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Baby Bardot

June 26th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Fragrance commercials are always attempting to tap into our nostalgia for classic cinema, and Dior‘s newest fragrance spot is no exception. Shot by Jonas Akerlund and starring the delightful Daphne Groeneveld, the short riffs on Roger Vadim’s And God Created Women, with a cheeky twist. Where Bardot was unstoppably sensual, Daphne is absolutely adorable, providing the right mix of sweetness and glamour to bring the girly world of Dior beauty to life.

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March 12th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Vogue Italia has never shied from controversy and its March cover story has people talking left and right. From The Huffington Post, to Jezebel debate is raging over whether or not the story is in poor taste, misguided and/or exploiting negative stereotypes about blacks and Latinos. On the Vogue Italia website, the inspiration for the story is listed asmessy drags: untidy, dishevelled, counter-intuitive cross-dressers.” Meanwhile Jezebel’s intrepid Jenna Sauers, found direct links between the hair styles featured in the editorial and the gallery of Ghetto Fabulous Edible Hair dos. We can’t help but wonder what the originators of those colorful, candy-inspired styles think of the VI story and its intentions.

Controversy aside, the Steven Meisel cover of Joan Smalls marks the first time a black model has been on the cover of VI since the infamous Black Issue, which makes another triumph for Joan. Getting a VI cover is always a coup for a model, but considering how rare it is to see a woman of color fronting the world’s most influential fashion mag, this is kind of a big deal. Perhaps the greater controversy is the fact that there are multi-year periods where we just don’t see  people of color on the covers of our fashion mags.

Styling: Lori Goldstein  | Makeup: Pat McGrath |  Hair: Jimmy Paul | Models: Abbey Lee Kershaw, Coco Rocha, Guinevere Van Seenus, Jessica Stam, Karen Elson, Lindsey Wixson, and Daphne Groeneveld

See the full Haute Mess story on Vogue.It

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Campaign Candy

January 9th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle


Mulberry’s spring ads are the stuff of Tumblr dreams, Lindsey Wixson, Frida Gustavsson and a giant melting ice cream cone by Tim Walker? The sugar level is off the charts, but who can resist such a sweet treat?! Shot on location in Brighton with set design by  Andy Hillman and styling by Edward Enninful, the girlish ads are joyful and creative. Those cream colored Bayswater satchels and bright high heeled wedges are almost as tempting as the massive hard candies.


Steven Meisel takes three legendary supers and one outstanding newbie to create a classically minded campaign. Naomi Campbell, Kristen McMenamy, Karen Elson and Daphne Groeneveld join forces for a striking ad that brings to mind Avedon’s epic Versace ads from the 80s.


Natasha Poly as a modern pin up girl is a campaign concept we can get behind. Willy Vanderperre and Olivier Rizzo create an enticing series of images that capitalize on Ms. Poly’s natural allure and the appealing mix of pattern & texture found in Proenza’s spring collection. The clothes are front and center here and they look phenomenal: sign us up for a pair of those heels!


Akris is known for their appealing take on minimal fashions and the spring campaign takes that idea and runs with it. Karim Sadli shoots Daga Ziober in the backseat of a vintage car wearing Albert Kriemler’s gorgeous designs.

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Beauty Bytes: The Versace Look

November 10th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

When you think of the Versace beauty, there are a few catchphrases that come to mind and smoky eyes are probably pretty high on the list. Using the brand’s heritage and signature look as inspiration Tom Pecheux created the ultimate statement eye for the Versace for H&M show. With the combo of MAC’s matte black Carbon shadow and silver loose pigments, Pecheaux crafted an edgy look that was accentuated by bleached brows. Stars like show opener Natasha Poly worked the look along with lengthy extensions by Orlando Pita and sleek leather bandanas.

The lovely Bianca Balti named the newest face of L’Oreal – this marks the second major cosmetics company to sign a model spokeswoman in recent months. Are cosmetics giants starting to embrace models again after years of relying on actresses?

Speaking of which, Emily Blunt is the new face of YSL Opium following in the footsteps of Sophie Dahl, Kate Moss & Karen Elson.

Makeup artist Alex Box is one of our favorites and her innovative line Illamasqua enters the fragrance realm with a truly inventive scent, Freak. The captivating and gothic blend features notes that wouldn’t seem out of place in a witch’s cauldron. Black davana, belladonna, poison hemlock, datura, queen of the night, frankincense, oud and myrrh are nice individually, but together they’re fantastical. Be one of the first to try it at select Sephoras – it launches this week!

W Editors share their beauty secrets who is addicted to Rodin Olio Lusso, who is lucky enough to get their haircut by Garren himself!?

20 years after launching 10 revolutionary nude lipcolors at Bergdorf Goodman, Bobbi Brown is still a force in the fashion and beauty industries – no wonder she’s the toast of Paris!

FYI The almost black but not quite nail polish used at the show (and on the nails of the gorge Daphne Groeneveld) is Deborah Lippmann’s Dark Side of the Moon.

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First Look : The Model Issue

September 27th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

V Magazine‘s themed issues have become an industry standard and for the mag’s latest extravaganza they look to fashion’s finest faces for inspiration. If you’ve been waiting for a magazine to take note of some of the incredible new girls on the scene then wait no more. V74 will feature eight key up and comers (described as “future supermodel contenders) on the cover  – making this a must have issue for model watchers. Add in the incredible contributions from the likes of Carine RoitfeldTerry RichardsonInez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh MatadinDaniele Duella and Iango Henzi and this looks like one hell of an issue. Take a look at the first  preview featuring Hedi Slimane‘s evocative portraits of Daphne Groeneveld, Emily Baker and Charlotte Free.

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On A Wim

August 22nd, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Peter Lindbergh pays tribute to director Wim Wenders’ classic, Wings of Desire with a dreamy black and white story in Numero starring Daphne Groeneveld and actor Pascal Greggory. This isn’t the first time Lindbergh has referenced Wenders fashion fans may remember his 93′ Bazaar editorial featuring Amber Valletta, as an angel watching over Manhattan. We like to think of the Numero feature as a continuation of that story, with Daphne taking on the role of angel with aplomb.

Image Credit | Noir Facade

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On the Town

July 21st, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Great things are afoot again at W Magazine. Check out Alasdair McLellan‘s gorgeous look at the fall collections as selected by W’s newly minted fashion director Edward Enninful. Featuring pouty two-some Lindsey Wixson & Daphne Groeneveld alongside it-boys Ollie Edwards, Yuri Pleskun, Simon Nessman & Cole Mohr, the story provides an engaging look at New York’s style – uptown and down.

HAIR Anthony Turner MAKEUP Aaron de Mey

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June 20th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

The seemingly unstoppable Daphne Groeneveld strikes again: the Dutch beauty’s striking Vogue Japan cover by Mario Sorrenti has her sporting a furry look from Miu Miu, a center part by crafted by Recine and a pair of seriously bleached brows. George Cortina‘s styling and subtle makeup by Aaron de Mey keep the picture sweet, but Daphne’s trademark glare prevents things from getting sugary.

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