Ray of Light

February 20th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

The sands of the suburban Southwest are given a high fashion touch in the new issue of Elle with a striking editorial that showcases some of the best in reflective fashions. Laurie Bartley (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists) shoots Lakshmi Menon looking chic in sparkling pieces from Proenza SchoulerGivenchyGucci and more selected by stylist  Samira Nasr. (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists) The location’s faded neutral tones make the pieces pop, especially when the sun catches some of the monochromatic metallic ensembles giving them a liquid metal look. With her newly cropped hair and powerful gaze Lakshmi brings a strength to every shot, even when she’s wearing little more than strategically placed gold flakes.

See the full story on Management Artists.com

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Totally Head to Toe

September 12th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Head to toe designer dressing is all about capturing the total look and all its intricacies and no one understands that better than Carine Roitfeld. In the latest CR Fashion Book, Carine provides a stylish guide to the biggest labels, enlisting an all-star cast to showcase the signature style of fashion’s powerhouse labels. Shot by Max Von Gumppenberg & Patrick Bienert the story a diverse cast and intriguing twists on what we’ve come to expect from an array of well known designers. Karolina Kurkova adds sex appeal to Tomas Maier‘s Bottega Veneta finery, while Xiao Wen Ju illustrates the luxuriousness of Christopher Bailey‘s sumptuous designs for Burberry. Else where Lakshmi Menon shines in a sleek Alber Elbaz look for Lanvin and Carine’s stunning daughter Julia Restoin-Roitfeld adds some coquettish charm to a ladylike look from Miuccia Prada.

Experience the full story and more from the latest issue of CR Fashion Book on their website – CR FASHIONBOOK.com

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Viva Espana

October 24th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Since its inception, Spanish V Magazine has thrived on creating imaginative content worthy of the V name and their latest issue is no exception. Taking things a step further with a series of creative editorials that are filled with incredible clothes and a fun-filled spirit that makes them irresistible – there really is something for everyone. Check out Aline Weber in full club-kid gear complete with candy bracelets, or Ruby Aldridge styled to the nines in gilded Vuitton. Turn a few pages and you’re greeted with the sight of River Viiperi and Maryna Linchuk as the ultimate power couple in coordinating designer looks, or if you’re looking for something dangerous there’s Xevi Muntane (De Facto)’s stunning shoot of Lakshmi Menon and Marina Perez as stylish dominatrixes.

Take a look at our exclusive preview, complete with video of Maryna & River’s scintillating shoot by Tim Zaragoza.

ON THE WAY for SPANISH V14 from V Magazine on Vimeo.

Aline Weber by Mel Bles | Fashion Editor – Natalie Joos | Hair: Roberto Di Cuia | Make-up: Ralph Siciliano

Ruby Aldridge by Aingeru Zorita | Fashion Editor –David Gomez-Villamediana | Hair: Mark Hampton | Make-up: Erin Parsons

Maryna Linchuk and River Viiperi by Tim Zaragoza | Fashion Editor – David Gomez-Villamediana | Hair: Kayla Michele| Make-up: Tracy Alfajora

Lakshmi Menon and Marina Perez by Xevi Muntane (De Facto) | Fashion Editor – Ana Murillas | Hair: Cebado | Make-up: Pablo Iglesias

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Paris-Bombay

December 7th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Liza Golden – Image Credit Chanel.com

One of the highlights of yesterday’s lush Chanel‘s pre-fall show was the diverse cast. Amidst familiar Lagerfeld favorites like Arizona Muse and Stella Tennant a host of Indian & Pakistani beauties glided down the runway and caught our attention. Girls like Lakshmi Menon are already bonafide fashion stars, but the show brought a host of newer faces to the Grand Palais. Willowy beauties Jyothsna Chakravarthy, Smita Lasrado, Kelly Gale looked elegant in Chanel’s gold and cream palette. Fresh from the brand’s beauty campaign, Alyssah Ali traisped down the Chanel catwalk. Buzzed about beauty Shanina Shaik proved her versatility by pulling a complete 180 from her sultry Victoria’s Secret look. With her strong brows and refined look Liza Golden radiated classic beauty. Months after Vogue India labeled her the next supermodel Ashika Pratt hit high fashion’s big leagues.

When it comes to presenting a cast that represents the melting pot we all live in, fashion still has a long way to go. It is only in the past few years that brands truly began to embrace Asian models, but as beautiful as the women of South Asia are they are still a rarity on the runway. The theme of Chanel’s pre-fall collection dealt heavily with Indian influences and the casting attempted to reflect that, but out of 70 plus looks only a handful were worn by ethnic models. It remains to be seen if these young ladies will build on this momentum and dominate the catwalks next season, but we’re hoping this is the beginning of a moment.

View the entire show and complete cast at Chanel.com

 

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Casting Coup

March 10th, 2010 |Posted by Betty

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Givenchy has spoken yet again and the invigorating casting choices for Fall/Winter 2010 are just as incredibly inspirational as ever for modelwatchers out there. With all the recent talk of more diversity on the runway, to fully see a a show where people of color are included (and not just 1 or 2 looks) makes for a runway that is compelling and powerful and yet somehow so natural and seamless. Givenchy led the week with 17 of their 49 looks on some of the most beautiful faces of color, past and present. The dramatic palette of red, black and white looked stunning on Chanel Iman, Joan Smalls, Rose Cordero, Lakshmi Menon, Liu Wen, Lyndsey Scott and Shu Pei. New faces Ajak, Jiang Xiao Yi, Lais Ribeiro, Ming Xi and Sosheeba Griffiths shined as well as current campaign face Eduardo Calero and Givenchy favorites Paolo Roldan and Jonathan Marquez. The surprise choices for the collection? Top Japanese model of the early 00’s (and newly platinum) Ai Tominaga and 90’s star Ling Tan.

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Ming Xi and Paolo Rolden.

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Ling and Ai.

(All images from Style.com, for full collection and to see the other faces named, go to Style.com’s gallery for Givenchy)

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Gaga for Givenchy

October 6th, 2009 |Posted by Janelle

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Givenchy has become the Paris show to watch when it comes to eclectic casting. With its mix of re-discovered favorites, fresh faces and house staples there was truly something for everyone. Whether you’re a 90s model fan enjoying the welcome shock of seeing both Michele Hicks and Kirsty Hume on the runway again or new faces watcher charting the course of fast rising star Antonella Graef there was excitement to be found. Riccardo Tisci’s graphic black and white collection shone on each and every model selected but there were a few girls in particular that grabbed our attention.

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While Antonella Graef (Top S/S 10 Newcomer) snagged the bulk of our attention with her second time opening Givenchy (she opened couture too) there were almost too many cool girls to count. Mirte MaasAlla Kostromichova and Jacquelyn Jablonski continue to book only the best shows and top 10 newcomer Frida Gustavsson‘s winning streak extended into Paris. Exclusives like the Elena Ivanova (WM Paris) and Nastya Karzan provided welcome surprises and Tisci favorites like Lily Donaldson, Iselin Steiro, Lakshmi Menon and Meghan Collison all made appearances – important to note given just how many established girls spent their S/S seasons away from the catwalk.

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Gwen Loos (Marilyn). Emily DiDonato. Jacquelyn Jablonski.

One of the most continuously interesting things about Givenchy’s casting is that each season it manages to change our view of certain girls. Take Maybelline face Emily DiDonato for example. Pre-Givenchy and she’s the the definition of wholesome, All-American sexiness (witness OTM’s video interview with her)-  a little eyebrow bleach and matte lipstick later and she’s one of Tisci androgynously beautiful heroines. Same goes for Italian bombshell Bianca Balti and the sultry Elena Melnik. The way every girl transforms once they enter into Tisci’s world is really what makes this show as powerful as it is season after season.

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French Connection

October 2nd, 2009 |Posted by Janelle

The French Revue de Modes is back for the season with a fresh set of favorite girls on its collectible covers. Coco Rocha, Ali Stephens, Karmen Pedaru, Lakshmi Menon, Maryna Linchuk, Tanya Dziahileva, Kinee Diouf, Rachel Rutt, Constance Jablonski, Dree Hemingway, Melodie Dagault and Nika Lauraitis each gets a collectible cover by Thierry LeGoues and this season’s black and white theme is especially chic. Who has your favorite cover?

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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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