world’s dwindling bee population. Find out why saving the bees is just so important on the Neal’s Yard website. 

THAKOON + NARS

Every season the team at NARS outdoes themselves backstage at Thakoon, creating a gorgeous look for the designer’s show – just take a look at the amazing crimson lips from F/W to see what we’re talking about. Now NARS & Thakoon are taking their collaboration one step further with a series of limited edition nail polishes that is just plain gorgeous. The vibrant colors with names “inspired by Indian spice markets” are sure to fly off shelves – better put yourself on the waiting list right now!

KENZO + VANS

Amazing patterns, comfortable sneakers – what’s not to love? Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Kenzo have paired up with VANS for a limited edition set of shoes that feature those great net prints from the S/S collection. The first pair comes out in May at select locations – ie. Kenzo shops, Colette, Lane Crawford and of course, Opening Ceremony.

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Bits & Bytes: The Conversation

April 18th, 2012 |Posted by Betty


Photographer and TV personality Amanda de Cadenet’s new series on Lifetime has us intrigued. Debuting on April 26th, Amanda interviews fashion figures Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Gaga, Glenda Bailey, Crystal Renn and Donna Karan in the upcoming weeks. Check out their FB page for more info, The Conversation, or their website, The Conversation.TV.

Yes, as WWD says, “The Time 100 list is a little light in the fashion department this year.” Guess who made the cut as one of their most influential people? See Time’s full list here. This is the magazine however that forgot some pretty major fashion icons.

When you’re written about on NPR, you know you’re more than the average male model. See what’s up next for Andrej Pejic.

Cats! Fashion! Cats in fashion! The season’s trends as worn by a furry little friend is pretty darned adorable.

Our friends at Interview Magazine are looking for photo interns. Email resumes to aoneill@brantpub.com. You MUST be in New York to apply.

Our lovely friends at Ponyryder interviews Italy’s rising new star Simone Nobili and one of our favorites, Herieth Paul.

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First Look: V’s American Beauties

April 18th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

As perfecters of the themed glossy, V Magazine never fails to choose a winning subject to center its issues around. Their latest edition is all about Summer Americana, a concept that for most people, conjures images of backyard barbecues and July 4th festivities. As blissfully nostalgic as that all sounds, there is another side to it – namely the influence of stylish Americans on the current fashion scene. The designers, the editors and of course the models who have shaped our definition of chic.

This all comes together in Sharif Hamza‘s simple and beautiful pre-fall shoot. Featuring looks from New York’s premier labels, the story covers everything from iconic brands like Calvin KleinRalph Lauren and Marc Jacobs to current it-labels like Altuzarra, all in shades of icy white selected by Tom Van Dorpe. Two generations of American top models wear the pieces perfectly and the whole crew from current sensations Karlie KlossDree HemingwayArizona Muse, to outright legends Carol AltChristie Brinkley and Elaine Irwin, looks phenomenal.

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Deep Impact

April 17th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

How’s this for big time beauty inspiration – Vogue Paris features supermodel and brand new L’Oreal face Natasha Poly in a stunning cosmetics story shot by Mario Sorrenti Makeup maestro Karim Rahman creates a series of impressive looks that electrify. Going for vibrant color akin to the neon illuminations created by artists like Dan Flavin & James Turrell, Rahman piles on the brights going from sexy glossy red lips and purple eyes, an incredible ombre pastel look and finally a literal explosion of pigment across the face. Each look accentuated by Géraldine Saglio‘s pitch perfect styling that merges seamlessly with the makeup.




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