Romantic Rites

January 19th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Gorgeous models and their boyfriends; not exactly an original theme but, Patrick Demarchelier‘s Vogue story on gamine beauties and the men who love them, is beautiful all the same. The simple shots, accentuated by Tabitha Simmons‘s trench styling and Yumi‘s flawless makeup, serve as a lovely introduction to the significant others of several top girls.

Aminata Niaria & Laurence Dennis

Sasha Knezevic & Anja Rubik

Rock Ji & Bonnie Chen

Jamie Mazur & Alessandra Ambrosio

Mark Wystrach & Angela Lindvall

James Conran & Coco Rocha

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Visual Branding

August 13th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Nothing conveys the identity of a brand quite like its advertising and more and more mainstream fashion brands are attempting to tweak their image via campaigns that utilize fashion’s biggest powerplayers. Case in point, the F/W campaign for conservative brand, Talbots features the edgy pairing of Linda Evangelista and Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Meanwhile Jones New York enlists Annie Leibovitz and a slew of top names like Hilary Rhoda, Jessica Stam, Hana Soukupova, Jacquetta Wheeler, Du Juan, Yasmin WarsameAminata Niaria and Ujjwala Raut for their ads. Not to be left in the dust, mall staple Esprit enlists Coco Rocha for its collection ads and Anne Vyalitsyna, Du Juan and Missy Rayder by Mariano Vivanco for the mainline.

The addition of a familiar (and fashionable) face can add a layer of cool to a brand’s image, but does the trick work? Did any of these ads enhance your opinion of the labels in question? Tell us.


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Jones New York’s impressive cast

Esprit chose top models like Coco, Missy, Du & Anne V for both its lines

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Into the Groove

June 21st, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Vogue Russia serves up a dose of in your face beauty with a lively editorial from Terry Tsiolis starring Sedene Blake, Jeneil Williams, Reina Montero, Shena Moulton and Aminata Niaria. The studio shoot is elevated by Simon Robins‘ color coordinated styling; pieces from Lagerfeld, Viktor and Rolf and Topshop are mixed together to create a series of seamless ensembles, but the clothes aren’t the only standout. Each of the girls brings her own flair to the story with graceful and energetic poses; whether they’re fighting over a camo-fanny pack or moving to the rhythm, they look stunning.




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Angels Among Us

November 19th, 2009 |Posted by Janelle

Walking the Victoria’s Secret fashion show is a dream come true for countless models and every year a select few gets the chance to strut their stuff for millions of viewers. The 2009 VS lineup is full of surprises; from the arrival of stunning newcomers, to the return of VS favorites and much more. Our full coverage of all the goings on backstage kicks off later tonight, but here is a little taste to get you ready.

For even more VS check out MDC’s backstage pictures!

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The lovely Candice Backstage at The Armory, pic Betty for MDC

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2009

Alessandra Ambrosio
Miranda Kerr
Maryna Linchuk
Caroline Trentini
Izabel Goulart
Liu Wen
Candice Swanepoel
Abbey Lee Kershaw

Tatiana Kovylina
Selita Ebanks
Erin Heatherton
Anja Rubik
Doutzen Kroes
Chanel Iman
Julia Stegner
Edita Vilkeviciute
Isabeli Fontana
Ana Beatriz Barros
Sessilee Lopez
Marisa Miller
Caroline Winberg
Behati Prinsloo
Eniko Mihalik
Anastasia Kuznetsova
Lyndsey Scott
Lily Aldridge
Dorothea Barth Jorgensen
Elyse Taylor
Shannan Click
Heidi Klum
Rosie Huntington Whiteley
Lindsay Ellingson
Anna Jagodzinska
Aminata Niaria

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Bits & Bytes: Super Yasmin

October 2nd, 2009 |Posted by Betty

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Yasmin LeBon. Ph: Philip Riches for L’Officiel Netherlands, courtesy of Elite New York.

I’m going to date myself a little now by saying that Yasmin was one of my favorite 80′s supermodels. Her incredible Vogue and Elle covers (jumping! on the beach!) were some of my most remembered visuals of that long gone era. It’s of course utterly thrilling to see her comeback, with her recent work with Vogue Paris, American Vogue, i-D and Wonderland. Here’s to one of the originals!

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Karla Otto, PR powerhouse, Karla Otto sexy Gentlewoman?

Anja Rubik is a supermodel. And an avid yoga practitioner. Sign us up right now to get those legs

Here are more pics of the AMFAR event in Milan, including Giovanna Battaglia and Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld, called “fashion royalty”.

For those who know Chris Rock‘s “Clear Heels” diatribe, you’ll find The Cut’s essay on Milan’s shoe of the season, pretty funny.

Aspiring photographers, get your work published in W, how COOL!

Balenciaga’s casting by Ashley Brokaw elicited some nice surprises for the week: Miranda Kerr (click here to see the 2 sides of Ms. Kerr, the sexy VS Angel and the transformation on the runway), Rasa Zukauskaite, Jenny Sinkaberg with IMG, former feed face Marlena Szoka, new faces Jacquelyn Jablonski, Mirte Maas, Patricia van der Vliet, Lisanne de Jong, Gwen Loos (Marilyn).

Balmain had Daria Werbowy in her only show (opening and closing).

Check out Cathy Horyn‘s conversation with Nicolas Ghesquiere backstage; listen to his wonderful French tinged English and of course take a look at his incredible collection: why Paris is the premier reasons they will always rule Fashion Week.

As for Rick Owens (which the Imagist loved!) he cast 4 of our favorite (and totally underrated) black models: Georgie Badiel, Kinee Diouf, Aminata Niaria and Rose Cordero.

Speaking of Miranda Kerr, she’s launching her own skincare line.

Stylist Melanie Ward‘s first collection, Blouson Noir (Black Shirt), sounds amazing.

Bad for your wallet, great for your closet. Style.com offers “Shop the looks”.

Style.com sits down with Gareth Pugh.

V Man and Showstudio are on the last legs of their male model search.

Speaking of V, how much do we love how they showcase the transformation of a fresh new Ford face, Sydney Roper. See the before and after!

Alexandre de Betak is quite a genius but now he’s officially approved by the Times who calls him “The Fellini of Fashion”.

Here’s the info for the Victoria’s Secret open casting this weekend.

Speaking of shopping: Isabel Marant, a favorite designer of the supermodels, will be opening in New York’s Soho. Isaac Mizrahi will be opening his first “shop” because of his psychic!

If you’re in Paris, go to the outdoor Vogue cover show, like Olivier Zahm did. You won’t be anywhere as fabulous as he, but you can pretend!

If you love the Rick Owens show, click here to see more dramatic black and white runway shots from Mr Purple himself.

“Every once in a while I’d feed one until it let me pet it, but it usually just ended up being more trouble than it was worth.” Um, not sure what to think about this, Rick Owens, but we still love your collection.

Fashion at the Vogue Party in Paris, celebrating 90 Years of Vogue Covers. See Mario Testino, Anja Rubik, Lara Stone and La Wintour looking tres, tres chic .

How cool are Greg Kessler‘s Model Morphosis for NY Times’ The Moment? See Karolin Wolter at Gareth Pugh.

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The Last’s Picture Show

September 23rd, 2009 |Posted by Janelle

The Last Magazine is always on the pulse of what is going on right now and the cast of its latest story by Amy Troost reads like a who’s who of up and comers and in demand faces. Alexa Yudina, Regina Feoktistova, Valeria Dmitrienko, Rose Cordero, Charlotte Di Calypso, Aminata Niaria, Hannah Holman, Yulia Lobova, Liu Wen, Melodie Dagault, Model Link and Christian Brylle star in a multi-faceted story that gives them all an opportunity to show their best. Alastair McKimms creative styling takes center stage as the cool cast shows off fall’s unique wares.

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Girl Group

May 21st, 2009 |Posted by Janelle

i-D mixes eras in the latest issue. Legendary models pair up with newcomers on the rise to wear white shirts and blue jeans. Casting director Anita Bitton assembles a cast of enigmatic beauties for photographer Amy Troost and Alastair McKimm provides simple and effective styling. Kirsten Owen, Aminata Niaria, Natasa Vojnovic, Liu Wen, Caroline Ribeiro and Alek Wek join forces for a series of shots that are infused with an effortless beauty.

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Natasa Vojnovic and Alek Wek

Liu Wen

Aminata Niara and Caroline Ribeiro

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Ooh La La!

April 2nd, 2009 |Posted by Janelle

Another season, another issue of French chock full of the hottest girls. This time around they’re all high gloss and decked out in slinky swimwear. With so many great girls to choose from the hardest part might be picking a cover. Arlenis Sosa, Atuai Deng, Adriana Lima, Aminata Niaria, Giedre Dukauskaite, Kendra Spears, Karmen Pedaru, Sessilee Lopez, Anna Gushina, Liberty Ross & Ali Stephens all make appearances on separate covers shot by Thierry LeGoues.

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