Bits & Bytes: The Last Obsession

November 28th, 2011 |Posted by Betty

THE LAST OBSESSION from Luca Finotti on Vimeo.

Hercules Magazine‘s latest video, directed by Luca Finotti is dedicated to Francesco Cominelli and features the latest Tom Ford Collection worn by models Jamie Wise, Sebastian Sauvé and Nick Lacy. Who doesn’t love a mournful Les Mis song accompanied by beautiful male models?

Fashion News:

The venerable designer, Sir Paul Smith will be honored at this year’s British Fashion Awards. 41 years of excellence certainly deserves it!

How much do we adore Franca Sozzani in her message to the Pope?

We love when the people behind the scenes get recognized. The 15 people behind the John Galliano Atelier receive an honorary title for their rare capabilities.

Modeling news:

The incredible Carmen dell’Orefice gets her own exhibition at London’s College of Fashion celebrating 70+ years of beautiful imagery. Runs through January 14, 2012

One of our favorite outspoken casting directors, Julia Samersova, along with the gorgeous 90’s model Beri Smither, star in a model reality show, Scouted debuting on the E Channel tonight. Scott Lipps owner of 1 Model Management (who reps Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and Eva Herzigova) will sign the winners.

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Bits & Bytes: Visionary + Visionaire

April 28th, 2010 |Posted by Betty

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Visionaire‘s next issue will be a tribute to Alexander McQueen. Here’s the preview for it on Visionaireworld. Going to have to fork out the $295 for this one. (Image from Visionaireworld)

Fashion news:

A lot of you may know Dusan Reljin‘s name from his wonderful work as a photographer. But did you know he just designed a sunglasses collection for Selima; featured here on Style.com.

Anna Dello Russo is the best! See Anna’s life story in Japanese manga format. I still can’t decide 100% if it is really her blog but it’s so over the top, it probably is.

This incredible fashion shoot by Simon Procter for Vs Magazine is given some good lovin’ by Sans Artifice.

Photography news:

Mert & Marcus‘ ex assistant chats to Love Magazine. Besides being talented; Angelo Pennetta is very, very funny.

The next photographer duo? The German duo of Billy und Hells are worth a look.

Miscellaneous:

Many of you know that Tara Subkoff is recovering from brain cancer. Read her interview with Harper’s Bazaar about her journey.

I’ve met Justin Gelband and he most definitely is intense. I see why Victoria’s Secret stars and Sports Illustrated beauties go to him to be trained.

I loved American Elle growing up in the 80’s. It was joyful, inclusive and still aspirational. Jezebel compares the 1986 May issue with this month’s issue.

Did Anna Wintour really have a brief affair with Bob Marley in the 70’s? Oh Anna you naughty girl, you.

You gotta love Jezebel playing detective. Is Kimora Lee Simmons head really on Daria Werbowy’s body?

Modeling news:

Ohhhh yeaaaahhh! It’s about time. Models edge out celebrities for fashion ads. WWD lists some of the major houses for fall.

Models Myf Shepherd (who is in art school) and Rachel Rutt are doing anonymous interviews with fashion insiders for MUTT; should be quite interesting.

Casting director Julia Samersova talks to MSN about the new faces of tomorrow (including Estee Lauder faces Liu and Constance).

Love Magazine takes a “boob break” and has casting director Michelle Lee pick her favorite new “androgynous” girls.

Speaking of boobs, here are Jonathan Leder’s pics/video of his new work for Jacques. His work always seem tasteful and respectful to women; some consider him the anti Terry.

Hmmm, what are those birds diving towards? Click here to see more polaroids of great new face Johannes Niermann. Johannes walked Burberry, Zegna, Prada and Viktor & Rolf this past January.

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The Next Generation

March 17th, 2010 |Posted by Betty

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We chatted with casting director Julia Samersova about her big Global Action for Children event coming up for Saturday, March 20th. With Angelina Jolie as the honorary chairperson of GAC and the event hosted by Mary Alice Stephenson and Milk Studios, GAC is definitely the charity to keep your eye on. While Angelina won’t be there expect some of the industry’s heavy hitters to come and experience the special events planned for their little ones.

What is Global Action for Children?
Global Action for Children generates awareness, policies and funding so every child has the chance to grow up safe and healthy.

What are your main goals for Saturday’s event?
The main goal is to raise awareness and money for GAC, and to have an amazing time doing it! All of the decor, activities and games have been created to entertain, educate, and inspire the children at a level that can only be describe as AWESOME.

There are quite a few models who are activists (Natalia Vodianova, Liya Kebede, Christy Turlington etc) as well as mothers. Why do you think becoming a mother changes them? Why do think it’s important for these models to become “role” models?
Motherhood puts life into a different perspective and allows you to view and deal with life’s challenges in a brand new way. Patience is the key ingredient in parenthood and in an industry such as fashion, it can certainly come as a refreshing change of pace. These Supermodel Mommies have an amazing platform to speak out on the behalf of a whole range of causes. It’s an amazing position these women are in: very powerful and used properly, very helpful to those who have no voice in this world.

Since becoming a mother a year and a half ago, what has changed about the fashion industry for you?
What has changed is my perception of what is truly an “emergency” versus a “fashion emergency”! It has been amazing to learn to be this “other” person. After a long hard day of work, I am fortunate enough to go home to this little creature and really get my priorities in order. It is a very difficult balance to strike, being a working woman in a demanding industry and a mother and a wife. I have a lot more patience now and that is a good thing!

Click here for the invitation or to donate.

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Bits & Bytes: Anna Update

October 16th, 2009 |Posted by Betty

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Anna Speckhart. Vision LA. Pics by Victor Del Toro

Anna that blue eyed beauty from Vision LA featured on Feed last month, wows us with her first test. Girl GIVES it to the camera.

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Style.com talks about Guy Bourdin and his films.

One of our favorite photographers ever, Paolo Roversi, on creativity.

Style.com declares, of the S/S 10 collections “Utility vs Fantasy, which side are you on?”

Men are giving back. GQ “Gentlemen’s Fund” recognizes celebrity activists like ex model Ashton Kutcher, Adrian Grenier, Josh Duhamel and Mark Wahlberg AND one notable everyday guy. (Know one? Submit his name to GQ’s “Better Man, Better World” search).

Why we love Bill Cunningham, the original street style photographer: he’s a workhorse and still humble. Check out his slideshow for the Times.

Yay! Polaroid is back. And Jeremy Kost can sleep.

We love these vintage moments. Check out one of the Baldwin brothers in these old Calvin Klein Jeans campaign.

Who doesn’t love Arlenis Sosa? We’re certainly fans. Check out her interview with W Magazine.

Ford Models‘s Supermodel of the World partners with Jaeger in London.

In this era of magazines closing, L’Officiel Hommes puts out not 1 but TWO new editions; one in Italy with Bastiaan Ninaber on the cover and one in Germany with Jakob Wiechmann. Check out their profiles to see the 2 covers. Lale Aktay is manning the ship in Germany as Milan Vukmirovic has got his hands quite full with L’Officiel Hommes, L’Officiel Hommes Italy and designing and shooting for Trussardi.

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Ph: Andrew Adler for Planet Awesome Kid.
On the heels of our friend Julia Samersova‘s launch of her streetstyle for kids blog, Planet Awesome Kid…. W Magazine talks to Stella McCartney about her line for Baby Gap and Gap Kids. Kids as you know, are the new must have for all the fashion folk. Check out Jezebel’s review of Milk Magazine, the ubercool magazine about kids’ fashion.

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Snapshot: Julia Samersova

June 2nd, 2009 |Posted by Betty

We ask casting director Julia Samersova / Cast Inc., who just launched her website, 5 questions.

1-Why do you love casting?

The thing I adore about casting the most is finding a raw talent first and watching the model blossom into a star. It is an amazing feeling to know that you possess an eye and have your finger on the pulse of what is to come next. I love meeting all these young kids and listening to their “stories”. I also really love understanding what my clients need and providing them with the best model possible for their brand or project.

2- Name an inspirational person in fashion to you.

My mother. As a hair stylist in the 1980’s, she would always bring home magazines from the salon. Vogue, Harper’s etc. I was a very young girl at the time and fascinated with models. I went on to make HUGE collages out of cut up Vogues. They still hang in my mother’s house. Linda, Christy, Naomi, Cindy, etc. All over the walls. When I applied for an internship at Company Management in 1993, I actually knew how to answer the questions of “who is your favorite photographer and stylist” etc. I owe the worship of models and fashion to my mother and Michael Flutie for hiring a 17 year old girl from Brooklyn. He had a vision and I am eternally grateful to him for my entire career.

3- Favorite new faces of this past season.

Katie Fogarty. Her professionalism and high energy and smile. I just love her and so do all my clients. Tabea Kobach, for her otherworldly presence and eyes. Madisyn Ritland is just gorgeous. Constance Jablonski, because she is a throw back to a real SUPERMODEL. Imogen Morris-Clarke, because she is the epitome of cool to me.

4- All time favorite model.

Renee Simonsen. Because she is the 1st model I was obsessed with when I was very very young and she reminds me of Rianne Ten Haken, who is one of my all time faves. Models who actually knew how to model and gave 100% of themselves every single time. They shine! They are aspirational to women all over the world.

5- In these times of recession, why is it still so important for clients to use a casting director?

Because in the long run, a casting director, with their knowledge and expertise and relationships, can save the client a lot of money by knowing the market place and how to negotiate rates.

Saving a few thousand on a shoot and hiring the wrong model, can end up costing the client thousands in reshoots and production costs. The most important part of casting is not only to find a beautiful face, but a model that can really perform for a client. A good CD should be connected enough and experienced enough where they can recommend only those types of models.

Check out Julia’s brand new website, Castinnyc.com.

Julia Samersova.

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Bits and Bytes: Summer Days

May 19th, 2009 |Posted by Betty

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Cintia Dicker, Emily Fox with Supreme Management and Nataliya Piro with Women Model Management are the bathing beauties, the handsome lifeguard is Frederick Valentin at Front Management Miami. Pics courtesy of Greg Lotus. Casting by Julia Samersova.

On this balmy, beautiful day in New York, we give you some summery shots from the May Vogue Italia beauty supplement by Greg Lotus.

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If you still haven’t seen the CBS special on Anna, Grazia has video. And if you don’t have time to see it, read the best bits here on the Cut.

Nicola Formichetti posts the Uniqlo commercial for which he styled Agyness Deyn and Gabriel Aubry.

Calvin from Elite speaks to Jennifer Venditti about her new project with Coco Rocha.

MDC favorite Lakshmi Menon speaks about the lack of Asian, South Asian models (the Independent via the Cut).

JD Ferguson gets interviewed himself! Did you know he used to be an honest to god cowboy?

Michelle Alves blogs about her Met Ball experience. Her life is just a TEENSY bit more fabulous than ours.

Fashionologie has models at the Lifeball news. Amber, Anja, Kinga, Sessilee, Iris, Eliza and more all showed up.

If you missed our special interview with Rie Rasmussen whose film is at Cannes right now, click here to get a taste of this unique and talented beauty.

Jezebel has pics of the American Ballet Theater Gala. Check out Iman, Coco Rocha, Sessilee Lopez, Hilary Rhoda and of course Anna Wintour.

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