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November 5th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Nicolas Ghesquiere by Steven Meisel

We were shocked and a bit saddened today to hear of Nicolas Ghesquiere‘s departure from Balenciaga. After 15 years at the legendary house, Ghesquiere is parting ways with the luxury powerhouse, a label he helped become one of the most influential and respected in the business. Though we know this is likely the start of an exciting new beginning (let the rumors begin) we can’t help but look back at a few of our absolute favorite Balenciaga moments, from the very first collection to those infamous leggings. Take a look at our favorites and let us know yours in the comments.


THE REVIVAL

In 2012 it seems like there are new designers shuffling in to breathe life into old houses every few months, that wasn’t so much the case back in 1997. At 25 after assisting designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and paying his dues behind the scenes at several brands, Ghesquière came to Balenciaga to design for the brand’s Japanese licensing partner. Hardly the most glamourous gig – but his talent was evident and soon he found himself creative director of a brand that had yet to rediscover its footing. His first show back in S/S 98 changed all that, with a darkly chic update on the brand’s identity that made the fashion press stand up and take notice. View the collection in full for yourself at Balenciaga.com.


THE BAG

Seasonal styles of the popular Balenciaga bags

It bags come and go, but modern classics are very rare indeed. Ghesquière knocked the ball out of the park when he launched Balenciaga’s Lariat bag in 2000, the oft imitated but never duplicated style has been seen on the arm of everyone from Mary-Kate Olsen to Carine Roitfeld and is still going strong.


THE GAINSBOURG CONNECTION

Nicolas Ghesquiere and Charlotte Gainsbourg by Jean Paul Goude for Harper’s Bazaar

Twilight cutie Kristen Stewart may be the latest actress to catch Ghesquière’s eye, but the original Balenciaga-fille has got to be Charlotte Gainsbourg, a woman whose idiosyncratic beauty and avant-garde career choices mirror the spirit of Ghesquière’s boundary breaking aesthetic. Serving as both muse and face of the line’s signature fragrances, Gainsbourg is a fixture in the Balenciaga front row and in the brand’s iconography.


THE FLOWERS

Jennifer Connolly for Balenciaga S/S 08 by David Sims

It is hard to go back through Ghesquière’s 15 years at Balenciaga and pick the most memorable collections, each collection has its own merits but there are a few that take on special significance. S/S 2008′s floral explosion remains one of the most daring and influential, just when we thought we knew what to expect we got hit with a strong dose of flower power. Reactions to the collection may have been divisive, but it jumpstarted the current craze for bold, head-to-toe print and has been replicated by everyone from H&M to Celine.


THE ARCHIVES


Cristobal Balenciaga Cape, 1963 – Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere F/W 2006 cape on Coco Rocha

Every designer working at a storied house has access to a wealth of archival inspiration, but only a select few put it to good use. Ghesquière was always adept at taking Cristobal’s shapes and points of reference, then modernizing them, either with subtle changes or grand re imaginings. Take a look at how Cristóbal’s 1963 cape compared to the oversized brocade cape from the F/W 06 show.


MOD MOMENTUM

Freja Beha Erichsen for Balenciaga F/W 05 by David Sims

Sixties style mod looks often found a place on Ghesquière’s runways and made for some of the most memorable looks; who can forget the mod touches in the F/W 05 and F/W 06 collections?


MARIE AMELIE

Marie Amelie’s interpretation of Balenciaga in Strict Elegance from Interview – Ph. Craig McDean

As much as we love Nicolas’ work, all the credit for Balenciaga’s longstanding cultural impact can’t rest solely on his shoulders. As the brand’s stylist, muse and loyal supporter, Marie-Amélie Sauvé has shaped the Balenciaga look for years on the runway and in numerous editorials. Some of our favorite Balenciaga moments occurred while looking at her artful and creative interpretations of that look in the pages of magazines like Interview and Vogue Paris.


i-ROBOT

Kate Moss by Sølve Sundsbø for Numero Tokyo‘s inaugural issue.

Perhaps the singularly most infamous pair of leggings in history and certainly one of the most iconic Balenciaga pieces of all time. How many leggings find their way onto the bodies of Terence Koh, Kate Moss and Beyoncé Knowles? Not to mention the omnipresent place these leggings held in fashion edits for nearly a year. We love it when Balenciaga goes on a sci-fi streak!


THE GIRLS 

Balenciaga S/S 2002 by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

Every season we’ve looked forward to see which beauties would be featured in the Balenciaga campaign and to date we’ve yet to be disappointed. Whether it is a bonafide supermodel like Gisele Bundchen, or Christy Turlington or a fresh crop of brand new faces, Balenciaga always goes for the unexpected and remains one of the few brands whose campaigns can really launch a compelling face.


THE COPYCATS

The one thing we’ll miss most about Ghesquire at Balenciaga is his ability to kickstart a design trend. There are whole websites devoted to looks cribbed from Balenciaga and while all designers get inspired by each other every now and then it was always amusing to see who was drawing inspiration from Ghesquire.


THE EDITORIALS

There were and are so many great editorial images that involved Balenciaga, but we’ll end on this great shot of Gemma Ward by Nick Knight for Pop Magazine.

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A Tale of Two Kates

November 2nd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Lately it seems like everyone has an opinion on Kate Upton and usually it is a strong one. There are those who say she’s bringing classic curvaceousness back to fashion, those who find her nouveau-pinup schtick grating and of course there are her legions of adoring fans. Fortunately, the only opinions that matter at the end of the day are those of the photographers, stylists and editors who keep falling under her spell. The latest Uptonite is of course Steven Meisel, a man who knows a thing or two about what makes a model great. Meisel features Kate’s ample charms in the latest issues of Vogue Italia and American Vogue, a feat that would be a coup for any model, but for Upton it takes on a special signifigance. Love her or hate her she’s sticking around and is going to be a part of some beautiful imagery.

View the entire Kate Upton feature – complete with video – on Vogue.it

Kate Upton by Steven Meisel, styling by Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele, Makeup – Pat McGrath, Hair – Oribe / Images – Vogue.it


Speaking controversial Kates, the one and only Kate Moss surfaces on the cover of Vanity Fair looking resplendent in new shots from Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. It is rare for VF to feature living celebrities on their covers, but that is a testament to Moss’ enduring crossover appeal – even those with no interest in fashion know the legend and mystique that is Kate. Odds are that many of those same people will be lining up to find out more about Miss Moss when her autobiography / picture tome hits bookstores. Kate has always maintained an air of mystery (this is the woman who famously gave one word answers in a post-scandal interview) but she sets the record straight on certain subjects in VF, which makes this a must read.

Take a look back at Kate’s 25 year career on Vanity Fair’s slideshow | Read the Interview on VF.com 

Kate Moss by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for Vanity Fair / Images – Vanity Fair

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Centrefold

October 19th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Combine the model star power of Storm Model Management, the cutting-edge art direction of Plus Agency  and what do you get? A luxurious and inventive fashion glossy, designed with “print addicts” in mind. Centrefold Magazine  has always delivered an impressive array of editorial delights, but this issue takes things one step further with a jam packed assortment of epic beauties and high profile photographers. The resplendent Kate Moss graces the cover and oozes aloof sex appeal like in Venetia Scott‘s editorial, while Cindy Crawford looks better than ever in classic black and white images. The fun doesn’t stop there of course, everyone from Andrej Pejic, Liberty Ross to Lily ColeJourdan DunnEva Herzigova and Cara Delevingne has a chance to shine.

Kate Moss by Venetia Scott

 

Rosie Tapner, Joanna Koltuniak, Maja Matlovic and Amelia Austin by Ben Weller, styled by Phoebe Arnold

Sojourner Morrell by Mel Bles, styled by Naomi Miller

Cara Delevingne and Paolo Anchisi by Guy Aroch, styled by Kate Sebbah

 

Julia Zimmer by Andrew G. Hobbs,  styled by Katy Lassen

Cindy Crawford by Mark Abrahams (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists)

Eva Herzigova, Lily Donaldson, Claude Simonon, Alek Wek, Lily Cole, Sophie Kennedy-Clark, Libirty Ross and Andrej Pejic Photographed by Matt Irwin

 

Jourdan Dunn by Scott Trindle

Elisa Sednaoui by Laura Sciacovelli

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Blast from the Past: Supermodels Singing

April 4th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

We all know models like Karen Elson and Baptiste Giabiconi are all about their music careers, but here are a few nostalgic musical moments from the past featuring fashion personalities.

Naomi Campbell – All Through The Night + Love & Tears

Before she became an editor at Interview Russia, Naomi tried her hand at a music career with the release of her 1994 album, Babywoman. On the album Naomi covers Donna Summer’s classic All Through the Night and she sounds pretty damn good. The album wasn’t exactly a smash hit and Naomi hasn’t released another since, but we’ll always have this and of course the video for Love & Tears.

Tyra Banks – Shake Ya Body

Who can forget this masterpiece of modern reality television and autotune. Not only did Tyra record a song, she managed to make the video’s creation a subplot on America’s Next Top Model. For the non-moguls out there that is what they call they call multi-tasking!

Milla Jovovich – The Gentleman Who Fell

When she isn’t posing for campaigns or fighting zombies (or both – there are moments when those situations mix) Milla J is busy making music. Her album The Divine Comedy – also released in 1994, clearly the peak year for supermodel album sales – was praised by critics. Though she hasn’t come out with a full album since, Milla frequently releases MP3s on her website.

Joe McKenna – Cha Cha at the Opera

Ok. Ok. Joe isn’t technically a supermodel but you know what, this clip is priceless all the same.

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Putting On The Ritz

March 19th, 2012 |Posted by models.com

American Vogue
Tim Walker
Grace Coddington
Kate Moss
Julien d’Ys Stephane Marais

Queen Kate returns to her throne at Paris’ eternal hotspot, The Ritz and she brings along a few friends with her. Walker creates a surreal vision of opulence taking full advantage of the hotel’s regal redesign and all the world’s finest couture. Kate looks majestic and her ladies in waiting, Josephine Skriver, Mirte Maas, Patricia van der Vliet, and Sigrid Agren are a dream. We know J.Lo snagged the cover of Vogue’s shape issue but with a story this good inside, we can’t help but wish Kate was on Vogue’s front page this month instead.

View the full story at VOGUE.COM

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Storm’s Rainbow

November 22nd, 2011 |Posted by Betty

Storm Model Management‘s most iconic faces (including Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Eva Herzigova, Carla Bruni and the new generation like Lily Cole, Emma Watson, Liberty Ross and Jourdan Dunn) personally sign covers to benefit The Rainbow Trust charity. Founded 25 years ago, Rainbow provides support to families with terminally ill children.

Liberty tells us: “Rainbow is an amazing children’s charity and completely self funded. They help so many families during terrible times. Everyone should check the covers out, they could make a great Christmas gift, as well as supporting one of the most worthwhile causes.”


Liberty’s cover


One of our favorites? Jourdan Dunn‘s oh so precise signature on her i-D portrait. To check out the rest of the covers go to Facebook now. Bidding starts on eBay November 23 for 10 days only.

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Graffiti Bridge

November 17th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

With all the excitement over the 20 covers, it is easy to forget that there’s plenty of beautiful images inside the Dazed & Confused‘s Anniversary issue. Magazine co-founder Rankin shoots Josephine Skriver in a series of bright looks selected by Katie Shillingford and punctuated with a touch of spray paint. Inspired by his favorite shoot for Dazed, a graffiti themed story from 1998 starring Kate Moss.

An image from the original Dazed story that inspired this edit - Kate Moss by Rankin, for Dazed & Confused, 1998

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Kate Forever

August 11th, 2011 |Posted by Betty

Kate Moss
Mario Testino

What more is there to say about one of fashion’s most enduring faces on the September cover of American Vogue? Wearing, of course, Alexander McQueen, Kate looks every inch the legend she is.

Kate & Daughter Lila Grace

Kate, her flower girls, bridesmaids and page boy

Kate and new husband, Jamie Hince recreate Mick & Bianca Jagger’s wedding photo for Vogue | See the full slideshow at Vogue.com

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