Bits and Bytes: The Young Americans, Farewell to Ms Sims

August 5th, 2009 |Posted by Betty

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2 new young Americans on our radar. Mitch from DNA Models is only 13 years old. We can’t believe it either!

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Charlotte from Photogenics is 16, half Indonesian, half English but from the LA area. Amazing lines!

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From foster homes to the cover of Life Magazine, we salute the extraordinary and ground breaking journey of Naomi Sims, called the first black supermodel, who died this past week at the age of 61. Wise as well ( “There is nothing sadder than an old, broke model, and there are many models who have nothing at the end of their career,” Ms. Sims told The Times in 1969), she went on to create a successful line of wigs and cosmetics for black women under her name. Read the Times obituary and take a look at some pictures from her inspiring career.

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See the Dior Homme campaign; it does, of course have a lot of gorgeous Brazilian men.

Also for our friends in Brazil, here’s House of Models’ interview with Bruna Tenorio (in Portugese).

For the making of Zara‘s Fall/Winter campaign with Toni Garrn shot by David Sims, click here.

How do you get into the world of fashion? Teen Vogue‘s new book explains it all. With contributions by the Kaiser: Karl Lagerfeld, Patrick Demarchelier, Mario Testino, Chanel Iman and Caroline Trentini, this is the book that we wished we had when we started out oh so long ago. Out on October 5th.

Vanity Fair‘s best dressed list is out. Who made the cut from the fashion industry? Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Georgina Chapman, Tory Burch, Candy Pratts-Price, Franca Sozzani, Natalia Vodianova, Bruce Weber, Peter Beard and Rachel Roy. Eclectic indeed.

Jenna (the no longer Anonymous ex-Model at Jezebel) has a great post on Anna Wintour‘s early days of editing at NY Magazine. Worth taking a sec to see Anna pre-”Never a hair out of place”, along with the most genuine smile we’ve ever seen on her. (As you click through the gallery, make sure you read Jenna’s comments next to the picture).

If Karl Lagerfeld likes you, you will ALWAYS work. Take a sneak peek at his shoot for Purple Fashion with Baptiste Giabiconi, wearing heels, natch.

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Northern Exposure

April 22nd, 2009 |Posted by Betty

Before the Vogue covers, international campaigns and the “Stam” bag for Marc Jacobs, Jessica Stam was the girl next door in Ontario. Michelle Miller, owner of International Model Management scouted Stam at a coffee shop and Victoria’s Secret beauty Andi Muse at a shopping centre in Canada, changing their lives forever. In 10 days, on May 3rd 2009, the 15th annual Cover Model search by Michele in Barrie, Ontario, Canada takes place. The big NYC agencies (IMG, DNA Models, Women Model Management, Next Models NY, Elite New York, Ford Models, Wilhelmina New York just to name a few) will be there to participate and see Canada’s finest. Go to their site now to participate or see pics from last year’s event.

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Snap of Stam by Michele in summer 2008. Pic courtesy of Michele Miller

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Sex, Love and Fashion

December 22nd, 2008 |Posted by Betty

Bruce Hulse by Paolo Roversi, circa 1981 for Vogue Hommes. Bruce Hulse with Nous Model Management LA and DNA Models NY. Video courtesy of Nous LA. To see more pictures and where to purchase the book, check his website: www.brucehulse.com.

Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts and Calvin Klein are just some of the iconic names with whom Bruce Hulse has worked. Check out our reviews of the book and the video interview with male supermodel Bruce Hulse, author of “Sex, Love and Fashion“.

Janelle: Male models are rarely known for their introspection. On the contrary, with their rippled physiques and perfect faces male models are often stereotyped as being vapid. One need only look at some of the more unflattering pop culture representations of male modeling (Zoolander, anyone?) to get an idea of the cliches and misconceptions that exist regarding the industry.

Bruce Hulse‘s autobiography “Sex, Love & Fashion” defies the male modeling stereotypes and concerns itself primarily with issues of a deep and heartfelt nature. While the book has been sensationalized as a steamy tell all about Hulse’s relationships with some of the most prominent faces of the early 90s the bulk of the material draws inspiration not from tabloid fodder but instead from Hulse’s complex and interesting life.

Beginning his fashion career under the careful tutelage of Bruce Weber and Calvin Klein, Hulse was one of the most well known and respected presences within the industry. His iconic Calvin Klein ads were plastered on billboards and in magazines but behind the scenes he struggled with not only his career but also his tumultuous personal life. Depression, family and the search for spirituality are all topics that weigh heavy on Hulse’s mind throughout the story.

These moments of personal exploration are perhaps the most interesting portions of Hulse’s tale. While it is exciting to peer behind the scenes of the fashion elite – Hulse doesn’t scrimp on details about well known fashion icons like Calvin Klein and Bruce Weber – those moments pale in comparison to the more intimate details. Hulse’s mother’s battle with depression and his journey towards self discovery are issues that will resonate with readers and give a glimpse into the man behind the perfection.

Betty: As an ex modeling agent, I found Bruce’s biography very absorbing. There was a lot of intriguing insider tidbits about this world that no one knows about unless you are a supermodel, which Bruce most certainly was. His honesty about family problems and his own difficulties grappling with depression during his most successful years are what make his rise to fame ultimately compelling.

There was much talk in the media about the political incorrectness of his kissing and telling, especially as many of the supermodels he bedded are still some of the most recognizable names today. What I found instead was that in many of the instances, many of the supermodels were portrayed as powerful women who took charge of their encounters with Bruce. There are definite moments, though, of complete caddishness from Bruce that made me utterly annoyed with the male gender. Certain subjects like unsafe sex and drug use are tossed into the conversation as everyday occurrences. 25 years later these formerly commonplace events seem taboo and even dangerous.

What WAS delightful was stumbling across random industry names from Didier Malige to Marpessa to Paolo Roversi and the in depth look from the model’s point of view of the machinery of our business. Fascinating also was how so much of the modeling industry has changed in 25 years and how much of it remains the same. For aspiring models and fashion insiders, it’s a must read of one man’s intense journey. For everyone else, read if you want a peek into a fascinating world and complex personality.

See video below of Bruce answering some of our questions.

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Fantastic Voyage

December 10th, 2008 |Posted by Janelle

Solve Sundsbo explores the best looks of the season with a little help from Olga Sherer, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Hye Park, Chanel Iman, Alyona Osmanova, Agnete Hegelund, Taryn Davidson, Irina Kulikova & Amanda Laine. The star studded cast travels from the urbane streets of Paris to secluded woods and back again with plenty of studio shots in between. The almost 50 page editorial kicks off the new year for Harper’s Bazaar with an absolute bang.

Hye Park (Trump), Taryn Davidson (DNA), Irina Kulikova (IMG), Amanda Laine (Supreme), Olga Sherer (Women Management), Alyona Osmanova (Supreme), Hanne Gaby Odiele (Supreme), Amanda Laine (Supreme), Chanel Iman (Ford), Agnete Hegelund (Next) by Solve Sundsbo (Art + Commerce) for Harper’s Bazaar

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The Cheshire Cat

November 25th, 2008 |Posted by Janelle

Oliver Cheshire‘s feline good looks are on full display in Details. The former CK Jeans frontman looks at home in the relaxed preppy fashions that define the current sportswear look. The clothes make the man and from fitted blazers to a full suit and tie, Oliver makes it all look effortless. That kind of natural, easygoing appeal takes talent and skill – qualities that have landed him at the top of the male model heap.

Oliver Cheshire (Select Model Management, DNA Models) by Thomas Schenk for Details December 2008

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Magdalena Confidential

October 16th, 2008 |Posted by Janelle

“…one day she would like to be an architect.”

Remember the good old days when supermodels dominated the headlines as well as the catwalks? The new generation of legends in the making is picking up right where the old guard left off with a series of profiles and interviews that clue readers into their private lives. This month’s i-D gives us insight into the Magdalena Frackowiak‘s meteoric rise and her favorite things.

Magdalena Frackowiak for i-D by Alasdair McLellan. Image courtesy of DNA.

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Edita Vilkeviciute S/S 09

October 8th, 2008 |Posted by Betty

Spring/Summer 2009 Show Season:

New York

BCBG
Alexander Wang
Herve Leger
Thakoon
Matthew Williamson
Derek Lam
Narciso Rodriguez
Michael Kors
3.1 Phillip Lim
PHI
Tommy Hilfiger
Zac Posen
Rag & Bone
Gap Presentation

Milan
D&G
Burberry Prorsum
Moschino
Alessandro Dell�Acqua
Iceberg
Max Mara
Dolce & Gabbana
Fendi
Emilio Pucci
Aquilano E Rimondi
Etro
Just Cavalli

Paris
Balmain
Balenciaga
Antonio Berardi
Isabel Marant
Karl Lagerfeld
Ungaro
Givenchy
Stella McCartney
Yves Saint Laurent
Chanel
Valentino
Chloe
Lanvin

Ph: Solve Sundsbo for Numero 97, by flyingace via helligirl on tFS

Edita/DNA, Viva, Why Not, Traffic. Info from DNA Models

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Beguiling Baptiste

September 11th, 2008 |Posted by Janelle

Rising star Baptiste appears in the latest edition of Numero Homme. The Guet-Apens editorial by Horst Diekgerdes shows the debonair side of the handsome newcomer. Baptiste’s interest in fashion extends beyond modeling – in addition to his editorial and runway success he is studying fashion industry while interning at Neil Barrett.

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Baptiste by Horst Diekgerdes for Numero Homme. Pictures courtesy of Nathalie Models. With DNA Models in NY

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