Women on the Verge

September 24th, 2014 |Posted by models.com

The British menswear magazine HERO has come a long way in just five short years. Since launching in 2008 with a cover story featuring Robbie Wadge, the publication has graduated to rising actors like Dane DeHaan and Bill Skarsgård, both shot by Hedi Slimane, and a uniquely incisive perspective on the fashion scene. Editors in chief Fabien Kruszelnicki and James West expand their portfolio this week with the launch of a women’s title, named, appropriately enough, HEROINE. “We’ve constantly been asked when a women’s version of HERO would be coming out,” Kruszelnicki and West explain, “and we have always known that we didn’t want to make a straight copy of HERO for women. HEROINE has a different vision, but with all of the same energy.”

That energy can be seen vibrantly throughout the inaugural issue, which can be seen in an exclusive preview below, starting with cover star Juno Temple, interviewed by Daniel Radcliffe. Paola Kudacki shoots the iconic Hilary Rhoda as the epitome of the “modern woman,” writer-slash-actress Brit Marling takes a starring role, and designer features on Saint Laurent, Paul Smith, and Balenciaga, find their place alongside a convergence of Prada with the artist Carsten Höller, who opens up his latest exhibition to the Fall collection. The emphasis throughout is on power and drive, two features that Kruszelnicki and West believe exemplify the HEROINE reader. “We really wanted to make a magazine that was intelligent, that blended fashion with current affairs, culture, and genuinely interesting interviews with strong, aspirational, driven women,” they say. “It’s about an attitude that transcends generations rather than trends, but we also love celebrating fashion and style. All of these things feed into a complete picture of modern society, coming together to represent a modern woman.”

Introduction by Jonathan Shia

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Photographer: Sebastian Kim, Fashion editor: Gro Curtis, Model: Juno Temple

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Story title: Balenciaga, Photographer: Paul Maffi, Fashion: Taryn Bensky, Models: Anais Mali

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Story title: Two Years In, Photographer : Steven Pan, Fashion : Gro Curtis, Models: Manuela Frey and Mijo Mihaljcic

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Story title: KIMX6, Photographer: Johnny Dufort, Fashion: Emma Wyman, Model: Kim Peers

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Story title: Paul Smith, Photographer: Emma Tempest, Fashion: Gro Curtis, Models: Ana Buljevic

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Story title: Modern Woman, Photographer: Paola Kudacki, Fashion: Karen Kaiser, Model: Hilary Rhoda

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Story title: Prada / Höller, Photographer: Axel Lindahl, Fashion: Naomi Itkes, Models: Lisa Verberght

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Story title: Aunt Ruth, Photographer: Fabien Kruszelnicki, Fashion: Nell Kalonji, Model: Aunt Ruth

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Story title: Saint Laurent, Photographer: Tetsu Kubota, Fashion: Gro Curtis, Models: Maja Salamon and Nic Neiman

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Story title: Silhouette, Photographer: Victor Demarchelier, Fashion: Gro Curtis, Model: Katryn Kruger

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A New Hero

May 6th, 2014 |Posted by jonathanshia

Recent years have seen a burst of independent magazines, but few have risen with quite the speed of HERO Magazine, the London-based men’s mag launched in 2009. What began as a DIY celebration of fashion and models has turned into a major force on the scene, with cover stories of rising Hollywood stars by Hedi Slimane and impressive portfolios on culture and society. The latest issue, with actor Bill Skarsgård on the cover, offers another look at the possibilities of print, with a vigorous fifty-page feature shot by Hero cofounder Fabien Kruszelnicki and styled by Elizabeth Fraser-Bell. Karlis Adlers is found amidst a house in ruins, offering a look ahead at Fall 2014’s most desirable looks, all of them accentuated by his shock of platinum-blond hair. Take a look at our exclusive preview below, and see the full story in the new issue, available at Hero-Magazine.com.

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Hero Worship

November 5th, 2013 |Posted by jonathanshia

Famed photographer Guy Aroch may be best-known for his stunning shots of gorgeous girls, but he proves himself just as talented with the guys in a stellar new editorial from the latest issue of HERO Magazine, featuring superstars Clément Chabernaud and Mathias Lauridsen suffused in Aroch’s trademark lambent glow. Styled by Gro Curtis, the two legends wear the season’s top collections, from Balenciaga and Lanvin to Louis Vuitton and Dior Homme, adding an upscale twist to the softly rundown cabin that serves as the relaxed and quiet backdrop. The rich, gorgeous portraits have an intimate feel, with Chabernaud and Lauridsen caught in lost moments of thought, the perfect instants passing by in the fading light of day.

See the full story in the database.

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Your Own Hero

October 21st, 2013 |Posted by models.com

HERO Magazine‘s latest issue, one of their biggest yet, features rising young star Dane Dehaan shot by Hedi Slimane, wearing S/S 14 Saint Laurent of course. Dane, one of the hottest young actors emerging on the scene, joins Christian Slater, Tony Hawk, Harmony Korine, J.W. Anderson, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon of Kenzo in this 300 page issue packed with fashion and very current cultural trends. Jo Ann Furniss interviews Bruce Weber and Paul Jasmine, and previews an exclusive look at their joint archive of Californian travels.

To celebrate the 10th issue of HERO: CALIFORNIA FUTURE, a special edition of 100 glow in the dark covers have been produced. Only 30 of these collectible issues will be available to buy worldwide – from Dover Street Market and Opening Ceremony in London, Book Marc and Opening Ceremony in LA, and Opening Ceremony in Tokyo and New York.

HERO has an exclusive competition in collaboration with Models.com to win one of these highly limited copies. All you have to do is tweet @models and @hero_magazine using #heroglowinthedark and tell us your favourite thing to do in the dark to have a chance of winning. The winner will be announced on HERO’s Twitter on Wednesday 30th October.

HERO 10 is available to buy now here.

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This limited edition Hero cover goes to one lucky winner.

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Suburbia

April 19th, 2013 |Posted by models.com

For the Summer/Fall 2013 issue titled “Suburban Heat,” London men’s magazine HERO takes on life in small-town America. Constructing a world of voyeuristic intrigue rife with the mysteries of the mundane, photographer Christian Ferretti and stylist Gro Curtis collaborate on an epic story steeped in sleek style and the secrets kept behind closed doors. Playing the family caught in this dark fashion fantasy are a trio of models- Grayson Gettys, Ben and Ian, headed by Karen Bjornson‘s austere matriarch. The story follows Bjornson presiding over bathtime, the boys playing with a pet cat, and the family sharing a meal. What else are they up to? Peer inside HERO’s suburbia and see for yourself in the exclusive look below. (Text Matt Myer)

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Dark HERO

October 17th, 2012 |Posted by Betty

Hero Magazine‘s new issue is out with an ode to “Volatile Opulence”, marking rising young face Matt Ardell‘s 3rd cover in a year. Shot by Christian Ferretti with styling by Gro Curtis, Matt wears the season’s strongest coats by 3.1 Phillip Lim, Belstaff, Emporio Armani, Prada, LV and more. The foreboding sky coupled with the ominous looking German Shepherd chicly complete the dark atmosphere. Interviews with Roberto Cavalli, Silvia Venturini Fendi, Lucas Ossendrijver, Stuart Vevers, contributions from Nicola Formichetti, Phillip Lim, Siki Im and a Dior Homme S/S 13 preview makes this new HERO a must buy for fall (click here to buy the issue, available online now and in stores Oct 22).

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Put A Ring On It

April 30th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Is there a single more ubiquitous luxury item than the Givenchy couture nose rings? Sure those Prada car print skirts are everywhere and you can’t walk down the street without seeing a Celine luggage tote, but nothing is more noticeable than five pounds of metalwork dangling from a beautiful girl’s face.

Add to this that the Givenchy nose rings have all the elements of an editorial frontrunner; undeniable visual impact – check, expensive – check, hard to get your hands on – double check. There was absolutely no way editors could resist themselves and as such the rings have been showing up in every magazine imaginable for the past few months.

Are you still enjoying seeing these beautiful ornaments – or are you ready to move on to the next trend? We admit to experiencing a bit of Givenchy fatigue – considering that the pieces are always styled with Givenchy looks, which is nice but not exactly exciting. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see these paired with something else – maybe mix in one of those other overexposed editorial favorites, Balenciaga Darth Vader visors anyone?

Franzi Mueller by Greg Kadel for Vogue Germany

Jessica Chastain by Paolo Roversi for W Magazine, styling by Edward Enninful

Vlada Roslyakova by Richard Burbridge for Dazed & Confused, styling by Robbie Spencer

Karlie Kloss by Angelo Pennetta for British Vogue

Natasha Poly by Mario Sorrenti for Vogue Paris, styling by Emmanuelle Alt

Grimes by Hedi Slimane for Dazed & Confused

Marie Piovesan by Paolo Roversi for Vogue Italia, styling by Panos Yiapanis

Arthur Gosse by Fabien Kruszelnicki for Hero Magazine

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Super Hero

April 27th, 2012 |Posted by Betty

One of our favorite men’s magazines, HERO Magazine is back for Summer/Fall 2012 with fantastic new face Arthur Gosse glowering in Givenchy with those unforgettably covetable nose rings from the F/W 12 collection. The theme for issue 7, DARK+STORMY will come with a collector’s special edition slipcase, only 25 of which will be available for purchase worldwide at select locations. Interviews with Calvin Klein’s Italo Zucchelli, Dior Homme’s Kris Van Assche and stories by Paul Jasmin, David Armstrong and Danielle Levitt make this issue a must buy.

MDC visitors have the chance to win one of five limited edition DARK+STORMY slipcase copies – by tweeting why they should win them @models @hero_magazine with the hashtag, #hero7limitededition; the winners will be announced on Monday May 7th.

For our friends in the Far East, Hero comes out with their first Chinese and Japanese editions. To purchase the issue, click here.


Photography Fabien Kruszelnicki, styling by Elizabeth Fraser-Bell, hair Teiji Utsumi, model Arthur Gosse


DARK+STORMY collector’s special edition slipcase

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