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Blast from the Past: Naomi Moments

May 22nd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Happy birthday to supermodel Naomi Campbell, who turns 42 today and is still one of the most in demand faces within the industry. Naomi’s career is legendary not just because of her phenomenal accomplishments (there isn’t a campaign she hasn’t booked or a runway she hasn’t walked) but also because of the series of ground she broke, not just for herself but for models of color everywhere. Take a look back at some of our favorite Naomi moments from her 20 years in the industry.

1988 – THE 1ST

As a true trailblazer Naomi was not only the very first black model to appear on the cover of Vogue Paris, she was also the first to land a spot on the cover of American Vogue‘s coveted September issue.

1994 – PRADA

Not to mention the very first black model to appear in ads for Prada, also one of the few to ever set foot on the mega-brand’s runways. Fashion historians will note that it took 10 years for another black model to grace the Prada catwalk.

90s – THE TRINITY

The iconic faces of a generation; along with friends Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington, Naomi owned the 90s runways. More than just a group of besties, the trio banded together with Evangelista and Turlington refusing to do shows unless Naomi walked alongside them.

1989 & 2008 – YSL

As a mentor, friend and supporter, Yves Saint Laurent was an important part of Campbell’s success. “He was the one who campaigned to put me on the cover on French Vogue and I was the first woman of color to be on the cover — that was because of him. He was so supportive of me. Not just for me, for women of color everywhere.”

1992 – THE KING OF POP MEETS THE QUEEN OF MODELS

We know the George Michael Freedom video is another fashion milestone, but only one supermodel shared the dancefloor with the King of Pop!! Jackson’s In the Closet video, directed by Herb Ritts, shows two enduring talents at the top of their game.

1993 – VERSACE

Richard Avedon‘s Versace ads are modern classics and Naomi’s history with the house is well documented, from her friendship with Donatella & Gianni to her numerous appearances on the Versace runway.

2003 – CHANGE CLOTHES

A decade later and still serving it up in memorable music videos, this time for Jay-Z and Pharrell.

2007 – THE NAOMI DIARIES

Could most models turn their community service into one of the best fashion editorials of the year? The answer is no.

2008 – DREAM A LITTLE DREAM

You have to love Mario Sorrenti‘s images of Naomi for V Magazine.

2009 – SO GOUDE

Jean Paul Goude + Naomi is a winning combination, especially when recreating one of his classic Grace Jones images with the help of Marc Jacobs.

2010 – PUSHING BOUNDARIES

Never one to be afraid of controversy, Naomi has appeared in countless editorials that push the limits, most recently her Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott story in Interview was an especially striking example.

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Beauty Bytes: TopChicret

April 24th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Can you keep a secret? Everyone’s favorite pink haired model Charlotte Free is the brand new face of Maybelline. Following in the footsteps of Christy Turlington, Julia Stegner, Erin Wasson and Jessica White before her – Charlotte is the latest model to join the Maybelline family. News like this travels fast, especially when you share it with shameless gossips like P’trique. Take a look at what happens in this funny, fashion insider filled video – there’s no such thing as secret in this business!

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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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20 More All-Time Fashion Icons

April 2nd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Time Magazine‘s list of the 100 Greatest Fashion Icons is a compelling read. There are some obvious choices – Karl, Coco, Marc, Naomi, Linda & Kate are absolute icons. There are also few unsuspected surprises – we love The Row but, it was shocking to see the Olsen Twins mentioned alongside names like Schiaparelli and Prada. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the list were the names that don’t even appear at all. Time’s list passed over a host of bonafide icons from the world’s of design, entertainment and modeling. Here are 20 people Time missed that we think deserve to be held alongside the icons of the industry.

DESIGNERS

1. MADAME GRES
The legendary couturier, creator of the draped dress and one of the first designers to utilize the bias cut. Should be up there with Chanel!

2. HALSTON
Seminal American designer of the seventies, without the Halston look designers like Michael Kors wouldn’t exist.

3. THIERRY MUGLER
Mugler’s boundary pushing fashions defined the 80s and early 90s with their exaggerated proportions and dangerous sex appeal. Nicola Formichetti‘s revamp of Mugler’s label is nice and all, but nothing can ever compare to the original.

4. YOHJI YAMAMOTO
The unquestioned master of Japanese design – his omission from the list left us flabbergasted.

5. OLIVIER THEYSKENS
One of the brightest talents to emerge in the past decade. His designs at Rochas and Nina Ricci raised the bar for everyone in the industry and at Theory he continues to innovate.

MAKEUP ARTISTS & HAIR STYLISTSthere wasn’t a single makeup artist or hairstylist on the list and that in itself is downright criminal.

5. PAT McGRATH
From the game changing looks she’s created over the years on the runways, to her role in shaping Rooney Mara’s transformation in Girl With the Dragon tattoo, Pat has more than made an impact on the way we view makeup.

6. WAY BANDY
Creative genius behind those epic Scavullo shots that dominated the 70s and continue to inspire. Was one of the first makeup artists to step into the publishing field with his book, Designing Your Face.

7. VIDAL SASSOON (with Grace Coddington)
The man behind every geometic bob ever to exist and one of the first hair stylists to achieve celebrity status. Remember that gorgeous pixie Mia Farrow had in Rosemary’s Baby? You can thank Vidal for that.

MODELS

8. VERUSCHKA
One of the most photographed women of all time and the model in one of the most influential fashion films, Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up.

9. CHRISTY TURLINGTON
You can’t exclude one of the most important members of the Trinity and not expect to hear about it. On top of being one of the most prolific supermodels ever, Christy’s continued humanitarian put her at the top of the list.

10. BROOKE SHIELDS
The face of the 80s in every way imaginable. From those unforgettable brows, to the Calvin ads that live on as the standard even now, Shields is iconic in every way.

MUSES

11. MARILYN MONROE & ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Two legends of vintage style who didn’t make the list. We can’t think of a single more copied look than Marilyn’s pneumatic bottle blonde chic. The public frenzy over La Liz’s posthumous Christies auction all but proves her lasting influence as an icon of celebrity style.

12. IRIS APFEL
When the Met launches an entire collection based around your style, you know that you’re a legend. Apfel has inspired everyone from MAC Cosmetics, to labels like Suno, Prada and countless fashionphiles.

EDITORS / INSIDERS

13 & 14.CATHY HORYN & SUZY MENKES
The two strongest and most opinionated voices in fashion criticism surely deserve a spot on the iconic list. Besides, where would we be without Suzy’s inimitable hair croissant?

15. ANNA DELLO RUSSO
If the street style revolution has a face it belongs to the outlandish and perennially over the top, Ms. Dello Russo. If Lady Gaga gets a slot for sartorial antics, so should Anna.

16. POLLY MELLEN
From Miss Porter’s school to the pages of Vogue, Bazaar and Allure, in her nearly 50 year career Mellen contributed to some of fashion’s most memorable imagery.

PHOTOGRAPHERS

17. PETER LINDBERGH
One of the more shocking omissions, Lindbergh’s signature cinematic style has stood the test of time.

18. MERT ALAS & MARCUS PIGGOTT
For better or worse their sleek, surreal style changed the landscape of fashion photography forever.

19. BILL CUNNINGHAM
The creator of street style and still its very best representative. Forget Sart, Garance, Tommy Ton and all the others – Bill originated it all.

INNOVATORS

20. MILENA CANONERO
Costume designer Edith Head gets a nod for her role in shaping Hollywood glamour, but Canonero’s inventive costuming doesn’t get a mention. Her role in crafting our vision of subversive glamour is unparalleled; Clockwork Orange, The Hunger, Barry Lyndon, Marie Antoinette – the list goes on.

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mdc ♥ : last minute gifts

December 24th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Still looking for a last minute gift? Or perhaps ready to treat yourself to something great in celebration of surviving the year? Here are a small selection of fashionable treats certain to bring a smile to anyones face.

Masters of Fashion Illustration

A stunning collection of images by one of the foremost fashion illustrators; Downtown has captured everyone from Linda Evangelista to Carmen dell’Orefice in his beautiful drawings.

Tom Ford Lipsticks

With their silky smooth texture and righly pigmented colors Tom Ford’s lipstick collection offers up a bit of luxury for beauty lovers. Shown here in the covetable shades of Bruised Plum, Warm Sable and Moroccan Rouge.

Blow by Blow: The Story of Isabella Blow

One of fashion’s most influential forces is remembered by her husband in this revealing biography. A must read for any fans of Isabella Blow or Alexander McQueen.

Jonathan Adler Angel & Devil Mugs

Who cares if you’ve been naughty or nice! Taking a sip of eggnog from one of Adler’s delightfully cute mugs is pure fun.


Edith Head : The Fifty-Year Career of Hollywood’s Greatest Costume Designer

Any appreciators of cinema will enjoy this look back through the years of costumer Edith Head’s creations for the films of Paramount and Universal. Her work for actresses like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly helped to define Hollywood style for several decades.

Graphic Image iPad Case

Need something chic to put your latest tech goodies in? This grey leather case is about the coolest we’ve seen.

Vosges Exotic Truffle Collection

Paprika, pepper, caramel, nougat and then some; experience the multitude of flavor sensations in Vosges’ Exotic Truffle collection. Delicious!

Panasonic TA-1

HD video in your pocket, perfect for recording family moments or sneaking backstage with.



Patrick Demarchelier

There are so many iconic images inside Patrick Demarchelier‘s eponymous book that it would take forever to list them. The special shots of Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Madonna should be more than enough to entice you.



Bond No. 9 Scented Candles

With their unique packaging and heavenly scents, Bond’s candles make for a sweet scented treat. Especially fabulous is the Andy Warhol Union Square candle, with notes of Lily of the valley, green stem, blue freesia, white birchwood, amber, and musk.

Make A Donation!

Don’t forget that a charitable donation also makes for a wonderful gift this season. Incredible organizations like Doctors Without Borders, Fresh Air Fund , World Wildlife Fund , UNICEF and hundreds of others are all in need of a helping hand.

Happy Holidays from Everyone at MDC, no matter what you’re celebrating (or even if you’re not celebrating at all) we wish you a joyous end of year!

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Bits & Bytes: Coco by Behati

July 19th, 2010 |Posted by Betty


Behati Prinsloo not only is one of fashion’s most beautiful faces, she’s an up and coming photographer. Here, she shoots the one and only Coco Rocha with her new husband, James. Take a look at the interview between the 2 close friends and more of Ms Prinsloo’s effervescent images of the happy couple.

PINUP GIRLS from V Magazine on Vimeo.

PINUP GIRLS from V Magazine on Vimeo.
V Magazine‘s Pinup Girls in video is summery, sexy and has Elvis Presley music. What could be better? If you’re still pining for soccer, check out their Footballers’ Wives video (with Eniko, Dree, Simon, etc) which is awesomely sexy and hilarious.


Modeling news:

Christy Turlington has parlayed a long and glamorous career into making a difference in the world. Read all about it here.

The new documentary on models promises to be epic!

Model Matthew Hitt shoots the men’s shows for T Magazine and captures all his friends.

Why does one model make it big when others don’t? May we suggest that mysterious x- factor plus personality and professionalism?

They can be 35 or 25 but the clothes need to be worn on intelligent, experienced women.” Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa on why Lara Stone is Calvin Klein’s face.

Crystal Renn, shows why she is so awesome.

Speaking of Crystal RennCarine Roitfeld says: Don’t lose weight. You’re very beautiful just how you are.”

Who sees baby Nadja Auermann? At least in this picture. Codie Young, another Aussie face is about to make a big splash on the scene.

Fashion and miscellaneous:

Happy Birthday WWD! 100 years old is an amazing feat.

CFDA Fund Finalists: Joseph Altuzarra of Altuzarra, Christian Cota, Prabal Gurung, Robert Geller, Eddie Borgo, Oliver Helden and Paul Marlow of Loden Dager, Pamela Love of Pamela Love Jewelry, Moss Lipow, Gregory Parkinson and Billy Reid. Read all about it on WWD.

Stella McCartney’s mom, Linda, is the style icon for Summer 2010. Speaking of Stella, she is the creative director for the London Olympics. Fierce.

Want. This. iPad. Cover.

Youngsters, listen up.. Pierre Cardin was a genius. If you don’t know who he is, check out his new book now.

Famed Vogue photographer Arthur Elgort has passed on his love of photography. Daughter Sophie Elgort shot this editorial!

Check out Anna Dello Russo‘s favorite looks from couture.

The talented creative director Giovanni Russo died last week from his battle with cancer. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

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Modern & Classic

July 2nd, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

The ultimate supermodel makes her way to the cover of Vogue Italia; Steven Meisel shoots Christy Turlington for the magazine’s July cover and the results are phenomenal. Can’t wait to see what this special all Christy extravaganza holds in store for us!

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Group Hug

June 24th, 2010 |Posted by Betty


Natalia Vodianova, Karen Elson and Christy Turlington by Steven Meisel for Louis Vuitton F/W 10

Fall continues its parade of campaigns with some of our favorite faces fronting Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Donna Karan, St. John. “The Lady” is back, groups are still in, Karen Elson is more popular than ever and the dark, moody sets look to be a fall mainstay. What campaign stops you in your tracks?


Nina Porter, Thomas Penfound,Sam Rollinson (Select), Sebastian Brice, Rosie Huntington Whiteley by Mario Testino for Burberry F/W 10 online campaign.


Burberry image 2: Nina,Sam Rollinson, Douglas Booth, Rosie


Tatiana Cotliar by David Sims for Valentino F/W 10


Karlie Kloss by Patrick Demarchelier for Donna Karan F/W 10


Karen Elson by Greg Kadel for St. John F/W 10

Image source for LV, WWD.

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