Editorial Inspiration: Mona & Millicent

July 12th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

In addition to designing for Chanel, Fendi, his eponymous line, shooting editorials, traveling the world and elevating his cat to superstar status, Karl Lagerfeld also manages to be something of a fashion historian. Look at his work you’ll see references to countless bygone eras and sartorial icons of yesteryear. In his latest story for Harper’s Bazaar, Lagerfeld looks to legendary American socialites Mona von Bismarck & Millicent Rogers, women so revered for their good taste that whole museum collections exist to catalogue their stylish lives. Imagining a fictional meeting between the two legends, Lagerfeld creates sumptuous images overloaded with decadent ensembles.

With a shock of silver hair and a penchant for labels like Balenciaga, Givenchy and Vionnet, Mona was one of the most celebrated style icons of her time. Immortalized by Dali and Truman Capote. She’s brought to life in the story by Anja Rubik, in a series of dramatic looks chosen by Andrew Richardson. The glamorous Millicent Rogers, Standard Oil Heiress and toast of NY society, favored esoteric lines like Schiaparelli and Valentina, mixed in with standards from Mainbocher & Charles James; Melissa Tammerijn plays the blond beauty with grace in Lagerfeld’s story.

The Real Mona von Bismarck & Millicent Rogers

Countess Mona in Balenciaga

Millicent in Charles James

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Rio Grande

April 29th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

It is official, Brazilians are just hotter than everyone else. Case in point Vman‘s latest story by Mario Testino featuring stunner Izabel Goulart and a sizzling cast of locals! The pictures styled by Andrew Richardson, with makeup by Val Garland are heavy on skin and steamy innuendo; perfect for channelling the energy and undeniable appeal of Brazilian beauty. (VMan arrives on newsstands today)

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Bits & Bytes: Obsessed…

July 7th, 2010 |Posted by Betty


Obsessed with Visionaire‘s tribute to Alexander McQueen. The case is wrapped in a McQueen metalized brocade from his S/S 2010 show. Get your limited edition now.


Obsessed with Malgosia Bela in Givenchy Haute Couture, pure fantasy. Love this girl, love this look. Check out all 10 exquisite pieces on Style.com

Fashion/photography news:

See Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin actually at their FOAM exhibit.

Dazed & Confused interviews Andrew Richardson about his verrry controversial Richardson Magazine.

The mysterious and iconic Yohji Yamamoto will have his first biography out this fall.

On July 29th, The FBC interviews one of our favorites, superstar stylist Edward Enninful in London.

Modeling News:

Modeling trends… the older model is back…. more models of color is the wave of the future for men. (via VGL)

We met Ashton Kutcher back in the day and knew he was going to go on to big things. Meet Ford’s new kid who has the same chutzpah and ambition as Kutcher.

Julian Schratter, currently in the Seven for All Mankind campaign, is another dynamic and interesting young man. Check out his blog for up close and personal shots of the recent men’s shows.

Madonna‘s “son” in the new Dolce & Gabbana campaign,Max Schneider talks to SWIDE.com, their online magazine about shooting with Madonna.

David “Eye Candy” Gandy, is Vogue UK’s new blogger. You know when the big women’s magazines start paying attention to you, is when you have it made.

Miscellaneous:

YSL names Lloyd Simmonds their new international makeup artist. Congrats Lloyd!

Who else drops too much money on Gilt Groupe, besides me? Check out the unglamorous yet still fascinating behind the scenes at their warehouse. (via Fashionista)

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Bits & Bytes: Hanne on a Summery Day

May 21st, 2010 |Posted by Betty

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Hanne by Andrew. On a lovely Friday in New York, Hanne stops by to see Andrew Weir for a casting.

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An oiled up Marc shot by Juergen on mylar. What else do you need to know? Mr Jacobs’ 1st men’s Fragrance in 10 years. (Image via WWD story)
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Photography news:

Unbelievable! David Bailey has worked with British Vogue for 50 years. See all the lovely ladies that came out to honor him. We salute you David!

Find out here about the Made in Brazil Magazine filled with some of the sexiest of male models of today (and where to order it). Part 2 is here. Get it, it’s a collector’s piece. We are announcing MODELS.com’s winners of the giveaways next week.

The Imagist has a fascinating interview with Hugh Lippe, definitely a young, talented photographer to watch.

Haiti is no longer so prevalent in the news but that doesn’t mean the Haitians need any less help. Look at these incredible images in a Art for Haiti auction that just began. Stam is in 2 of the shots; all the artwork is phenomenal and starting at outrageously affordable prices and for such a great cause; it’s a must see.

For those of you bemoaning the lack of naked women or breasts or just general salaciousness on Terry Richardson’s blog, don’t you fret… Andrew Richardson‘s Magazine is relaunching any day now. No, they are not related, except maybe metaphorically speaking in their obvious love for breasts.

If you’re in Paris, go check out the wonderful Ellen von Unwerth Cinema exhibition. (Till June 19th)

Not modeling related but how cool is Jed Root’s photographer Mary Ellen Matthews who is Saturday Night Live’s house photographer?

Fashion:

Why Riccardo Tisci matters. Here is Sans Artifice’s take on it.

If you missed it, Alber Elbaz, talks to Style.com in their Future of Fashion series.

OK. I finally get the hype about young Tavi now. Just read this post by her on the whole recent Terry kerfuffle and am blown away by the insightfulness of this 14 year old young lady.

Like 10 Magazine, we are obsessing over this bag. And damn you Tommy Ton for suddenly making us want all of these.

Katie Grand pens this moving tribute to industry powerhouse Katy Baggot who passed away so suddenly.

Anna Sui‘s book is coming out and we cannot wait! With an introduction by Steven Meisel, expect the book to have much fabulousness.

Anne Christensen rumored to fill the top slot at the New York Times’ T Magazine. We’ll let you know if it’s not true.

Modeling news:

From Marpessa to Carla Bruni to Mariacarla Boscono, former model turned agent to the superstars, Woman Milan’s Piero Piazzi is amazing. Read his interview and see a picture of him!

Talk about inspirational. Fernando Fernandes, you may remember got paralyzed from a car accident (see him here in the current Dolce Gabbana fragrance campaign) . He’s already in a new ad which just shot.

OK, this trailer made me cry. Incredible model/activist Liya Kebede, in Desert Flower, rocks my world portraying the incredible model/activist Waris Dirie.

Next in line to design is Irina Lazareanu, calling it Rini by Irina. She has phenomenal style though so it could be pretty darn good.

This just in. 9 Daughter & A Stereo, who repped some of the coolest, quirkiest boys around, is rumored to have closed. So sad if that’s true.

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Vogue Italia September 08

August 27th, 2008 |Posted by Betty

It’s here and it’s the ever so striking Viktoriya of the arresting ice blue eyes. Gloriously lensed by Steven Meisel. Hair by Guido, MU Pat McGrath, styled by Andrew Richardson.

Viktoriya/Women Model Management. Ph: Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia September 08, image from Women Management blog.

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La Linda Evangelista

June 3rd, 2008 |Posted by Betty

From the Vogue Italia website, a sumptuous 22 page extravaganza highlighting why La Linda is THE model icon!

Photo: Meisel for Vogue Italia, June 08, styling by Andrew Richardson

Photo: Meisel for Vogue Italia, June 08

Photo: Meisel for Vogue Italia, June 08

Photo: Meisel for Vogue Italia, June 08

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