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The Biz : Wang Confirmed

December 3rd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Man of the Moment Alexander Wang backstage with Julia Nobis, Agyness Deyn and Aline Weber
Photographed by Betty Sze for Models.com

Alexander Wang taking the reigns at Balenciaga is a story that will likely dominate the fashion headlines for the next few months. Whether you’re still in mourning after Nicolas Ghesquiere‘ departure, or simply charting the seemingly endless designer shuffle that seems to sum up the current state of flux that permeates the entire industry, this is arguably the most exciting fashion news in a long time. Ever since Cathy Horyn revealed the scoop in her NY Times column the subject has been hotly debated. The one thing everyone can agree on though, is that this begins a new chapter for Balenciaga, one that will determine the brand’s future. We will be waiting with baited breath to see what Wang comes up with for his first Balenciaga collection.

Another exciting new appointment, The Last Magazine‘s Magnus Berger has been named the new creative director of Wall Street Journal’s WSJ magazine. Considering the uniqueness and beauty to be found in every single issue of The Last, we’re expecting big things from WSJ in the coming months.

Karl Lagerfeld never stops, so it is no surprise to find that he’s part of another exciting collaboration. Lagerfeld and Brazilian line Melissa shoes have teamed up for a new global partnership, one where Lagerfeld will design 4 special footwear capsule collections, the first of which will be unveiled in March 2013.

Pre-fall collections are starting to trickle in, with new looks from Belstaff, Helmut Lang and Reed Krakoff.

The line between art and commerce blurs even further with Net-A-Porter set to launch a print magazine, which will surely be as elegant as their online editorials.

To end our news brief on a high and start the week out with some beauty, take a look at Elie Saab‘s latest fashion film, a delightful tour around Paris featuring the brand’s decadent resort collection.

Croisière à Paris 1 from models.com on Vimeo.

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Double Vision : Alexander Wang

November 15th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

As fashion’s current king of downtown cool, Alexander Wang has perfected a look that is both eye-catching and easy going. It isn’t unusual to see Wang’s wares popping up in fashion glossies month after month, but it is interesting to see how his look is interpreted by a variety of talents. One of last season’s most memorable and popular Wang pieces was the fishnet turtleneck, a statement item that adds a touch a mystery to any ensemble. Most stylists didn’t stray too far from the runway vision of this particular look, but every so often the versatility of this staple was showcased via a well-timed change of pace. With the addition of the equally ubiquitous Jil Sander pink overcoat, or a bit of menswear inspired Paul & Joe, the mood shifts completely. That said, the Wang turtleneck looks just as good all by itself, revealing a touch of come-hither skin or adding another layer of sexy to a pop star’s daring repertoire.

Alexander Wang F/w 12 Magnified Fishnet Turtleneck

Interview Magazine – photography by Greg Harris | styling by Karl Templer

Dazed & Confused  by Yelena Yemchuk | Styled by Karen Langley | Model Julia Nobis

Document – photography by Paul Wetherell | Styling by James Valeri | Model – Bette Franke

S Moda for El Pais photography by Tetsuharu Kubota | Styled by Isabel Moralejo | Model Aline Weber

Harper’s Bazaar photography by Camilla Akrans (New York: Management + Artists, Paris: Management + Artists)| Styled by Mel Ottenberg | Model – Rihanna

Intermission Magazine by Patrik Sehlstedt | Styled by Brian Molloy | Model Kolfinna Kristofersdottir

Vogue Australia photography by Will Davidson | Styled by Natasha Royt | Model Crystal Renn

Vogue Espana photography by Lachlan Bailey (New York: Management + Artists, Paris: Management + Artists)| Styled by Géraldine Saglio| Model Kendra Spears

Photography by Mark Pillai | Styled by Barbara Loison| Model Hanna at Viva

Elle photography by Emma Tempest | Styled by Natalie Wansbrough-Jones | Model Kelsey Van Mook

Modern Weekly (China) photography by Daniel Jackson | Styled by Alastair McKimm | Models Fei Fei Sun and Du Juan

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Liberty’s Confessions

October 25th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Every season we look forward to Alexander Wang‘s Confessional film series. The artfully directed mini-movies place a spotlight on a noteworthy beauty and allow us to experience the world of Wang from a new perspective. This season’s star, the always engaging Liberty Ross gives a candid look at her career, from her first cover for i-D Magazine, to her stint playing Ozzy Osbourne’s bride on an LP, and of course her memorable trip down Alexander’s runway.

Watching the clip is a treat that gives some insight into Liberty’s life away from the spotlight, and shows you just why Wang’s show is such a model favorite – more than a few girls name-checked the designer when listing their fave moments this season.

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The Sharper Image

August 2nd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Far from being simply the icing on the campaign cake, films are becoming one of the primary ways fashion brands communicate with their audience. This season a slew of labels old and new came out with enticing videos to accompany their seasonal imagery. More than just pimping out product these videos create an aspirational vision of the viewpoint behind their respective brands.

PRADA

Miuccia Prada‘s esoteric perspective is one of the primary reason’s why Prada is one of the definitive brands of the last century. Steven Meisel takes that ethos and channels it into a chess-centric and haunting film filled with unanswered questions. The presence of  Vanessa AxenteMagdalena FrackowiakMadison HeadrickElza LuijendijkIselin Steiro & Anne Vyalitsyna certainly doesn’t hurt either.

BIBHU MOHAPATRA

Director Katie Fischer brings Bibhu Mohapatra’s sumptuous fall showing to life with an elegant film that shows the collection’s beauty in great detail, Fischer’s film captures the line’s beauty and its luxury. Kaleidoscopic facets hone in on every last detail; from the snowy white eyeshadow on Mackenzie Hamilton‘s lids to the ombre finish of a showstopper dress.

Bibhu Mohapatra F/W 12 Campaign film from models.com on Vimeo.

T by ALEXANDER WANG

We’re always partial to models over celebrities, but sometimes a little star power works. Alexander Wang brings in hip hop’s fiercest femme, Azealia Banks for the T by Alexander Wang campaign video, directed by Daniel Jackson and styled by Alastair McKimm. Bringing energy, style and her infectious track, Van Vogue to the project Banks feels like just what the doctor ordered.

MIU MIU

Miu Miu’s behind the scenes vid isn’t unusual, but it features the unique pleasure of watching style icon Chloe Sevigny trying on clothes. There are whole issues of Self Service dedicated to this very concept and though Chloe has been on the scene since the mid-90s she’s still an ideal representation of the chic Miu Miu girl.

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Family First

July 16th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Good looks run in the family, Abbey Lee Kershaw‘s handsome brother Tim joins her for a special Vogue China story by Daniel Jackson and styled to the nines by Alastair McKimm. With a casual cool ethos, plus chic styles by Alexander Wang, Maison Martin Margiela and Acne, the edit provides a youthful spin on unfussy, classic for men and women. Here’s to hoping this isn’t the last time Tim joins his sis in the fashion pages.

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Impeccable

August 3rd, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Vogue China celebrates its 5th anniversary with a stellar salute to Asian talent;  the magazine’s dual September covers feature the phenomenal cast of Liu Wen, Shu Pei, Ming Xi, Fei Fei Sun and Tao Okamoto in stunning crimson looks from Alexander Wang. The contrasting images by Peter Lindbergh & Daniel Jackson are strong, elegant and reflect the unique beauty of each girl while showing the verstaility of Wang’s designs; it is amazing how these looks go from classic to modern just with a quick change of hair and makeup.

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CFDA Nominees 2010

March 18th, 2010 |Posted by Betty


Anna Wintour with Alexander Wang backstage Feb 2010

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Alexander Wang F/W 10 shoes, backstage Feb 2010. Photos by Betty S for MODELS.com
(for our special Alexander Wang backstage coverage click here for the MDX story).

Style.com has this year’s list of CFDA nominees and Marc Jacobs, perennial nominee and winner is up for 2 awards. The only other person up for 2 awards? Alexander Wang. That I certainly could have predicted as almost every big model I met this season was either wearing one of his pieces, carrying one of his bags or wearing a pair of his distinctive shoes. The girls see everything, from sportswear to haute couture, and many get clothes for free (as their “pay”); so when they choose to wear/carry something, it really is an excellent barometer of a designer’s fashion relevance. You go Alexander!

WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Marc Jacobs
Donna Karan
Alexander Wang

MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Michael Bastian
Tom Ford
David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone

FASHION ICON AWARD
Iman

Especially poignant will be the Special Tribute Award going to Alexander McQueen. For the rest of the nominees, click here for Style.com.

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Bits & Bytes: Amazing Amanda

December 11th, 2009 |Posted by Betty

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Amanda Norgaard. Ph by Sigurd Grunberger.
This delightful Dane is definitely destined for distinction. Already on the short list of the clients that matter the most, here’s a peek into her new shoot on The Ones2Watch’s New Wave.
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Jacquelyn Jablonski, all American beauty is interviewed by Ponyryder.

Naomi Campbell in talks to have her own reality show?

Happy Birth-days! Jourdan Dunn, Gisele Bundchen and Dasha Zhukova all give birth this week.

Petey Wright, winner of the VMan/Ford Model contest,  joins Lindsay Lohan in this Muse Magazine/Yu Tsai directed video.  He doesn’t look so sweet and innocent anymore.

Altamira’s Craig chats with Faith Kates, owner of Next Model Management.

Behind the scenes at the +j Jil Sander for Uniqlo campaign with Iselin Steiro.

Photography and fashion:

The legendary advertising guru George Lois, rips magazines a new one. ““Meanwhile you go to a newsstand, there’s about 200 magazines that all look the same. They got pictures of somebody — some asshole — I’ll never understand how editors and publishers think — showing just a famous person with blurbs all over their face. I’ll never understand why they think that would be something people would want to buy. I don’t get it.” Yes, we don’t get it either, George.

Photographer Jeremy Kost signs with Jed Root. Congratulations!

7 bloggers and American Vogue. Count Tommy Ton, Bryan Boy, Todd Selby amongst them.

0-5 million dollars in 5 years. And he’s only 25. Read the Times story on Alexander Wang.

Tavi, fashion’s future? or just a fad? The Cut examines.

Miscellaneous:

Are YOU one of the 25 most powerful British people in fashion? Georgia May Jagger is (she won for Best Model) and so is Grace Coddingtonhear her talk.

If you have the money to buy Gareth Pugh’s incredible Double Mohican helmet, let us know, so we can be duly envious. This and other one-of-a-kind objects at Showstudio’s Shop.

We love VMagazine‘s dynamic little stop motion video from director Stephen Smith.

Jennifer Garner looks so very model-ly!

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