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A Brief History of Actors & Models

May 11th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

It is a proven fact that Hollywood actors cannot resist models – Leonardo Dicaprio we’re looking at you – so it is no surprise that magazines frequently pair actors & models together in covers and in editorials. We’re not sure why magazines always go for the actor + models combo instead of say actresses and male models (c’mon someone get Scarlett Johansson and Sean O’Pry  together already) but it is a proven formula that can produce beautiful results.

Or incredibly awkward and somewhat confusing results. Lets take a look back at some of our favorite model meets actor moments – the good, the bad and the just plain weird.

2012: W Magazine  : Tom Cruise + Abbey Lee Kershaw & Edita Vilkeviciute by Mario Sorrenti

W Magazine knows how to push all the right buttons don’t they? What better way to promote the blissfully cheesy 80s jukebox musical Rock of Ages than to put its star on the cover looking like a latter day Bret Michaels? Edita Vilkeviciute and Abbey Lee Kershaw are bringing the heat, but we can’t help but feel that Cruise looks more than a little uncomfortable. Perhaps this is simply his version of bored rock star blasé, but he manages to make standing between two of the world’s most beautiful girls look like a chore; to be honest he had more chemistry with Jeremy Renner in MI:4.

2012: Vogue Espana Clive Owen & Toni Garrn by Alexi Lubomirski

Love Toni, Love Clive. Love the city of Paris. Still he looks like her dad in this. Sorry. Unless they were going for the whole “cool dad takes his glamazon daughter to France thing”, if so then it totally works.

2012: American Vogue – Michael Fassbender and Natalia Vodianova by Craig McDean

Let’s be honest they make the ultimate austere couple.

2012: American Vogue – Eddie Redmayne & Karlie Kloss by Mario Testino

Young love minus the pimples.

2011: American Vogue – Jeremy Irvine & Arizona Muse by David Sims

Ok ok. This is a blatant promo for the film War Horse, but hey it made for an amazing editorial, atmospheric, rich and a showcase for some spectacular fashion.

2010 American Vogue – Ewan McGregor & Natalia Vodianova by Peter Lindbergh

Are you starting to see how much American Vogue likes this concept?

2009: American Vogue – Morgan Freeman & Lara Stone by Bruce Weber

Lara Stone and Morgan Freeman taking a walk around New Orleans, oh to have been a fly on the wall for this shoot…

2008: American Vogue – Jon Hamm & Catherine McNeil by Mario Testino

Let Don Draper show you how it’s done. McNeil and Hamm had a great rapport in all their images, in his Vogue profile he describes her as, “adorable and sweet and so much younger than me that it is terrifying.” Age concerns aside the Testino shoot struck the right balance between glamourous fashion fantasy and celebrity profile.

2006: Vanity Fair – George Clooney & Gemma Ward by Norman Jean Roy

The old Hollywood director and his brand new muse – is it too early to label an editorial a modern classic?

2006: American Vogue – Eric Bana & Gisele Bundchen by Mario Testino

Gisele gets roped into this sort of thing a lot…

2005: American Vogue – Josh Hartnett & Gemma Ward

Can you tell that this gorgeous duo started dating after this was shot?

2004: American Vogue Daria Werbowy and Jake Gyllenhaal

Going out on a limb and saying that Jake had the most fun on this shoot.

1992: Kyle Maclachlan & Linda Evangelista for Barneys

In the years prior to the François-Henri Pinault scandal, Linda dated Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan and found time to appear with him in ads for Barneys and a Meisel Vogue story. Unfortunately the couple that poses together doesn’t always stay together and they broke things off in the mid-90s.

1992: Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford by Herb Ritts

Does it get better than this? The answer is no it doesn’t. It does not get any better, Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr are not going to give you this kind of movie star & model chicness, bask in the glory of this cover.

And none for Leo.

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December Gifts

November 28th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

This year the presents come early with December covers dedicated to all things model. From Harper’s Bazaar UK dedicating space to the original supers with a special on Duran Duran’s Girl Panic video, to Karlie Kloss wrapped up like a gift on Vogue Germany, you get the very best of beautiful girls. Tell us which all star cover is your favorite!

Heather Marks for Vogue Hellas December 2011

Karlie Kloss by Alexi Lubomirski for Vogue Germany | Jacquelyn Jablonski for Vogue Turkey December 2011

Gisele Bundchen by Mario Testino for British Vogue

Dree Hemingway by Bruce Weber for Vogue Spain December | Hailey Clauson by Catherine Servel for W Korea

Doutzen Kroes by Tiziano Magni for Numero China

Yasmin LeBon, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Cindy Crawford and Eva Herzigova for Harper’s Bazaar UK

Magdalena Frackowiak for Vogue Mexico

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Bits & Bytes: The New U

October 21st, 2011 |Posted by Betty


U Magazine gets better and better with each issue. Their new cover, featuring Douglas Neitzke by Zee Nunes is a dreamy one indeed. For more from the issue go to U Magazine.

Fashion and photography

The one and only Bruce Weber, along with Nan Bush, relaunch the Bruce Weber website. If you know nothing about fashion, you will still recognize many of the iconic images for which he is responsible. Even more exciting is the prospect of Bruce and Nan stepping into the role of creative directors. Included will be “Bruce’s advertisements, selected short films, music videos and all-new WEBERSODES and short films produced specifically for the web”. This promises to be heaven.

Aww, we’re big fans of Costello Tagliapietra and so happy they finally got to tie the knot!

Vogue Italia wants YOU! Fashionista discussed Franca Sozzani’s new venture.

Modeling news

Style.com talks to one of our favorites, Liu Wen who shows us her view of the shows.

Calvin Klein is not only one of fashion’s legends, he’s a true game changer; here’s a short summary of his talk at Fern Mallis’ Fashion Icons series.

The very talented stylist and casting director John Tan chats with John Krupa who found his way to modeling, yes, you got it, right here on models.com.

Miscellaneous

We love that J Crew has gay couples in their catalog. I guess they would be considered the anti LL Bean.

If you happen to have $100,000 to drop, here’s a bespoke library from Assouline, super fabulous, right?

A tumblr suggestion from MDC’s Kevin, this truly made me laugh.

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Don’t Miss : The Kate Moss Portfolio

May 13th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Kate by Glen Luchford in 1993

SEE THE BEGINNINGS OF A SUPERMODEL – THE KATE MOSS PORTFOLIO at DANZIGER PROJECTS May 12th – June 30th

Kate Moss is an undeniable fashion icon, but back in the early 90s she was just a fresh face just getting her start in the business. Danziger Projects pays tribute to those early days with a special exhibition, The Kate Moss portfolio, featuring “eleven 30 x 24 inch prints by eleven of the world’s leading photographers all of who have played a key role in picturing Ms. Moss.” Among the featured photogs are Mario Sorrenti, Glen Luchford, Juergen Teller, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Chuck Close and Bruce Weber.

GIVE BACK TO A GREAT CAUSE – KIELHL’S + SHARE OUR STRENGTH May 14th

Head over to Kiehl’s locations nationwide this week, to take part in their Erase Lines, Fill Needs, and Ensure That No Kid Goes Hungry in America. A unique partnership with Share our Strength, a non-profit that aims to stamp out childhood hunger by providing kids in need with nutritious food. On the 14th Kiehls will be donating 1.50 per customer to the organization and you can donate right at register as well. In select stores you can even purchase treats from a bake sale hosted by Ambassadors of Share Our Strength to further raise funds. Added bonus, In all freestanding stores, receive a complimentary 10.5 day supply of Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate and participate in raffles for over $150 worth of Kiehls goodies.

TAKE IN A CLASSIC FILM – TERRENCE MALICK SERIES May 13th – 15th

Fans of fashion on film ought to check out the Museum of the Moving Image’s series on the work of directorTerrence Mallick. Running from May 13th to the 15th it covers classics like Days of Heaven – aka the source material for every other fashion editorial set in the early 20th century.

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Hotel California

April 14th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Natalia Vodianova checks into the Chateau Marmont and brings young Hollywood with her. Bruce Weber shoots the supermodel alongside Elle Fanning, Hailee Steinfeld, Max Irons, Chloe Moretz, Matthew Grey Gubler and more for a beautiful and fun filled American Vogue story that makes us wish we were in La La Land right now.

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The Original

September 7th, 2010 |Posted by Betty

Before Mark and Tyson, there was Jeff. Discovered in 1978 by Bruce Weber, Jeff Aquilon is considered by many to be the first male supermodel. Jeff returns to the front of the camera once again in a shoot by Hedi Slimane, styled by Jay Massacret for VMan #19, their special “Age” issue. VMan interviews the California father of four to find out what he’s been up to since rolling around with Paulina Porizkova on a beach. It’s easy to see why Jeff left such an indelible mark on the industry; his classic features remain eternally iconic. Only in VMan, available everywhere September 9th.


Jeff by Hedi for VMan #19 preview.


From VMAN9, Jeff Aquilon Photographed by Bruce Weber, 1984 in “HISTORY OF THE MALE SUPERMODEL”.

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Bits & Bytes: Animal Attraction

April 21st, 2010 |Posted by Betty

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Bruce Weber, Nan Bush, Kelly Klein, Jennifer Starr along with the iconic Tyson Beckford and the beautiful Sports Illustrated Cover star, Brooklyn Decker will be together on April 28th in support of The Last Chance Animal Rescue Fund and the Amaryllis Equine Rescue. Come to the fundraiser/silent auction, which brings together some of the biggest names in fashion and help our furry friends. If you can’t attend, click here to donate.

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Modeling info:

First Lara Stone for Calvin Klein, now Alessandra Ambrosio for Moschino by Ines & Vinoodh. Sexy is most assuredly back for fall.

We’re also excited that Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa has done away with using size zero models. It’s about time fashion at its highest level pushed for healthier looks and practices.

Oh too cute: Imogen Morris-Clarke has a new blog with a pic of herself as a child.

Here’s Agyness Deynin the trailer of her new film with Linus Roache. She looks damn gorgeous.

Eva Herzigova, mommy and supermodel is interviewed by Elle Magazine.

Gorgeous Brazilian male model, Diogo, what else is new?

Vogue likes new face Barbara Palvin, we do too!

Kate Moss + Mario Testino = new Taschen book on our must have list.

Ryan Kennedy is back with his second interview for this fashion fan.

If you’re from the US, go to Factor Women’s website to find out about their modelsearch. It goes through May.

Miscellaneous:

Here’s 2 items I’m obsessing over, these Vivienne Westwood for Lee jeans, and this leather jacket. I bet Freja Beha would like the jacket :)

V Man’s new issue is out and it’s chockfull of fantastic new shoots including that infamous Shrek shoot that Dreamworks is regretting. We love it!

Congrats Danny (of Igor & Andre) for making it to Teen Vogue! May all your other fashion dreams come true.

Many attended Anna Wintour’s tribute to Irving Penn at Pratt Institute but we especially love Fashionista’s report that shows even Ms Nuclear Wintour can be touched by the legend’s greatness.

Asian Americans in the fashion industry! Some of our favorite people will be here including Phillip Lim and iconic model Jenny Shimizu.

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Miami Inc.

April 15th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Bruce Weber takes readers on a tour of Miami for W. Using his signature mix of real people, models and of course his beloved golden retrievers, Weber photographs a diverse set of beauties including Sedene, Dree Hemingway, Elaine Irwin, Kirsten Owen, Coco Rocha, Alyssah Ali, Guinevere Van Seenus, Anne Marie Kortwright and fashion legend Iris Apfel. Add in some incredible clothes – Camilla Nickerson‘s colorful styling choices perfectly capture the vibrancy of Miami’s fashion scene – and you have the makings of an incredibly fun filled editorial.

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