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Home For The Holidays

November 15th, 2013 |Posted by victoria

As the holiday campaigns roll in, H&M knows how to stand out from the rest, starting with an all-star cast shot by Alexi Lubomirski (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists): Christy Turlington, Doutzen Kroes, Sean O’Pry, Ryan Burns and Liu Wen—to name a few. But what really catches our eye is the mini film accompanying the campaign, which truly captures the holiday cheer that warms our hearts the most—full of family, friends, and fashion, of course!

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Super Size

August 26th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

When you combine 7 of the biggest models of all time and Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott you are guaranteed a full scale fashion event. Interview Magazine delivers the month’s sleekest front pages via its September model issue, a tour de force trip through the models that matter, past and present. The star studded issue comes complete with a jam packed cover story that pays tribute to the timeless allure of the industry’s premier beauties.

For even more from the Model Issue – including interviews with each of the cover stars – go to Interview Magazine.com 

AMBER

Amber Valletta

DARIA

Daria Werbowy

CHRISTY

Christy Turlington

LINDA

Linda Evangelista

KATE

Kate Moss

NAOMI

Naomi Campbell

STEPHANIE

Stephanie Seymour

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Dinner for Wu

June 27th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

After Spring’s jaunt to La Grenouille with Stephanie Seymour, fall finds Jason Wu at another of New York’s venerable restaurants with a supermodel companion. The line’s sleek Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin helmed ad, art directed by Patrick Li and shot at the fabled uptown outpost of Mr. Chow features Christy Turlington and is the second in Wu’s appetizing series. In the colorful campaign shots Turlington sits perched atop a booth looking resplendent in designs from Wu’s tour de force ‘Extreme Femininity’ collection.

When asked about the Turlington collaboration Wu stated, “I’ve been so privileged to work with such talented models and women who continue to inspire me.” Turlington personifies the essence of the Wu woman- formidable, feminine, and always glamorous. Christy’s comments were just as complimentary, “I always love working with my friends Inez and Vinoodh and it was great getting to meet and spend some time with Jason.” Sounds like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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Images Courtesy Jason Wu

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Prada Persuasion

June 27th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Prada‘s elegant fall collection comes to life with a thrilling new campaign by Steven Meisel. In previous seasons the brand has gone for high concept ads and elaborate set ups, but for fall the focus is all on the clothes and the cast. The mix of striking new faces alongside seasoned fashion veterans highlights the universal appeal of Miuccia Prada’s designs and reinforces the idea that a Prada ensemble is the right choice for women of all ages. 

Styling - Olivier Rizzo | Hair - Guido Palau | Makeup - Pat McGrath | Casting - Ashley Brokaw | Production Design - Mary Howard

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Malaika Firth

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Amanda Murphy

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Christy Turlington

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Fei Fei Sun

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Caroline de Maigret

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Catherine McNeil

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Freja Beha Erichsen

 

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Legend

May 15th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Christy Turlington.
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Harper’s Bazaar.

A beauty for the ages, back and looking better than ever on the cover of Bazaar‘s latest issue. Styled by Julia von Boehm in a luxe mix of Balenciaga and Tom Ford, the multi-hyphenate supermodel-humanitarian-documentarian proves she can still pose with the best of them. Christy springs eternal!

View the full story & read the interview on Harper’s Bazaar.com

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Blast from the Past: Mirabella

January 15th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

The news is always going on about the death of print, but what happens when a familiar favorite magazine really does go away forever? Fans of 90s fashion will fondly remember Mirabella, sitting on the newsstand alongside issues of Elle, Bazaar and Vogue. From 1989 to 2000 the magazine founded by  fashion fixture and former editor -in -chief of American Vogue, Grace Mirabella offered up a no-nonsense take on fashion. Appealing to women who valued not only style, but substance the magazine was chock full of the era’s trademarks: supermodels, shoulder pads and colorful imagery filled with designs from the likes of Yohji Yamamoto, and Helmut Lang.

Even though the days of Mirabella have long since passed, time hasn’t stripped the publication of its charms. Looking back there are a great many aspects of Mirabella that still feel contemporary: Sarah Moon’s haunting photography is just as relevant today as it was nearly two decades ago (check the latest Valentino campaign if you need proof) and Christy Turlington – a perennial Mirabella fave – is still one of the industry’s great beauties. Today’s obsession with model-style seems foreshadowed by Mirabella’s sleek Glen Luchford editorial styled by none other than Kate Moss and it’s hard to think of a glossy that wouldn’t jump at the chance to publish a feature along these lines today. Styles may come and go but Ines de la Fressange still turns heads as trendsetter for the ages and Regan Cameron’s images of the legendary French muse are an enduring delight.

Amber Valletta & Michaela Bercu

Christy Turlington

Chandra North by Glen Luchford, styling by Kate Moss

Honor Fraser and Yael Reich by Sarah Moon

Christy Turlington by Fabrizio Ferri

Kristen McMenamy by William Garrett

Ines de la Fressange by Regan Cameron

Janine Giddings by Sheila Metzner

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Balenciaga Moments

November 5th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Nicolas Ghesquiere by Steven Meisel

We were shocked and a bit saddened today to hear of Nicolas Ghesquiere‘s departure from Balenciaga. After 15 years at the legendary house, Ghesquiere is parting ways with the luxury powerhouse, a label he helped become one of the most influential and respected in the business. Though we know this is likely the start of an exciting new beginning (let the rumors begin) we can’t help but look back at a few of our absolute favorite Balenciaga moments, from the very first collection to those infamous leggings. Take a look at our favorites and let us know yours in the comments.


THE REVIVAL

In 2012 it seems like there are new designers shuffling in to breathe life into old houses every few months, that wasn’t so much the case back in 1997. At 25 after assisting designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and paying his dues behind the scenes at several brands, Ghesquière came to Balenciaga to design for the brand’s Japanese licensing partner. Hardly the most glamourous gig – but his talent was evident and soon he found himself creative director of a brand that had yet to rediscover its footing. His first show back in S/S 98 changed all that, with a darkly chic update on the brand’s identity that made the fashion press stand up and take notice. View the collection in full for yourself at Balenciaga.com.


THE BAG

Seasonal styles of the popular Balenciaga bags

It bags come and go, but modern classics are very rare indeed. Ghesquière knocked the ball out of the park when he launched Balenciaga’s Lariat bag in 2000, the oft imitated but never duplicated style has been seen on the arm of everyone from Mary-Kate Olsen to Carine Roitfeld and is still going strong.


THE GAINSBOURG CONNECTION

Nicolas Ghesquiere and Charlotte Gainsbourg by Jean Paul Goude for Harper’s Bazaar

Twilight cutie Kristen Stewart may be the latest actress to catch Ghesquière’s eye, but the original Balenciaga-fille has got to be Charlotte Gainsbourg, a woman whose idiosyncratic beauty and avant-garde career choices mirror the spirit of Ghesquière’s boundary breaking aesthetic. Serving as both muse and face of the line’s signature fragrances, Gainsbourg is a fixture in the Balenciaga front row and in the brand’s iconography.


THE FLOWERS

Jennifer Connolly for Balenciaga S/S 08 by David Sims

It is hard to go back through Ghesquière’s 15 years at Balenciaga and pick the most memorable collections, each collection has its own merits but there are a few that take on special significance. S/S 2008′s floral explosion remains one of the most daring and influential, just when we thought we knew what to expect we got hit with a strong dose of flower power. Reactions to the collection may have been divisive, but it jumpstarted the current craze for bold, head-to-toe print and has been replicated by everyone from H&M to Celine.


THE ARCHIVES


Cristobal Balenciaga Cape, 1963 – Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere F/W 2006 cape on Coco Rocha

Every designer working at a storied house has access to a wealth of archival inspiration, but only a select few put it to good use. Ghesquière was always adept at taking Cristobal’s shapes and points of reference, then modernizing them, either with subtle changes or grand re imaginings. Take a look at how Cristóbal’s 1963 cape compared to the oversized brocade cape from the F/W 06 show.


MOD MOMENTUM

Freja Beha Erichsen for Balenciaga F/W 05 by David Sims

Sixties style mod looks often found a place on Ghesquière’s runways and made for some of the most memorable looks; who can forget the mod touches in the F/W 05 and F/W 06 collections?


MARIE AMELIE

Marie Amelie’s interpretation of Balenciaga in Strict Elegance from Interview – Ph. Craig McDean

As much as we love Nicolas’ work, all the credit for Balenciaga’s longstanding cultural impact can’t rest solely on his shoulders. As the brand’s stylist, muse and loyal supporter, Marie-Amélie Sauvé has shaped the Balenciaga look for years on the runway and in numerous editorials. Some of our favorite Balenciaga moments occurred while looking at her artful and creative interpretations of that look in the pages of magazines like Interview and Vogue Paris.


i-ROBOT

Kate Moss by Sølve Sundsbø for Numero Tokyo‘s inaugural issue.

Perhaps the singularly most infamous pair of leggings in history and certainly one of the most iconic Balenciaga pieces of all time. How many leggings find their way onto the bodies of Terence Koh, Kate Moss and Beyoncé Knowles? Not to mention the omnipresent place these leggings held in fashion edits for nearly a year. We love it when Balenciaga goes on a sci-fi streak!


THE GIRLS 

Balenciaga S/S 2002 by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

Every season we’ve looked forward to see which beauties would be featured in the Balenciaga campaign and to date we’ve yet to be disappointed. Whether it is a bonafide supermodel like Gisele Bundchen, or Christy Turlington or a fresh crop of brand new faces, Balenciaga always goes for the unexpected and remains one of the few brands whose campaigns can really launch a compelling face.


THE COPYCATS

The one thing we’ll miss most about Ghesquire at Balenciaga is his ability to kickstart a design trend. There are whole websites devoted to looks cribbed from Balenciaga and while all designers get inspired by each other every now and then it was always amusing to see who was drawing inspiration from Ghesquire.


THE EDITORIALS

There were and are so many great editorial images that involved Balenciaga, but we’ll end on this great shot of Gemma Ward by Nick Knight for Pop Magazine.

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Beauty Bytes: Pure Luxury

August 17th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Christy Turlington, Karolina Kurkova and Liya Kebede by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for Donna Karan Woman

Donna Karan has always stood for a celebration of modern femininty and the latest fragrance launch from her eponymous line captures that ideal perfectly. Donna Karan Woman is an elegant tribute to the many sides of being a modern woman and the result of a dynamic collaboration between some of the most prominent female talents working. Famed architect Zaha Hadid created the impressive, sculptural bottle, celebrated perfumer Anne Flipo crafted the intoxicating blend of sandalwood, Haitian vetiver and orange blossom and the stunning campaign was shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and features 3 of extraordinary beauties of substance Karolina, Christy & Liya. The end result is truly a showcase for the power of women and the sensual scent itself is absolutely irresistible.

Francophiles and fragrance addicts rejoice – Serge Lutens comes stateside to Barney’s New York offering their previously Paris only scents at the Madison Avenue location.

Actress Jessica Chastain becomes the latest face of YSL Beaute, taking a starring role in the brand’s campaign for Manifesto. She also shares an adorable story about wearing Opium in the 5th grade.

Aline Weber shows off some beautiful hot pink lids on Into the Gloss‘ exploration of vivid eyeshadow color inspired by Dior Couture.

Nail innovator Jin Soon Choi – woman behind some of the greatest editorial nail moments ever – talks about her brand new line of polishes.

 

Tom Ford Beauty never fails to impress us with its commitment to all out glamour. We’re especially taken by the latest campaign imagery featuring Snejana Onopka wearing a glossy crimson lip and looking every inch the supermodel. You can almost smell the scent of Lavender Palm wafting through the air just by looking at this shot. Get the look on your own with a swipe of the oh so chic Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lipgloss in Lost Cherry. 

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