Classic Luxury

June 6th, 2014 |Posted by jonathanshia

Since its launch in 2012, upscale menswear magazine Man of the World has built a reputation for classic imagery and an eye for restrained luxury. The latest issue, with rising star Garrett Hedlund on the cover (by John Balsom, styled by their fashion director Julie Ragolia (Jed Root) keeps it all in line with a gorgeous portfolio of portraits by Randall Mesdon, seen here first on models.com. The rich black-and-white photography captures a selection of some of the modeling world’s brightest faces, with up-and-comers like Clark Bockelman and John Todd alongside established names like RJ Rogenski, all dressed by Deborah Watson (Walter Schupfer Management) in the season’s coolest sportswear. The iconic images capture a pensive mood, offering up a quiet study of a handful of engaging faces with nothing to hide.

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RJ Rogenski

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Walker Wade and Clark Bockelman

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John Todd and Justice Joslin

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Justice Joslin and Angus Mcintosh

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Anthony Greenfield and Angus Mcintosh

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Garrett Hedlund by John Balsom, styled by Julie Ragolia (Jed Root)a (see the other 2 covers here)

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Singular Visions

March 7th, 2014 |Posted by jonathanshia

There comes a point in the growth of every young magazine when it moves from up-and-comer to here-to-stay. For David Martin, editor-in-chief and fashion director of ODDA, that point is their current, sixth issue, out later this week in the United Kingdom and across the rest of the world over the next few weeks. “It is definitely an issue where we experiment with another level in our work,” he says. “The difference between this issue and previous ones is the maturity of myself, my team, and what we are looking for with this product. This issue made us feel free to develop many things we couldn’t do before. We’re not as experienced as people who have been working in fashion for twenty years, but now we feel we know a bit more.”

That growth is obvious throughout the issue, from the gorgeously evocative previews of Thom Browne’s Fall 2014 collection and Atelier Versace’s Spring designs to the interviews with Jean-Paul Gaultier, Michel Gaubert, Conseulo Castiglioni, Nicola Formichetti. There is an emphasis throughout on personal process as well, whether it be a portfolio of four new designers currently studying at Central Saint Martins or a collection of model Benjamin Allen’s own Polaroids. The issue also has a handmade feel, a rich counterpoint to the standardization seen so much elsewhere, with sketches throughout and a font evocative of swirling loops of cursive. “I believe that if people see the magazine like this,” Martin explains, “it is going to be another kind of connection for them.”

Martin says the issue is also meant to showcase a more artistic side of the editorial team. To wit, Benjamin Allen’s fashion story is awash in impasto daubs and strokes, designers from Karl Lagerfeld to Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Kenzo are painted rather than photographed, and an editorial by photographer Omar Macchiavelli is a wonder of collage techniques. The emphasis that ties the issue together, however, is going deeper. Designer stories offer complex, layered evocations of singular visions, from the prints of Ports to the Spanish vibrancy of Moschino. Backstage images from the recent men’s shows and even a few fresh from London Fashion Week offer an immediate behind-the-scenes look at what we’ll be wearing six months down the line. It may seem a bit premature, but as Yves Saint Laurent himself explains on the closing page, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.”

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Ben Allen by Bryan Huynh, styling by Tomas C. Toth

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Maggie Jablonski by Michael Beauplet, styling by Matt Bidgoli

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Katerina by Hironobu Sato, styling by Ikuko Tanizaki

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Vika Falileeva by Sy Delorme, styling by Yasmina Benabdelkrim

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Jordy Dijkhuizen and Travis Smith by Marco Falcetta, styling byAlba Melendo

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Backstage at Kris Van Assche by Sara Cimino

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Vika Falileeva by Sy Delorme, styling by Yasmina Benabdelkrim

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Ton Heukels by Sonia Pueche, styling by David Martin

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Lida Judickaite by Robert Jaso, styling by Yasmina Benabdelkrim

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Lyoka Tyagnereva and Joe Collier by Arnaldo Anaya Lucca (De Facto), styling by Julie Ragolia

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A Man of the World

January 6th, 2014 |Posted by Betty

What better way to start out 2014 than with one of the most recognizable faces in male modeling? Man of the World‘s latest cover features Mr. David Gandy grandly photographed by John Balsom in the stunning Scottish Highlands for their Explorer issue. The rugged editorial, of which we have 2 exclusive images, with styling by Julie Ragolia is enhanced with an in depth interview where David talks about his first job (hint, it wasn’t modeling), his love of cars and his charity work. Combine this with some of the other features on Sebastien Jondeau, actor Taylor Kitsch and a slew of adventurers and sportsmen and you have an issue that’s a must buy for the modern day man. To see Taylor’s cover and to order, go to Man of the World’s website.

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The One

October 1st, 2010 |Posted by Betty

The passage of time is not so kind for many but Sean O’Pry is seemingly impervious to this fate. His editorials this month for 7TH Man Magazine (with a fantastic cover and editorial by Randall Mesdon, styled by Julie Ragolia) and shoots for Details/British GQ/Vogue Nippon prove that there’s never a moment when that extraordinary face is not in demand.

(Issue 2 of 7th Man available to order info@7thmanmagazine.com)

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That Face

July 9th, 2010 |Posted by contributor

In the current Details, Tyson Ballou shows why he remains, more than a decade later, still one of the most requested faces of today. Photographer Anthony Maule and stylist Julie Ragolia kept the concept simple and true to highlight the latest in cold weather fashion, ranging from blazers/sweaters and ankle boots, to a cozy coat by Dior Homme. What pulled it all together? Edward Kim‘s casting of that near iconic face and body. Fall clothes (and Mr. Ballou himself) have never looked so good. (Story by Michael N) (See the full editorial on Details.com)

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