Set to Music

March 31st, 2014 |Posted by models.com

Fashion’s reach extends far beyond the runways so it’s always compelling to see people who eschew boundaries in favor of carving out their own paths. Case in point multi-hyphenates The Blacksoft merge the worlds of fashion, art, music and design into a singular platform for creative expression. The duo’s unique career trajectory was profiled in MDX and their music provided the soundtrack for Tao Okamoto’s striking cover story. Given their ability to express all facets of their creativity it should come as no surprise that the pair is set to release an album soon. Experience some evocative a cappella in this exclusive clip.

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Laundry Service

August 23rd, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

As some of the most divisive and easily recognizable pieces of the fall/winter season, Céline‘s bold plaid prints have become a focal point in editorials the past few months. Whether you love the red and blue tartan, or find they resemble the ubiquitous laundry bags found at your local bodega it is impossible to deny their presence in the pages of fashion glossies. Though most stylists don’t stray too far from the runway interpretation of the look, Philo’s creations remain compelling, especially when juxtaposed with an interesting background or unique set. In Steven Meisel‘s Vogue Italia shots they are pit against a swirling arm chair by designer Tord Boontje and the pairing brings out the best of both statement pieces. Likewise the seeing the Celine plaid opposite Stella McCartney‘s version of the same in Vogue Russia provides a concise overview of one of fall’s key trends. Naturally, there are also moments when all you need is a great model and a few more pieces from the collection, case in point Tao Okamoto‘s new cover of Vogue Japan which provides an ideal showcase for Tao and those coveted thigh high boots.

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Vogue Japan | Ph. Patrick Demarchelier | Model – Tao Okamoto

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Vogue Russia Ph. Jason Kibbler (Cadence New York) | Fashion Editor - Olga Dunina | Models - Irina Nikolaeva and Patrycja Gardygajlo

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Vogue Paris Ph. David Bellemere | Fashion Editor - Celia Azoulay | Model - Hana Jirickova

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British Vogue | Ph. Patrick Demarchelier | Fashion Editor – Lucinda Chambers | Model – Freja Beha Erichsen

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Vogue Italia Ph. Steven Meisel | Fashion Editor - Marie-Amélie Sauvé | Model - Amanda Murphy

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Marie Claire | Ph. Danilo Gallinari | Fashion Editor - Enrique Campos | Model - Alla Kostromichova

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Marie Claire UK Ph. Daniel Gabbay | Fashion Editor - Jayne Pickering | Model - Vivian Witjes

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First Look: GLASS

June 3rd, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Like any fine piece of crystal, Glass Magazine is innately elegant. The sleek quarterly is back with a new issue bursting with luxurious content that adds a touch of class to the newsstand. Three chic covers feature three very different beauties, each representative of a fashion movement: Chinese actress Li Bing Bing provides classic glamour, while the always edgy Hanne Gaby Odiele is a vision vintage eclecticism, model turned actress Tao Okamoto takes things one step further with a colorful beauty look and a revealing interview inside. Editorially there is plenty to enjoy, from an expressive exploration of the season’s accessories, an especially luxe story featuring perennial favorite Hannelore Knuts, to stylish menswear editorials that show the masculine side of refinement. All in all the magazine is a treat from start to finish, but don’t take our word for it – have a first look at the new issue of Glass.

For even more – be sure to check out Glass Magazine.com 

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Ph. Bojana Tatarska | Fashion – Beth Buxton

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Ph. Walter Chin | Fashion Sarah Cobb | Model Hanne Gaby Odiele

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Ph. Milo Reid | Fashion Johanne Mills

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Ph. Christopher Melton | Fashion – Chloe Badawy | Model Hannelore Knuts

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Ph. Jason Hetherington | Beauty – Kim Brown | Model Katlin Aas

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Ph. Chris Craymer | Fashion - Michela Buratti | Model Tao Okamoto

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Ph. Mark Shearwood | Fashion – David Nolan

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Ph. Alastair Strong | Fashion – David Nolan | Model Yannick Abrath

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The Biz : Tao Acts, Art Partner Launches & Neiman’s & Target Team Up

July 10th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Tao Okamoto by Lachlan Bailey (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists)

TAO’S FILM DEBUT

In news that should please comic book fans, Variety reports that Tao Okamoto is set to join Hollywood star, Hugh Jackman onscreen in the latest Wolverine movie. Directed by James Mangold, the man behind 3:10 to Yuma, Girl Interrupted and Walk the Line, the film traces the origins of the iconic character and his time spent in Japan. According to Coming Soon, “Okamoto will star as Mariko, daughter of Shingen (Wolverine’s arch nemesis and the film’s primary antagonist) and one-time fiancee to Wolverine.” Tao isn’t the only model in the cast either – Rila Fukushima is set to play Yukio, “one of the deadliest assassins in Shingen’s clan.”

Sounds like it is going to be an action packed and high drama extraganza, we can’t wait to see if Tao & Rika are as compelling onscreen, as they are on the catwalk.

Kati Nescher by David Sims in the latest issue of American Vogue

ART PARTNER’S NEW BLOG

It may feel like fashion and the internet are completely intertwined, but there is still a rush of excitement when an industry powerhouse heads to the web. Art Partner’s newly launched blog features the latest work from their slew of artists – names like Mario Testino, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, David Sims and Cedric Buchet among them – and is every bit as sleek as you’d imagine. Keeping up with the latest images from the biggest names has never been easier.

NEIMAN MARCUS + TARGET + THE CFDA!

A lot has been said about the merger of high and low end, but when Neiman Marcus starts collaborating with Target, the game is definitely changing. A limited edition collection featuring looks created by an all-star lineup of designers, including Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Diane von Furstenberg, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta and Tory Burch, will launch just in time for the holidays. If those names aren’t enough to entice you, dont’ worry Alice + Olivia, Altuzarra, Band of Outsiders, Brian Atwood, Eddie Borgo, Judith Leiber, Lela Rose, Marchesa, Philip Crangi, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Robert Rodriguez, Rodarte, Skaist-Taylor, Thom Browne and Tracy Reese will also be participating. Prices are from $7 to $499 – so there is sure to be something for everyone.

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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.

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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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Bits & Bytes: And we’re back!!

March 28th, 2012 |Posted by Betty

You know you missed us! We’re back in time for spring to give you interesting news from around the ‘net.

Charities, Model news and more:

Parker Gregory and Patrick Sullivan by Kevin Tachman

More fabulous boys of Jeffrey Fashion Cares at Kevin Tachman’s Backstageat. We love Jeffrey Fashion Cares, an organization that helps multiple incredible groups like Lambda Legal, The Hetrick Martin Institute, The AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA) and The Point Foundation. Check out the JFC website, here.


Sarah and friends try out all the ice cream in Milan.

We’re obsessed with models who shoot but Sara Blomqvist‘s images for The Last Magazine are especially fun: New York, Milan, Paris. (view it large for the full effect).


Claudia Schiffer by Ellen Von Unwerth, Guess 30th Anniversary Campaign Spring 2012

What child of the 80′s doesn’t remember Claudia Schiffer‘s iconic images by Ellen von Unwerth for Guess? She returns for the new campaign celebrating Guess’ 30th Anniversary (full story on WWD, subscription required)

Tao Okamoto, the lovely Japanese model is still tirelessly working to help victims of the Japanese disaster. “Contrary to some reports insinuating that Japan is a wealthy country that does not need help, there is indeed much need for assistance, and not just of the financial kind, but of physical and mental as well“. Check out their new Tumblr, where you can make donations, learn about different charitable organizations and send messages to people in affected areas.


Leighton Meester and Kerri Mullen, leukemia survivor, photographed by Alexi Lubomirski

DKMS is working with Vera Wang and Leighton Meester to encourage people to “get swabbed” to donate bone marrow. I’m registered, are you?

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Timely Fashion

August 23rd, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

One of the fall fashion issues that really caught our attention was New York Times T Magazine. Under the direction of Sally Singer and with a little help from the likes of Hedi SlimaneDanko SteinerSebastian Kim and more, the issue features a vivid assortment of editorials and and an equally appealing lineup of top models. The issue is an absolute must have, but don’t take our word for it – have a peek inside and see for yourself.

Hanaa Ben Abdesslem by Danko Steiner

Joan Smalls by Boo George

Tao Okamoto and Ming Xi by Sebastian Kim

Susannah Ligouri by Hedi Slimane

Tatiana Cotliar by Emma Summerton

Meghan Collison and Siri Tollerod by Colin Dodgson

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Handsome Girl

July 25th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Has Freja Beha Erichsen graduated from star model to full fledged fashion icon? Vogue China seems to think so, enlisting Tao Okamoto to recreate Freja’s signature tomboy-chic look in Lachlan Bailey‘s beauty story. Styled by Clare Richardson and featuring leather and denim duds from Chanel and Calvin Klein, the story does a good job recreating Freja’s quintessential model off duty style. Always fun to see one model pay tribute to another, perhaps next month we can have the tables turned with Freja sporting Tao’s memorable bowl cut.

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Scan Credit | Aja Mok @ tFS

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