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July 26th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Notice how many of F/Ws fashion ads involve collaborations with contemporary artists? Stella McCartney enlists artist Barry Reigate to illustrate the otherwise minimalist ads starring Natalia Vodianova and shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott , the cartoonish style fits with McCartney’s quirky image and is slightly reminiscent of last seasons Disneyfied ads with Sigrid Agren.

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Barry Reigate, Real Special Very Painting, 2009

Bottega Venetta has Robert Longo all but recreate the look of his classic ‘Men In Cities’ series, only with Alla Kostromichova and Terron Wood doing all the movements.


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Robert Longo, Men In Cities – Men Trapped In Ice, 1980

Not to be outdone, Missoni goes all out with a mini-film by experimental filmmaker, Kenneth Anger; the bold and trippy clip (watch it in its entirety here) features Margherita Missoni and a host of others.


Missoni F/W 10 by Kenneth Anger

Do you love all the current artist collaborations? Let us know which is your favorite!

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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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And He’s Back…

June 14th, 2010 |Posted by Betty

Welcoming back Mr. Peter Lindbergh to American Vogue is Natalia Vodianova + Ewan McGregor in a 14 page story about the best of the Fall Collections styled by Ms. Coddington. What’s not to love about this splendid editorial?

Images courtesy of 2B Management

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The Face

June 7th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

The age of the campaign exclusive returns, with Lara Stone snagging the fall ads for Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein and Calvin Klein Jeans. While the Calvin brand has always been known for its use of signature faces, from Brooke Shields to Kate Moss, Natalia Vodianova and Christy Turlington, this is the first time since Natalia’s reign, that the brand has chosen one face to represent its image across three lines. Given the iconic status of CK’s previous models and Ms. Stone’s seemingly unstoppable world domination, there is no question that Lara will soon be a household name.

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Calvin Klein Collection by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

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Calvin Klein Jeans X by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

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Bits & Bytes: Model Love

May 17th, 2010 |Posted by Betty

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An all modeling Bits & Bytes: Cole Mohr at the Belvedere special event. Photo Marques for models.com

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Michelle Alves is back after having baby #2 looking amazing. (Ph: Jonathan Leder, image courtesy of Elite). (see more polaroids here)

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Another reason to love Natalia Vodianova. Behind that angel face is the heart of a warrior, determined to do as much as she can to help the children of the world through the power of her beauty. Here’s her new project, Bugaboo Red which helps pregnant women with HIV. “These days, if you don’t take a socially responsible position, you’re out of the club,” says Natalia. We couldn’t agree more!

Congratulations Lara Stone and David Walliams! We are so happy for Lara who got married this weekend in a gorgeous dress by Riccardo Tisci. Check out some pics of friends on British Vogue who include Tom Ford and Jefferson Hack.

In case you haven’t heard, Liya Kebede won a big award at Cannes for her role in Desert Flower.

Tyson Beckford interviewed by Forbes: looking older but still beautiful.

WWD catches up with Eileen Ford, who most certainly has quite a unique perspective on the modeling industry, having pretty much invented it.

Michelle Lee, casting director extraordinaire talks to WWD about the casting process and her favorite new faces of the season.

On a sombre note, Jezebel looks at the terribly sad trend of model suicides, in the wake of Noemie Lenoir‘s suicide attempt. Look for our upcoming special interview with a top model about this topic.

Take a look at Gisele when she started out. House of Models has 2 pics side by side of Gisele 15 years ago and Gisele now. Still drop dead gorgeous!

Remember the beautiful Gail Elliott from the 90s? Frockwriter reviews her Little Joe line which appeared for the first time at the Sydney shows.

The uniquely stunning Eve Salvail is interviewed by Ponyryder.

Check out these adorable new faces videos from Folio in Canada. Shows that simple is sometimes so much better.

Don’t all you models wish you had a fan like this?

“The perfect example of having a lot of money to spend but not knowing what to do with it.” OUCH!

Model Hildie G is one of Paul Rowland’s new fabulous faces for Ford. She may be the antithesis of what Eileen Ford would have liked.

Speaking of Ford, how cute is the new V Man/Ford Model contest winner, Michael Wozniak in this video by Ford?

For those who missed it the first time, here is Imogen Morris-Clarke‘s blog post about what all her model friends wanted to be when they grew up.

Ali Stephens talks about a cause near and dear to her heart, the oceans.

Oskar Tranum and Jakob Hybholt both up for top male Danish model (see pic); Jakob wins this year. Amanda Norgaard wins the women’s award. Congrats Jakob and Amanda! (Image courtesy of NY Models for Jakob)

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Czarina

March 31st, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott never fail to create editorials filled with exciting imagery, their latest for Vogue Paris is a candy colored fantasy starring Natalia Vodianova. Styled by Carine Roitfeld, the story features dramatic pieces from Dior, YSL and one of a kind jewelry courtesy of Lydia Courteille. M&M’s signature richly saturated colors serve to make the clothing stand out but is this edit too similar to some of the duo’s other work? Tell us what you think?

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Natalia by Mert and Marcus | Image Credit – ASF @ Fashion Screen

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Spring Awakening

March 22nd, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

i-D kicks off Spring with three incredible covers: Freja Beha Erichsen and Sasha Pivovarova by Emma Summerton and Natalia Vodianova by Paolo Roversi. Each girl brings her own distinctive flavor to her cover but who pulls off the signature i-D wink the best? 

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Image Credit | FTape

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The Next Generation

March 17th, 2010 |Posted by Betty

27 Original artwork by Andy Ness, made of fabric and other materials.

We chatted with casting director Julia Samersova about her big Global Action for Children event coming up for Saturday, March 20th. With Angelina Jolie as the honorary chairperson of GAC and the event hosted by Mary Alice Stephenson and Milk Studios, GAC is definitely the charity to keep your eye on. While Angelina won’t be there expect some of the industry’s heavy hitters to come and experience the special events planned for their little ones.

What is Global Action for Children?
Global Action for Children generates awareness, policies and funding so every child has the chance to grow up safe and healthy.

What are your main goals for Saturday’s event?
The main goal is to raise awareness and money for GAC, and to have an amazing time doing it! All of the decor, activities and games have been created to entertain, educate, and inspire the children at a level that can only be describe as AWESOME.

There are quite a few models who are activists (Natalia Vodianova, Liya Kebede, Christy Turlington etc) as well as mothers. Why do you think becoming a mother changes them? Why do think it’s important for these models to become “role” models?
Motherhood puts life into a different perspective and allows you to view and deal with life’s challenges in a brand new way. Patience is the key ingredient in parenthood and in an industry such as fashion, it can certainly come as a refreshing change of pace. These Supermodel Mommies have an amazing platform to speak out on the behalf of a whole range of causes. It’s an amazing position these women are in: very powerful and used properly, very helpful to those who have no voice in this world.

Since becoming a mother a year and a half ago, what has changed about the fashion industry for you?
What has changed is my perception of what is truly an “emergency” versus a “fashion emergency”! It has been amazing to learn to be this “other” person. After a long hard day of work, I am fortunate enough to go home to this little creature and really get my priorities in order. It is a very difficult balance to strike, being a working woman in a demanding industry and a mother and a wife. I have a lot more patience now and that is a good thing!

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