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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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As Seen on TV!

January 6th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Were there an actual Italian Vogue channel we would watch it 24/7 as it would most certainly trump some of the lackluster “fashion” television on the air right now. The Conde Nast entertainment division has yet to provide us with such an incredible gift, but if the January Vogue Italia coverstory is anything to go by there is certainly potential for hilarity and hijinks. Sending up the popular Home Shopping networks with a Steven Meisel story featuring top models is a brilliant idea and one that translates beautifully. While we doubt that you’re ever going to be able to buy that Chanel gown off the back of Daria Strokous QVC, it is amazing to see the land of snuggies and SlapChops invaded by high fashion. With stellar hair by Jimmy Paul and gorgeous Dolce & Gabbana makeup by Pat McGrath all this story needed as a cameo by Joan Rivers to push it over the top and into the realm of iconic editorials.

View the full story & video on Vogue.it

Michelle Harper & Natasha Poly

Kegan Webb with Paula Patrice, Gertrud Hegelund & Karlie Kloss

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Transformers

August 17th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Steven Meisel and Edward Enninful craft an inspired story for W Magazine that tributes timeless fashion icons with a little help from today’s best models and a certain super who needs no introduction whatsoever.

View the entire story on W Magazine.com 

HAIR Jimmy PaulMAKEUP Pat McGrath MANICURE Jin Soon Choi

Linda Evangelista as Zizi Jeanmaire

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Divine Inspiration

August 10th, 2011 |Posted by Betty

One of MDC’s favorite Russian beauties smolders in Lanvin on the September Vogue Russia cover by the incomparable Hedi Slimane. Part go go dancer, part vixen, Natasha Poly and her sinuous form divinely shows off Sarah Richardson‘s pitch perfect futuristic styling. Jimmy Paul‘s tresses and Wendy Rowe‘s rockstar makeup provide the final unconventional touch for this electric fall editorial.

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Quick Change Artist

July 27th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

As one of the few models to ascend to the numero uno position on Top 50, Raquel Zimmermann has had the kind of career few models can hope for. Top tier campaigns? Booked ‘em all. Coveted covers? Been there, done that. Seeing Raquel on the cover of Italian Vogue this month isn’t all that surprising, but Steven Meisel’s image of the famously blonde Brazilian as an aloof brunette feels unexpected. The curly wig renders Raquel almost unrecognizable and the simple image lets us know that we’re in for a studio shoot all about transformation.

Given the apt “versatile” headline, scrawled on the cover in lavender letters, we’re guessing that Meisel understands exactly what Miss Zimmermann’s appeal is all about. No one disappears into a new guise quite the way she does – take a look at the wildly different, flame haired look on her previous VI cover almost a decade ago.

Vogue Italia August 2011 FASHION EDITOR Karl Templer HAIR Jimmy Paul MAKEUP Pat McGrath

 

Vogue Italia June 2002

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Lady Stark

June 28th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Hedi Slimane.
Sasha Pivovarova
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Vogue Japan.

Classic Slimane imagery that is clean, minimal and super sleek thanks to Christian McCulloch‘s glamorous makeup and Jimmy Paul‘s fashion forward hairstyles.

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Bits & Bytes: Acne preview

October 21st, 2009 |Posted by Betty

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One of our favorite magazines, Acne Paper launches their 9th issue, Art & Spirituality. Here’s a preview of Tilda Swinton photographed by the always incredible Paolo Roversi. (Image from Supreme Being blog)

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We love Adwoa featured on the Ones2Watch, and so apparently does Meisel.

Andre Leon Talley, Anna Wintour and Ralph Lauren all celebrate big birthdays!

Coco Rocha and Georgia May Jagger are Rimmel’s new spokeswomen!

Guess what? Not only models are photoshopped!

Missing summer already? Check out 9 Daughters and a Stereo‘s dreamy video of some of their top boys, which include 10 cover model Patrick Meckelburg and former Gucci face Olaf Szosnowski. Janis Joplin’s inimitable voice lends some great atmosphere.

Fascinating interview with Jimmy Paul, top hairdresser. He talks about drag, Nan Goldin and working with Steven Klein.

Is the world ready for the first aboriginal model? Frockwriter checks her out.

If you don’t know who Ray Petri is, educate yourself now.

Need inspiration for Halloween? Starworks gives you some top fashionista looks to emulate.

Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio to star in a Gucci movie, complete with hitmen and all? Sounds divine.

Grace Coddington is worried about how skinny models are nowadays.

Here is Stephanie Seymour at her peak!

Tom Ford is back! (Kind of)

Glen Luchford has a new book!

Spring campaign news: Karlie Kloss for Dior. Freja Beha Erichsen, Claudia Schiffer joins Karl favorite Baptiste Giabiconi for Chanel, Nick Knight shoots Raquel Zimmermann for Alexander McQueen.

Luke Worrall and famous girlfriend Kelly Osbourne are on MTV!

Garance Dore spends fashion week with Carine Roitfeld.

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Bits & Bytes: Hail to McQueen

October 7th, 2009 |Posted by Betty

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As important as it is to be able to “wear” fashion, there must be that side to it that thrills us. Alexander Mcqueen certainly did that with his S/S 10 collection. From Lady Gaga twittering to the live streaming by Nick Knight’s Showstudio (for video, click here), people certainly love them some McQueen. Besides his wondrous collection though, as Sarah Mower from Style.com says: “the way he’s embracing new computer technologies and the drama of the moving image puts him at the leading edge of change.”

Check out Jezebel’s uber witty, yet still reverent notes about Alexander McQueen’s collection.

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New face Alend from Next Company in Vienna is very old school male supermodel.

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We like new faces Selena Petrovic and Sylwia.

Ponyryder interviews Anna de Rijk, the Dutch sensation!

Anna Dello Russo, up close and personal, is pretty damn fabulous.

Stephen Gan gets lucky! Guess which icon he gets seated next to at YSL?

See what fashion week is like in the busy life of Jimmy Paul, top hairstylist.

Sorry, ladies, Alexi Lubomirski ties the knot. The handsome and totally charming photographer marries Giada in a castle in Poland. How GLAMOROUS!

Is this The Sartorialist for children? All we know is, in 20-30 years, these are the future fashion crowd at Planet Awesome Kid.

Words of wisdom from Anna Wintour to aspiring fashionistas.

See the video on Ones2Watch of new face Meg McCabe.

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