MDC ♥: Spring Awakenings

April 3rd, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

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The ethereal Lily Cole is the perfect spring beauty in this great shot by Carter Smith

Raise your hands if you’re tired of the winter doldrums! Spring is here so revitalize yourself and your routine with a new outlook and a few of our favorite spring beauty finds from our favorite lines. These are our tried and tested picks – share your Spring favorites in the comments too!

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LIGHTEN UP

Bold lip color is always a treat, but some moments call for a sheer touch. Tom Ford’s latest edition to his luxe beauty line, the Lip Shine Color offers the moisturizing formula and luxurious packaging we’ve come to expect, but serves up a variety of shades that give a hint of glossy color. Perfect for those balmy days ahead. Take our favorite shade, the sheer red Willfull for a test drive.

DREAM CREAMS

Trade in those heavy powders for something rich and creamy, the latest feel good shades from lines like By Terry and Urban Decay are deeply pigmented and provide a welcome burst of color. On the S/S runways we were treated to a variety of vibrant shadow looks and with these creamy pencils it is easy to recreate the look on your own. Give bright shades like Urban Decay’s Glide on Shadow Pencil in Clash or Morphine a go. In the mood for all our opulence – try By Terry’s luxe Ombre Blackstar in Fizzy Jade or the sleek blue, Paradise Island.

MOISTURIZE YOUR SITUATION

Banish winter skin! NUDE’s Omega 6 rich moisturizer stimulates the production of collagen, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, elements that make us look younger and fresher. If breakouts are an issue instead, NUDE’s Purifying and Cleansing Wash is a gentle way to cleanse without stripping your skin of those essential oils.

PUMP UP THE VOLUME

Bigger is better, particularly when it comes to luscious, full bodied hair looks. As appealing as the slicked back minimalist ponytail can be, there is just something fun about voluminous body. One of the simplest ways to achieve the look via with Rahua’s all-natural line, complete with shampoo, conditioner and styling products. Our personal favorite, the citrus scented Voluminous Spray is an alcohol free way to add shine, body and texture to revitalize your look.

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State of Grace

November 19th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Grace Coddington by Sebastian Kim

On the eve of the publication of Grace Coddington‘s memoirs the famously flame haired fashion editor is everywhere. Pick up a copy of i-D Magazine‘s latest issue and you’ll see her on the cover, head to any news website worth its salt and you’ll find an excerpt from the tasteful tell-all (or just check it out on Vogue.com) detailing the backstory of some epic editorial moment straight from Vogue’s pages.  Indeed it seems we’re living in a state of Grace, so to speak, so what better time to look back on the trademarks of her work – those quintessential details that set her styling apart from everyone else. It would be impossible to go through twenty years of Grace and pick a few editorials that sum up the depth and diversity that make her work great, instead we look to four Coddington calling cards that are certain to appear in every one of her stories; glamour, history, fantasy and humour.


GLAMOUR

It goes without saying that Vogue is a repository for high-glamour imagery, but Grace has always pushed the borders of what that means. It isn’t enough to showcase off the runway looks or exquisite couture, the image has to convey something powerful and iconic.

‘The Heat of the Moment’ – Photographer Ellen von Unwerth, Model Naomi Campbell American Vogue, March 1998

‘High Art’ Photographer - Annie Leibovitz, Model - Natalia Vodianova, American Vogue November 2004

‘Daydreams’ Photographer Steven Klein, Models Daria Werbowy and Natalia Vodianova American Vogue September 2004

‘Talk to Her’ Photographer - Steven Meisel, Models - Joan SmallsCoco RochaKaren ElsonGuinevere Van SeenusCaroline TrentiniLiya KebedeAbbey Lee KershawDaphne Groeneveld, American Vogue 2012


HISTORY

Recreating the look and feel of historical periods with contemporary design has become something of a Vogue standard and when Grace takes on history the end result is always memorable. From haute baroque, to 50s style Brando-chic and 70s style glam rock, her interpretations of the past have always been fresh and dynamic.

‘French Twists’ Photographer - Annie Leibovitz, Models – Lily Cole, Gemma Ward, Gisele Bundchen, Daria Werbowy, Karen Elson, American Vogue May 2004

‘A Feast for the Eyes’ Photographer -Steven Meisel, Models – Kylie Bax, Amy Wesson, Elsa Benitez, Carolyn Murphy, Naomi Campbell, Michelle Behennah, Guinevere Van Seenus, Trish Goff, Chandra North,  American Vogue December 1996

‘Custom of the Country’ photographer Annie Leibovitz, Model Natalia Vodianova, American Vogue August 2012

‘Wild At Heart’ Photographer - Peter Lindbergh, Models – Helena ChristensenCindy Crawford,  Linda EvangelistaClaudia SchifferNaomi Campbell, Karen Mulder, Tatjana Patitz, and Stephanie Seymour, American Vogue 1991

Rock the House, photographer Steven Meisel, American Vogue, November 2001


FANTASY

No one creates a fantastical scenario via clothes quite like Grace does. Her instantly recognizable fairy tale collaboration with Annie Leibovitz has raised the bar for just about everyone by taking the familiar childhood tales and re-imagining them as fanciful fashion moments. Who says Alice can’t fall down the rabbit hole while wearing head to toe Tom Ford? Even with the elaborate sets, mythical allusions and high concept themes, Grace makes you notice the clothes first and foremost.

‘Joy to the World’ Photographer Steven Meisel, American Vogue December 2002

‘It’s a Jungle Out There’ Photographer – Steven Klein, Models – Maggie Rizer, Trish Goff, Oluchi Onweagba, Liisa Winkler, Anouck Lepere, Karolina Kurkova, American Vogue June 2001

‘Garden of Delights’ Photographer -Steven Meisel, Model - Caroline Trentini, American Vogue December 2006

‘Alice in Wonderland’ Photographer - Annie Leibovitz, Model - Natalia Vodianova , American Vogue December 2003

‘Wizard of Oz’ Photographer - Annie Leibovitz, Model - Keira Knightley, American Vogue December 2005

‘Romeo and Juliet’ Photographer - Annie Leibovitz, Model - Coco Rocha, American Vogue December 2008


HUMOUR

A concept that is regrettably missing in most fashion editorials yet always has a place in Grace’s work. Whether it is Stella Tennant leading a troop of boyscouts or Karen Elson starring as Grace herself, there is always that added touch of whimsy that makes her work a delight.

‘A Shot of Scotch’ Photographer - Arthur Elgort, Model - Linda Evangelista, American Vogue September 1991

‘Graceful Elegance’ Photographer - Steven Meisel, Model - Karen Elson, American Vogue August 2008

‘O’ Pioneers!’ Photographer - Arthur Elgort, Model - Stella Tennant, American Vogue June 2001

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Centrefold

October 19th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Combine the model star power of Storm Model Management, the cutting-edge art direction of Plus Agency  and what do you get? A luxurious and inventive fashion glossy, designed with “print addicts” in mind. Centrefold Magazine  has always delivered an impressive array of editorial delights, but this issue takes things one step further with a jam packed assortment of epic beauties and high profile photographers. The resplendent Kate Moss graces the cover and oozes aloof sex appeal like in Venetia Scott‘s editorial, while Cindy Crawford looks better than ever in classic black and white images. The fun doesn’t stop there of course, everyone from Andrej Pejic, Liberty Ross to Lily ColeJourdan DunnEva Herzigova and Cara Delevingne has a chance to shine.

Kate Moss by Venetia Scott

 

Rosie Tapner, Joanna Koltuniak, Maja Matlovic and Amelia Austin by Ben Weller, styled by Phoebe Arnold

Sojourner Morrell by Mel Bles, styled by Naomi Miller

Cara Delevingne and Paolo Anchisi by Guy Aroch, styled by Kate Sebbah

 

Julia Zimmer by Andrew G. Hobbs,  styled by Katy Lassen

Cindy Crawford by Mark Abrahams (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists)

Eva Herzigova, Lily Donaldson, Claude Simonon, Alek Wek, Lily Cole, Sophie Kennedy-Clark, Libirty Ross and Andrej Pejic Photographed by Matt Irwin

 

Jourdan Dunn by Scott Trindle

Elisa Sednaoui by Laura Sciacovelli

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Blockbuster Beauties

May 25th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Actresses keep showing up in campaigns so it is about time that catwalkers took over the silver screen. Some of summer’s biggest films feature appearances by familiar fashion favorites – Erin Wasson, Brooklyn Decker, Lily Cole & Liberty Ross all show up in this summer’s mega-movies, but which will you actually watch? Click to vote on Facebook.

ERIN WASSON - Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

The vampy Ms. Wasson plays what else, a vampire seductress in Timur Bekmambetov’s adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel. Judging from the red band trailer this is going to be an over the top gore-fest filled with special effects and historical inaccuracies. As a fashionable renaissance woman, Erin has done everything from styling to designing jewelry over the years, but this is her first real acting gig. Unless you count her cameo in Sofia Coppola’s film, Somewhere.

BROOKLYN DECKER – Battleship & What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Over the past year Brooklyn has successfully transformed herself from America’s favorite blonde modeling bombshell, into a promising actress. She shows up in two films this summer – Board game explosion-fest, Battleship and pregnancy ensemble comedy, What to Expect. Considering that we’ve already made our Channing Tatum based film selection for the year (Magic Mike, TYVM) we choose to watch Brooklyn’s talents in the latter movie.

LIBERTY ROSS & LILY COLE - Snow White & The Huntsman

Sure it is Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron‘s show, but the beautiful Liberty Ross and Lily Cole play pivotal roles in the upcoming, epic re-imagining of the fairy tale. Liberty plays the mother of the titular character, while Lily gets her soul extracted by the demonic-queen. Of all the non-Avengers popcorn flicks out this year this is probably the one we’re most excited for. Bonus bit of trivia – did you know the film was directed by Liberty’s hubby, the talented Rupert Sanders. Take a look at her behind the scenes diary of the process leading up to the films & behind the scenes of the premiere.

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Beauty Bytes: New Hues

March 26th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Sephora launches color collection with Pantone based around 2012′s color of the year, Tangerine Tango. Orange is a tough color to wear but Frida Gustavsson is looking ten kinds of phenomenal in the ads. If you’re down in Meatpacking stop by the special Tangerine Tango pop up now through March 30th.

Polyvore launches beauty segment, now you can use the popular fashion site to search for new beauty products too.

In beauty contract news, in case you’ve been living under a rock Arizona Muse is the newest face of Estee Lauder. Lily Cole is becomes the very first face (and body) of the The Body Shop.

One of our favorite skincare lines REN, raises the bar for itself yet again with a controversial new ad campaign that is certain to raise a few eyebrows. The beautiful done video is sensual, unexpected and gets to the heart of what you can do when you feel confident about your skin aka get rid of all the clothes and get down to business!

Fashionista catalogs all the beauty looks in the Hunger Games – may the odds be ever in their favor.

NARS is set to launch color collection based on Andy Warhol – we think the king of Pop art would approve.

Was F/W 12 the season of the brunette? With high fashion blondes like Heidi Mount, Jessica Stam & Patricia van der Vliet all going for darker hues, are we seeing the beginnings of a mini-beauty revolution?

Backstage at Maiyet, we learn a thing or two about Sunday Riley’s new cosmetics line.

Calvin Klein steps back into the beauty arena with the launch of their new cK One Color collection. Launching in April with with over a 130 different products to choose from the line aims to be comprehensive and connect with consumers. Take a look at the flawless beauty looks at the F/W CK presentation.

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Doll Domination

December 16th, 2011 |Posted by models.com

Lily Cole makes her return to modeling by bringing in the new year and covering Vogue Russia‘s January issue, photographed by Anthony Maule. For a seasonal look, Gemma Smith-Edhouse paints on a strong red lip to Lily’s doll like face and offsets her cover story co-star. With new spring looks from Louis Vuitton to Gucci styled by Ekaterina Mukhina, we are reminded of why the doll generation of models were so popular to begin with.

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Storm’s Rainbow

November 22nd, 2011 |Posted by Betty

Storm Model Management‘s most iconic faces (including Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Eva Herzigova, Carla Bruni and the new generation like Lily Cole, Emma Watson, Liberty Ross and Jourdan Dunn) personally sign covers to benefit The Rainbow Trust charity. Founded 25 years ago, Rainbow provides support to families with terminally ill children.

Liberty tells us: “Rainbow is an amazing children’s charity and completely self funded. They help so many families during terrible times. Everyone should check the covers out, they could make a great Christmas gift, as well as supporting one of the most worthwhile causes.”


Liberty’s cover


One of our favorites? Jourdan Dunn‘s oh so precise signature on her i-D portrait. To check out the rest of the covers go to Facebook now. Bidding starts on eBay November 23 for 10 days only.

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Beautiful Minds

August 19th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Think your favorite models are just pretty faces? Think again! The NY Times’ T Magazine catches up with some of your favorite catwalkers on their college campuses! Lily Cole (Cambridge), Cameron Russell (Columbia), Kinga Rajzak (Goldsmiths), Sonia Dara (Harvard) and Jane Randall (Princeton) are the beauties with brains profiled and they each reveal a bit about what it is like to balance modeling with studying, what they love about their uni and what they’re majoring in! Great article and some gorgeous photos by Angelo Pennetta

Read the full story in the NY Times

FASHION EDITOR Vanessa Traina HAIR Karin Bigler MAKEUP Lotten Holmqvist

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