Blast from the Past: Sassoon Moments

May 10th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

As the fashion world mourns the passing of legendary hair stylist and entrepreneur Vidal Sassoon, we look back at some of his greatest career moments. As one of the industry’s true innovators Sassoon influenced not only how we style our hair, but also the way we view modern beauty.

1955: MAYFAIR’S YOUNGEST HAIRSTYLIST

Sassoon trained under Brit hairstyling great, Raymond Bessone, but by the time he was 25 he had opened his very first salon in Mayfair. For a glimpse at his early styles check out this vintage video. The dramatic shapes and precise details are all still there, but the romantic Spanish influenced styles are very different from the mod shapes we’ve come to associate with his work.

1963: BAUHAUS INSPIRED

Sassoon will always be remembered for bringing Bauhaus’ doctrine of “form follows function” into the world of hair dressing. Prior to Sassoon the look was all about hair that took hours to perfect and wasn’t meant to move – The Guardian details the era of “setting lotions and rows of hairdryers” well. Sassoon was all about working with the natural texture and shine of the hair, then creating dramatic angular cuts that were easy to care for. You can see his classic shape here on Peggy Moffitt, a style echoed by the famous crops of girls like Ranya Mordanova and Tao Okamoto.

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You have to love a man who appreciates models. When asked by W to talk about his favorites, Sassoon had a couple of greats in mind. “Grace Coddington became my top model. She was eighteen when I first met her. She was just a little waif when Mary Quant and I got on to her. She carried off the Five Point Cut to be believed. Here in Los Angeles in my work with Rudi Gernreich, it was Peggy Moffitt. She was an extraordinary model. She acted out every piece of clothing. She would look in the mirror and act it all out before she would go in front of the camera.”

1967: THE POWER PIXIE

Oft imitated but never duplicated, Sassoon’s close cropped coif for Mia Farrow remains style standard. Nearly every pixie cut since has been inspired by this one. Just look at all the current actresses who have given this style a try – Winona Ryder, Natalie Portman, Emma Watson, Michelle Williams, Carey Mulligan, Mia Wasikowska

1985: SASSOON FOR MEN

When Andy Warhol endorses your hairspray it is kind of a big deal. In one of the most memorable ad campaigns ever the brand’s shampoos and conditioners were praised by a unique group of 80s stars. Getting Warhol was a coup but the most surprising endorsement came from bald actor, Geoffrey Holder.

2004: THE SLEEK RELAUNCH

Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin knocked the ball out of the park with their chic ads for the line’s revamp that focused on the graphic quality of those ingenious cuts.

2010: SASSOON – THE MOVIE

What better tribute to a true legend? If you haven’t seen director, Craig Teper’s thorough exploration of Sassoon’s life and legacy you owe it to yourself to check it out.

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Painted Ladies

August 10th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Makeup artist Kabuki transforms Naty Chabanenko and Ranya Mordanova into femme fatales for Vogue Italia; bright eyeshadow, dark lips and loads of temporary ink turns the fresh faced duo into sultry barflies who look more than a little moody. Emma Summerton creates the world of blue-tinted darkness, but Kabuki adds a touch of the surreal with his creative use of cosmetics.




Image Credit | scans by blackangel41999 @ tFS

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Vintage Finds

May 24th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Were used to seeing Ranya Mordanova looking edgy in jet black Givenchy, so it is nice every now and then to get a change of pace; KT Auleta shows the retro side of Ranya in the latest Vogue Russia. Dressed in cat eye glasses and full skirts, Ranya looks sweet and lovely. Simon Robins creates the perfect vintage inspired looks, using pieces from Celine and Vuitton and Ranya brings them to life with her signature dramatic flair.

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Image Credit | NeverDrinkAgain @ tFS

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French Connection

March 9th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Every season Thierry LeGoues picks a beautiful set of girls to grace the covers of French Revue de Modes and the beauties on the S/S issue are as lively and unique as the colorful collectable covers.

Tell us, which cover do you like best?

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Yulia Vasiltosova

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Anna de Rijk and Lyndsey Scott

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Jacquelyn Jablonski

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Tao Okamoto & Laura Blokhina

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Hannah Holman

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Coco Rocha & Emily DiDonato

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Ranya Mordanova

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Josefin Hedstrom & Chanel Iman

Image Credit | Fashion Gone Rogue

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C.R.E.A.M.

March 4th, 2010 |Posted by contributor

Courtesy of wardenclyffe and POP Magazine here is an exclusive video preview of C.R.E.A.M. photographed by Tina Barney and featured in POP Magazine’s current issue. Based off of Tina’s 1991 series labeled Friends and Family, this haunting Upper East Side editorial features a bevy of fresh faces including Lindsey Wixson, Valerija Kelava and Keke Lindgard as well as returning beauties Naty Chabanenko and Ranya Mordanova. The list of girls included continues so pick up your issue on the newsstand now. (Story by Kristen Bolt)

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How She Moves

February 12th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

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Models are often praised for their graceful movements but every so often a girl comes along, who outdoes them all: take a look at Ranya Mordanova, in Nick Knight‘s film for Hexa by Kuho’s collection. Ranya shakes, shimmies, glides and jumps, using her whole body to display Kuho Jung’s complex designs, as well as the shows theme of transformation.

View the entire film at ShowStudio

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Raw Edge

January 22nd, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Ranya Mordanova makes her way to the pages of Dazed & Confused, with an editorial that showcases Spring’s edgy side. Shot by Ben Toms and styled by Katie Shillingford, the story presents fashionable looks from Gaultier, Margiela and Gareth Pugh, in a manner that is atypical; the unconventional designs manage to look ethereal and different from how they were presented on the runway. Shillingford’s excellent styling is a big of what makes this story, but Ranya’s ability to add idiosyncrasy to every picture, adds to the enjoyment.

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Project Runway

January 13th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Every month Steven Meisel comes up with another ingenious theme for Vogue Italia and this month is all about backstage : Meisel and Lori Goldstein recreate the energy and atmosphere of a runway show but not without adding in a hint of VI’s wry humor. Everything one would expect to see is here; from backstage catfights to wardrobe malfunctions and cigarette breaks. As always the model lineup is impeccable with appearances by Agyness Deyn, Alla Kostromichova, Anna de Rijk, Anna Selezneva, Constance Jablonski, Daria Strokous, Freja Beha Erichsen, Gwen Loos, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Irina Kulikova, Iris Strubegger, Isabeli Fontana, Iselin Steiro, Jac Jagaciak, Jamie Bochert, Kamila Filipcikova, Kasia Struss, Kendra Spears, Karlie Kloss, Lara Stone, Lily Donaldson, Liya Kebede, Magdalena Frackowiak, Mirte Maas, Natasha Poly, Patricia van der Vliet, Ranya Mordanova, Rianne Ten Haken, Rose Cordero, Sasha Pivovarova, Sessilee Lopez, Sigrid Agren, Siri Tollerod, Snejana Onopka and Viktoriya Sosonkina.

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Vogue Italia February 2010 | Image Credit, Diciassette <3

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